Tattered Lace Shutter Card Die

So this week I have been playing with my new Tattered Lace Shutter Die.

This die is a frame-die that cuts your card into the shutter-card shape thus saving a lot of time in terms of measuring and trying to get the cuts and fold points accurate. In my case this also saves on wasted card as somehow even with a metal edged ruler I still cant either cut straight or correctly line up score lines!

The set comes with the frame itself, a variety of layering dies that match the sections of the card (including the T shape at either end) and a full 2cm alphabet which also includes some common punctuation.

I found the frame itself a little smaller than I had originally expected as I had thought that is would be full A4 size. This is not quite the case however you will still need an A4 die cutting machine for the frame – since personally I do not own one I have borrowed one from a friend to give myself a supply of cut frames – everything else in the set will run through the smaller platforms.

All of the dies give a nice beveled edge to each section which i find to be a more elegant finish than what I could achieve with a knife and a guillotine, the cut is good on all of the paper, card and vellum i have so far tried it on. The finished (folded) size is less than A5, therefore If you have the eveloper/box maker/enveloboxer from Crafters Companion you should be able to easily create custom boxes for this card. I would recommend a box rather than an envelope purely because an envelope would hold the folds tighter which could lead to card-cracking or instability if the base card does not ‘bounce back’ once released from the envelope.


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To Make the Card Shown:

  • Hunkydory fairy sweethearts kit
  • Tattered Lace Shuttercard die
  • Tattered Lace Sweetness border die
  • Tattered Lace free butterfly die from their first Create and Craft exclusive magazine
  • Creative Expressions itty bitty bow filigree die
  • Pearls
  • PVA pearls
  • Glitter Glue
  • Wild Honey Distress Ink
  • Parchment and yellow card scraps

1.Die cut the base card into the shuttercard shape and fold.

I have used one piece of the Hunkydory card from the kit; as the kit is so pretty i didn’t’ feel that I needed another topper, so the rest is just embellishments.

2. Die-cut your embellishments

For the letters, I have used he shuttercard die set which I have cut inside one of the square layering dies from the same set; so inside each of the squares is a letter blank where the letter has been cut out, which is then re-filled by the letter  being stuck back onto the middle of the square using Pinflair (you can also use foam pads or any other 3d glue). I have also distress inked the letters and the squares and then glitterglued the letters.

For the border die, I have cut the border from inside one of the rectangle layering dies from the shuttercard set as the border die does not have it’s own outside edge; i have also distress inked and glitterglued the panel.

Both the letters/squares and the panel have been taken from the off-cut from the original shuttercard shape.

The butterfly is cut from parchment paper; cut down into the smaller shape and then also distress inked and glitterglued

The middle panel is two layers from the shuttercard set in parchment parer and yellow card (also distressed) for the sender to write their message on the front of their card if they so wish, alternatively a sentiment could be added here

3. Put it all together

Attach your elements where you want them to go; I have shaped the butterfly using the Tonic flower shaping kit however you can use a variety of other tools to shape with, the cheapest of which is a pencil. I have also lifted and lightly shaped some of the border elements in the panel.

Add your pearls/pva; I have used both here and i have also added some glitterglue to the fairy and the grass at her feet. the ‘Just for you’ tag is also part of the fairy sweethearts kit.

Stamping Blocks

There are so many choices when it comes to choosing what method you use to stamp images and everyone has their own opinion, however if you do not want to go out and buy a set of flat blocks, a set of thin blocks, a set of thick blocks, a set of rocker blocks etc then which should you start with?

In general, I would say that it doesn’t matter; they all work and stamping takes a little bit of practice to achieve consistent results anyway so really just pick whatever suits your need at the time and work with it!

For those who prefer a little more to go on, I am adding in my own thoughts on the type of blocks that I use

Rocker blocks.

I like these for smaller stamps, the raised edge of the rocker is helpful when it comes to positioning as you can hold it on the edge before rolling forwards to create the image, however I find that on larger images in particular, I do not always get enough pressure in the middle to ensure a good stamp; I have also had some issues with applying too much pressure and ending up with a blurred image. Another disadvantage is that when applying the ink to the image the rockers often pick up some of the ink which then transfers onto the paper along with the image that you meant to stamp. So after some trial and error, my best advice if you are using  a rocker block is to do a test image on a scrap of paper to get the pressure balance correct – If it comes out well you can keep it to use as a mask. I would also recommend wiping off your rockers before you stamp!

Flat Blocks

Interestingly a lot of flat blocks have measuring lines on them to aid you in the positioning of your stamp; i believe this is aimed more towards rubber stamps as with acrylic stamps one can see through both the stamp and the block, however in order for this to be at all useful you need to be very careful in how you position your stamp on the block. One also needs to be aware of how far in from the edge of the stamp the actual image starts. In some cases I have also found that the stamp image is not square to the outer edge of the stamp, therefore lining the stamp up with the guidelines on the block has still ended in a wonky image. Generally however I like these blocks as it takes quite a bit of pressure to overstamp the image and you can take your time pressing over the bock before removing the block from the paper

Thats all for now – Happy Stamping!

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