Your basic swing card has a swing/centre panel that is usually either square or rectanglar. This tutorial is a for a swing card that has a shaped swing/centre panel. Please note that this is customized for a 'finished' 6-inch (15cm) square card, since that is my favorite card size. By 'finished' I mean when the card is folded up.
The shaped swing/centre panel can actually be created easily by cutting it out by hand using your kraft knife and/or scissor, but I am going to show you how to use your shape dies (eg. Spellbinders Nestabilities, Go Kreate dies, etc.) and your die-cutting machine (eg. Big Shot, Cuttlebug, etc.).
The card below (posted HERE previously) is the end result of this tutorial, so I am just going to list the steps to create this card.
Materials and Tools:
- 6" x 10" (15cm x 25cm) cardstock
- 5 7/8" x 9 7/8" (14.7cm x 24.7cm) designer paper (NOT designer cardstock--too thick)
- a shape die for the centre panel--this has to be less than 6" wide (your card size)
- die-cutting machine
- removable tape
- coloured images, sentiments, embellishments, etc. to decorate the card
For this card, I am using the Spellbinders Grand Labels Ten die--the 2nd smallest size in the set.
On your cardstock, draw vertical lines with your pencil at 3 7/8" and 6 1/8" (9.7cm and 15.3cm).
Take your designer paper and cut out your centre panel EXACTLY in centre with your die. I usually like to draw a criss cross on the paper to better centre the die. Put aside the die cut for decorating the swing panel later on.
Step 3Apply glue to the back of your designer paper.
Glue your designer paper in place onto your cardstock.
Reposition your die over the previously cut hole on the designer paper and tape in place with removable tape. Make sure this is really secure so it doesn't move when you run it through your die-cutting machine.
Line up the edge of your cutting pad with one of the pencil-drawn lines.
Secure the back of your card to the cutting pad with removable tape.
Take your other cutting pad, place it underneath your card. Now your card is sandwiched between the 2 cutting pads.
Run the 'sandwich' through your die-cutting machine--the one I am using here is the Big Shot Machine. Obviously...LOL.
Please note: This is how I do my die-cutting and NOT as per instructions that comes with the machine. Their instructions are to place the die first with the die blades facing up and then paper on top of that. My way is to place the paper first and then the die on top with the die blades facing down. I find that my cutting pad stays flat this way and do not curl up.
You will see that now you have a partially cut shape like the picture below. Only the area of the die that was under the top cutting pad is cut--the rest is left untouched.
Repeat Steps 6 - 9 with the other side/end of you card.
Place your card upside down on your scoreboard and score at 4" (10cm).
Turn your card right side up and score at 6" (15cm).
Mountain fold and valley fold along the score lines.
Take the die cut that you have put aside and glue it in place as shown below.
Optional: I like to have a thin border around my die cuts, so I usually take my scissor and cut off about 1/16" all the way around the die cuts. Sorry, but yes, you have to do this by hand...sigh.
And there you have the base of your card. Now you can finish decorating it with your coloured images, sentiments and embellishments.
Have fun with this and happy creating!!!
|I did this one using the Spellbinders Grand Labels Four dies.|