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Been a looooooong time since I played along with the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday challenge – and in all honesty, I wasn’t planning on playing along at all UNTIL I happened upon THIS entry into the challenge.

To say that I was impressed by Pamela’s creativity would be a huge understatement! I loved her interpretation of the challenge and I was totally inspired by it! So….I hope she won’t mind that I’m recycling her idea for today’s project.

When I saw Pam’s card, my paper crafting wheels started turning and I thought it would be so cool to create a one layer card with a pop-up sentiment – so that’s what I did.

I used the same technique as Pam did (I think), and I’ll share some photos of how I made it work for me.

Note: The prep for this project may seem a tad time intensive, but I promise it is VERY easy and quick to do! 

First, though – let me give you a peek at the finished product! Simple but different!

Now for a little photo tutorial on how I did this:

On a piece of 4.25×5.5″ cardstock, I adhere the letters for the sentiment using painters tape. As you can see in the photo, I adhered them so that most of the letter hung off the edge and only a small portion of the die was taped down.
Next, I placed the die on a piece of cardstock measuring 5.5×8.5″. This cardstock will be the final card, but it is UNSCORED! I’ll explain why in a minute. By taping the letter dies onto a 4.25×5.5″ piece of cardstock, I was easily able to line up the bottoms of the sheets and make sure everything is evenly placed.
You’ll also notive that everything above the painters tape is on the cutting plate. The rest should hang off, so that it does not get cut. I used the painter’s tape as a guide for where the cutting plate should be.
I used my metal shim to make sure all the letters were cut. Again, you can see here where the cutting plate is only below the portion that I want to cut.
Once I ran this through my Cuttlebug, the finished product reveals that the letters have been cut but not completely. The portion that hung off the edge is still intact.
To make the letters sturdy, I did not want a score line going through them, which is why I did not score the card base beforehand. Instead, I left the card flat, then scored between the letters afterward. I used a strip of cardstock as a guide for where the score line should run.
Once it was scored, I just popped up the letters and the card was finished!
I loved this project so much, that I decided to make a set (shocker, right?!)
I played with sentiments using the Block Alphabet die collection – the tough part was coming up with cute sentiments that didn’t have any repeat letters since those would be a pain to cut in the Cuttlebug. This meant no “Happy,” or “Hello” sentiments which are two of my faves! I think I did a good job coming up with simple sentiments for each card, I finished the sentiment with a stamp.
Here’s a look…
Thanks for stopping by! If you have questions about the supplies I used for this project, just send me an email – I used lots – too many to remember right now!!!
Have a great day!

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49 thoughts on “Partial Die Cut Make It Monday

  1. eek, LOVE! Thanks for the photo tutorial! I’m so happy Pam inspired you!! You both inspired me…. can’t wait to cut something. 🙂 Oh, and ‘the set’ is the icing on the cake. Love the rainbow of cards.

  2. I vote this my personal favourite project done with this technique, fantastic. Thank you for opening my eyes up of the possibilities on this die. I am embarassed to say I didn’t even think of separating the letters on the die, I always punch the whole set.

  3. Totally amazing. When I first saw this I didn’t think this was a Cuttlebug cut. I am going to have to try this. You are so talented. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  4. I love this! Fabulous. I partial die cut all the time and the same technique allows you to emboss a larger piece of CS with an embossing folder with no nasty lines! But to use letters is awesome! And it definitely would have taken me screwing up the scoring to realize it should be done after. Clever!

  5. wow, I love the way these cards look, what a cool idea…But I think I am missing something…if you score just at the bottom edge of the letters isn’t the letter negative cutout part on the back of the card then? Sorry to be so dense as I am sure i’m missing something soooo obvious…{sigh} — but love the idea and love the blog so hope you can set me straight! I can’t wait to try this!

  6. Fabulous cards and a wonderful technique! I really loved the video and butterfly card you shared in the Die Cut class too!!

    Thanks for being part of the class and sharing your wonderful talent!!


  7. Amber, where have I been. I just came across your web pages. I love this die cut tutorial. My question is do you stamp the rest of the sentiment or computer print… FOR EVERYTHING on the thanks card… FOREVER on friends… etc… ???

  8. Amber – I love this technique. You made go shopping for individual alpha dies at C&SS (love they include extra letters, but sadly no extra Ls for a hello card). Then I had to buy the uppercase and numbers too. But today I was able to whip up a very fun set of cards to give as a hostess gift (to a crafting party I’m going to tomorrow). I don’t have your skills at lining up the letters, so here’s my twist on making everything nice and straight.

  9. hi,
    I am in the uk and new to all this. The fonts I find here are all on one die, not individual. Can you tell me the name of the die you are used here as I LOVE it. I have been trying to do this, create my own words, for ages however my craft club said it can’t be bought. Please help. I am hopeless in love with fonts!

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