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Shaped card using digital stamps

Hi friends, my health is not the best right now, so this month I am taking things a little easy. Add to it the fact that we have summer and kids are having vacations, families are traveling and so on. So my dear design team is also in various stages of "can't craft". I am sharing all this to make sure you know why we are not having an instagram hop this month. We will still continue to share inspiration and as always you can grab a couple stamps free when you join us as a Silver Member. That part has not changed.


Alright, over to my card now.




I made this using the "Your Special Day" stamp set. For making this shaped card, I used my trusted Brother Scan n Cut, but I believe any electronic cutting machine should have a similar way to make it work. Here are the steps I took:


  1. Open PowerPoint and adjust the Page Setup to make it Letter sized (or A4) and landscape orientation. This will make sure each slide is the same size as your paper - the length will be 11" and height will be 8.5". This step of sizing is very important for our technique today.

  2. Using a rectangle shape sized to 8.5"x5.5" and place it to line up with the left edge.

  3. On this rectangle, place the cake image and size it. I took advantage of this being a digital stamp and increased the height differently from the width, to make the cake taller. My design is slightly more than 5" tall and slightly more than 4" inches wide. Center the cake in the rectangle below and group them together.

  4. Copy this entire group and paste it so that now it lines up on the right edge of the slide. Place your sentiment on top of the cake and center it. I used two sentiments from Sketched Florals 1 set and combined them to say "Wishing you the happiest birthday ever".

  5. Now, carefully delete the two rectangles and the cake below the sentiment. At the end of this you will have your cake centered in the left half of the slide and sentiment centered on the right half of the slide.

  6. Print.

  7. Trim the paper exactly half way on the longer edge (5.5") so that both cake and sentiment are separated.

  8. Set up only the cake on the Scan N Cut with its top left corner lined up with the top left corner of the mat. Cut it out leaving a little white edge.

  9. After peeling the design away, do not disturb the cut lines on the machine. Now line up the second rectangle with the sentiment in place, in top left corner of the map and cut that out.

Ta da! The rest part is simple:

  1. Color the cake. I used Ooku watercolors.

  2. Fold the top part of the sentiment piece and adhere it to the top part of the cake.

  3. Embellish. I used Spellbinders Fashion Silver embellishments because the look like the tiny edible beads on cakes.

Enjoy!





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For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used or the ones you can use for making similar cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!





Hugs! ~Varada



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