I am starting a new blog series about some great die-cut card sets from Hot Off the Press. The card blanks measure about 6 ½ x 5 inches and come with white envelopes. The card sets are: oval swing, heart swing, rectangular swing, side step, center step and shutter cards. The cards have a nice weight to them; they don’t seem to be flimsy. The best part is that there are templates for cutting background paper to layer on the cards, leaving a narrow white border. I printed a couple of copies of each template set on white light-weight cardstock but you could just copy them on paper. Since the templates overlap each other on the original, I recommend that you make a couple of copies of each set with the exception of the center step card. Hot Off the Press has an online store, Paper Wishes that sells Hot Off the Press products as well as many other crafting items. One of the best things that Paper Wishes does is a weekly webisode about various crafting products. Paper Wishes just did a webisode demonstrating the new die-cut card sets at http://www.paperwishes.com/webisodes/index.php?page=low&id=586. Each card kit is $3.99 for 5 cards and 5 envelopes. This is a link to the combination kit of all 6 sets but there are also links to the individual card sets: http://www.paperwishes.com/products/5109920.
I like to do unique cards, but I spend a lot of time cutting, scoring and shaping, then trying to figure out how to layer the paper and embellishments. These kits are going to save me a lot of time. Plus, I have so much paper that I need to use up, cardmaking will go very quickly using these kits.
Here are two examples of cards I made using the Oval Swing die-cut card set. The paper that I used to make these cards comes from assorted papers by Hot Off the Press and from a couple of their Artful Card Kits. I subscribe to Paper Wishes’ monthly Personal Shopper kits for Premium Dazzles and Papier Tole, so some of the papers come from those kits. I’m not going into the detail that I use when I do a tutorial because I can’t be specific about which paper sets the papers I used came from.
In making the first card, I used the card as it comes out of the pack. I made copies of the template sheet and cut out the pieces, traced them on paper and glued the paper to the card. I added red “Let’s Eat Cake”stickers and the cupcake die-cuts from Robin’s Whimsy Papier Tole (http://www.paperwishes.com/products/4108063). I used a variety of turquoise paper from my stash and I used some red birthday Dazzles from my Personal Shopper, which is not an item that is currently available on www.paperwishes.com. It may be a set that will be available later this year.
I refolded the card blank for the second card, basically reversing the folds, so that the oval “swinging” portion is at the bottom of the card. I used a dark brown paper with gray dots and a red paper that were part of one my Personal Shopper kits, with die-cuts from the Red Velvet Artful Card Kit, and stickers from the Time to Celebrate brown Dazzles, and Gold Tiny Words and Phrases Dazzles.
I think that my cardmaking would go much quicker if I didn’t have quite so much paper. It takes me some time to make up my mind which papers to use. I do have a lot of fun playing with the paper. These cards came together very quickly when I finally made up my mind which paper and embellishments to use. I’m going to talk about the rectangular “swing” die-cut card blanks in my next blog.