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Today I’m sharing a card tutorial for a project I made using Sizzix products. With just a few extra score lines, I was able to alter a card die cut and transform it into a matchbook-style folding card. Inside is a fun tag outfitted with a couple pairs of earrings; perfect packaging for a meaningful gift. I like that this card style can be used for different occasions just by changing the sentiment on the front of the card.
For my birthday this past September, my Mom gave me a little spending money and finally, after years of longing, I purchased a Sizzix BIGkick Die Cutting Machine.
Let me tell you- I am in HEAVEN! I am L-O-V-I-N-G all of the different ways I can use this machine and I am finding myself embossing everything lately!
For this project, I used several die cutting sets:
You will need:
- Sizzix Bigz XL Ornate Card #3 die cut
- Sizzix Lorie Whitlock Embossed Gift Tag Thinlits Set
- Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, Medallions, Frame, and Damask
- Sizzix Premium Crease Pad
- Sizzix Extended Size Cutting Pads
- Sizzix BIGkick Die Cutting Machine
- Hampton Arts Christmas die cutting and stamp set (found mine at my local Michael’s Craft Store. “High-five” for the 40% off coupon!)
Additionally, I used the following supplies and tools to make this card.
- Pale Aqua cardstock for the card body
- Black cardstock
- Red and Green patterned paper (open stock from Michael’s, Recollections Brand “Red and White Knit” and “Green Faux Canvas”)
- Sparkly sequin trim to add a festive feel (had in my sewing stash)
- White pigment inkpad to stamp the sentiment and distress the card surface and edges (The black/white combo gives a trendy chalkboard look to the card)
- Boning folder
- Awl or small circle punch
- Foam tape
- Glue or Scrapbooking Adhesive Tape
I started by cutting the blue card shape using the BigZ XL #3 Ornate Card die cut and crease pad.
Next, I used the same die cut, but this time on black paper. Trimming the decorative edge just a half inch in from the end, I layered and glued the decorative strip on top.
Next, I added additional score lines to the card. The first follows the edge where the two pieces overlap at ½” in from the edge. The next score line is measured ¾” from the edge of the paper. The final score line is ¼” passed the center card crease. I used a straight edge ruler and boning folder to make my scores.
Last, I trimmed the last ¾” from the opposite end of the card. After I folded my card along the new score lines, you can see how it folds resembling a matchbook.
Now it is ready to be embossed.
I used the large medallion embossing plate from the Medallion set on the front and inside of the card and rubbed white ink over the raised portion to bring out the texture.
I love the depth a little ink adds to this card!
For the accent, I cut two strips of red patterned paper. The first strip is 1 ½” wide by 4 ¾” long. The second strip is 2” wide by 5” long. I rubbed the edges of these strips with white ink for more depth.
The wider strip gets glued vertically along the center of the card front and trimmed to fit just right.
The smaller strip gets glued horizontally to the inside of the card along the base. Be careful to glue just along the left and right edges to create an open pocket for the tag to fit.
Use scrapbooking adhesive to attach sequin trim along the border.
I found this great Hampton Art Christmas Stamp set at my local Michael’s that came with a matching diecutting frame. I used the white ink to stamp the sentiment on to black cardstock and cut it out with my BigKick machine.
The stamped image gets adhered front and center with a few pieces of foam tape to add dimension to the card.
Making the tag.
Making the tag.
For the tag, I cut the large curvy tag design out of green patterned paper.
Next, I cut the smaller frame from the same diecutting tag set out of black paper.
The frame gets embossed with polka dots to add more texture. I love this Thinlits set- so versatile!
And finally, the frame is lightly rubbed with white ink and attached with more foam tape for dimension.
To make a place for the earrings, I used a half inch square scrap centered on my tag.
I made a small mark at each corner and used an awl to punch holes for the earrings to fit. A little baker’s twine at the top of the tag too.
I found multiple pairs of earrings at Target for only $10!
A couple of my favorite pairs get added to the tag and placed inside for the most adorable gift.
This is a great way to make several gifts that are personalized, fun, and within my holiday budget!
Thanks for letting me share my project today! I would love to know if this card has inspired any of your gift-giving plans! Head over to Sizzix.com to check out more creative ideas.
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