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Sweet & Simple Cards For Any Occasion!

Sweet & Simple Cards For Any Occasion!Hello there, Sizzix fans, Mou here from My Life in Collage blog! Today, I have a tutorial for making sweet and simple everyday greeting cards using Stephanie Barnard's flip-its and step-ups Framelits dies. You'll see just how easy it is to create these cards in no time at all and let's face it, we could all use more birthday and thank you cards. But that's not it, you could use these dies for special occasions too as I'll show you. So, let's get started!

Sweet & Simple Cards For Any Occasion!

These are the dies I am using today - Sizzix Framelits Plus Die Set 20PK - Card, Square Flip-its, Sizzix Framelits Plus Die Set 17PK - Card, Circle Flip-its and Sizzix Framelits Die Set 15PK - Card, Cute as a Bug Step-Ups. 

Sweet & Simple Cards For Any Occasion!

You'll need the Big Shot Plus or Pro machine to use with the Sizzix Framelits Plus Die Set 20PK - Card, Square Flip-its and Sizzix Framelits Plus Die Set 17PK - Card, Circle Flip-its. Be sure to watch Stephanie Barnard demonstrate how to use the Big Shot Plus machine here. It comes with 1 Platform, 1 Adapter A, 1 Adapter B and 1 Pair of Cutting Pads and you can also buy replacements for these Sizzix Accessories.

You can use any of these machines or even a Big Shot machine with the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 15PK - Card, Cute as a Bug Step-Ups.

Sweet & Simple Cards For Any Occasion!

Each die set comes with a card base, layers and a variety of embellishments to choose from. Here, you can see the pieces I used with Sizzix Framelits Plus Die Set 20PK - Card, Square Flip-its.

Sweet & Simple Cards For Any Occasion!

Here's the die-cut card base.

To die-cut it, you'll need to create the following Sizzix Sandwich: on a Sizzix Big Shot Plus Accessory - Platform, Standard, lay the Sizzix Big Shot Plus Accessory - Adapter A, Standard (this is the right adapter for Framelits dies as the cheat sheet printed on the adapter will tell you). Now, lay a Sizzix Big Shot Plus Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard on Adapter A. Place your paper on it and lay the dies blade side down on it. Cover with the other Sizzix Big Shot Plus Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard and run the whole sandwich through the Big Shot Plus machine. This video will show you what I'm talking about.

Once the base is die-cut, fold along the crease lines to make the card.

TIP: Remember that with flip-its dies, the narrower side always goes to the left. 'Little Left' as Stephanie Barnard calls it!

Sweet & Simple Cards For Any Occasion!Layer and arrange the diecut pieces together to assemble the card.

Sweet & Simple Cards For Any Occasion!

Add any personal touches to your card as you like. Here, I used watercolors to add details to the die-cut flowers and leaves. And your card is ready to send!

Sweet & Simple Cards For Any Occasion!

Next up, is the birthday card using Sizzix Framelits Plus Die Set 17PK - Card, Circle Flip-its.

Sweet & Simple Cards For Any Occasion!

Create the exact same Sizzix Sandwich as above to diecut the card, layers and embellishments.

Sweet & Simple Cards For Any Occasion!Choose colors and patterns to fit the occasion and layer the pieces to the card base.

Sweet & Simple Cards For Any Occasion!Be sure to decorate the inner surface of the Flip-it circle.

Sweet & Simple Cards For Any Occasion!Now, we work with the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 15PK - Card, Cute as a Bug Step-Ups for new baby card. Mine says Congratulations, but you can easily use these as birth announcements, baby gift thanks and more.

Again, this is a regular size die that will work with the Big Shot machine as well as Big Shot Plus or Pro.

Sweet & Simple Cards For Any Occasion!To diecut the card base, layers and embellishments, create the following Sizzix Sandwich: on a Sizzix Accessory Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies, lay another Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad. Lay the paper and your selected dies from the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 15PK - Card, Cute as a Bug Step-Ups. Cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad and pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.

Sweet & Simple Cards For Any Occasion!Here are my die-cut pieces. Fold along the crease lines to make the card stand up.

Sweet & Simple Cards For Any Occasion!
Start assembling by attaching the layers to the card base.

Sweet & Simple Cards For Any Occasion!

Get creative and add your personal touches! I painted my embellishments with watercolors.

Sweet & Simple Cards For Any Occasion!

Here's my finished card.

Sweet & Simple Cards For Any Occasion!And here's a close-up.

I hope you enjoyed today's card tutorial and will try these dies yourself to make beautiful cards in a jiffy!

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Other Materials Used:

  • Cardstock
  • Watercolor paints
  • Paint brush
  • Adhesive

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One thought on “Sweet & Simple Cards For Any Occasion!”

  • Pat

    This is a really good tutorial and very clearly stated. But it does look like the die in the "Cute as a Bug" is upside down and the cutting edge is not facing the card stock?
    I LOVE Sizzix and use my Big Shot Plus every day! The people I send cards to say the same thing........"It's so great to get these hand make cards!" They even tell me the display them so others can see. Now, isn't that cool?? : )

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