Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Framing A Sentiment – A Cut Shoppe Card

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

Earlier tonight I showed you a layout using chipboard frames to journal a story. Now I’m sharing a card with a die-cut frame for a sentiment:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Fun huh? By using a polaroid-style frame to structure my card design I was able to put this together really quickly. Here’s how to do it…

Step 1: Load up some frames and arrows into your die-cutting software (or use a manual die-cutter & dies, cut by hand, or use shop bought ones, if that’s what you have!). I used some files from The Cut Shoppe, they are called Doodle Dandy and Say Cheese, and I loaded them up into the Cricut Design Space to use with my Explore machine:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 2: Hide the images you don’t want (I left a couple of frame choices as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to use yet), and resize & recolour as you wish. I sized the frames to be 4″ tall, and the tallest arrow is 4.28″ high:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 3: Cut them out – I used the Cardstock+1 setting – cutting the frames from turquoise cardstock, and the arrows from an orange-woodgrain thick patterned paper:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 4: Cut a piece of white paper for your background (watercolour or art paper works best if you have it – there won’t be as much buckling on the paper then). Mark tiny lines with a pencil to show where your frame will sit – though you’ll end up moving it slightly to cover up these lines as the pencil can’t be erased if you’ve painted over it:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 5: Splodge some clean water at the two bottom corners and the top right corner of where your frame will sit. I hope you can just about see this:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 6: While the water is still wet, randomly dab on some turquoise blue watercolour paint. Remember it will lighten as it dries, so make it darker than you want it to be:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 7: While the blue is still wet add some yellow watercolour paint around it. Where the colours meet it will turn slightly green, but try not to overlap them too much or you’ll lose the different colours and just end up with green entirely:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 8: Leave the blue and yellow to dry completely, then flick some orange watercolour paint across it. Make sure you protect your surrounding workspace – I may have flicked some orange paint onto another project nearby (oops!):

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 9: Check how your card is looking. At this point I decided my card was looking way too blue:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

So I cut the frame again from some gold mirror card which looked much better (I’ll keep the blue frame to use on something else one day).

Step 10: Stick the layers down (making sure you move the frame slightly to cover up the pencil marks) and stamp your sentiment:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 11: Finish the card off with another arrow, plus a few wood veneers and gems:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

In case you are wondering, I adhered all the die-cuts to the card using my Herma repositionable dots tape runner. I was able to rub off any dots that stuck out from the edges of the die-cut designs that way!

Be Inspired:

Use a frame for a sentiment on a card

Base a project design around one large embellishment

Add some paint – both ‘splodged’ and flicked

I love the way the watercolour paint kind of ‘frames’ the frame too!

You may have spotted that The Cut Shoppe is a giveaway sponsor for this event… keep a lookout for a great prize from them coming up next!

I’ll see you again at 9pm!

Jennifer x

P.S. I am linking this up to The Cut Shoppe monthly challenge in their blog sidebar HERE!

  • Ohhh what a great idea, thanks so much I want to try this!

    May 15, 2015 at 8:33 pm
  • Jackie Edwards

    Love the card!! I can ‘splodge’…not sure about ‘flicking’ though!!! LOL

    May 15, 2015 at 8:46 pm
  • Gorgeous card, I hadnt thought of using a Polaroid type frame on one

    May 15, 2015 at 9:47 pm
  • I like the idea of the sentiment in a frame for a card!

    May 15, 2015 at 10:03 pm
  • Frances

    Such a lovely energetic card!

    May 15, 2015 at 11:28 pm
  • jengd

    Adorable card! I love the cuts you went with- fun!

    May 16, 2015 at 3:39 am
  • What a great process!! Love the polaroid focus and the cut outs are fabulous! Love me a bit of paint dabbing too!

    May 16, 2015 at 5:36 am
  • Linda Reilly

    Love the arrows, fab card xxx

    May 16, 2015 at 7:41 am
  • great designs that is clever too!

    May 16, 2015 at 7:57 am
  • I have a Cricut but I’m not sure how to do this. Are there any good tutorials you know of on how to use the Cricut better Jennifer?
    Jo x

    May 16, 2015 at 12:02 pm
  • a lovely idea x

    May 16, 2015 at 10:52 pm
  • LeAnne S

    Great card. Love the painting.

    May 17, 2015 at 4:07 am
  • Janet

    Love your card. I need to make a card today so I will give this a try.

    May 17, 2015 at 11:35 am
  • This works so well on your watercolour background.

    May 17, 2015 at 4:51 pm
  • Emily

    I love your card. I also love the watercolors.

    May 17, 2015 at 9:44 pm
  • I love your style, its so clean and crisp. The watercolour background is perfect

    May 18, 2015 at 9:51 pm
  • karenladd

    What a fun card design and a great trendy project!

    May 19, 2015 at 3:16 am
  • Natalie

    Fab project. Am off to splodge and flick! x

    May 20, 2015 at 3:21 pm
  • I really need to experiment around with this idea of framing a sentiment with some kind of embellishment. I tend to just mat it with a contrasting layer of cardstock and call it good. Looks fine, but the fun thing abt challenges is trying new things!!! Now I need to dig around in my stash and see what I have for doing this. 🙂
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

    May 20, 2015 at 7:16 pm
  • Sue D

    I like the watercolor background and the frame and arrows really accent the sentiment.

    May 22, 2015 at 2:44 am
  • KT Fit Kitty

    This looks beautiful! Love the splatter and watercolour in the background! I so wish I had one of those computerized cutters – it looks so fun! I only have a Cuttlebug!

    May 24, 2015 at 4:11 am
  • Lisa-Jane Johnson

    LOVE this card Jennifer!

    October 6, 2015 at 9:57 pm

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