I love to find either new or different ways to use my die sets. Let’s face it, they’re an investment. So our intention is that we’ll use it often. However, we live in the real world that often distracts us of our original intention. This die set was one of those purchases for me. I got them on sale or I probably wouldn’t have bought them. That would have been my loss! I just didn’t see how much I would actually use it. I stopped making a big deal out of wrapping presents when the grands were little because they only care what’s inside at that age. Now, they prefer gift cards or cash. Who doesn’t?
Here’s a photo of the “Tag” die used last Christmas as tags. I decorated an envelope and adhered it to the back for the $ or card.
For this project I wanted to show you how to use this versatile die set to also create a book fold card.
I used Elizabeth Craft Designs: 960 – Tags & More 7 – Vine
Step 1: Make the base card by scoring a pc. of 8.5″ x 11″ at 4.25″ on the 8.5″. Fold over for a book fold that is 4.25″ x 11″. Using the die pc. that cuts the top and an inch down the sides and tape it to the closed base as below. Notice that I’ve positioned the die to hang over the fold so that it doesn’t cut on that side.:
In the photo below, I flipped this step over so you can see the fold is taped right next to the blade but not over it.
The next photo is the result of this run through the cutting machine:
Step 2. Using the die in the photo below from this set, position the die on the front of the base card. Line up the hole in the die with the one in the front of the base. Run through a die cutting machine. Using these same two die pieces, cut one of the top edge pc. and two of the leafy pc. with Olive green cardstock but trim them where the die ends. Now adhere the leafy one to the inside matching all the leaves (start w/the tag hole) and the plain edger one to the other side. The second green leafy one I used on the back of the card.
This set comes with sooo many little dies to decorate and make edge cuts, that can be used with a lot of other projects. I love those corner dies:
Step 3: I used the “loopy or scallop” edger for both the front and inside of the card. I also used all 3 of the corner dies. I wanted to use as many of the dies in this set as I could so you could see how many projects you could use these little décor pcs:
Step 4: I love Sunflowers and Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs created a die set that is my favorite 3D Sunflower to use on projects. I’ve used it so many times and it’s called: 999 – Garden Notes – Sunflower
Cut enough pieces to make 2 sunflowers. I recommend cut at least two of the petal die for a full flower, Here’s the link to Susan’s assembly video: Sunflower Video
After watching the video, start to assemble the sunflower directly to the card as shown.
Step 5: I used one of Susan Cannon’s dies for the sentiment: 1161 – Happy Birthday 2
Cut it out twice, once in yellow and once in green. Glue the yellow on top of the green, offsetting it then adhere to the card as shown. Tie some coordinating ribbon through both tag holes.
Step 6 is optional. I sometimes like to decorate the backs of the cards I make. This one needed it because I used a cardstock for the base that is only 65lb. Didn’t realize I had until I was too far into it. That weight would not have been a problem on a smaller card. But this card is 8.5″ long! So here’s a look at the back:
That’s it! I hope this project inspired you to re-think your tag dies. This die set is a fantastic value! I have another project tomorrow using a different tag die set. I hope you come back tomarrow for Chapter 2: Dies R Us Inspiration Blog
Other Products Used:
Inside sentiment: Fiskars “Make a Wish” Stamp set
Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue
Sizzix Big Shot Plus