Posts tagged ‘greeting card’

CAS spinner card and template


In January, I took the Clean and Simple Cards 2 class at I really enjoyed it, and am just now getting around to doing some of my homework cards. On of the big plusses of the class was getting to see what others in the class were making, and that’s how I found this great spinner card design from Stephanie at Pink Star Creations.

Stephanie’s card (shown above) uses the spinner card dies from Paper Trey Ink, but I created mine (top of page) with Silhouette Studio. (If you don’t have a Silhouette, you can still use the template with your PTI die and the free version of Silhouette Studio.)

As you can see, I lifted Stephanie’s design pretty much completely, except that I used a “real” paper airplane where she used a stamp, (which was our class assignment that day.) My template also includes a paper airplane digistamp if you’d rather use that. It will probably hold up better in an envelope, for instance.

If you aren’t familiar with spinner cards, they use a simple sandwich of some foam and 2 disks (often pennies) to travel through a slot and create a spinning element that really makes for a fun card.


What I love about this idea, and turning it into a Silh Studio template, is that you can so quickly change it up for a different theme. Bring in a new image, drag and drop a pattern, customize the sentiment and a new card is born.

My advice is to keep this template on your hard drive instead of in your SS library. When you want to use it, open it, immediately do a “Save As…” and rename it. That way the original is preserved, as well as all the placement on the mat, which you lose when you use the library. I’ve also included instructions in the margins of the files as shown in the screen capture below.


Download the Silhouette Studio template here.

Download the SVG template here.

Here are a couple more cards I made with the same template and artwork from Lettering Delights. The first one uses a bee from the Bugaboo set and a honeycomb image, from the Reindeer Games paper pack, oddly enough. (I did have to change the colors from reds to golden yellows.) For the monkey card I used an image and pattern from the Monkey Around collection.

beespinner monkeyspinner

All of my cards, and a few extra sentiments I included on the template, feature LD Cotton Candy font.

Special thanks to Stephanie for the great card and for giving me permission to share the template based on it!

March 24, 2013 at 9:08 pm 39 comments

Silhouette shower card

I wondered if I could make a card centered around a silhouette not just of *a* couple, but of *the* couple the card was for. So for starters I yanked a photo of them (an unfortunately dark one) from Facebook and used the various selection tools in Photoshop to coax out an image I could trace in Silhouette Studio.

From there I combined the couple’s silhouette with a heart and cut from a square to be the centerpiece of a very simple, but very personalized card. I used laser foil to give the sentiment a shiny gold finish. I’m submitting this for the clean&simple blog’s sketch 214 challenge. Thanks for visiting!

November 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm 12 comments

Grad card with custom background paper

This week’s challenge (CFC54) at CAS-ual Fridays blog was for a masculine card with “designer’ paper. Well, I’m the designer of this one of a kind background paper that features the name, year, school colors and school name of the graduate. It was easy to create in a word processor (type text, format, copy, paste, repeat to fill page) and is quickly re-customizable for multiple grads with the find/change command. I also used it as matching gift wrap for small packages. The mortarboard and its shadow for the card were cut on the Silhouette SD and mounted with an action wobble. The tassle is fastened with a brad painted with nail polish to match the cap color.

May 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm 12 comments

Another Challenge Card

I think I’ve found my style and it’s definitely clean and simple. Here’s another card I made for the CAS-ual Fridays CFC50 trees or flowers challenge.

This features another Darice embossing folder, “Leafy Tree,” the Spellbinders Labels Eighteen die and a computer printed character from the free sentiments font Pea Dawn Doodles Too, which I edited in Inkscape to fit the shape better.


May 1, 2012 at 11:02 am 15 comments

My first challenge card

I’ve been making an effort to make more cards (as in greater than zero) but it hasn’t been going real well. I decided I’d try a challenge. That was months ago, and I finally found a challenge I thought I could handle. So here it is, my entry for the CAS-ual Fridays CSC48 Opposites Attract Challenge. I chose purple and yellow for the color pair (it had to be opposite on the color wheel). This card also features a great new (to me, anyway) Darice embossing folder, my digistamp created for the EK Tools Real Estate Sign Punch (click here for details and to download), and a die cut to make a mat (shadow in diecutting parlance) for the punch shape. I am making the shadow shape available for download in SVG and .studio formats which you might find handy if you have this punch and a digital diecutter. If CAS-ual Friday has brought you to my blog for the first time, welcome! I hope you’ll poke around and enjoy my somewhat different angle on crafting and perhaps come away with a unique tip or technique you can put to good use.

April 15, 2012 at 9:25 pm 27 comments

Cards so easy an engineer can do it

You all have figured out that I am more of an idea person than a real crafter who finishes projects. And as an engineer, I am always on the lookout for a formula that works. Card sketches take care of layout issues, but still left me to struggle with colors. Well, I found an easy solution at the site that you will recognize as my favorite for fonts, Lettering Delights. Between playing with the Cricut Imagine and visiting the very talented Jin’s Under A Cherry Tree blog it occurred to me that the Lettering Delights graphics sets that have matching background papers can make me look talented, too. Check out three of the cards I’ve made with the same template and 3 different Lettering Delights themes.

I used my Cricut and/or Nestabilities, but you could hand cut these just as easily. I also discovered an unsung cardmaking hero on my Mac, iWork Pages, that I’ll be talking a lot more about in the future. I’m sharing the iWork template to make this drag and drop easy.

Products used:

Birthday Card – Orange
Harajuku Girls Graphic Set
Harajuku Paper Pack
Harajuku Alphabet (inside sentiment)
LD Red Hatters Hand font
LD Hang Ten font (coordinates nicely with alphabet)
Action Wobbles

Birthday Card – Brown
Monster Love Graphic Set
Monster Love Paper Pack
Monster Love Alphabet
LD Red Hatters Hand font (coordinates nicely with alphabet)
Action Wobbles

Birthday Card – Blue
Bleu Basil Graphic Set
Bleu Basil  Paper Pack
WaterBrush font

Disclaimer: I have been a happy customer of Lettering Delights for a long time. In fact, we go back so far that I have some of their floppy disks! I am now an affiliate and partner who gains benefit from this company, and from your purchases when you use the links from here. You can, as always, trust me for unbiased opinions of these and any other products you see mentioned on this blog.

February 15, 2011 at 2:16 pm 4 comments

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