By Judi Kauffman
Thank you for inviting me back as today’s guest designer. I thought it would be fun to make some cards with the new Fitted Frames 2 Curvy Rectangles die. As you can see from the photo below, it is a one-piece die that in ONE pass through the die cutting machine produces six separate frames, one rectangle with a string of hearts cut from it (negative shapes) and a string of three hearts. In addition, there are many little circles and other small bits and pieces that can be saved and used.
Fitted Frames 2 Curvy Rectangles is one of four Fitted Frames from the Els van de Burgt Studio collection. Two are rectangles (the largest frame in these two fills an A2 card front). Two are squares (measuring 4.75” x 4.75” they are just right for 5” square card fronts).
I chose an offbeat country-influenced folk art color palette of olive green, chamois yellow, dark green and red, with some chamois and olive plaid paper to tie things together. I mixed in an owl (a black outline peel-off on white cardstock colored with markers), some words (Congratulations and Merry Christmas from Suzanne Cannon’s new collection, A Way With Words), and Els van de Burgt Studio’s Leaf & Berry Branches.
Customize your cards by changing the palette. Switch to a different greeting (Happy Birthday, Get Well Soon, Friends, With Sympathy or any of the others). Use more patterned paper layers or stay with solid colors. If you love sparkle incorporate glittered frames and gems. If you’re making exclusively holiday cards add die cut holly, pinecones or poinsettias; substitute a Christmas tree ornament or other seasonal peel-off(s) for the owl.
- Add transparent double-sided adhesive sheet to the back of a 4.25” x 5.5” piece of chamois yellow cardstock and to pieces of white cardstock (sized for the words you’ve selected and the Leaf & Berry Branches (if you are making the projects precisely as shown). Use Fitted Frames 2 Curvy Rectangles to cut all frames and small heart-string pieces in one pass through the die cutting machine. Cut words and Leaf & Berry Branches with additional passes through the machine.
- Cut solid color cardstock and plaid paper rectangles* to fill or border the frame shapes. Refer to all project photos for ideas.
(*Tip: Cut and label scrap cardstock pieces to use as cutting patterns for these rectangles. Keep them for future card projects so you don’t have to measure again next time!)
- Assemble the cards on ivory A2 card bases, folded at the top for the horizontal word cards and at the side (vertical) for the cards with hearts. (Mix in solid color and plaid paper rectangles from Step 2.)
- Place a black owl peel-off onto white cardstock. Color with markers and then add doodles with black and white pens. Cut around the owl leaving a narrow white border except just below the feet! (This detail helps the owl look like he’s “perched” instead of “floating”)
- Using foam dots for dimension, add the owl to the vertical card that has the large size frame, a smaller inner frame, and string of hearts. Also add one of the branches.
- Add a branch to horizontal Congratulations card.
- Accent the berries with tiny Red Glitter Dots Peel-offs. Optional: Also add a single tiny Red Glitter Dot to the hearts as shown on the red hearts in the yellow rectangle. There are four different size Dots on each sheet – I used the smallest size for these projects.
Elizabeth Craft Designs –
Other – Solid color cardstock, plaid paper (Graphic 45), A2 cards with matching envelopes in Ivory, die cutting machine