• Magic Card
  • Criss Cross Cards
  • Cutting Shaped card blanks 
  • Machine stitching on cards 
  • Making Boxes for cards

The Magic Card
I'm adding the Magic Card to my tutorials, purely because if I forget 'how to' I can refer back here 
Before I start I'd just like to say I cannot take credit for this lovely card shape, I found it on the StampArtic blog and have loved making them ever since, I always worry that blogs might be deleted and I lose my favourite tutorials

1) The card is 6" top to bottom and 7" across
Cut 3 pieces of card
1st piece 7" x 6" ~ score at 1-1/2" and 5 1/2"
2nd piece 6" x 6" ~ score at 1" and 5"
3rd piece 4" x 8" ~ score at 6" and 6 1/8" 
as below
2) Choose a die or punch and cut the sides
I used the Magnolia Old Swedish Lace Die

 3) Add tape to the back of the smaller one of the two pieces and the short edge of the 4" strip 
as below
4) With the largest piece of card (7x6) laying flat, place the 4" strip  as shown below

 5)Next remove the tape and stick down the smaller piece (6x6) in the center
the 4" piece of card sticking out the top is the front of the card as seen in the next photo

6) Now you have your card blank made it's time to add papers
7) Cut papers ~
3 pieces 5 7/8" x 3 7/8
 2 pieces 5 7/8" x 1"
2 pieces 5 7/8" x 1/2"
I cut one in a different design but you don't have to. 
8) Place the 1" strips down the outer edges 
9) Place the 1/2" strips down the inner edges 
10) Place two of the larger pieces one at the top (flap)
and one below which is the inside of your card
11) bring the flap down and place the last piece of paper on the front
That's the card made now it's time to decorate it...
 and here is my finished card. 
and below is the inside, I added a piece of card for the greeting/message

I hope you try it they are fun to make,
Thanks for looking
hugs Teresa xx

Criss Cross Cards
Many people have asked me how I make Criss Cross cards and I used to send them a link to a tutorial on the Magnolia blog but as it's no longer there I thought I'd do a tutorial myself, I hope I explain it good enough for you.
First of all you need 2 x 6" square cards
1) Using your trimmer you need to cut the front of each card diagonally as in a mirror image like below
2) add double sided tape or glue along the edges of the back of one of the cards 

 3) Stick down on to the inside of the second card 
 4) Cut out card and your design of paper to decorate the inside and outside of the card as below
 I've cut 2 squares 5 5/8" card
and 2 squares 5 1/2" paper
cutting one set diagonally to decorate the front of the card
the smaller square 4 3/4" card and 4 1/2" paper
 is to go inside the pocket afterwards

 5) I like to add a small piece of double sided tape to secure paper to card whilst I'm sewing the edges, but if you want to add tape/glue to stick yours down that's fine
6) Here are the papers sewn (or taped/glued)) to the pieces of card
 7) Starting with the large square, glue or tape it to the inside back of the card blank

 8) Add a piece of tape across the bottom and remove the backing from the tape
  fold down the first side (either left or right it's up to you)
9) At this stage I like to add my ribbon/lace, just so it sits neatly round the back before attaching these pieces to the card 
10) Decorate the small piece of card as you wish and pop it in the pocket
the card is now ready to fully decorate with image, flowers or whatever to like

The two photos below show my finished card

And that's it! 
I hope I've explained it easy enough, if you have any questions please ask,
 I am more than willing to help you. 
Have fun!
hugs Teresa xx


Shaped card blanks 
I have been asked by a few people how to cut the pretty shaped cards...
First of all you need a large cutting machine and some Go-kreate dies
I use a A3 sheet of 250gsm white card to cut my card blanks
I score it at 8 & 2/8" as below then fold it in half...
next I choose my dies, these are Go Kreate XXL Square frames frilly #10 
and I'm using the 3rd size die in from the outer to make 6" cards
I position the die so it just over laps the side of the card and using a couple of pieces of masking tape to hold it in place 
The sandwich is 'A' base plate, die facing upwards, card then 'C' cutting plate
My card blank looks like this ...
Next up I cut a piece of base card and paper using the full die this time
I glue the paper to this base card, make up my complete topper
then glue the whole thing to the card blank.

I hope this is helpful to you :o) 
Any questions please ask. 
Hugs Teresa xx  


Machine stitching on cards 

First I coloured my image the lovely Giordano Baby Bunny GI0725 Stamp
I chose my papers which are from the Jane Shasky CD, my card and a doily.
I've used a small piece of double sided tape to secure the paper & doily to the card so it doesn't move about whilst sewing.

I've used my standard sewing machine, no special needle required and I
didn't have to adjust the tension.
I chose straight stitch but if you are practicing it's good to start with the zigzag as this doesn't show so much if you do go off the line a little. 
You can keep the sewing line straight by using the foot of the machine close to the edge of the card as a guide

I then sew the doily in place 
If you are trying this for the first time and if you do make a mistake (wobbly lines etc) you could always pop a flower over that area to disguise it.
Here is the finished card.


Pop's Cards said...

Hey sweetie pie, you are a star I found this so helpful and the pics are so clear, now why couldn't I just work this out, oh wait cos I am super thick!!! Thank you Thank you and Thank you <3 huggles Pops x x x

Donna said...

Hi Teresa.
Thank you for the shaped card tutorial.
You are a gem!
I tried it out today using my Go-Kreate large frilly frames #2 and was quite pleased as I use a Bigshot machine which will only take up to 6" square.
It was a bit hard to get a straight edge though when masking up as the frame has a point on each of the sides which meant If you overlap the frame to much you lose quite a bit of the card.
Do you decorate the inside?

Any tips please!
Thank you lots.

Crafty hugs
Donna x

Janie Printz said...

This is truly appreciated & SOOOO helpful. I don't have any of the Go Kreate shaped dies yet but am trying to decide if I NEED the full set of 6 dies or if the set of 3 will be large enough ... I want 2 or 3 different sets. I LOVE the look of yours &really do love the tutorial you showed for doing this.
Hugs, Janie

Julie Gleeson said...

Thank you for your fantastic tutorials! I cant wait to try all of these! Hugs Julie xox

kay said...

Super tutorials teresa x

Unknown said...

Your tutorials are great Teresa!!! Thank you for sharing with us. I will try ... .o))

Wendy L said...

Great tuts Teresa, I do love your cards, xxxx

Anonymous said...

Fab Tutorials thank you, I'm going to have a go! xxx

Amanda xx said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial on how to make a criss cross cards....can't wait to make one now....also loved the info on stitching very useful. xxxxxx

iris-irena said...

What a beautiful cards, thank you for sharing this to us
regards from slovenia

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9CritterChris said...

Teresa, Thank you so much for allowing me to see how you make your beautiful cards. You are a doll.
Thanks again,
Chris in Las Vegas

Unknown said...

great tutorials hun, thank you sooo much, very helpful. If I can turn out cards anywhere near as beautiful as yours I'll be happy xx xx xx

Crazy Bird said...

Thank you for the tutorials, I hope one day to be as good as you :)
Anne (in UK)