Shaped cards with Lisa Fish!

My guest today is the fabulous Lisa Fish of A Mermaid's Crafts. Lisa does amazing things with her dies and creates the most gorgeous cards. Her projects are beautifully layered and immaculately detailed with lots of brilliant stamping and use of mediums. Today she shares how she creates her signature Spellbinders base shaped card and is also hosting a challenge with a fantastic prize for one lucky player! :)

But first let's sit back and enjoy some of Lisa's fave creations...

Yvonne_Yam's Lisa Fish Gallery album on Photobucket

My name is Lisa Fish and I'm so honored to be a guest today on Yvonne's blog. I have loved art all of my life but started seriously crafting about a dozen years ago. I was inspired by all of the crafty shows HGTV and DIY used to air. I first discovered Tim Holtz on an episode of The Carol Duvall Show about ten years ago and my love of all things inky, shabby and grungy was born. I dabbled with several mediums, with polymer clay being my favorite. I still enjoy working with clay when I have the time but most of my focus now is on paper crafts. My style is very eclectic and always changing. I enjoy trying new techniques and different mediums and have recently become obsessed with mixed media projects. I started my blog by making cards, layouts and home decor projects with my Cricut, then I discovered Spellbinders and fell instantly in love. I rarely make a project without using at least one.

My favorite technique is making shaped cards using Spellbinders dies as the base. This technique is pretty simple once you get the hang of it and you can create a variety of unique and beautiful cards.

Step 1
To create the base of the card, fold a piece of paper in half and place it over the die of your choice. I am using a Decorative Labels 8 die. For dies with intricate edges, you may want to use a piece of wax paper between the die and paper so that the paper will release easily. Also, since the paper is doubled over, you may have to run the die through the machine a couple of times to make sure the pieces cut all the way through. Now make sure you move the paper below the top edge of the die so that the fold does not cut. Run the die through your die cutting machine.

It will look like this after you run it through your machine a couple of times. You do not need to emboss it since this layer will be covered up.

Step 2
Remove the paper from the die and punch out any cut pieces. you will have a card with the fold intact, but it doesn't look complete since the top edge has been cut off.

Step 3
Your next step is to cut a single piece of cardstock with the die as you normally would and then emboss it. Now you want to adhere this piece to the base. With intricate dies, I've found that the easiest way is to attach it is to use sticky dot sheets, but you could also use a Xyron or glue.

Step 4
Adhere the top piece to the base to cover the fold. With the cut edge covered you have a unique shaped card base.

I love to layer Spellbinders to create different looks. I used paper from Prima's Nature's Garden stack for this card. On top of the base, I adhered a Labels 8 die cut. The next layer is a Spellbinders Floral Oval die.

Another technique I like to use is to make the card interactive. The Floral Oval die is attached to the base with a brad to reveal a hidden sentiment.

A Fancy Framed Tags 2 die was used for the JustRite sentiment. The butterfly is a Winged Things die, cut twice and popped up with foam tape for dimension. Rock Candy Stickles was added to the top for a subtle sparkle.

Now it's your turn!! I'd love to see your shaped cards using a die cut as the base. It doesn't have to be a Spellbinders die, but I'd love it if it was.

I am giving away one of my favorite Spellbinders dies - Labels 4, as well as a Spellbinders Impressabilities Snowflake template and some Want 2 Scrap Nestabling. I can't wait to see what you create!!

A huge thank you to Yvonne for having me as a guest this month!! I have truly enjoyed it!! Happy crafting :)

Ready to play along? Please link your newly created shaped cards using a diecut as a base via InLinkz [located at the end of the post] by Friday September 6, 11.55pm (GMT +8).

As always, please leave a little love for my guest Lisa. :)


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Dr Sonia S V said...

Yvonne I am so thrilled to see you feature Lisa . I have been a follower of hers since long and always drooled over the way she uses dies. And fabulous to see the face of the mermaid!!
Dr Sonia
Cards Crafts School Projects

MiamiKel said...

What a fantastic tutorial - amazing detail and such wonderful step by step instructions! I love the tip on wax paper! The end result card is just over the top sensational - TFS!

Vijaylaxmi Siyal said...

fabulous card n brilliant tutorial....thanks for sharing lisa....will surely participate.

Genevive said...

her cards are amazing!!! yes i will play along :)))

Hussena said...

Lisa I love your work ...just been browsing through your blog and wondering how come I missed it for so long ...I love using dies for just about all my projects and a big fan of spellbinder's !! .. I loved your tutorial Lisa and will definitely try to play along !!
Thank you so much Yvonne for featuring Lisa's work here :)

SD pooja said...

Wow ! The cards is super gorgeous,the dies give an amazing delicate feel to the card..Loved Lisa's all cards..Thanks Yvonne for introducing me to such a wonderful crafter !

Diane said...

Beautiful card Lisa, and I have always LOVED your use of the Spellbinders dies!! The hidden message is a clever idea....I will keep that idea tucked away for further use...I hope to enter your challenge...sounds like fun!!!

Ella Swan said...

Wow what gorgeous projects from Lisa! They all look fabulous & so unique!!

Lizzyc said...

Wow these shaped cards are so beautiful.. I have used a die to make a round card and a rectangle card but they weren't as pretty as these!! Perhaps I need more practice!!! Thanks for sharing...

Lizzy Hill said...

Great tut.....really LOVELY cards, those edgings from the folders make them soooo pretty:):):)

Karon said...

Gorgeous! So beautiful, love the design! TFS

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

She does amazing work!! LOVING that card!!! GORGEOUS!!!

Naomi Edwards said...

Ahhhh Lisa!!! I think it is so awesome that Yvonne invited you to be guest designer and I am not surprised considering you both go to town with the

Also it is the first time in 2 years since you started that I have seen what you look like, you are beautiful!!!! I can't believe my mental image of you was so close, it must have been the mermaid that made me picutre you with blonde hair...I didn't envision the tail mind you, LOL

Thank you for showing this technique, I have done it before but I didn't know about the extra piece that goes over top to complete it..I will have to try it again... as I said on your blog your card is gorgeous and thank you for the chance to win ..OMGOSH I would love love love to have those labels and bling!!!! super hugs my friend

Sherry Eckblad said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing her work with us. said...

I'm a huge fan of Lisa and her gorgeous work. This is another stunning piece! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Garden of Grace

Sherrie K. said...

I am a HUGE fan of Lisa's and she did an AMAZING job on this card! It is absolutely STUNNING! Lisa showcased the Spellbinders just perfectly. The layering, the image and the hidden message is super creative... which is so Lisa!!
I hope to be back and join in:)

Sherrie K

Anonymous said...

Simply gorgeous card!!!!

Susan (rainy) said...

Such gorgeous creations! And what a wonderful tutorial. TFS!

Lisa said...

Thank you so much for having me as a guest this month, Yvonne!! Have a great day :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Donna K said...

Gorgeous creation, Lisa! Your card is STUNNING!! Thanks so much for sharing your secrets with us. I am kinda behind the times, but I had no idea to try the wax paper to prevent the paper from sticking!
~Donna K

Cindy deRosier said...

What a beautiful card!

Unknown said...

oh wow.The card is gorgeous and I am so glad to see such a well written tutorial for shaped cards.I have never made one but hope to give it a try.

Darlene said...

WOW how awesome that you are featuring Lisa ... her work is AMAZING and this beautiful creation speaks volumes to her creativity! Gorgeous work Lisa and awesome challenge Yvonne! Hope to find time to play along!

Primitive Seasons said...

Lovely cards Lisa and a great job on the tutorial! You are very talented and it's great to have you "hopping" along with the rest of us.


Scrap for Joy said...

Thanks for the tutorial Lisa! I will definitely try the techniques you've shown. I can't wait to try the waxed paper method...genius !

Tone-Lill said...

This is amazing... Thanks for a wonderful tutorial Lisa. The tip about not to cover the top end for not being cut of is very useful. I will give this challenge a try :) x

Mulberry Mindy said...

Another unique and wonderful card, Lisa. Your Spellbinder techniques inspire me so, I need to practice, practice, practice to get cards as superb as yours. Thank you Yvonne, for spotlighting my talented friend.


I'm a Little Teapot said...

You work is always amazing, Lisa! Thanks for sharing another masterpiece. And thanks for telling me about the is entered!

BTW- it is great to finally put a face to my blogging friend. :)

Norma Gomez said...

Hi Lisa!! I loved seeing your technique for creating your beautiful Spellbinders cards :D TFS!!

Karon said...

Yay! I finally got around to entering! Love your cards Lisa so intricate and elegant. Unfortunately I have the grand total of two Spellbinders die cut sets, so my creation pales in comparison, but was glad I tried it ! Thanks for the great tutorial!

Lynnda said...

WOW Lisa.... Your card is so beautiful!!! I am so inspired!!!

I've just linked my card !!!!....
hope you'll like it!


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