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Thursday 3 February 2022

Faceted Hexagonal Aperture Card


Hi everyone, today I want to show you how to make Faceted Hexagonal Aperture Box Cards. They fold flat for posting and the final footprint of them is about 6x6 (you’ll need an envelope for a 6"x 6" card for it to fit into). They are great for any kind of card occasion.





You will need:


  • 6” x 11 ¾”

Matt card:

  • Four - 2 5/8” x 5 ¾”

Pattern Card

  • Four – 2 3/8” x 5 ½”


  • ¾” x 5 1/8”

  1. Score basecard at 2 7/8”, 5 ¾”, 8 5/8”, 11 ½”. Then fold and burnish along scorelines.

  2. Take a ruler and pencil and use it to mark along the 5 ¾” line (should be the centre line). Make your marks at 2 ¼” and 3 ¾”. (mark those out again over a little bit and join them up to help when cutting the lines).

  3. Using your ruler again measure 1 1/2” either side of both of the central scorelines and draw a line along it.

  4. Along the central scoreline measure down from the top ¾” and make a mark, then measure from the bottom up ¾” and make a mark.

  5. Next, score from the mark you just made along the central scoreline to the corners of your lines you drew previously. (Press firmly and ensure you have scored them well. This will make the top and bottom points of the Hexagonal Aperture).

  6. Next, using your cutting mat and craft knife, cut along the pencil lines you drew previously and join those cuts to cut out a rectangular window. Then fold along the diagonal crease lines and fold the whole thing in half ensuring it folds in the right place. Then use bone folder to burnish. You should now have the Hexagonal Faceted opening.

  7. With your card still folded, lay one of the matt card layers into position on the section with Hexagonal Faceted opening and using wahsi tape keep it in position. Then flip the card over and draw on the back side of your matt card around the Aperture opening with a pencil.

  8. Remove the matt card and, using a ruler, draw another line bordering the Aperture line you just drew. Get a second matt card and secure both matt pieces of card together using washi tape with the front sides of the card together and the back sides of the cards facing out. This will allow you to cut along the bordering line leaving you with the Hexagonal Faceted opening on both cards.

  9. Repeat the last two step again on the pattern card, this time using your matt card Hexagonal Aperture as the stencil.

  10. Once you have completed that, stick the pattern card on to the matt card carefully lining up the Hexagonal Aperture opening. Then you can stick those cards on to the basecard carefully lining up the Hexagonal Aperture opening. (If you have any pencil marks on your basecard rub them out before sticking the cards on).

  11. Get the acetate and stick it on the reverse side of your basecard across the Aperture opening. You can now close up the card, stick the tab on your base card to the inside of the card so that it will be hidden.

  12. Next, Get your last two pattern cards and stick them on to the front of the matt cards.

  13. Now stick the matt and pattern layers on to the back of the card on the inside so you can see it through the Hexagonal Aperture opening.

  14. Fold the card flat so you can see the front of the card and stick a bit of tape on the middle of the acetate, get your greeting and stick it on. (You don’t want the entire width of the greeting stick down otherwise it won’t pop out).

Sunday 30 January 2022

Glorious Pop-Up Card



Well - todays tutorial was inspired by a card that I saw on Pinterest that was for sale by Paper D'Art. It wasn't exactly like the one I'm going to show you today - as it had cross struts rather than the pop up box mechanism that I've used. But I loved the look of it, so decided to make something sort of similar. I wasn't sure what to call it - so I decided to call it a Glorious Pop-Up Card!!! 



 You will need:-

Base card:-

- One 5" x 6"

- One 1" x 6" (scored at 1/2", 1", 3 1/4", 3 3/4")

- One 1" x 7 1/2" (scored at 1/2", 1", 4", 4 1/2")

- One 1" x 9 1/2" (scored at 1/2", 1", 5", 5 1/2")

Matt card:-

- Two 4 3/4" x 5 3/4"

- One 3" circle (cut in half)

- One 4" circle (cut in half)

- One 5" circle (cut in half)

Pattern Paper:-

- One 4 1/2" x 5 1/2"

- One 2 3/4" Circle (cut in half)

- One 3 3/4" Circle (cut in half)

- One 4 3/4" Circle (cut in half)

Plain White Card:-

One 4 1/2" x 5 1/2"

- Die cut shapes/ephemera

- Sentiment

1) Attach the 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" pattern paper onto the corresponding matt card, and then stick this onto the main base card.

2) Attach the other Matt rectangle onto the back of this, and then stick the plain white card on top of that.

3) Score the 3 strips as shown above, and then make up into three rectangles.

4) Add red tape on both sides of all three rectangles

5) Stick the smallest rectangle onto the back of the smallest semicircle, then stick the next largest rectangle onto the back of the mid semicircle, and lastly stick the largest rectangle onto the larges semicircle.

6) Starting with the largest - stick the semicircles - with their rectangles attached onto the front of the card

7) Now you can start decorating using all your ephemera and die cut shapes.

 Below are links to all the products that I've mentioned in my video. 

- First Edition Let's Celebrate 12" x 12" Paper Pad:- 

- First Edition Let's Celebrate 6" x 6" Paper Pad:- 

- Dovecraft Tropical Mirror Card Pack:- 

- Dovecraft Happy Birthday Stamp 

- Dovecraft Premium Bohemian Paper Pad 

- Xcut Filigree Balloon Dies 

- Xcut Peacock Dies:- 

- Docrafts Bluebirds and Butterflies 6" x 6" Paper Pad:- 

- Docrafts Bluebirds and Butterflies Ultimate die cut pack 

- Docrafts Bluebird and Roses Die Cut Notelets:- 

- Dovecraft Essentials-Paper & Card-A4 Rainbow Card Pack (250gsm, 8 Pack) :- 

- Nesting Circle Dies 

- Circle Cutter:- 

- Compass Circle Cutter:- 

- Dovecraft Clear Craft Glue:- 

- Stix2 12mm 15m Red Tape:- 

- UHU All Purpose Adhesive Glue:- 

- We R Memory Keepers Trim & Score Board:- 

- Helix Clear Ruler:- 

- Tonic Studios Guillotine:- 

- Fiskars Easy Action Micro-tip Scissors:- 

- Gemini Electronic Die Cutting Machine:- 


Disclaimer:- Some of the product links listed above are affiliate links. They will not cost you anything, but by using them, I may receive a small percentage of the sales - which in turn helps me continue to produce You Tube tutorials.

Sunday 10 January 2021

Quintuple Step Card

 So I've just uploaded a video tutorial of the Quintuple Step Fold Card. It's a step on from the Triple Step Card. I've made a few of these:-

Here's the template for it:-

And here's the video tutorial for the card:-


Sunday 5 April 2020

Hexagonal Roll-Up Gift Box

I saw this box online a month or so ago and really wanted to have a go at making it. I first made it to look like a Watermelon, but then did a version with patterned paper:-

Here's the version with patterned paper:-

Here's the video tutorial for this box:-

Friday 27 March 2020

Balcony Front Card

Today, I would like to show you this Balcony Front Card. I've made a couple of different versions of this fold using different papers:-

I used Dovecraft "Happy You" papers for this card (shown above).
The next card was made using papers from stash:-

Here is the video tutorial for this card:-

Saturday 21 March 2020

One Sheet Gift Bag

Today, I'm revisiting a project that I made ages ago. But it's a project that I've had a lot of interest in so I've made a video tutorial for it on my you tube channel.
For this bag I used the "On Safari" range from Docrafts West Design Products.

Here is the template for it, and also the video tutorial:-

Friday 6 March 2020

Double Pop-Up Box Bridge Card

Hi everyone! Today I want to share with you a card that I came up with whilst on a craft demo. I was thinking about pop up box cards and was wondering how I could change them. I was also thinking about bridge cards. Then I had the eureka moment - what if I combined the two?!!! Voila! A new card was born!!!
For this first one, I used Paper Addicts Christmas Belle paper pad and First Edition Cupcake dies:-

For this next one I used the new Bluebirds and Roses range from West Design Products:-

For this next one I used First Edition Forever Free papers with the embellishments from the Bluebirds and Roses range:-

Here's the template so you can have a go. There's also a video tutorial over on my You Tube channel, so head over there for more information.