Slimline Happy Spring Cards!

We know spring is coming – we just have to be patient – but I am already looking forward to it so today I made one of the slimline Happy Spring cards I have been thinking about. I just loved making these three tiny scenes, each in its own little window, with all these adorable little critters.  To make this card I used the Rubbernecker Slimline OPC Scallop, Slimline Grass, Bunnies, Ducks, Small Butterflies, Flower Buds, Leaf Stems and Grass #2.

Come over to see one of my favorite ideas for making slimline happy spring cards.

Slimline Frame and Card Base

  • Use white cardstock to cut the 8.50″ x 7.00″ card base and a 7.75″ x 2.75″ scene base.
  • Place the card base on the Scor-Pal and score down the center at 3.50″ and fold.
  • Cut the slimline frame using white cardstock.
  • Use green cardstock to cut the slimline grass section and attach it to the back of the slimline frames using double stick tape.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back outer edges of the slimline frame and the two center frame sections.
  • Apply blue ink to the scene layer using a large blender brush and blue ink.
  • Attach the blue scene layer to the back of the slimline frame.
  • Apply strips of double stick tape to the back of the frame and scene layer and attach it to the card base.

Color The Animals

  • Cut the bunnies using white cardstock.
  • Apply a light layer of light brown ink to the bunny using a mini applicator.
  • Apply darker shading to the bunny using dark brown ink and a mini applicator.
  • Cut the ducks using white and yellow cardstock.
  • Apply mounting tape to the back of the bunnies and attach them to the card base and frame.

The Ducks and Butterflies

  • Cut the mother duck using white cardstock and the baby ducks using yellow cardstock.
  • Use yellow cardstock to cut the small butterflies.
  • Apply orange ink to color the duck bills and leg and lightly shade the baby ducks and butterflies using a mini applicator.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of the bunnies and ducks and attach them in the scene and on the frame.

The Flowers, Stems and Grass Sprigs

  • Cut the flower buds using pink, purple and yellow cardstock.
  • Use green cardstock the stems and grass sprigs.
  • Attach the flowers to the stems using glossy accents.
  • Tuck the stems and grass sprigs in behind the grass and attach using glossy accent.

Come over and check out one of my favorite ideas for making slimline happy spring cards.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing one of my favorite slimline happy spring cards.  I have lots of other spring card ideas to share in the future. How about you?  Do you love making spring cards?  Check out this Spring Pop Up Box and Die Cut Duck Scene to other ideas using the ducks and bunnies for spring.

 
5322-01D Slimline OPC Scallop Die
[ RBB ]
5328-02D Slimline Grass Die
[ RBB ]
Bunnies Die 5142-01D
[ RBB ]
Ducks Die Cut 5142-02D
[ RBB ]
Small Butterflies Die 5147-08D
[ RBB ]
Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-09D
[ RBB ]
5210-03D Leaf Stems Die Cut
[ RBB ]
5210-02D Grass #2 Die Cut
[ RBB ]
 

 
Tumbled Glass, Ranger Distress Ink Pad
[ ELH ]
Spiced Marmalade, Ranger Distress Ink…
[ ELH ]
Antique Linen, Ranger Distress Ink Pad
[ ELH ]
Vintage Photo, Ranger Distress Ink Pad
[ ELH ]
Life Changing Blender Brush – 4 Piece…
[ ELH ]
Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
[ ELH ]
Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
[ SBC ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Scor-Tape 1/4′ (5mm), Scor-Pal Tape
[ 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…
[ RBB ]
 

I have so many fun ideas for making slimline happy spring cards.

One of My Simple Slimline Fall Card Ideas

I’ve had lots of fall card ideas this year and I just love the simplicity and color pops of this slimline fall card. I especially love how easy this card is to make thanks to the ingenious slimline insert dies created by Rubbernecker and the gorgeous vibrancy of those leave thanks to Rubbernecker’s Color Fuse Ink. This company is on fire with all their goodies and I feel so lucky to get to play with them all the time!

To make this card I used the Rubbernecker Slimline OPC Circle Dash and 3 Maples Leaves and Color Fuse Inks.  Let’s dive into how to make this card.

One of my fall card ideas shpwing hand colored and die cut maple leaves centered inside three circular die cut windows on a slimline card made using all Rubbernecker products

The Card Base

  • Use white cardstock to cut the 3.50″ x 8.50″ card base and slimline layer.
  • Cut one 3.25″ x 8.25″ layer using orange cardstock and one using white cardstock.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the orange layer and attach to the card base.
  • Trim off a tiny bit of the white layer to make sure it will fit behind the slimline layer and attach it to the orange layer.
  • Apply thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the slimline circle layer and attach it to the white layer on the card base.

an example of fall card ideas on slimline cards featuring hand inked and die cut maple leaves inside openings cut with a slimline insert die using all products from Rubbernecker

Color the Leaves

  • Use white cardstock to cut the 3 leaves.  Note:  The 3 Maple Leaves die is a solid die that allows you to make one cut with perfectly spaced openings if you want to use the negative cut for your card front.  See my Die Cut Autumn Leaves post to see an example.
  • Use Pumpkin, Fern and Crimson Color Fuse inks and mini applicators to color the leaves.  Check out my Coloring Fall Leaves Video Tutorial to see how I apply the ink.
    • Apply the red, green and orange ink in patches but allowing the colors to run together.
    • Once the leaf is fully covered apply a light layer of orange ink all over the leaf to blend the three colors together.
    • For this leaf I added touches of red to a few of the leaf tips to add more color details to the leaf.
  • Place the leaf on your versa pad and push down to get full coverage.
  • Apply clear embossing powder to the leaf and heat with your heat gun. Note:  Clear embossing makes the colors more vibrant.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of the leaves and attach inside the circle frames.

Color fuse inks by Rubbernecker make it easy to color leaves for my fall card ideas.

I suggest you save this to your fall card ideas board (or file) AND to your quick and easy category, too, because you can change out the colors and the focal elements and have endless inspiration for a quick and easy but truly stunning card making fix!

 
5325-02D Slimline OPC circle dash Die
[ RBB ]
5215D 3 Maple Leaves Die
[ RBB ]
Color Fuse Set #4
[ RBB ]
Color Fuse Set #2
[ RBB ]
Color Fuse Set #11
[ RBB ]
PanPastel Sofft Applicators 12/Pkg
[ RBB ]
 

 
Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
[ ELH ]
VersaMark Ink Pad
[ ELH ]
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder,…
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
Precision 5 Inch Scissors with…
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
 

This is an example of fall card ideas.

Easy Slimline Christmas Window Card!

cyber monday (002)

OOh – I am so excited to share today’s slimline Christmas window card with you because I feel like it shows off so many of the things I love in a card. The surprise of the little windows, the fun details and the simple beauty of small elements on white space. I have to say that every time Rubbernecker comes out with something new I am blown away by their attention to details and how FUN they make it for me to make cards! And I love that their dies do so much of the “work” for me so I can just be creative! 

To make this card I used the Rubbernecker Slimline Nested Scallop with Stitch, Slimline Peek-a-Boo Fancy Edge, Christmas Mini, Nested Square and Christmas Phrases Large/Small

A handmade slimline Christmas window card made using die cuts from Rubbernecker to create the three lift up windows and tiny Christmas elements

The Slimline and Card Base

  • Cut a 7.00″ x 8.50 white card base and sore down the center.
  • Create a 3.25″ x 8.25″ green layer.
  • Use red cardstock and the largest die in the Slimline Nested Scallop to cut the base.
  • Lay the red scallop layer back on the cutting platform, line up the Slimline Peek-a-
    Boo over the base and cut.
  • Cut three scallop layers using white cardstock.  Note:  The Nested Scallop set is retired.
  • Use red cardstock to cut three scallop layers and cut the frame openings using the smallest square die.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the green layer and attach it to the white card base.
  • Use strips of mounting tape to attach the red peek-a-boo window layer to the card base.

Christmas Images and Sentiment

  • Stamp the sentiment on a scallop layer using black ink and attach the layer to the center window cover.
  • Attach the two additional scallop layers to the window covers using ATG adhesive.
  • Insert the small red frames inside the window openings using threads of rolled up 1/8″ double stick tape.

rolled double stick tape 2

  • Cut the mini die cuts using red, green, yellow and gold cardstock.
  • Assemble the mini wreaths pieces together using glossy accents and attach to the front scallop layers.
  • Assemble the mini Christmas tree and ornament pieces together and attach inside the scallop frames using glossy accents.
  • Use glossy accents to attach the sections of the bell together and attach inside the scallop frame.

My handmade slimline Christmas window card made using dies from Rubbernecker to create the three windows and sweet little Christmas decorations

What do you think – can you see yourself making a version of this slimline Christmas window card? Are there other ways you would use those cute windows? Are you inspired by those tiny, adorable Christmas elements? I always love to hear what you think so let me know if and when you try out your own slimline Christmas window cards for those special people!  Be sure to check out the Cyber Monday Sale at Rubbernecker while all the slimline dies and stamps are on sale.  Check out my Slimline Category if you would like to see more slimline inspiration.

 
5329-01D Slimline Nested Scallop w/…
[ RBB ]
5332-04D SLI Peekaboo Fancy Edge Die
[ RBB ]
5338-02D Christmas Mini Die
[ RBB ]
Nested Square Die Cut Set 5001D
[ RBB ]
3328 Christmas Phrases Large/Small
[ RBB ]
 

 
Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
[ SBC ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Scor-Tape 1/8″ (3mm), Scor-Pal Tape
[ 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…
[ RBB ]
Precision 5 Inch Scissors with…
[ ELH ]
 

It was so much making this slimline Christmas window card.

A Slimline Skyline Die Brought to Life!

I was playing around with the new slimline skyline die from Rubbernecker and was layering pieces together to see what they looked like. It was when I arrived at this combination that I felt like it was really brought to life with all those lit windows peeping through. And, it ever so slightly reminds me of scenes of Bethlehem so I thought this might make a really interesting take on a Christmas card! To make my card I used the Slimline Skyline, Slimline Nested Scallop with Stitch, Stars and Slimline Waves.

A scenic nighttime skyline on a slimline card made using a new slimline skyline die from Rubbernecker

The Card Base

  • Cut the 8.50″ x 7:00″ card base and the slimline frame using white cardstock.
  • Cut the 8.50″ x 3.50″ background layer using dark blue cardstock.
  • Score the card base at 3.50″, fold and use your bone folder to sharpen the fold crease.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the blue layer and attach it to the card base,

Die cuts made using a new slimline skyline die from Rubbernecker layered on a card front to show a nightime scene

The Frame and Snow

  • Use the largest Slimline Nested Scallop die to cut a gray cardstock layer.
  • Place the gray layer back on the cutting platform, line up the second die in the set and cut the frame.
  • Use the Wave die to cut the snow layer using white cardstock. Note:  There are three wave dies in the set and I used the one with the least amount of waves in the design.
  • Turn the frame face down, apply double stick tape to the bottom and attach the wave die.

The Slimline Skyline and Star

  • Cut one Slimline Skyline using gray cardstock and one using white cardstock.
  • Turn the skyline face down, cut yellow sections to attach to cover the window openings and attach with glossy accents.
  • Slightly offset the white skyline behind the gray skyline and attach together using double stick tape.
  • Trim the skyline to fit behind the frame.  
  • Apply double stick tape to the sides and bottom of the frame and attach the skyline.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape all the way around the back of the frame and attach to the card base.
  • Cut the yellow star using the Stars die using yellow cardstock and attach it to the sky using a small piece of mounting tape.  Note:  The Stars die not only creates a fun die cut image to use on a card but it also cuts out stars of several sizes to save and use on other projects. 

A beautiful handmade card showing a nighttime snowy skyline made using a new slimline skyline die from Rubbernecker

 
5329-01D Slimline Nested Scallop w/…
[ RBB ]
5328-04D Slimline Skyline
[ RBB ]
Stars Die 5127D
[ RBB ]
5328-03D Slimline Waves Die
[ RBB ]
 

 
Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
[ SBC ]
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…
[ RBB ]
Precision 5 Inch Scissors with…
[ ELH ]
 

This is just one way you can use this very fun slimline skyline die to add some instant interest to your slimline cards. What would YOU do with this cool skyline?

Snowman Christmas Cards – Slimline Style!

Snowman Christmas cards are pretty popular, even for people who aren’t in areas that get snow. They are a fun and cheerful symbol of the season and are great cards to send to “kids” of all ages!  To make this card I used the Rubbernecker Slimline Squares Frame, Snowman, Evergreen Trees, Cardinals, Deckle Hills, Tiny Leaves, Globe Tree (star) and Splatter Background.

one of my snowman Christmas cards with a die cut snowman holding a Christmas tree in a snowy scene on a slimline card

The Slimline Card Base and Snow Layers

  • Cut a 7.00″ x 8.50 white card base and sore down the center.
  • Use red cardstock to cut a 3.25″ x 8.25″ layer and attach to the card base using ATG adhesive. 
  • Cut the slimline layer using light blue cardstock. 
  • Apply white pigment ink to the splatter background stamp, stamp the top half of the slimline and emboss with white embossing powder.
  • Attach the blue snowy slimline layer to the red card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Use white cardstock to cut the deckle hill layers.
  • Use the slimline die to cut the borders of the deckle hills snow layers.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the snow layers and attach to them then to the slimline layer.

slimline snowman Christmas cards with a die cut snowman holding a Christmas tree in a snowy scene

The Snowman and Evergreen Tree

  • Cut the Snowman body using white cardstock and attach them together using glossy accents..
  • Cut the accessory pieces using red, black, brown and orange cardstock.
  • Attach the hat sections together using glossy accents and attach to the head using glossy accents.
  • Attach the facial features and scarf to the snowman using glossy accents.
  • Embellish the snowman hat with two tiny leaves and a red 1/8″ punched circle.
  • Cut a small evergreen tree and attach the 1/8″ red circles and a star to the tree using glossy accents. Note:  I always use my reverse tweezers to pick up small pieces like the holly leaves and punched circles.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of the embellished tree and attach it to the snowman body.
  • Attach the brown twig arms to the snowman body and tree using glossy accents.

Assemble the Scene

  • Use green cardstock to cut a set of the evergreen trees.
  • Stamp the trees using the splatter background and white pigment ink.
  • Sprinkle the trees with white embossing powder and heat with the heat gun.
  • Use red cardstock to cut the cardinals and color their beaks with a black marker
  • Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the three trees, tuck them in behind the top snow layer and attach to the scene base.
  • Tuck the snowman in behind the front snow layer and attach it using pieces of mounting tape.
  • Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the cardinals and attach them to the scene base.

snowman Christmas cards

 
5330-02D Slimline Squares Frame Die
[ RBB ]
5162-13D Snowman Die Cut
[ RBB ]
5217-01D Evergreen Tree Die
[ RBB ]
5217-02D Cardinals Die
[ RBB ]
5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
[ RBB ]
5162-04D Tiny Leaves
[ RBB ]
5177-03D Globe Tree #1 Die Cut
[ RBB ]
1231 Splatter Background
[ RBB ]
 

 
Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
[ SBC ]
Embossing Magic Bag, Inkadinkado
[ ELH ]
Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
[ ELH ]
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder,…
[ ELH ]
Unicorn White, Hero Arts Pigment Ink Pad
[ ELH ]
Dress My Craft – Hole Punch – One…
[ SBC ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
COPIC Sketch Marker 100, Black
[ 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…
[ RBB ]
3mm (1/8″), Be Creative Tape
[ ELH ]
5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
[ ELH ]
 

There are so many fun themes to choose from when you are thinking about your own Christmas – or holiday – cards. Not everyone celebrates Christmas from a perspective of faith and motifs like all of my snowman Christmas cards are nice ways to make a nod to the season for everyone. What kinds of cards are YOU making this year? I’d love to hear!

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
[ RBB ]
5328-01D Slimline Clouds Die
[ RBB ]
5202-05D Light House Die Cut
[ RBB ]
5212-06D Palm Trees Die Cut
[ RBB ]
Sun Moon Die 5147-07D
[ RBB ]
Small Birds Die 5147-06D
[ RBB ]
5210-02D Grass #2 Die Cut
[ RBB ]
Color Fuse Set #9
[ RBB ]
Color Fuse Set #12
[ RBB ]
Color Fuse Set #3
[ RBB ]
 

 
Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
[ ELH ]
Life Changing Blender Brush Set,…
[ ELH ]
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…
[ RBB ]
3mm (1/8″), Be Creative Tape
[ ELH ]
5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
[ ELH ]