My biggest gripe about my Big Shot (besides the fact some some dies simply do not cut well on it) is that it will not allow me to use substrate with the shorter measurements larger than 5.5 to 6 inches. That pretty much rules out the cards I usually make unless I want to make a layer to glue or paste to tape onto the main card base, and that will not do with border dies!
SO... I had to resort to some Die Cut with A View A2 card stacks which allowed me to cut the longer side before folding the card. And the small size means I can't do a whole lot with the card front. I had to go very clean and simple.
My first task was to cut the borders on the longer measurement of five cards (one being discarded eventually because the die simply did NOT cut all the way through and I was NOT going to try to winkle out those little pieces with a craft knife!). Since the detail in the border cut didn't show on these deeply colored cards, I cut a sheet of cream card into liners for the insides.
Next step was to stamp a sentiment, which I selected from three sets of VAP! "Premium Rubber Stamp Sets". I used Versamark and embossing powder, white on two of the cards and gold on the other two. The white worked with the cream linings but the gold looked off so I cut some border strops from a scrap of gold mirror card to place under the cut (if I had to do it again, I would cut a wider border for a card like the purple one).
I ended up with four small "note card" style cards which could be used as thank you notes, invitations or congratulatory notes.
Products used in making these cards were:
- Stamps: VAP! Premium Rubber Stamp Sets “The Basics” (RS4877), “Your’e Invited” and “Birthday Party”
- Inks: Versamark
- Embossing Powders: Top Boss “gold” and “white”
- Dies: Spellbinders “A2 Curved Borders 1” and “Curved Borders 2”
- Papers: Die Cut With a View Textured Card Stack “C;aspics”; Cream cad and scrap of Mirror Gold card
- Adhesives: Viva Las Vegas “Miracle Tape: