Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Tuesday Technique - Screen Card Tutorial

I love to use the matching large and small Sizzix Movers and Shapers dies to make screen cards and I thought you might like to see some step by step photographs of the process. The dies I use the most often are the Ornamental and Vintage Cabinet dies, but you could use any matching pair of dies of different sizes. Steel rule dies are best for screen cards because you want to be using really good, strong card and that can be more difficult to cut with thinner dies. However, if you only have thinner dies, you could use thinner card and stick it together after cutting to make a thicker layer.

1. Start with 3 sheets of A4 strong card (at least 300gsm) and cut each in half (at 14.8cm along the longest edge) to make 6 x A5 pieces.

2. Set the smaller Movers and Shapers die inside the larger one to cut a frame.

3. By carefully lining up the card near the cutting edge on the die, you can get two cuts from each piece.
N.B. I use a Sizzix Big Shot for diecutting. If you have a Cuttlebug, you will need to cut each of the A5 pieces of card into A6 and make one diecut from each piece of card because the Cuttlebug does not have as wide a cutting area as the Big Shot.

4. Cut 8 frames in total.

5. Remove the smaller die and replace with a magnetic release block.

6. Cut four of the larger shapes out whole to make four panels.

7. Now each panel has two matching frames, one for each side.

8. Decorate the frames and both sides of each panel before sticking the frames to the panels.

8. Stick the frames to the panels, one on each side of each panel.

9. Make two holes in one side of two panels, add eyelets if required. These will be the panels at the left hand side and the right hand side once they are all joined together.
N.B. It's important that the holes match up for joining the panels together, so make them the same distance from the top and bottom edges for all the panels.

10. Make two holes in both sides of the remaining two panels, add eyelets if required. These will be the two middle panels once they are all joined together.

11. Join the panels together using the holes and book rings or lengths of string or ribbon

12. Decorate with extra embellishments as required.

13. I always like to add some extra dimension to the front cover. Here I've used some Wild Orchid flowers which were part of a brilliant birthday pressie from my bessie mate Lee. Another part of my pressie was the most amazing mini and it's well worth a look at Lee's blog to check it out.

Please pop back later in the week when I'll be sharing another screen card. You can also see some more examples of my screen cards in the following posts:
What Are You Known For?
Christmas Screen Card
Tropical Travelogue Screen Card (see Project Six)
Birthday Screen

Sizzix M&S Vintage Cabinet & mini vintage cabinet
Hunkydory vintage patterned papers & toppers
Cuttlebug embossing folder - Script
Spellbinders - Rose Creations, Carnation Creations
Cheery Lynn mini Fanciful Flourish die
pink brads
leaf gem stalk
gilding wax, enchanted gold
cardstock: brown 300gsm
gold string
Wild Orchid Crafts flowers
adhesives: PVA, Pinflair

Entered for the following challenge:
Hobby House Challenge - Anything Goes
CountryViewCrafts - Diecuts


  1. This is amazing Maddy. Great tutorial too. I love the embossing, its gorgeous. And thank you for the shout out on the mini too my friend. Lee x

  2. Great tutorial Maddy, it's amazing what you can do with dies nowadays given just a little patience.

    It's a great finished piece as well.

    B x

  3. Super fine tutorial - I would like to try to use it for the next challenge in August to the girls I am scrapping with each Thirsday. Thanks for so much inspiration.

  4. superb tutorial Maddy, what an exquisite project, love the papers and toppers, another little work of art from my inspiration in crafting, hugs fi xx

  5. Fantastic project, thanks for the tutorial.

  6. thank you so much for joining us for our very first challenge at the Hobby House
    Hugs Kate xx

  7. Muddy thank you so much for the tutorial. Such a great idea and so different. Love Alison xx

  8. Beautiful!. Thank you so much for joining us at the Hobby house. Jen xxx

  9. a really great use of these dies, looks great x
    Thanks for joining us at country view crafts challenge this time x Trace x


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