Paper Cutting Technique, 12″ Pad, Making a Bridal Shower Card

I’ve had questions about paper cutting, so I thought I’d use a 12″ x 12″ paper pad, and show how to make a card. The paper pad I used was called Pocket Blossom from Die Cuts With a View from Michaels. These pads come with a couple of pages of ATC (Artist Trading Cards) that you can use on your card (or inside your card.)
To trim these from your pad, you’ll want to line up the line between two cards on the cutting line of your trimmer, and holding it against the measuring bar with your right hand, pull the blade from the top of the page, toward you.

To cut an A2 size card that is 5 1/2″ by 4 1/4″, you’ll want to put your paper in the trimmer so it is on the 11″ mark and pull the blade toward you. Then turn the paper one turn, and put it in the trimmer at 4 1/4″ and pull the blade toward you. To score it, I used a pen cap and my paper trimmer. I lined the paper up at 5 1/2″ and put the trim blade at the top of the trimmer so it’s out of the way.  I used the pen cap, and ran it down the cut line (not hard), just to make a mark so the paper will fold easily. The other way to make an a2 size card, is to put your paper on the  8 1/2″ mark on the measuring bar, and hold the right side, pull the blade toward you. Turn the paper one turn, and put it in the trimmer at      5 1/2″ and cut. This will create the other A2 size card. One is long and thin and one is short and fat. It’s all in the way you trim your paper and what you want your card to look like when you are finished.
Since I was using a layering die, I needed two other pieces of paper from the same paper pad to cut from. I put the 12″ paper in the paper trimmer at 4″ and trimmed about 3 1/2″ from the bottom up. Then I turned the paper one turn, that moved the paper cut to my left, and lined up the end of that cut with my cut bar and put the trimming device on that spot and pulled the blade toward me. That cut a 3 1/2″ square piece.
I used a layered heart die and here’s the link to it. I used snips to cut my dies apart. Here’s a link to the snips I use.

I used a corner rounder to round the corners of my card and the piece I cut for the inside. The inside piece is 5 3/8″ tall by 4 1/4″ wide. The corner rounder came from Amazon and here’s a link to it.

I glued a piece of gold paper under the heart that I die cut from my card. The card is 5 1/2″ tall by 4 1/4″ wide. I put the die in the center and used the die that had the most metal for that cut out. Before putting it in my die cutting machine, I opened the card so it wouldn’t cut through the front and back, only the front.  I glued that die cut onto the gold paper that I laid behind the heart, and then die cut and glued the next layer that had less metal on it and then finally, die cut and glued the one that had the least metal. I glued the gold and white patterned paper behind the gold piece of card stock with the gold and white patterned paper facing inside.

The micro brushes I didn’t use, here’s the link.
The micro brushes I did use, here’s the link:

I used Hampton Arts stamp set called Enjoy for my card, and used a stamp positioner to hold it in place while I stamped it with Versamark ink and Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder, that I then heat set.
I didn’t think you could see the gold embossing, so I used pearl watercolors and here’s the link to them:

At first I only painted over the two sentiments, but didn’t love that, so added watercolor to the whole front of the card and I liked it better that way. I added some gold sequins to the front with my micro brushes.  My card warped but I laid it under a thick book and it flattened out and looked great.
I took the ATC that I cut out and glued it to the inside of the card and then cut a 4″ cut the top on a diagonal so it was about 2″ tall and I could put a gift card or money inside it. I used a scrap to line it.\

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