Sunday 16 March 2014

Creating Filigree Card Bases & Faux Laser-Cut Notelets Step-by-Step Tutorial

I promised recently to provide step-by-step tutorials on how to create a Filigree Card Base and a Faux Laser-Cut Notelet. You will find a downloadable PDF of these instructions at the bottom of this post - enjoy!

Filigree Card Base Step-by-Step
To do this, you need a set of dies with a separate outer cutting edge such as the Tonic Verso Affections Square Base.  To achieve this effect, you will need to pass a double-thickness of cardstock through your die-cutting machine, please only follow this tutorial if you are happy that your machine will take a double-thickness of cardstock (mine does but only you know what your machine will do).

Step 1

First of all, cut an A4 piece of card stock 29.7cm x 15cm, score it in half and fold.  Take the filigree detail sections from your Verso die and tape into place on your folded cardstock.  As you can see from the picture above my dies are placed just below and centred to my scoreline.  I have a little excess at the bottom and sides, but I will trim these away after die-cutting.  You can also see (above right) that I am not using the cutting edges to my dies at all.

Step 2

You will need to pass your die sandwich through the machine 2-4 times, turning after each cut (Picture A above).  Check whether the first layer of cardstock has been cut through by carefully opening up your folded card without removing the die (Picture B).  If needs be repeat the cutting and turning, but my first layer of card was cut through after 3 passes, and I had a very deep emboss on the second layer of cardstock (Picture C).   Remove your die from the front layer of card, keeping the tape in place, and reseat over the embossed detail on the second layer (you can feel when your die has reseated correctly into the groves of the embossed second layer of cardstock).  Secure with more masking tape, if required. Leaving the card folded open (so you are now only cutting the back layer), pass back through your die-cutting machine 1-2 times until the back layer is completely cut through.  You now have a perfectly matched front and back filigree layer.  Trim off any excess to the bottom and sides to create a perfect base.

You can use this technique for any filigree die with separate outer cutting edge.  This is the technique that I used on this Filigree First Birthday Card, using the Tonic Studios Boudoir Square Base.

It is a similar process for the faux laser-cut gift card, except that this time we do use the outer cutting edge and we only detail die cut through a single layer.

Faux Laser-Cut Gift Card Step-by-Step
I made these use the Pop-Up Sentiments die sets from Tonic. 

To start, fold an offcut of cardstock in half (picture A above).  This time use the outer cutting edge die but align the folded edge of the card just below one of the cutting edges (picture B). Pass through the die cutter 1-2 times until both sides of the card are die-cut.  Remove the outer die and and open up the gift card (Picture C).  Place the inner detail die and tape into place (Picture D).  Leaving the card open up and in a single layer, cut and emboss the greeting.

You can see this effect on all four of  Tonic's Pop-Up Sentiments in my post a Gaggle of Gift Tags
Thank you for visiting my blog today,  before you leave, I would love to share with you news of a new blog I've started, DipsDelectus.  It's about fun things other than craft (if that's possible!) like beauty and travel.  If this interests you too, then please pop over for a looksie,
Pin It Now!


  1. Hi Dips thank you for an amazing tutorial, this is so delicate and I'm so pleased the beautiful mice are back in fashion. I do love your projects.

  2. Fabulous tutorial Dips thanks for sharing, gorgeous card and love the cute image
    just doing the blog hop ,have a lovely weekend
    Hugs Lorna xx

  3. Brilliant tutorial.
    I've just bought some of these dies....
    On the hop from dc x

  4. Wow Dips you have been busy, love the projects.

  5. Fabulous tutorial, just hopping by.

  6. Hi Dips. Thanks for the very clear instructions. Another reason to invest in Tonic dies methinks!

  7. love the tutorial would love to try it best get buying some of those dies x

  8. What a wonderful tutorial Dips thank you so much....its lovely to see other peoples ideas with the dies...I am going to have a play this week... watch this space. Just hopping over from DC blog hop. SHaron x

  9. lovely card, thanks for the tutorial

  10. Hey, this day is too much good for me, since this time I am reading this enormous informative article here at my home. Thanks a lot for massive hard work. laser engraving machine for wood

  11. This comment has been removed by the author.

  12. Perhaps it's wise to make my startup dropping cordial thanks to you for this marvelous stuff. This was my first entrance in this well-equipped tech and craft based website. It was incredibly a good read and experience. I trailed to the end of your whole presentation regarding on how to create a Filigree Card Base and a Faux Laser-Cut Notelet and charmed with what steps and images you uncovered. Thanks for sharing such a precious content. BTW if someone looks for getting laser etching machine on the metal surface heatsign can be a great place to take a try.

  13. Looking for laser engraving machine for wood ? Then we are the best for you, who suit your expectations. We have huge experience on this field. We are 100% dedicated to find you cheap laser engraving machine for wood.
    You can buy laser engraving machine for wood safely here and here are numberius clients buy laser engraving machine for wood. We are provide only high quality laser engraving machine for wood with always customers support.

    If you want to know more, Please check out here -


I love to read your feedback, thank you for taking the time to comment.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...