Altering Die Cuts For Different Sized Cards

Altering Die Cuts Helps You Get More From Your Tools!

In this slimline beach card post I showed you where I changed a die cut to fit your project and today I am going to give you some more details about how altering die cuts can help you get a lot more mileage from your tools.  For this card I used the Slimline Clouds, Slimline Waves, Lighthouse, Palm Trees, Sun and Grass #2.

A handmade greeting card showing a seaside lighthouse and palm tree to illustrate how altering die cuts can make them fit any project

The Card Base

  • Cut A2 card base using white cardstock.
  • Score the card base down the center at 4.25″.
  • Use a blender brush to apply light blue ink to create the sky background.

The Clouds, Waves and Sand Layers

  • Cut a 5.50″ piece of white cardstock and cut it again using the cloud die.
  • Attach the cloud layer to the card base using a strip of mounting tape.
  • Use aqua cardstock to cut two 5.50″ sections of cardstock and cut them again using the waves die.
  • Attach them to the card base using double stick tape.
  • Cut a 5.50″ piece of Kraft cardstock and cut again using one of the wave dies.  
  • Use a blender brush to apply light brown ink to the sand and attach it to the card base using a strip of mounting tape. 
  • Note:  Using the wave die for sand and altering the size of these fun slimline die cuts on an A2 sized card shows how we can think outside the box and increase the ways we can use our dies.

 

And image using altering die cuts in size to make a die cut lighthouse and palm tree fit a differently sized card

The Lighthouse

  • Cut the lighthouse parts using red, white and blue cardstock.
  • Mix and match the pieces to create a colorful lighthouse. and attach them together using glossy accents.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of both lighthouse sections and attach them in behind the sand layer.

The Palm Trees, Sun and Grass

  • Cut the palm tree fronds and trunk using Kraft and green cardstock.
  • Apply brown ink to the trunks using a mini applicator.
  • Gently bend the fronds with your fingers and attach them to the trunks using glossy accents.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the trunks, tuck them in behind the sand and attach them to the card base.
  • Cut the grass sprigs using green cardstock, tuck them around the trees and lighthouse and attach using glossy accents.
  • Cut the sun using bright yellow cardstock, cut the top portion off and tuck it under the cloud and attach using mounting tape. 

A handmade card of a lighthouse and palm tree on a beach demonstrating how altering die cuts can help them fit different sized projects

Here’s the slimline version of this card.

how to alter a die cut is shown in three different examples on this beach scene greeting card handmade from die cuts

Does this post help you see how you might start altering die cuts you have in your stash? Share with me any great light bulb moments you’ve had!

 
5328-03D Slimline Waves Die
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5328-01D Slimline Clouds Die
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5202-05D Light House Die Cut
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5212-06D Palm Trees Die Cut
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Sun Moon Die 5147-07D
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5210-02D Grass #2 Die Cut
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Color Fuse Set #9
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Color Fuse Set #3
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Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
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Life Changing Blender Brush Set,…
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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3mm (1/8″), Be Creative Tape
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5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
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How To Alter A Die Cut

Have you ever wondered how to alter a die cut that you love but maybe doesn’t fit on the card you have planned? Today I am going to show you a couple of tips on how to do this and all of a sudden you will see your collection of dies with new eyes!  For this card I wanted to show off Rubbernecker’s newly released Slimline Clouds and Slimline Waves.  I paired the new dies with the Lighthouse, Palm Trees, Sun, Small Birds and Grass #2.

how to alter a die cut is shown in three different examples on this beach scene greeting card handmade from die cuts

The Card Base

  • Cut the 7.00″ x 8.50″ slimline card base using white cardstock.
  • Score the card base down the center at 3.50″.
  • Use a blender brush to apply light blue ink to create the sky background.

The Clouds, Waves and Sand Layers

  • Cut the cloud layer using white cardstock and attach it to the card base with a strip of mounting tape.
  • Use aqua cardstock to cut two wave layers and attach them to the card base using double stick tape.
  • Cut the sand layer using one of the wave dies and Kraft cardstock.
  • Use a blender brush to apply light brown ink to the sand and attach it to the card base using a strip of mounting tape. 
  • Note:  Using the wave die for sand shows how we can think outside the box and increase the ways we can use our dies.

Examples of how to alter a die cut are shown on this handmade greeting card depicting a scene at the seashore

The Lighthouse

  • Cut the lighthouse parts using red, white and blue cardstock.
  • Mix and match the pieces to create a colorful lighthouse. and attach them together using glossy accents.
  • Shorten the lighthouse to fit the height of the card base by altering the placement of the top light portion and cutting a small portion off the bottom. Note:  Altering the height of the lighthouse allows me to use it on several different sized cards.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of both lighthouse sections and attach them in behind the sand layer.

The Palm Trees

  • Cut the palm tree fronds and trunk using Kraft and green cardstock.
  • Apply brown ink to the trunks using a mini applicator.
  • Gently bend the fronds with your fingers and attach them to the trunks using glossy accents.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the trunks, tuck them in behind the sand and attach them to the card base.

Sun, Grass and Bird

  • Cut the grass sprigs using green cardstock, tuck them around the trees and lighthouse and attach using glossy accents.
  • Cut the sun using bright yellow cardstock, cut the top portion off and tuck it under the cloud and attach using mounting tape. 
  • Use white cardstock to cut the bird, apply a touch of gray ink to the wings and attach it to the card base using a small piece of mounting tape.

how to alter a die cut is shown in several examples on this handmade greeting card

You can see how easy it was for me to alter a die cut to fit my card size and how to use a die meant for one thing and using it for another.  Take a look at your dies and let me know how you may extended the ways to use them. Check back tomorrow to see how I used these new slimline dies on an A2 sized card.

 
5328-03D Slimline Waves Die
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5328-01D Slimline Clouds Die
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5202-05D Light House Die Cut
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5212-06D Palm Trees Die Cut
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Sun Moon Die 5147-07D
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Small Birds Die 5147-06D
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5210-02D Grass #2 Die Cut
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Color Fuse Set #9
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Color Fuse Set #12
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Color Fuse Set #3
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Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
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Life Changing Blender Brush Set,…
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
[ AMZUS ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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3mm (1/8″), Be Creative Tape
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5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
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Pretty Backgrounds For Cards – Blending Tips!

As much as I love a card with a simple white background I do like making pretty backgrounds for cards where something needs to stand out with some context. Like this beach chair – it’s cute, but floating in mid-air, well, that would be odd. So creating a background where it could be the star makes the card that much more interesting.  Some of the prettiest backgrounds can be made using blender brushes and ink to create something realistic yet artistic. Here’s how you can do this.

For this card I used Rubbernecker’s Beach Umbrellas, Beach Chairs #2, Mixable Flower Stack 5107D and Small Birds.

a handstamped project featuring die cuts and a sample of pretty backgrounds for cards

The card Base and Scene Layer

  • Cut an A2 sized card base and scene layer using white cardstock.
  • Apply light brown ink to the lower section of the scene layer using a small blender brush to create the soft sandy beach.
  • Place a strip of masking tape across the lower half of the scene layer.
  • Use a large blender brush to apply light blue ink to create the ocean water line.
  • Remove the masking tape and apply the sky area using a large blender brush and light blue ink.
  • Sketch a few sections of sea grass in the sand using a green marker.
  • Apply touches of darker brown ink to the base of each sea grass section using a mini applicator.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the scene layer and attach it to the card base.
  • Note:  I wanted the sky, water and sand colors to fade out to a white edge to create the appearance of a dreamy summer day.

pretty backgrounds for cards shown off with a tropical scene made from die cuts on a handmade greeting card

The Die Cut Beach Images

  • Cut the umbrella and chair sections using bright yellow and teal cardstock.yellow
  • Assemble the pieces and attach them together using glossy accents.
  • Cut a small strip of teal cardstock and several thin strips of yellow cardstock to create the beach towel.
  • Attach the yellow strips to the teal piece using glossy accents and use snips to cut the fringe and then attach it to the back of the beach chair using glossy accents.
  • Cut the sun using yellow cardstock and attach it to the top of the scene using a piece of mounting tape.
  • Attach small pieces of mounting tape to the top center and sides of the umbrella and attach it to the scene.
  • Apply a piece of mounting tape to the back of the chair and touches of glossy accents to the lower frame of the chair and attach it to the scene.
  • Finish the scene by cutting a small bird, apply gray ink to the wings using a mini applicator and attach it to the scene using a small piece of mounting tape.

 

a sample of pretty backgrounds for cards featuring a ocean view and a beach scene made from die cuts

Here are the the Rubbernecker products used for this card.

 
5212-02D Beach Umbrellas Die Cut
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5212-01D Beach Chairs #2 Die Cut
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Mixable Flower Stack Die 5107D
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Small Birds Die 5147-06D
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Color Fuse Set #9
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Color Fuse Set #12
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Peeled Paint, Ranger Distress Marker
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Life Changing Blender Brush Set,…
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Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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Vintage Photo, Ranger Distress Ink Pad
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Antique Linen, Ranger Distress Ink Pad
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Now that you have some tips to make different pretty backgrounds for cards like this one, try your hand at other scenes. I am betting you will get hooked!

Another Slimline Beach Card!

I am just LOVING these beach toy and accessories dies from Rubbernecker and I just had to make another slimline beach card. I love that this Wonky Squares slimline insert die gives such a playful feel to this card and gives me three perfectly sized windows for three tiny scenes!

For this card I used the Slimline Solid Deckle, Slimline Inside Wonky Square, Sand Toys, Sand Castle, Deckle Hills, Waves, and Small Birds.

A cheerful slimline beach card made all from innovative die cuts from Rubbernecker

The Slimline Frame and Card Base

  • Cut the 3.50″ x 8.50″ card base using yellow cardstock and score lengthwise at 3.50″.
  • Use aqua cardstock to cut a 3.25″ x 8.25″ rectangle layer and attach to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Cut the solid slimline using yellow cardstock, place it back on the cutting platform, line up the inside slimline die and run though the machine a second time.
  • Use Kraft cardstock to cut the sand layers and aqua cardstock to cut the waves.
  • Attach the sand layer and waves to the back of the frame using ATG adhesive.
  • Cut a 2.25″ x 7.00″ strip of white cardstock and apply light blue ink to create a sky background to fit behind the frame openings.
  • Attach the sky layer to the back of the frame using strips of mounting tape.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the slimline frame and attach it to the card base.

 

This slimline beach card was made using all new cardmaking dies from Rubbernecker to create those three individual mini-scenes on one card

The Sand Castle, Beach Toys and Birds

  • Cut the sand castle using Kraft cardstock, assemble the pieces and attach them together using rolled up ropes of double stick tape.rolled double stick tape 2
  • Attach a small piece of mounting tape to the back of the sand castle, tuck it in behind the sand layer and attach it to the card base.
  • Cut the beach toys using red, yellow and white cardstock.
  • Attach the pieces together using glossy accents.
  • Tuck the bucket and beach ball in behind the sand and waves and attach with small pieces of mounting tape.
  • Cut the birds using white cardstock, apply light gray ink to the wings using a mini applicator and attach to the frame using tiny pieces of mounting tape.

A playful slimline beach card set on the vertical with three tiny beach toy scenes in each of the windows
Here are all the fun things I used to make this card:

 
5322-05D Slimline Solid Deckle Die
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5327-04D Slimline Inside wonky square…
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5314-01D Sand Toys Die
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5314-02D Sand Castle Die
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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5202-09D Waves Die Cut
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Small Birds Die 5147-06D
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Color Fuse Set #9
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Color Fuse Set #12
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Life Changing Blender Brush Set,…
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Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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I hope you liked this slimline beach card and it has inspired you to try to make some of your own!  I appreciate you coming by and I hope you have a great day.

Send a Summer Card To Hold On To the Season!

I had to make this summer card because while I know people are already talking about back to school, I am declaring that the summer is NOT over! I made this fun, beachy summer card to help us all hold on to this season!  You can find lots more summer card inspiration in my Beach Category.  This card was made using Rubbernecker’s Slimline Solid Postage, Deckle Hills, Palm Trees, Beach Bag, Sun Moon, Small Birds and Seaweed Coral.

This slimline summer card is loaded with paper pieced details using cardmaking dies

Scene Background and Card Base

  • Cut an 8.50″ x 3.50″ card base and the postage slimline using white cardstock and a 8.25″ x 3.25″ aqua layer.
  • Score the card base lengthwise at 3.50″, fold and attach the aqua layer using ATG adhesive.
  • Attach masking tape around all sides of the postage slimline layer and across the top half of the layer.
  • Use a large blender brush to apply light blue ink to the bottom portion of the layer to create the ocean.
  • Remove the middle masking tape and apply the light blue ink ti the sky area using a blender brush.
  • Use a small pointed palette knife to apply touches of white embossing paste to the ocean to create seafoam.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the scene layer and attach it to the card base.

The Sand

  • Cut tan 8.50″ layer of Kraft cardstock, place the layer on the cutting platform and cut with the deckle hill die.
  • Reposition the deckle hill die at the end of the first cut and run through the machine a second time to create a sand layer long enough to fit across the whole scene.
  • Position the sand layer on the platform and line up the postage slimline die and run through the machine to create a matching border edge.
  • Apply light brown ink to the sand layer ui9sng a blender brush and attach it to the scene using strips of mounting tape.

This summer card showing an ocean view was made entirely from carmaking dies

Palm Trees, Foliage and Sun

  • Cut the palm frond and foliage sections using green cardstock and the tree trunks using Kraft cardstock.
  • Apply brown ink to the palm tree trunks using a mini applicator.
  • Form the palm fronds using your fingers and attach to the trunks using glossy accents.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the trees, tuck them in behind the sand layer and attach to the scene base.
  • Tuck the foliage sections in behind the sand layer and attach using glossy accents.
  • Cut the sun using yellow cardstock and attach it to the top of the scene layer using mounting tape.

The Beach Bag and Birds

  • Cut the beach bag and accessories using teal, light green and yellow cardstock and the tiny flower using aqua cardstock.
  • Assemble all the pieces and attach them together using glossy accents and rolled up double stick tape.  Note:  I cut two extra pieces of the back half of the hat section using yellow and green cardstock to use to embellish the beach bag. 
  • Attach the beach bag, hat and flip flops to the sand layer using mounting tape and glossy accents.
  • Cut the small birds using white cardstock and apply light touches of gray ink using a mini applicator.
  • Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the birds and attach them to the sky area of the scene base.

 

This handmade summer card used cardmkaing dies to create all the paper pieced details

Here are all the supplies I used to make this beachy card:

 
5322-02D Slimline Solid Postage Die
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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5212-06D Palm Trees Die Cut
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5314-03D Beach Bag Die
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Sun Moon Die 5147-07D
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Small Birds Die 5147-06D
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5321-03D Seaweed/Coral Die
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Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-09D
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Color Fuse Set #9
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Color Fuse Set #12
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Color Fuse Set #3
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Life Changing Blender Brush Set,…
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Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
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Tsukineko Palette Knives
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Studio 490 Embossing Paste by Wendy…
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Scrapbook.com – Mint Tape – Low Tack…
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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How about you? Still enjoying the warmer weather? Don’t let it it end yet – make a summer card for your beach-loving friend and send it off with some sunshiney wishes! I appreciate you coming by and I hope you have a wonderful day.

A Cute Beach Picnic Card!

I know that for so many people a beach picnic is one of the true markers of summer. And this year, it’s not as easy to just pack up and pop out for one of those summery hallmarks. We can still share the fun, the memories and the promise of MORE beach picnics to come with this cute picnic card. And it’s pretty easy to make with all the dies from Rubbernecker.

For this card I used the Nested Scallop with Half Holes, Picnic Table, Palm Trees, Cooler, Deckle Hills, Small Birds and Sun Moon.

Make a beach picnic card for those days when you and your friends just can't make it to the real beach!

The Ocean and Sky Background

  • Cut a white A2 Sized card using white cardstock. 
  • Use white cardstock to cut the scalloped layer.
  • Mask the scalloped borders all the way around with masking tape.
  • Apply a piece of masking tape across the middle of the scene and apply Beachside ink to create the ocean using a blender brush.
  • Remove the middle mask and apply Beachside ink to the sky area using a blender brush.
  • Use Kraft cardstock to cut the sand section.
  • Line up the scalloped die on the sand section and run through the machine to create a matching border.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the scene layer and attach it to the card base.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the sand layer and attach it to the scene base.

The Picnic Table and Cooler

  • Cut the picnic table and benches using brown woodgrain cardstock.
  • Cut the table cloth using gingham cardstock.
  • Attach the table cloth to the table top using rolled up double stick tape.
  • Use pieces of mounting tape to attach the table and benches to the scene base.
  • Cut the cooler using red, white and black cardstock and the bottles and cans using colorful cardstock.
  • Assemble the cooler pieces and drinks and attach together using glossy accents.
  • Attach the cooler to the card base using mounting tape.

I love this beach picnic card because I can almost smell the sea, feel the sand and hear the clink of those soda bottles - click through to see how easy this is to make!

The Palm Trees and Sun

  • Cut the palm frond using green cardstock and the trunks using Kraft cardstock.
  • Apply Pecan ink to the tree trunks using a mini applicator.
  • Attach the fronds to the tree trunks using glossy accents.
  • Gentle form the fronds with your fingers.
  • Tuck the trees in behind the sand layer and attach using glossy accents.
  • Use bright yellow cardstock to cut the sun and attach it to the sky area using a piece of mounting tape.

This beach picnic card is actually pretty easy to make with the great dies from Rubbernecker - click through to get the details!

Celebrate your own beach picnic vibes and make a couple of these cute picnic cards to send to friends!  You can get lots of picnic card inspiration by checking out this link.   And, check out this Beach Card to see a very similar beach scene with a different theme.  Here are the Rubbernecker products used for this card.

 
5320D Nested Scallop w/ Half Holes
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5202-08D Picnic Tables Die Cut
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5212-06D Palm Trees Die Cut
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5313-03D Cooler Die
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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Small Birds Die 5147-06D
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Sun Moon Die 5147-07D
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Color Fuse Set #9
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Color Fuse Set #3
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Here are the other tools and supplies.

 
Antique Linen, Ranger Distress Ink Pad
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Life Changing Blender Brush Set,…
[ ELH ]
Twins, Judikins Eclipse
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Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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