Thursday, April 2, 2009

Cutting a Shaped Card with Your Nesties

I have a lot of readers email me asking how to use your Nestabilities in the Cuttlebug to cut shaped cards. While I didn't have much time to really finish the card he way I would have liked, but I didn't want to wait any longer to share it, so here's the post!

Start with your A plate, then add the B plate. Now put your folded cardstock on top. Place your die cutting side down on top of the folded card, overlapping the folded end just lightly. Edited to add: cutting side is the side with a rim in the middle sticking out, if you click on he pic for a closeup you see the side facing up is flat, this won't cut into paper)
Place your C plate on top and roll it through. (Remember, C is for "cut")
I'm using Gina K Pure Luxury Base weight CS (white), which is very thick, so I run it back and forth a few times to get the die to cut through both layers.

Remove the excess paper.

And there it is! Any guesses what I'm going to make?? (if you said "toilet seat", that's a good guess, but I don't have the "Way to Go!" set... yet!)

Then I took the same die and cut through a piece of DP (DCWV spring stack) using the same sandwich as before: A, B, paper, die cutting side down, C, but this time I didn't overlap it because I want to use the whole oval.

Then you adhere this to the card, lining it up, and now you don't have that "flat top"! To finish it fast I grabbed this wide ribbon and stamped "Happy Easter" in Black Staz On (so the ink wouldn't blur on the grosgrain) from the Gina K "Easter Blesssings" set and added a white paper flower from the Floral Frenzy kit (these paper flowers will be available for purchase in our release at the end of the month!) I didn't really pull the ribbon through the flower, just glued a knotted piece on top.

I couldn't get the colors adjusted properly, it is not really that pink! LOL! These could be mass produced pretty quickly for the holidays (and jazzed up to make them more "wow!" than this!) I hope this helps anyone who has been struggling with how to make the dies work this way for you! I love to use my circle and square classic and scalloped Nestabilities to make shaped cards too, you will find numerous samples of them on my blog.
Have a great day! Easter is almost here. :)
PS If you've been missing the tutorials here lately, me too! I have several I need to write up, but editing all the pics and writing them up take more time than I have right now, hang in there, I have several coming up I think you will really enjoy! :)

18 comments:

Stampin' Pam said...

Adorable Mel.. thanks for the tutorial.. I tried this once with the pure luxury - guess I didn't run it through enough times. I'll try again. I'm in Germany so I'm in stamp withdrawal but loving seeing my daughter so it's ok. When she's at work I can at least do a little blog hopping before I explore the town.

Diane said...

Looks great,TFS the tutorial!

jules p said...

Very cute!
Thanks for showing us how you did it. I had an idea of how you cut the cards you make, but it really helped seeing it.

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Very cute card, Melanie! Thanks for the tutorial on how you did it! What a great idea to add the full oval of DP to cover the flat part at the fold! I'm going to try that next time I make a shaped card!

Lisa H. said...

Mel, Thanks for the tutorial! I knew I could cut shaped cards that way, but for some reason I've never tried it with my nestabilities. I look forward to your blog every day!

Mary Sue said...

Thank you for a great tutorial. I am going to try one today. I enjoy your blog daily.

kc_froglady said...

very cute egg card! It is great that you take the time to put pics for people up on your nifty tips like this!

Vanessa said...

That is too cute. I need to use my nestabilities more. How are ya??

Roxie said...

Love it.
Thanks for the great ideas!!!

reeree62 said...

I just love it! So simple yet elegant. Thanks, Melanie!
PS: I love all your work, and own some of your sets... I think my fave has to be Hand in Hand (I think it's called that!) Precious!

Lori said...

How cute! Have to get some of those Nesties!

Denise said...

This card is so pretty!! Great tutorial too.

Hunnybunnycards said...

Lovely card Mel, I tried it out today with my oval nesties but I cannot get the card to stand on its own, it keeps rolling over! How did you get yours to stand, would be interested to hear if anyone else has the same problem.

Barbaraxx

♥ Marlou ♥ said...

thanks for sharing , what a great idea, just loving this cute card :)

Carolina said...

What a sweet card and looking forward to your tutorials!

Juanita D said...

Melanie, just wanted you to know that we are patient and know you are one very busy gal, so just know we will enjoy the tutorials when you get them posted. Thanks so much for showing us the shaped egg card! We do love you and your creations.

Rollercoaster said...

Wonderful! But which side is the cutting side?!!

Shelly said...

I came across this old post and it answers a question I've been wondering about. Thanks so very much for your help. You're instructions are so easy to understand.