Create a Rectangle With a Square Die

Hi everyone!

Have you ever wanted to die cut a rectangle piece of paper or card stock but only have a square die? Today I want to share with you how to cut out a rectangle with a square die.

 

∗Please note: Because I use a Cuttlebug, this is the order that I place everything {the sandwich} to run through. If you use a Big Shot, I would think the order would be pretty much the same.

 

Place a B plate over the A {base} plate. Follow with a piece of card stock. Place the square die on top of the cardstock. When placing the C plate over the die, make sure you do not cover the portion of the die on the fourth side {bottom}, as shown. There should only be 3 sides of the die covered. Notice how the die is not covered on the 4th side by the C plate.

 

 

Run the “sandwich” through the embossing machine until you get to the end of the C plate on top. Stop and reverse the cranking so that the machine goes backwards. Remove the die and now the card stock should look like this. Only 3 sides of the die were cut because pressure was not applied to the fourth side.

 

 

Next, place the die over the first cut shape so that it overlaps the cut by 1/4″ or so. Sometimes you can feel that the cut lines are lined up with the cutting edges of the die which makes this easy. But if you can’t feel this, turn over the die to line up the cut lines and make 2 little tick marks at the bottom corners of the card stock. This will help to ensure the die is lined up properly with the first cut to do the second cut. ∗Hint: a piece of low tack/washi tape really helps to prevent the die from shifting.

  

 

 

Place the C plate over the die but not over the top portion of the die. You can see in the photo where the top of the die is not covered by the C plate. Run the “sandwich” through the embossing machine until you get to the end of the C plate on top. Stop and reverse the cranking so that the machine goes backwards. Now you’ve got a die cut rectangle! It might take a few minutes longer but it works 🙂

   

 

 

 

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Let’s Make A Card! {#2}

Hi everyone!

I’ve got another “Let’s Make A Card” tutorial for you today. I have included step by step instructions plus a free printable project sheet.

Happy Birthday Printable Project Sheet

You will need: card stock {for the card base/greeting/layer}, 6″ x 6″ piece of patterned paper {DSP}, cutting tool of choice, scissors, scoring board/tool, bone folder, stamp/ink, powder tool/embossing powder/heat tool {optional if heat embossing}, ribbon, adhesive, embellishments.

#1} Cut a piece of card stock to 4 1/4″ x 11″. Score at 5 1/2″, fold and crease with the bone folder. This is the card base.

#2} Cut the 6″ x 6″ DSP to measure 5 1/2″ x 6″. The 1/2″ gets cut off along the bottom. Keep the 1/2″ strip. Now cut the DSP to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. This will cover the card front. Keep the remaining 1 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece.

 

#3} Adhere the 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece to the card base front. Turn over the 1 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece to the reverse side and adhere along the left side of the card front, as shown.

 

#4} Adhere the 1/2″ strip to the bottom of the inside of the card and trim the ends.

 

#4} Stamp the greeting/image. Heat emboss if desired. Be sure to use the powder tool before stamping if you plan to heat emboss. ∗Please note: I die cut a heart to stamp my greeting on and attached it to a piece of die cut white card stock. You do not need dies/punches to do this ~ squares or rectangles work just fine for this and can be cut out with scissors or a trimmer.

#5} Cut a little slit on the top fold for the ribbon to go through and tie a bow. Then attached the layered sentiment on dimensional adhesive.  I added a few tiny rhinestones and some Wink of Stella brush marker to the cakes/banners.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this card tutorial. Please feel free to share your own creations 🙂

 

 

 

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The Country Touch

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Tuesday’s Tutorial #6

Hi everyone!

Welcome to “Tuesday’s Tutorial”!  I added this to the blog to go along with Tuesday’s Tip,  Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit. I hope you enjoy!

Today’s project is a mini clipboard. These are so simple to make. You can get a bunch put together in no time for family, friends, teachers and office co-workers. And of course, don’t forget one for yourself! 😉 The link for a free printable project sheet is below the picture.

Mini Clipboard Printable Project Sheet

 

You will need: chipboard, cutting tool of choice, patterned paper {DSP}, adhesive, sanding block or nail file, binder clip, ribbon, note pad/paper.

#1} Cut a piece of chipboard and a piece of DSP each to 3 7/8″ x 5 3/8″. ∗Please note: Rounding the corners are optional.

 

 

#2} Lining up the edges, adhere the DSP to the chipboard. I found that liquid glue worked well for this as it allows you to move the DSP around if you don’t get it placed properly the first time. Be sure to get adhesive along all the edges and on the corners. Use the sanding block or nail file to lightly sand all the sides and corners. This gives it a smooth finished look.

 

 

#3} Measure the width and the area from the front to back of the binder clip. Cut a piece of DSP to this size. The DSP can match the clipboard or be a coordinating color. ∗Please note: the width of the binder clip is easy to measure but from the front to the back is a bit trickier. So cut it just a wee bit longer than it should be. Before adding adhesive, place it on the clip and wrap it around. This will help you judge how much, if any, needs to be cut off before the adhesive is added.  Apply adhesive to completely cover the back side of the DSP. Starting at the front of the clip, line up the edges and carefully add the DSP smoothing it as you go. Be sure to press firmly as you go over the angles.

 

 

#4} I couldn’t find paper pads this small at our local dollar store but they are available at Staples and on amazon.ca. So instead, I bought a notebook and tore out some pages before cutting them down to size. ∗Please note: I tore out 35 sheets and cut them down to 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″.

 

 

#5} Add a length of ribbon to the front of the binder clip and trim the ends. You can add stamping to the pages if you want but I’m going to leave mine plain.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial 🙂

 

 

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The Country Touch

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Let’s Make A Card!

Hi everyone!

I’ve got something new for you today ~ “Let’s Make A Card”. I have included step by step instructions plus a free printable project sheet. Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think and if you would like to see more of these posts.

Marriage Is A Journey card Printable Project Sheet

You will need: card stock {for the card base/greeting}, patterned paper {DSP}, cutting tool of choice, scissors, scoring board/tool, bone folder, circle die/punch, doily, stamp/ink, sponge, ribbon, bakers twine/cotton string, adhesives, embellishments. ∗Please note: if you do not have a circle die/punch, you can cut any shape which will also look nice.

#1} Cut a piece of card stock to 4 1/4″ x 11″. Score at 5 1/2″, fold and crease with the bone folder. This is the card base. I used the same white card stock to die cut a circle for the greeting.

#2} Cut a piece of card stock to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ {mat for the DSP layer} and a piece of DSP to 4″ x 5 1/4″.

These are the paper pieces.

 

#3} Layer the DSP on the mat leaving equal borders on all four sides. Cut a length of ribbon long enough to wrap around the matted DSP with at least 1 1/2″ {on each end} extending  past, as shown. I’m sorry that it’s kind of hard to see the ribbon as it is quite sheer.  Tie with bakers twine and snip ends. Center and attach this panel to the card base leaving equal borders on all four sides.

   

 

#4} Stamp the greeting on the circle. I added a few flowers as well but these are optional.

#5} The doily can be left white or sponged to coordinate with the paper or ribbon. If you decide to sponge it, be sure to pounce the sponge up and down. This will lessen the chance of the doily wrinkling or tearing as they are quite delicate. I found this out the hard way! Center the doily in the middle of the DSP panel over the ribbon and adhere. ∗Please note: the doily could have been left white but I wanted it to be very subtle on the card front just to add a bit of texture. Because the center of the doily was going to be covered with the greeting, I didn’t sponge it.

  

 

#6} Add some dimensional adhesive to the back of the greeting piece and adhere to the doily.

#7} Now to embellish! I die cut some leaves and tucked them in behind the circle. Then added some white Nuvo drops to the flower centers and bottom right corner.

 

I hope you enjoyed this card tutorial. Please feel free to share your own creations 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Treat/Favor Bag Sets

Hi everyone!

Today I am sharing some treat/favor bag sets. These little bags would be great for table favors for wedding/baby showers, birthday parties or just to wrap up some treats for your family or friends. Sets include 8 bags with toppers. ∗Please note: specific colors may be requested. Available at the Carstairs Artisan Market.

∗Plus, did you know that the Carstairs Artisan Market will ship requested products? If you see something you would like to have shipped to you, please do not hesitate to call the market for all the details. Their number is 1-403-337-3363.

∗Please note: if you would like to read how to create your own treat bag {without a die} like I did these ones, you might like to check out this past blog post —>  https://thecountrytouch.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/tiny-treat-bag/

 

Wedding Shower

 

 

 

Baby

   

 

 

 

Just For You

 

 

 

Birthday

 

 

 

Kraft Thanks

 

 

 

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DIY Scratch Off Cards

Hi everyone!

Todays project is for scratch off cards. There are many occasions to use scratch offs ~ scratch off a balloon to wish someone a Happy Birthday. Will the baby be a boy or a girl? Gender reveal announcements seem to be very popular these days so that’s what I decided to make in this project. These are not only fun for gender reveal parties but also for mailing to family and friends to share the exciting news of an upcoming baby! Or how about a surprise card waiting on a childs night table in the morning ready to scratch and find out what fun activity is planned for the day. The list is endless. So, lets learn how to make these super easy and fun cards.

You will need: card stock or copy paper, stamp/ink, clear packing tape, scissors, acrylic paint, dish soap, small bowl, paint brush, punch.

#1} Stamp image/sentiment on card stock or copy paper. Be sure to space them far enough apart to be able to cut them out properly. ∗Please note: I punched the circle shape I would be using as a template to trace for spacing.

 

 

#2} Cover the stamped images with clear packing tape ~ the tape prevents the paper from soaking up the paint and getting soft. This is the surface that you will paint.

 

 

#3} Before applying the paint/soap mixture, I turned the card stock over and held it up against a window so that I could see the stamped image from the back side. I then made a small pencil mark right in the middle of the image. This is so that when it was time to punch out the circles, I would be sure that the image was centered.

 

 

#4} Combine two parts paint to one part dish soap. I used 1 tbsp. of paint and 1 1/2 tsp. dish soap ~ this made more than enough so I would go with less next time. Stir gently as you don’t want bubbles. If you find there are tiny bubbles as you are painting, use a heat tool quickly a few inches over the surface and this will get rid of them.

  

 

 

#4} Apply the paint in thin even coats. Let dry before applying the next coat. I found that 4 coats did a good job so that the image couldn’t be seen through the paint. ∗Please note: the wet paint mixture will look streaky until the last coat dries thoroughly so don’t stress about it. This is supposed to be fun 🙂

  

 

 

#5} Once the last coat is completely dry and you are pleased with how the paint looks, it’s time to start cutting out the shapes. Be sure to scratch one off before you use them all up on your project!

 

   

 

 

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“Life happens. Coffee helps.” card

Hi everyone!

Today I am sharing a second project using the Stampin’ Up! Coffee Cafe Bundle {SU products listed below}. Todays card shows how the stamps, dies and DSP from the Coffee Break Suite go together beautifully and make creating easy.  This card can be created with other stamps and dies that you may have for any occassion. Also, there is a free printable project sheet below.

Here is the link for the first project if you are interested.     https://thecountrytouch.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/tuesdays-tutorial-5/

Life happens, coffee helps card PDF

 

 

You will need: white card stock, Coffee Café card stock and patterned paper {DSP}, vellum card stock, cutting tool of choice, scoring board/tool, bone folder, adhesive, tape, inks, stamped images/die cuts, embellishments {optional}. ∗Please note:

 

#1} Cut a piece of white card stock to 4 1/4″ x 11″. Score at 5 1/2″, fold and crease with a bone folder. This is the card base.

#2} Cut a piece of Early Espresso card stock and a piece of DSP each to 2 11/16″ x 4 1/8″.

#3} You can either stamp the coffee beans directly to the Early Espresso card stock or stamp them on a scrap and die cut them out, which is what I did. This gives the card a little more dimension and texture. Before adhering them down I placed them where I wanted them to be sure they were spaced okay.

 

 

 

#4} Adhere the card stock and DSP together as shown with a piece of tape on the back. Tie a length of ribbon around the middle to cover the join and tie in a knot or bow on the left side. Attach to the card base.

  

 

 

#5} Stamp the “whipped cream” with a very light tan color. I used Crumb Cake ink, stamped off once on scrap paper then stamped the image again on white card stock before cutting out. Cut out remaining coffee cup/cup sleeve/lid pieces. The lid was cut from vellum. This gives the look of a clear plastic lid.

 

 

#6} Cut out the straw and stamp with the stripes. I used Pool Party ink for this.

 

 

#7} The “life happens, coffee helps” greeting was stamped and heat embossed before cutting out with a stitched circle and layering on a Pool Party circle. The card is now ready to assemble as shown. A couple of enamel shapes were attached to the greeting and some coffee beans on the right hand side.

 

 

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:

  • Coffee Cafe Stamp Set {item #143677 ~ page 31}
  • Coffee Cups Framelits Dies {item #143745 ~ page 213}
  • Coffee Cafe Bundle {saves 10%} {item #145331 ~ page 31}
  • Coffee Cafe DSP {item #144155 ~ page 31}
  • Coffee Cafe Cardstock Pack {item #144156 ~ page 31}

If you reside in Canada and do not currently have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love to earn your business or answer any questions that you may have.

Please feel welcome to check out my online store:       http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/erinleech

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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