Friday, July 22, 2011

JB30: oh HOLE-y night! :)

ok, you have to know i LOVE this ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ prompt, just from the name, right? oh how i wish it was me who came up with it, but alas, the credit goes to my very clever & very generous blogging friend ros crawford, who graciously agreed to be our lovely guest star this week. she didn't just come up with the best title of the whole year, though... nuh-uh... she's got an equally cool CONCEPT to go with it: this week we're making APERTURE (aka "window") CARDS! so they are literally HOLE-y!!! awesome!!! :)

here's mine:

(patterned paper: tim holtz, dcwv; stickers: k&co; rub-on & brads: making memories; florals & leaves: prima; ink: colorbox; dies: nestabilities; adhesives: tombow monorunner, uhu gluestick, 3m foam tape)

for this card i used nesties to both cut the aperture into the cardbase, and also to make a frame for the resulting window, out of contrasting paper. i'm sure neither of these things is a challenge to anybody else... but i think i came up with a couple of ideas to make it easier; specifically in terms of making the dies STAY WHERE YOU WANT THEM for long enough to make the right cuts! here they are:

to easily make the aperture in your card:

position nestie on card
where you want the window, with the cutting surface against the cardstock, and secure using "fuzzy tape" (that you've pulled on and off your t-shirt a few times, so it will still stick, but not rip the paper when you take it off.)

flip the card with attached nestie
so that cardstock is at the top of the "cutting sandwich" under your "b" plate (this is for a cuttlebug; make the sandwich your specific die-cutting machine prefers)

carefully remove the die
and reveal a perfectly placed aperture!!!

to make a frame for the above:

roll a tiny bit of dryline glue
(such as from a tombow mono runner) on to one edge of the back of the same nestie used for your card's window, and also the next size up; position them carefully--evenly spaced inside each other--face up on your c-bug's "c" plate

place paper on top of nested dies
and cut as usual... you will get one large shape (the size of the smaller die) and one frame

affix frame to aperture in card
with the adhesive of your choice... it'll be exactly the right size!!!
nice, huh?! :)

and now i hope you'll take these ideas... or some of your own... and make a HOLE-y card that you'll link up at JINGLE BELLES between now and next wednesday evening! cannot wait to see what you will make! ♥


  1. love this idea! thanks for sharing

  2. Fabulous card ... Thanks so much for having me join you this week

  3. I've done something similar, L. I tape the two Nesties together using painter's tape. I love Ros title and challenge…genius! Your card is perfect and lovely, as usual :)

    Happy Friday!

  4. your card...I always love ALL your cards but I'm so going to try your tut AND I seem to recall having the same blooms that you used on your card so I'm a'thinkin' that I'm going to be doing a smidge of Lauren Casing...Happy Friday!!!!!

  5. GORGEOUS card! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  6. I laughed out loud at the "holey" pun. *Giggle* And the card is stunning. Love the vintage feel to it.

  7. Totally adorable, Lauren! And thanks for the tutorial, I love the "fuzzy tape" idea! I'll have to try that! :)

  8. What a yummy, warm card Lauren! Very old-fashioned...oh I guess they call that "vintage" now... :)

  9. Lauren, this is so beautiful. Thank you for the tutorial that certainly is a big help. I love the colors that you used and placing the tree inside the card adds that special touch.

  10. Thanks for this! Your card is gorgeous and I was scared to get creative with the dies. I might try this next time.

  11. Holey macarony, I love this x-mas card. I love the way you created the frame, a really beautiful and fun x-mas card. :-)


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