Shaped Cards Video Series. Episode #1 – You Are A Blessing

Hello, everyone! This is Yana Smakula and thank you for joining me! This blog post and video marks the start of yet another monthly feature I’m hosting on Spellbinders blog and Youtube channel called “Shaped Cards with Spellbinders”. Once a month I will be posting a card and and video tutorial featuring a shaped card base using Spellbinders dies!

I was happy to see you enjoy the first few episodes from my original video series, Layered Dimensional Die Cutting, so I decided to introduce additional series and share even more tutorials using Spellbinders dies. I hope you’ll enjoy these videos just as much!

Shaped Cards Video Series. Episode #1 - You Are A Blessing

In the past I never cared much for shaped cards and only made standard square or rectangular projects, but after making a few I was hooked. This is something different, yet not hard to make. So let’s jump right in!

The card I am sharing in this post and video first appeared in the Die-cutting Essentials Magazine Issue 25, I have more cardmaking ideas in that issue in case you’d like to check it out.

I started working on my project by creating a card base. This, after all, is the most important part of a shaped card! I used pearlescent white cardstock from WorldWin, trimmed a 5 x 12” strip, scored it and folded at 5 inches. To create the base for my card I used an outer die from the Braided Grace Square set.

Shaped Cards Video Series. Episode #1 - You Are A Blessing

I love to use die sets where there’s an outer outline die and also a detail die. Sets like this offer you lots more die cutting options.

To make sure I kept the fold in place and did not accidentally cut it off I taped my die onto my paper and I positioned it so that the top cut edge of the die went a bit outside the fold. After you cut the base out you can keep it as is, or you can add detail onto the front of the card. I used the Inlaid Braid die – I opened my card base up (you’ll need to do this not to cut through both the front and back), positioned my die and send it through the machine and cut. This added gorgeous decorative detail to the front of the card base.

Shaped Cards Video Series. Episode #1 - You Are A Blessing

The bottom edge of this card base is rather flat so it stands no problem on its own. Watch my video tutorial below to learn how to make the base and how to embellish this project.

Shaped Cards Video Series. Episode #1 - You Are A Blessing

Spellbinders Supplies:

Other supplies: First Edition Sweet Nothings 12×12 Paper Pad; Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110 LB cardstock, My Paper Studio Solid Glitter Gold 12×12 cardstock, Gold Foil Cardstock, WorldWin White pearlescent cardstock; May Arts 1 ¼” wide Silk Ribbon – White; Self Adhesive White Pearls; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares, Scrapbook Adhesives Adhesive sheets, Hot Glue Gun; Mama Elephant His Love Clear stamp Set; Tsukineko Versamark Watermark Ink Pad; Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder; Heat Tool; DMC Metallic Thread Gold.

Shaped Cards Video Series. Episode #1 - You Are A Blessing

Watch video tutorial below to learn how to make this project:

Thank you so much for stopping by today and have fun die cutting!

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  1. What an awesome project Yana. Always classy and clean!

    1. thank you so much, Debi!

  2. Gorgeous, elegant, beautiful and layered. Love these.

    1. aww, thank you so much, Seth!

  3. Hi Yana love your cards ! they are so classy you
    have done Becca’s dies proud love them …..
    Thank you for sharing hugs Pam X

  4. Beautifully done . Very elegant card. thanks for sharing it.

  5. Oh wow, so beautiful!

  6. Absolutely stunning! The gold and white makes stand out, so very elegant with those cutting dies! Hugs!💜🤗

  7. Hi Yana

    WOW, this is one of the most beautiful cards I’ve seen

    Thank you for sharing x

  8. Perfectly delightful, beautiful presentation. Thank you!

  9. First, congratulations on getting published!! And thank you for sharing how you make a bow. I might have to give your method a try as I struggle with bows too sometimes but like the look. You’ve got my curiousity peaked! I think I’ll give making a shaped card a try! Thank you, Yana. I so enjoy your videos — and especially the ones using Spellbinders dies.

  10. I love this card… You did a great job explaining how to make it…

  11. Beautiful! As everything you create~! TFS

  12. Fabulous video. Have viewed a few times because it is simply delightful and inspirational. Always had a problem layering which I want to do more of. Also the shaped cards are so cool. But to do it with an intricate die is fantastic.
    I also love Becca Feeken dies and you are really showing their potential.

  13. Love your cards Yana and this one does not disappoint, beautiful.

  14. Yana, I can’t thank you enough. I have been in a slump. After addmiring your cards you have giving me new hope. Most beautiful cards I have seen. Please do more.

  15. Just fab cards

  16. Stunning, clean, fab colors, inspiring!!! Thank you so much.

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