Monday, September 16, 2013

Circle Card Thinlits Die With Extended Panel Tutorial

Good morning!

As many of my local customers know, I am working at our county fair this week, so in my downtime, I have been creating picture tutorials for my wonderful blog viewers. Once the fair ends I will go back to video tutorials but for now, here are some easy to view pictures and directions. Please let me know if you have questions or something is not clear. Thank you for viewing.

This is the card I created for this tutorial. These are the supplies you will need for this card:

Take Care Stamp Set
By The Seashore Stamp Set
Big Shot with platform and plates
Circle Cards Thinlits Die
Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon
Snail Adhesive
Stampin' Dimensionals
Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Calypso Coral Cardstock
Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock
Additional scallop and circle punches if desired

Step 1: Take your 8.5 x 11 sized cardstock and cut it in half at 5.5 in. This should give you a piece sized at 5.5 x 8.5 in. Then take that piece and cut about 1/16" of an inch off the 5.5, so it should be just under 5.5 x 8.5 when your finished. You need to do that so that you can fit the base into the thinlit properly. This step is not necessary when you make the original design that the thinlit cuts out. This is only needed for the extended panel version. This will be your card base. In the picture I am using Baked Brown Sugar, one of our In Colors.

Step 2: Slide your card base into the thinlit die, being careful to line it up straight and leaving the right hand side above the right hand frame as shown in the picture below. This is important because if you do not leave it out, it will cut your card to the original size the thinlit creates and you wont have your extended panel. This is the view from above.

This is the view from underneath, and honestly this is how I like to line it up, and run it through my Big Shot so I can see exactly where my paper is. And as a side note, the new Magnetic Platform works wonders for any of your framelit/thinlit projects, I just haven't gotten mine yet but will be soon.

Step 3: Place your plates sandwhiching the cardstock and thinlit die through your Big Shot on the platform.

This is what it should look like after you have run it through.

Step 4: Slide out your base and it is almost ready to decorate, your just need to one thing first. Once you pull it out, you will notice a slight scoring line on the right hand side where the extended piece is. Go ahead and fold on that score line.

Once everything is folded your base should look like this below:

Now it's time to decorate...Now you can do this a few different ways, this is just the way I chose to do it. 
Step 5: Cut the pieces you plan to decorate with, Im using Calypso Coral cardstock, at 5 x 8. Its slightly smaller than the base so that there is a slight showing of the base from behind the panels I am creating. Slide the piece onto the thinlit die, but this time you do not need to change where the extended piece lays. You want the die to cut it, but don't discard because you may want to use it as I did.

Step 6: After you run it through you will take a pair of scissors and disconnect the first two panels from the little circle piece. You should end up with two panels looking like these and then one rectangular piece.

Step 7: Run both pieces or all three if you wish through the embossing folder in the Big Shot.

Step 8: Once you have embossed, simply tie your ribbon around the left side panel piece. I just chose a simple knot, but you could make a bow with a longer piece.

Step 9: Adhere both embossed panel pieces to the card base. It should look like the picture below.I trimmed the ribbon after I finished with the rest of the card.

Step 10: Decorate the third panel. I used Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper and the Very Vanilla Cardstock. The Venetian Romance DSP is cut at approx. 4.5 x 2.5, you can tailor this sizing as you like. That's an estimate. And then cut the Very Vanilla just slightly smaller than that.

Step 11: Take the scallop circle die that is included in the thinlits set, run it through the Big Shot to cut out the scallop circle in your chose of DSP or cardstock, again I chose Venetian Romance DSP.

Step 12: Stamp the words "Take Care" from the Take Care Stamp Set in Baked Brown Sugar on a piece of Very Vanilla. Then using a circle punch, punch it out. Then using Calypso Coral ink the edges of that circle. and mount onto the scallop you previously cut out. I used an additional scallop from a punch and double mounted it with dimensionals.

On the back of the circle, I used an additional scallop cut with my punch, you could use the die and cut an additional one as well. Using the By The Seashore stamp set, I stamped a sand dollar in Bake Brown Sugar as well, cut it out with the circle punch and mounted it on the scallop.

Here's the finished card again.

You will notice I also cut an additional decorative panel for the other side of the extended panel. The measurements would pretty much the same as the inside part you write on. I just chose matching DSP and card stock.

Here are a few close ups...

I hope this tutorial was helpful, and again in about a week and a half I will recreate this again, just with a video.

I have also submitted this card for a few challenges:

Color Challenge-Bake Brown Sugar, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla-Paper Pal Arts
Color Challenge-Peach/Orange-The Ribbon Girl Blog
Fancy Folds-Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog
Fabulous Fall Colors-Milk Coffee Blog
Challenge #60-Goodbye Summer (the message Take Care on front, Sand Dollar on back)-Deep Ocean Challenge Blog
Challenge #103-Fall Colors-Bearly Mine Challenges Blog
Anything Goes-Through The Craft Room Door Blog
Use A Stamp-Happy Campers Craft Collective
Challenge #164-Anything Goes-Tuesday Throwdown 
Challenge #1-Anything Goes-4 Krafty Girlz Challenges
Challenge #24-Sister Act Card Challenge
Challenge #144-Anything Goes-Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge Blog
Challenge #48-Anything Goes-Chocolate, Coffee, & Cards Challenges
Anything Goes-Crafty Sentiments Designs


  1. A lovely folded card and thanks for joining our challenge at Sweet Stampin this week
    x catherine

  2. Lovely card and fab fold Marciava !! Great TUT as well !! Thanks so much for playing at Crafty Sentiments Designs this week !!

    hugs Diane xx

  3. Such a pretty card...and a great tutorial! Thanks for playing with the Pals at Pals Paper Arts!

  4. What a fun card! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial too! Thanks so much for joining us for the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge! :) hugs, Kimberly

  5. Super fun card! I love the tutorial you did on how to create this beautiful card. Thank you for playing along with us at Chocolate, Coffee and Cards.


  6. fabulous card love the colors. Thank you for joining us at 4 Krafty Girlz this fortnight. Abbie xx

  7. Beautiful card and the tutorial is great.. Thanks for sharing it with us at CC&CC..

  8. Awesome card, love it. Thanks for sharing with us this week, good luck with the challenge. Hugz Suzanne Sweet Stampin DT

    PS Please turn off word verification to make it easier for DT to leave you a comment, appreciate it.

  9. Such a pretty panel card!

    Thanks for joining us at Sister Act Card challenge this week

    -Angeline DT

  10. great project/card, thank you for joining the 4 Krafty Girlz Challenge good luck – hope to see you again in the next one xxx

  11. Great card and tutorial, thanks for sharing it.

    Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

    Susan x

  12. Thanks for joining us at 4 krafty girlz challenge blog. .. Anita DT


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