Sizzix Inspiration | Friends Card by Jan Hobbins

Hi everyone, it's Jan here today with some Sizzix Inspiration. I'm sharing a card I created using the new Butterfly Duo Sizzix Bigz die with Texture Fades by Tim Holtz.  I love when these dies include a matching embossing folder, it gives the die-cut an extra bit of dimension.

Sizzix Inspiration | Friends Card by Jan Hobbins

To create my card, I started by cutting out the 6 x 6 card base, then adhering a matted patterned piece of paper that was machine stitched around the edge and inked.

My scalloped circle was die-cut with the Scallop Circle Sizzix Framelits die by Stephanie Barnard.  Before die-cutting, I embossed a piece of cardstock that was approximately 6" x 6".  I used  the Bubble & Honeycomb Sizzix Texture Fades set by Tim Holtz.  Your sandwich when embossing is: Multipurpose Platform opened to tab 2, Cutting Pad, then your embossing folder with paper inside, and a second Cutting Pad on top.  Run this through your Big Shot machine.  The diameter of my circle was a little larger than the embossing folder, so I needed to emboss the piece of cardstock twice, the first was the entire folder to the one side and then the remaining edge of the paper.  You will have to turn your folder and paper sideways to fit through the machine.  The pattern won't match up perfectly, but just use that part where it will be covered up.

There are seven different sizes of scalloped circles on the Stephanie Barnard Framelits die set and I used the second largest. My Framelits sandwich used when cutting out the embossed cardstock was: Sizzix Magnetic Platform, Cutting Pad, embossed cardstock, Framelits (cutting side down), and another Cutting Pad on top.  Run this through you Big Shot machine. Take care removing your scallops from your Framelits die, sometimes the finer die-cuts catch in the die. I sometimes use a piece of wax paper in-between my paper and die when die-cutting and this releases the paper easily.  Ink the die-cut on the edges and adhere to your card base.

Sizzix Inspiration | Friends Card by Jan Hobbins

For my butterflies, I die-cut the two out of printed vellum, using the Butterfly Duo Bigz die by Tim Holtz.  Your sandwich when using Bigz dies is:  Cutting Pad, Bigz die, paper, and another Standard Cutting Pad on top. Run through your Big Shot machine. After these are die-cut, place them in the corresponding butterfly spots on your matching Bigz Texture Fade embossing folder. Using the above mentioned sandwich for embossing folders, run this through your Big Shot.

Sizzix Inspiration | Friends Card by Jan Hobbins

I embossed my die-cut butterflies with embossing powder.  I used a Ranger Embossing Dabber on the edges and middle of my butterflies and applied a custom-made powder (Tim Holtz glitter, Lindy's fine embossing powder and Stampendous Aged Silver Enamel mixed together before applying).

Sizzix Inspiration | Friends Card by Jan Hobbins

My hand-cut small flowers and heart (Webster's Hall Pass Collection), Prima flowers and crystals, wire were adhered to my card.  I used glue-dots to adhere my butterflies.  The word, "friends" was die-cut using cardstock and the new Tim Holtz Handwritten Love Thinlits set.  This was die-cut using the same sandwich as mentioned above for my Framelits die.  I die-cut this word out a few times and adhered the layers together with a glue pen so it stood out more.

Hope you enjoyed my card inspiration!

Have a great day,



Other Supplies Used:

  • Webster's Hall Pass - patterned paper and vellum
  • Cardstock - white and dark brown
  • Adhesive
  • Glue-dots
  • Embossing powders
  • Embellishments - Prima flowers and crystals
  • Thin crinkle wire
  • Distress ink
  • Paper trimmer

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8 thoughts on “Sizzix Inspiration | Friends Card by Jan Hobbins”

  • Celeste Goff

    What a gorgeous card! Love the glitter on the butterflies!

  • Marlene L

    Beautiful card, awesome butterfly!

  • Tammy

    OMG ! this is stunning! It's projects like this that make me fall in love again with items and techniques I've not used in awhile---case in point embossing vellum! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  • Ona

    WONDERFUL JAN! I really like how U have taken time to explain the sandwich layers. Very beautiful card!

  • Sharon Young

    Jan, I adore this card. The composition and color palette makes me happy. The ruler paper heart is a good compliment to the circle and butterfly's.

  • Anne

    Such a beautiful card, I love that gorgeous butterfly!

  • Jackie Schachter

    Lovely card and love the idea of using a die-cut on another die-cut. Great butterflies too.

  • Boomdeeadda

    I'm always inspired by your work Jan. I feel so blessed to be able to see it up close and personal at Urban Scrapbook in Edmonton. I'm learning so much. Like, why not emboss a die cut and ink it's edges? I love the double, triple, quadruple processes you use to achieve the results that you do. The floral collage is just so pretty. The Prima flowers and fussy cuts coordinate perfectly. I bought the wee silver rhinestone stars too, they're gorgeous and a cute unexpected embellishment in your floral bouquet. Adds a nice little sparkle and you know how much I love sparkle. xo K

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