ID: MC Dec/15 - Quill - ECD Happy Birthday - Just For You card
size: 7.25"w x 5"h 

Created: December 18, 2015

An Elizabeth Craft Designs "A Way With Words" dies (Happy Birthday) designed by Suzanne Cannon (also available here

And I'm using a bunch of dies from El's available on Elizabeth Craft Designs - "Curvy Leaves", "Leafy Branch"); "Hardware 1 - Hinges"

I also raided a bunch of my buckets... the leafy background is the negative that I thought looked so pretty. The quilled pieces are from various sessions... The leafy branch from a previous cutting play day.

I'm also using the "Just For You" 4pce set of sentiments from Quietfire Design  

("Just For You" 4pce set);


I have no problem doing a one sided off the edge die cut, so I thought I'd try doing an off the edge die cut on both edges... I used Tim's grid blocks (meant for stamping...) as part of my pressure plate. I used his narrowest one and then moved the block down a bit to complete my cuts from white cardstock. (see below for the full description).

Cut another piece of light weight cardstock and die cut your word. Remove the word (use it for another card...) and use the mask/stencil you just created. 

Place it over the letters/word and it will protect the rest of your white cardstock from being colored.

Using a sponge applicator and Distress pads "Barn Door" and "Fossilized Amber", do a streak in the center with the red and streaks of the yellow on the top and bottom and clear emboss.

I trimmed down the curvy leaf negative background (colored with Color Burst) and die cut the top tip of the Happy into it so the pieces would fit around my word nicely. Sponged some Shabby Shutters over my white cardstock and adhered. Did the same thing for my bottom piece cutting around the "Birthday" word and adhering.

Card Standing open

Cut a piece of dark green textured cardstock the same size as my front piece. Die cut some hinge hardware in the green as well and adhered the hinges to the front and back pieces. Added a brad on the front pieces.

Adhered a bunch of quilled flowers over layering them to add strength to the open area. Adhered some white half pearls to the centers. Adhered some feathers to mimic leaves.

Adhered the Leafy Branch and then the quilled drop flowers. Adhered another leafy branch to the inside to add more strength. 



On the inside: I adhered a webbed variegated ribbon.

I cut a couple pieces of an olive/yellow cardstock which were smaller than my front borders so they wouldn't peak through when card was closed.

Stamped the words using a Distress pad "Forest Moss" and clear embossed.




Inside open



Card closed


I'm using a Cheery Lynn Crossover machine which is 8.5"w. Your orientation of cardstock will need to change if you are using a Cuttlebug or Big Shot.

Cut a piece of cardstock the width of your machine and a couple inches larger from the top and bottom of the die. Cut the word in about the center of this piece of cardstock. (My card is 7"w x 5"h and this piece is 8.5  x 6")

PS I use a magnetic mat to hold my die in place on my opaque plate.  Remove the die cut word and keep the large piece of cardstock over the die (taping the magnetic mat and die down if necessary). You don't want anything to move once you start cutting...

Using a ruler, align it with the top edges of the little negative drop out pieces of each letter on your die. Some won't fit in to this criteria, but as long as a bunch do, that should be enough. Put a pencil mark on either edge of the cardstock. You will be aligning your grid block and card with these registration marks.

Do the same for the bottom negative drop out pieces of the basic letters and pencil in your marks. The larger ovals from the flourish and "y" will be hand cut.

Place your card over the die checking with the registration marks to position appropriately. Tape down. Add a couple pieces of cardstock over your cutting area so you don't cut in to your grid block. Place your grid block level to the upper  registration marks. Complete your sandwich for your machine. I used my metal plate and my clear plate. Ran through my machine at approximately the "18" mark. Moved my grid block down to the bottom registration marks and ran through machine again.

Removed card from machine and using a ruler and x-Acto knife trimmed off on either side of the word and the negative pieces between the letters. You may have to help some of your letters depending on how you cut them. 

Pencil in the flourish area and the bottom of the "y" area and hand cut.

You are ready to color as described above.


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