Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Layered Cards for Eileen Hull Designs

 Hello and welcome! 

Eileen Hull's Teams are sharing cards this month and today it is the turn of the Educator Team to share some ideas using Eileen's new Chapter 1 dies.

I have made three cards using the Folio Page die cut which gives a lovely sized card measuring 4 ¾" square. 

I used the fabulous Mandala die cut as the base for each of my cards and used some leftover papers to cut the backing and pocket. A tutorial follows for this card at the end of my post.

For this card I used some lovely 8 x 8 papers which included lots of items that could be fussy cut. They were just the right size to layer onto and into the pocket.

This gave me lots of lovely layers but will still  be safe to post.

For this card the Mandala was cut using foil paper (gorgeous!). 

I kept the card very simple with no layers other than a large flower.

Three cards which I made quite quickly as I got a production line going in terms of die cutting and stamping so I had everything ready to have a making session.

It is lovely to be able to show these dies for cards as they are part of the Folio Journal set. But as always with anything that Eileen designs, they can be used in so many different ways.

I hope these give you some ideas! but do hop on over to Eileen's blog where you will find so many ideas from the Educator and Inspiration teams.

Thank you for joining me today and happy crafting.

Jennie x


To make this pretty vintage style card you need some small offcuts of patterned paper and some good quality white cardstock for the card base, mandala and pocket.

I have used the Folio Page Thinlits die to cut the card and then cut a piece of patterned paper measuring 
4 ⅝" x 4 ⅝" so the front of the card is covered but not right to the edges.

The Mandala cuts beautifully but I did use some freezer paper which I lay over the white cardstock as I find this always helps. I have glued this to the front of the card at the centre and again in the area where the pocket will go.

The pocket is from the Folio Page Thinlits die and I used thin red tape to attach this to the card.

There are so many options for using this pocket, it would also stand on its apex as well to make a fan shape pocket!

I have used the base flower from the Folio Page die and this lovely stem from one of Eileen's older die sets. It is a most useful shape and I use it alot.

You can see here the pocket gives a lovely depth which allowed me to place elements inside and outside to get lots of layers (also see my mauve card above!).

I have used a handmade rose (tutorial HERE) on the pocket.

I love being able to tuck sentiments and butterflies inside a pocket! 
A great way to layer without bulk.

I always add a paper insert into my cards.
I have used copy paper cut to 9 ¼" x 4 ⅝" folded in half.
I bought this embossed corner punch years and years ago but I love that
it gives the corners such a professional finish.

Eileen Hull Dies used:

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set -Folio Page, Pocket and Flowers #664883
Sizzix Thinlits Die - Mandala #664882
Sizzix Thinlits Floral Arch & Words #662357

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Tea Cup Easel Card (with Tutorial)

Hello and welcome ! 

Eileen Hull's teams are this month creating for our Card Bonanza theme and I decided to make a few cards using the lovely Tea Cup Die. However, I wanted something that would lie flat for posting and not incur the Large Letter cost which is becoming quite expensive.

So I have come up with a flat template card which stands up on it's own and .....

..... decorated using the tea cup die and die cut flowers.

Two designs but using the same elements .......

..... two layers of foam pads which just allows the card to meet the standard letter gauge ....

.... and a little selection of doilies.

The two cards took one piece of 12 x 12 plain cardstock and one piece of 12 x 12 pattern cardstock, so quite economical.

Scroll down for the tutorial but in the meantime, thank you for joining me 
and have a great crafting week!

And look out for me later in the  month when I have more ideas for cards 
using Eileen's Chapter 1 Die Release.

Jennie x



The undecorated card looks like this:

And is folded and cut from a piece of cardstock measuring 51/2" x 11".

To decorate I have cut strips of patterned paper slightly smaller than the 1" bands they are covering.

Added a pretty piece of patterned cardstock for the central panel.

And added a die cut doily (my other card had a mini bought doily, but Eileen's new Filigree die (Chapter 1)  would work well here too!

For the Tea Cups I have used some thin board and covered the board with my paper before cutting. I have just used PVA glue which works well if you give it time to dry. I ran a gold pen around the top and bottom edge of the cup.

I have used quite a few foam pads to raise it up on the doily!

This does create a nice effect.

I cut a tea bag from some of the scrap paper and added a stamped butterfly.

And some stamped and die cut flowers to keep everything flat for posting.

I have added a happy birthday sentiment on the cards but I always find it quite handy to leave these blank and have a few sentiments ready just to add for the right occasion.

It would be quite easy to get into a little production line for making these cards, having everything ready in little piles ready just to glue down. 

Eileen Hull Dies used:

Sizzix Scoreboards XL Die Teacup and Spoon #664797