I have had so many requests for a step-by-step tutorial on how to use the Tonic Header Fold Dies, so, as I am to please - here it is! This tutorial shows you how to score your card, where the alignment notches are and how to use both the detail and cutting edge dies to create perfect header fold die cuts.
Step 1 Trim and Score Card
Trim a piece of A4 card to 14.5cm wide. Turn the card, and make two small score lines at the A5 score line (14.8cm). Do not score all the way across, you need to score about 0.7cm in from each side. For the purposes of this tutorial, I have marked (circled in red on the right) where you need to score in pencil so that you can see it (but don’t mark it with pencil when you do this).
Step2 - Align the Score Lines to the Outer Cutting Die Notches
If you look closely at the cutting edge die from the Header Fold Dies, you will see that there is a tiny notch on each side just up from the open edge. You need to align these notches to the score lines you’ve made. See below, with a really close up shot of where you need to align the notches. Tape the outer cutting die into place and cut using your die cutting machine.
Step3 - Align and Cut the Detail Die
Next remove the cutting edge die and line up the detail die, tape this into place, then cut and emboss the die through your cutting machine. Again, don't forget the only reason you can see my score lines so clearly is becuase I've marked over them in pencil but you won't have done this.
Step4 - Fold and Trim to size
Fold the card over along the 2 scored lines. At this stage your card will not be the same size front and back. Trim your uneven edge by aligning the folded edge to the 14.5cm on your trimmer (note - you are aligning the folded edge, not the top of the card) and trim the uneven edges. You now have a perfectly cut and trimmed header fold card base. This can either be a tent-card with the header element at the top as shown or a traditional side opening card. You are now ready to decorate your card however you wish. You can download a printable PDF of these instructions here. Pin It Now!
The beauty of this design is that the shape of the lattice heart header die makes it so easy to line up centrally, so I used it to die cut both the top of my pocket and also the pocket flap. I then threaded narrow double satin ribbon through the punched hole border and accented the central heart motif with crystal hearts. I then created a coordinating invitation using my favourite die ever (but I think my regular readers know that!), the Boudoir Square base, with I decorated with flatback pearls, and then topped with the wedding invitation wording die cut with a the scallop layering dies.
Here's one final look at this invitiation set. Although black as an accent colour may not be to everyone's taste for a wedding invitation, I think it gives a lovely contemporary, chic effect. What do you think? Finally, please do take a look here at my post about my friend Milly's exciting new venture, I would very much appreciate just a minute or so of your time to take a look. Thank you and I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Pin It Now!
I know that this is a little "off-topic" but I hope you'll all indulge me. It's a really exciting time for a friend of mine, Milly, who has just had her first cookbook Fabulous Feasts for Fast Days: The 5:2 Diet Recipe Cookbook published. As the name suggests, this book is for anyone who is following the 5:2 diet, and contains some absolutely gorgeous recipes. Milly shows how you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner on your Fast days (which are usually 500 cals for women and 600 cals for men). That's quite some feat, especially as it's not 3 grapes for breakfast, 3 more for lunch and then a tangerine for dinner! Pictured above is a sample menu from the book that includes 5:2 Nutty Maple Granola for breakfast, Smoked Mackerel Pate & Crisp Breads for lunch and Garlic & Herb Roasted Cod with Fennel En Papillote for dinner, and all that for under 500cals! I've tasted all of these and they are absolutely delicious. Currently the book is exclusive to Kindle, it's priced at £1.80 on Amazon.co.uk here or $2.99 on Amazon.com here. Do take the chance to try this great diet cookbook, I'm sure you'll be inspired by it.Pin It Now!
This is a really quick and easy project that makes such a pretty Favour Box.
Project Recipe: Paper and Card: Textured, Stardream Tools: Tonic Studios Tiara Corner Die Set, Mazarine Blue Die Set, Layering Circle Dies, Grand Calibur Embellishments: pearls I found easier to make my box lid first, which I did by die-cutting the first corner with the Tiara Die, then trimming to size. Once I'd made the lid, I worked out what size box base I needed to fit. Then I simply embellished with some pretty pearls and die cuts from my Mazarine Blue die set. A short but hopefully sweet post from me this weekend. Hope you're having a good one!
Back again with another Sneak Peek and another classic Dips Designs style card - lots of pave pearls combined with filigree fretwork. Whilst the Ornate Elegance Verso Header Fold Die Sets are designed primarily to work with the fold in your card, because they are also part of Tonic Studios Verso range, it means you can use them without the outer cutting edge. So here I've used the fretwork header to create an inset fretwork detail to the top and bottom of my card base, which I then paved with peach flatback pearls.
I've used Mum from the Family Members Die Set (but there is also a New Baby set and a Partner set too), and matted it onto my Vintage Frame Tag - just the perfect size and style for this card. A few more peach and ivory pearls, and viola, an elegant and classy card that any Mum would love to receive!
New arrivals in more than one sense with the New Baby Sentiment and Header Fold Dies from Tonic Studios, launching on Friday. The Verso Header Fold Die Sets are designed primarily to work with the fold in your card, but as you know, I like to show you different ways to use your dies. So here's I've used this wonderfull scrolling Ornate Elegance Header to create a birth announcement Tag, and again on the co-ordinating gatefold jacket.
The 'Welcome to the World' phrase and delivery stork is also part of the new release which includes three new range of sentiments dies. This die is from from the New Baby set, but there is also a Family Members Die Set and a Partner set too.
New Tonic Studions Ornate Elegance Verso Header Fold
and Family Members Die Sets
So there are new dies from Tonic Studios about to be released and the clever pixies at Tonic Towers have once again produced a really versatile range. The Ornate Elegance Verso Header Fold Die Set are designed primarily to work with the fold in your card, but you know me, I like to show you different ways to use your dies and especially how they work with your existing dies. So here's one of my favourite filigree style cards using one of the Ornate Elegance Headers along with the Boudoir Base Die Set.