DIY: Quatrefoil Revival

January 19, 2012

I was poking around on the Papertrey Ink Forum the other day and came across a forum member in search of ideas for reviving her use of the PTI Quatrefoil die.

The thread made me realize that I’ve really neglected this die and I was immediately inspired to bring it back out for some attention.

I like to keep things especially simple with this die, since it is so intricate and busy on it’s own. For today’s project, I also wanted to get creative with the quatrefoil die and use it in a new way.

I decided to create a couple of A1 sized notecards – which was sort of necessary given my approach to using the the die…I’ll show you what I mean:

I trimmed away the edge of the die cut to create a different sort of background for my card. With the edge gone, I had to make the card size smaller than the typical 4.25″ x 5.5″ dimensions, since the die itself is exactly those dimensions.
Then, I adhered the die to the cardbase leaving space on the bottom for a strip of cardstock where I would stamp the sentiment.
With the die cut adhered, I simply trimmed off the excess.
I stamped the sentiment on neutral cardstock backed with a sliver of bold green cardstock.
For the second card, I used the same technique but cut the quatrefoil pattern apart and inserted the sentiment strip in the middle. 
I am loving these simple cards! I’m going to be needing lots of thank you cards for wedding gifts and these will work just perfectly!
NOTE: Now, you may be wondering why I didn’t just adhere the full quatrefoil panel to the cardfront and then adhere the sentiment strip on top. Well, I tried that at first, and the finished product just wasn’t as polished as I wanted. I like having the sentiment strip sitting flush against the quatrefoil – almost as if they are one piece. It’s just my preference – you could totally forgo this part of the process!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Special Edition Thank You set, Mat Stack 1 Collection)
Ink: Ranger Industries (Jet Black), Impress Fresh Ink (Slate)
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Smokey Shadow, Vintage Cream, Soft Stone, Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist)
Other: Papertrey Ink (Quatrefoil Die)

16 thoughts on “Quatrefoil Revival”

  1. Gorgeous! Love the QF without it’s usual edging border. Cutting it off looks far more finished to me in fact. The white card is my fave. Very Tiffany’s.

    Hope you’re well. 😉

  2. Both of these cards are absolute STUNNERS, Amber and I think cutting of the sides of the die actually works perfectly! Now I want, want, want this die – it’s been sold out both times I’ve placed PTI orders since it came out….I hope I can get my hands on it next time. Thanks for the inspiration. xx

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