Sunday, September 19, 2010

Circle card tutorial

Hi everyone!  With my recent posting of circle cards, I have received many questions about how I make them.  Earlier this year I posted a tutorial on the Ippity stamps blog and thought I would repost it here, so you all could see.

I make them using my Nestability circle dies from Spellbinders. I use my Cuttlebug to do all my die cutting and it works perfectly. To start, I cut the cardstock 8 1/2"x 4 1/2" and score in the middle:
Next, fold the cardstock and place your largest die with the top of the die just over the top of the fold. This is very important, as this will be the top fold of your card.Here is the picture from the angle that you cut. You need to remember that the "pointy" part of the die faces UP to your B Plate. You can see from the past impression on my C Plate, I have done this WRONG before. Man oh man I had trouble getting the die OFF the plate!Run it thru your machine and if you use thick cardstock, like PTI, run it back and forth a couple times just to make sure it cuts both layers. When you are done, it will look like this:Next, you can work on the inner layers of your card. For my card, I wanted the first layer to be white with a strip of embossed Kraft thru the middle. I layered them both at the same time, but you could just as easily do the white piece first and fiddle around to decide what you need next.
One tip I have is to tape the die down to the cardstock to prevent any moving. This is especially important when die cutting around an image already stamped. I use a small piece of tape, be sure to place the sticky tape to the OUTSIDE of your die-not touching the inside. That way it won't accidentally tear your cardstock. Here is a close up of my tape, you can tell that I use this tape over and over. I keep it taped to my area for quick access. Hey, it doesn't have to be pretty to work!Here is the finished card. Well, I hope this was useful to you. If you have any questions, leave me a comment or send me an email and I can post the answers on a upcoming post.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Card Deets:
Stamps - Devoted (Ippity Stamps)
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper - Chocolate Chip, white, kraft
Accessories - Burlap String and gingham ribbon (Stamp Simply Ribbon store), score-pal, swiss dots EF, sakura pink glitter pen, buttons from the Fuschia collection (Pinkhedgehog Papercrafts)



  1. I absolutely LOVE this card, Michelle (no pun intended LOL!). The hearts are darling as is the ribbon. Thanks for the tips on how to make them too. I'm got a round card on my to do list this week :)

  2. Thanks so much for the detailed instructions on cutting! Can't wait to try it myself.

  3. Thank you for this Michelle, I've never tried this but will now!

    lovely card!!

  4. Thanks for this girl!! LOVE that card - soo cute! :)

  5. Sylvia from MinnesotaSeptember 19, 2010 at 11:39 PM

    What a beautiful card! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  6. WHOA girlie - this card is absolutely LUSCIOUS!!!!! Love the pink and chocolate look, that gingham ribbon and button is divine and so are those beautiful hearts!!! Love the embossing and scoring too. OK - I REALLY love it all!! :) We'll have to catch up soon - been to long! :)

  7. Beautiful! Love your colour choices..,makes me want to make one too!

  8. The hearts, the ribbon, the button, oh my!