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Tutorial 041112 - Criss Cross card

Silvie Z.
1. You need a square cardstock. I’m using a card measuring 30,5cm x 30,5cm.

2. Cut into half. Score both pieces right in the middle. Make a crisp fold.
 3. Take one piece and cut it from the top of the scored line to the bottom left corner. Do the same on the other piece except you score from the top of the scored line to the bottom right. Before you cut, make sure you’re cutting in the right way so that the other part goes across.
  4. Put some double sided tape or glue at the square panel as shown in the picture.
5. Glue both pieces together.
6. If you want to decorate the inside with some patterned paper, do it now before gluing the triangles together.
7. Decorate the triangle flaps with patterned paper.
8. Put some double sided tape at the bottom of the inside panel and at the bottom of the triangle on the left.
8. Glue the right triangle.
9. Glue the other triangle. Your pocket for the criss cross card is now finished.
10. To create an insert, cut a card, decorate with coordinating patterned paper. Add some tab(s) so that the card can be pulled out easily from the pocket.
 11. Decorate the criss cross card to your liking. Have fun!


Tutorial 051211 - SHAKER CARD

By: Camilla H.

I would like to thank Camilla S. Bakke
who has translated the text into English.

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Welcome to this week's challenge here at TOMIC.
This week we would like to see some Shaker Cards.
And since Christmas will be here soon, we want you to use Christmas Images. 
Today is my turn to show you a tutorial of how I make my Shaker Cards.
It is not that difficult. 

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Good luck!
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Before I show you the shaker box, 
I thought that I would show you a photo of the materials that I use.

Material list: 
* Spellbinders Petite Ovals Large.
* Spellbinders Petite Scalloped Ovals Large.
* Double sided adhesive tape.
* Craft foam pads 3 mm.
* Gelatine.
* Glue.

For the window I use regular gelatine sheets that I buy at my regular grocery shop.
I like the beautiful pattern on the sheets, and it looks like a real window.
But it is fragile.
You can also use a regular transparant paper.
You can then make the pattern yourself,
by e.g. dry embossing in your Cuttlebug.

Inside my Shaker Cards I often use glitter (Doodlebug suger coating white glitter) and micro pearls:

The ideas of what you can use inside are many, e. g. embossing powder, spangles, pearls...
To cover up the foam pads on the outside I also use:
A small ribbon 3 mm.


Here comes my Shaker Card - Step by Step:
Step 1

First use your Spellbinders Nestabilities for:
* Bottom layer
* Image.
* Window.
* The frame.
My image is from Magnolia and is called Halo Tilda” from ”Sweet Christmas Collectionen 2011”.
I use Bazzill Cardstock and gelatin sheet.
You have to be aware that the gelatin sheet is fragile, and can easily be broken when you punch it out.
The sheet is not that big, and it is limited what spellbinder circle size you can use.
 Step 2

Ink the edges, and make the last finishes on Tilda. 
I have used Stickles on Tilda's star and halo. 
Even Tilda's lace have got some Stickels on.
Step 3

Glue the image to the bottom layer. 
Then it is time to fasten the gelatin window.
Start with adding some glue to the frame,
then put the window carefully down, so it covers the frame.
It is important that it is completely covered.
Step 4

Don't use too much glue, when it is easy that the glue comes out on the gelatin sheet if it is too much on. Push the frame and the sheet carefully together.

Step 5

 I usally use foam pads that are 3 mm thick.
They make the box a bit "higher". And you have a small space for your choice of "Shake"-material.
Place the foam pads around the whole frame, and they have to be placed close together. 
It is important that there is no room in between the foam pads. If there is, the glitter will come out.
 Step 6

I usually remove a small pillow (foam pad) with the help of a tweezers. Then I make a small cone, and it is then much easier to pour the glitter inside the box.
When the glitter is inside the box, I put the small foam pad back.
Step 7

I will now show you how I cover the brim around the Shaker box.

On the upper photo you can see the foam pads.
So to hide the foam pads I have fasten a thin ribbon around the whole box.
It looks nicer, and you can also prevent that some glitter comes out.

Step 8

Now the only thing remaining is to fasten the box on a card or on a paper bag.
Good luck.


Creating a dimensional masked scene with Magnolia stamps Tutorial by Tanja
This challenge is all about creating a dimensional scene with Magnolia stamps. We want you to create 3D scenes in every possible way and to help you out, here comes a tutorial for doing a stairstep card. Using this tutorial is not mandatory, just use whatever technique you like the most. On your blogs, you will have to show us picture of your card but we also want to see details about the dimensional part (side pictures or close ups). If you don't show us the dimensional details, your card won't be selected for the draw as we won't be able to see if it fits the challenge or not.
One way to make it dimensional is by creating a Stair Step Card, so I like to show you how to make a Side Step Card ...

It's not my idea, but I took some pictures when I was making a new decoration for our entrance and made a template. I chosed the size for a A6-Card, which you can send in a regular envelope if you won't add to much decorations - like me :)

You have to cut the bold line and fold the stitched black ones. You can see how to fold on the next pictures.

It's nearly done ... now you can decorate the card as you want.

If you'd like to place it as decoration somewhere, it's better to add a piece of cardstock for stabilasation in it or bind it together with a ribbon like I did on my card, otherwise it could slide away ...

Magnolia stamps are so fun to play with because of the many characters, accessories and backgrounds that you can mix together.

Tutorial by Tanja


Tutorial by Camilla

I will show you how to mask stamps together:
1. Here are a few things you need
2. The stamps is the most important:) I use to place them first, as I want the scene to be. As you can see I have Tilda in front, and the scenery behind her.
The two stamps I want to mask together is:
Sweetie Tilda 
Bird Background
Both from the Sweet Rainbow Collection 2011
3. Since Tilda is in front of my scene, I have to stamp her first, and then mask her. 
I use a post-it-note and water colour paper. (Use the paper you normally colour your images on).
And I will later explain why it is clever to use post-it-notes.
4. Then I stamp Sweetie Tilda on both papers, as you can see under.
5. Then I have to cut the one on the post-it-note out ("Yellow-Tilda").
 6. Cut, cut, cut.... I am done:)
7. Then I place the "Yellow-Tilda" on the "White-Tilda". And since I have used a post-it-note I have glue behind some parts of the yellow paper. 
Then you can be sure that the paper sits perfectly all the time.
8. Now it is time to stamp "The Bird Background" upon Tilda. I like to use the acrylic block with stripes, then it is easier to place the image like I want it.
9. Okay, ink the image:)
10. Place the background stamp on the masked Tilda.
11. Now it looks like this. It is alway exciting to see if the scene looks fine.
12. It looks perfect! Now I can start the colouring.


  1. Fantastic tutorial, very detailed....thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Hello Camilla
    You're really talented!!
    Thank you for sharing these tutorials, beautiful and useful.

  3. That is a pretty cool tut. Thank you so much for sharing such a cool idea :D

  4. Super merci beaucoup pour ses deux beaux tutos
    merci pour ce merveilleux partages...
    muriel( bxl)

  5. Hi Camilia,
    thanks for the wonderful idea of the post it. i was always working whit tape but that doesn't work so well. fabulous idea.

    lots of love


  6. just love your work and your tutorials are so easy to follow thank you so much


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