Monday, August 17, 2015

Fancy Nested Circular Fold Card - Tutorial

This card is a 4 folded circle card that fits into a 5.5 square inch envelope. The circular flaps nest over each other to hold perhaps a gift inside. This was a challenging card to design but well worth the trouble. 
I created my own border using the Adobe Illustrator pattern paintbrush. Once you figure out how to do this and get all the parameters correct for repeats with spaces and corner patterns, it is easy to use with any object.

  1. Create the object and duplicate it for later.
  2. Apply the pattern paintbrush .
  3. Once it is the size you want, use the object/path/outline menu item to convert the pattern to individual objects.
  4. Use the object/path/offset menu to create outline objects of the boarder pieces and immediately merge them.
  5. Push this object to the back and select this object and the boarder objects.
  6. Now either create a compound object or use the exclude pathfinder to create the reverse border.
  7. Take the duplicate object from step 1, align with the boarder and merge.
Now for the Fancy Nested Circular Fold Card which cutting files are for sale at

There are five basic pattern pieces to create. Once the base design is created the others are derivatives off this pattern. It was created by using 4 semicircles and a square. I had to experiment with several designs until I came up with a pattern and border combination that would nest correctly. I'm sure there are templates you can find that will do this for you but the challenge was to get one that allowed a border on the circle.

Using contrasting paper pops the borders in this card. The main pieces should be cut with cardstock. I chose a solid core blue for the base and pearl floral coverstock from the Paper Studio called Blanc Boutique for the border pieces. The inside paper is a floral print.

The pattern has dotted lines for score marks. I used the silhouettes advance cutting settings to cut at a low thickness to lightly identify where I needed to score the base. 

After scoring, fold and nest each tab and pressing the fold.

Both center pieces are attached to the inside and outside of the base.

The circle base should fold around the inside piece. When folded the outside base piece should show the lacy edging.

The last piece are the optional inside flaps and the outside fancy lace flaps.

I am particularly proud of this card. It works up so beautiful. An all occasion card yet very elegant for special occasions.

Friday, August 7, 2015

New Challenge

I'm at a benchmark today. I've been a new designer at for over 3 months. Today I have hit the 80% mark to up my status to the bronze level. I have 20 more items to sell and I'm hoping to gain this level by the end of the month. Keep looking for new cards in my store link.

Today's card is a Princess Birthday Card. It should be well received by those young ladies who watch Disney's shows like Sofia and Frozen. While this is not one of these princesses, she could be used for any of the princesses. To make this more versatile think how she could be used for Halloween and valentine's day.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Discussion - Card verse liners

I love making cards ahead of time and then using them for any occasion. This has become even more important as I share my cards with my mother-in-law to send to all her friends for birthday cards. Being in an independent living situation means there are many birthday celebrations, thinking of you, sympathy and get well needs.

I have discovered that this generation's needs are cards with no verses but since they have aging hands they want verses they can adhere to the card. Is this a new opportunity for a product base. I guess that depends on internet access and computer knowledge.

I have started using my scrapbook software to create some simple but elegant inserts for her. The verses come from the web. There are many special sites for this. As a personal use I have no problem using these for this purpose but wonder how others who sell digital cards create ones with verses.

I'd like to start a discussion here for purpose of sharing ideas on this topic. Think about these questions and provide your thoughts.

  1. When you purchase a card design do you look for ones with verses?
  2. Do you think there is a need for verse liners as a product to sell?
  3. What copyright issues exist?
  4. Would you purchase a kit of liners?

Insert for Thinking of You card.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Birthday Toppers

Today I have posted three new items at craftsuprint.

My challenge this month is to have an item in 50% of the categories on the SVG cutting file area of the site. Since Gwen's third birthday is coming up, I thought it would be fun to design a cupcake topper for her party. It is in the birthday category with ages. I included all the numbers so it can be used by anyone.
Happ Birthday Cupcake Topper - SVG, DXF and studio ready

However the Sweet Sixteen is topper is for a 5 x 5 inch card. Lots of fancy swirls but at this size there is no problem cutting it out. I'm not sure if young girls celebrate this birthday like we did when I was a kid. It was a big deal with a fancy party and all.
Sweet Sixteen - SVG, DXF and studio ready
I got carried away with swirls and curls on this 5 x 7 inch card. It was a challenge but it to cuts well. I think perhaps I'm getting the hang of the limitations of the cutting machine. I is really a pretty card but as is it need just a little personal touch to make it special. I did not create any sentiments for it but think it could be used for a birthday, sympathy, wedding or any special occasion. Naturally I put this in the female card category.

Cutout Floral Card - SVG, DXF and studio ready

Monday, August 3, 2015

Thinking of You Card - Happy Birthday

I have posted two new cards today.
Thinking of You - SVG, DXF and studio ready
I love making my cards but find it hard when I know that the recipient is not doing well. This card was sent to a dear friend. She always appreciates the cards I design and send to her. Since starting to sell my cutting files I find I have an abundant number of cards which I put to good use. But get well and thinking of you cards have special meaning.

This one is frilly for a lovely lady. Pastel colors should brighten anybody's day. And the inside verse comes from my heart. It is perfect when you don't have all the details but want to give encouragement.

The file cuts nicely since even though it is elegant and lacy the cutouts are not difficult for the machine to handle. Two borders are included which can be reused, re-sized and cut in your own color scheme.

Fancy Birthday Topper - SVG, DXF and studio ready
This turned out to be one of my favorites. I think I have a special lady that will enjoy this. It was my first time creating flowers and making it pop out using double sided adhesive foam. Tiny little foam pieces. I need to look for another way to do this/ Perhaps using mini silicon dots?

The topper is 5.25 x 5.25 inches which fits nicely on a standard square card and envelope. Each flower is three pieces and have the petals curled for a 3D feeling.

Multiple layers allows many colors to adorn the card. Again, this card will add other cutting possibilities with each layer. The sentiment is cut into the top layer but can be replaced with your own words. Verse is not provided.

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What's with the name?

In 2012 I became a grandma. My daughter asked me what I wanted my granddaughter to call me. I never thought about this. I guess to keep things straight she could call me Grandma Henry. This might confuse her since she has a great grandma. I told my daughter that Gwen would name me. She did, I'm sure with the help of her mommy. I became Gammy and as she got older the "R" was added. Grammy, Grammy, Grammy.

When I retired I began making more cards. Many of them were with her in mind. My specialty is the popup form of cards. That has led me into a lot of research with the hopes of creating a popup book for my grand "children". This includes my nieces children.