Easy Cutting Technique for Card Makers

In this week’s video I have a fun and easy paper cutting technique to share with you for designing cards! This technique was shared during one of our team gatherings and you will be surprised at how easy it is! Plus I have 2 different ways you can use this cutting technique in your card making. Simply changing the orientation of of the card, landscape and portrait style, easily changes the look!

Easy Cutting Technique for Card Makers - Stampin' Up! Poinsettia Petals

The cards feature the Poinsettia Petals stamp set and the Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up! However, keep in mind that you can use ANY stamp set or patterned papers to create these cards.

Landscape Style

The first set of cards feature the use of this cutting technique to create cards in landscape style. First, create your card base by cutting a 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inch piece of cardstock. Score the 8-1/2 inch side at 4-1/4 inches. How you position this card base in the paper trimmer will determine whether or not you are creating a landscape or portrait style card. To create the landscape style card, position your card base in the paper trimmer on the 8-1/2 inch side to make the cuts.

One of the cool things about this cutting technique is that it requires very few supplies. You need a paper trimmer that enables you to lift the blade and position it at the appropriate points on the card. The Stampin’ Up! paper trimmer works perfect for this! Basically you will be cutting two “slit” into the front of the card. Each of these cuts are 2 inches in length and they are 1 inch apart from each other. The 1 inch section in between the two cuts is the place to stamp a little greeting.

Once you have created the two cuts in the card front, you simply weave a 2 x 4-1/4 inch piece of patterned paper into it. One pattern will be visible on the front of the card and the back side of the patterned paper will be visible on the inside of the card. Then simply decorate the card as desired.

Portrait Style

This cutting technique enables you to create landscape or portrait style cards. The length of the cuts remain the same, however, the style of card you create depends upon how you position your cardstock in your paper trimmer. In order to create the portrait style card, position the card base in your paper trimmer on the 5-1/2 inch side to make the cuts.

You will still be creating two cuts which are 2 inches in length. However, the size of the patterned paper changes to 2 x 5-1/2 inches so that it covers the full length of the card front in portrait style. Then simply decorate as desired.

For a complete list of supplies and all of the step-by-step instructions for creating these cards, feel free to download the printable tutorials. And if you are loving these poinsettia card ideas, then you may also like the idea in my NEW card making kit. You can check it out HERE.

I highly recommend watching this week’s video. In the video, you will see how to position your card base in your paper trimmer to create either a landscape or portrait style card. I hope you enjoy the video and these easy card ideas. Have a fun and creative day! ~ Lynn

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