My Perfect Cardmaking Formula: White Cardstock + Gold Die Cut Frame + Florals + Sentiment

My perfect cardmaking formula. Video + Giveaway (now closed)

Hello friends! A few days ago I posted a video where I shared my creative process and all the decisions (and indecisions) I make when I design a card. It was heartwarming to read all of your comments and feedback and I’m so happy you have found that video useful.

Today I’d like to share something different, but something that in a way continues the topic of cardmaking – I’d like to share my go-to cardmaking formula, I call it a perfect cardmaking formula (only in a way that it works perfectly for me when I make Clean & Simple cards). I’m also sharing a way to replace one of the elements I use in my formula with something that can be found in pretty much everybody’s stash.

My Perfect Cardmaking Formula: White Cardstock + Gold Die Cut Frame + Florals + Sentiment

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VIDEO TUTORIAL

I’m sharing a video tutorial, watch it below or on Youtube:

THE FORMULA

So my formula is simple: white card base (usually using specialty cardstock like woodgrain, spicy yogurt or simple colored card) + gold frame or gold die cut (usually using Altenew’s Antique Trims) + a large floral or a floral cluster + sentiment. Simple as that. I use this combo when I have a hard time coming up with a good design idea for a card and it has never let me down. See some ideas below (click the photo to go to that blog post):

Altenew | Watercolor Painted Flowers Card by @yanasmakula Altenew | Encouragement card with simple layers by Yana Smakula Altenew | We Are Here For You - sympathy water card with Wild Hibiscus stamp set. Project and video tutorial by @yanasmakula Altenew | February Inspiration Challenge. Video - easy wet watercol

One of the elements in this formula, gold die cut, can be created using dies and gold mirror cardstock (or silver if you are a silver kind o girl). I pulled out my Spellbinders’ dies and experimented a bit to see what frames/dies cuts I could make for my cards. I only made 8 examples (I wanted to show them in my video and I didn’t want the video to be very long, showing 7 on photos below as the 8th one is used on a card), but I look forward to making additional examples using dies from Spellbinders and other companies.

I chose Spellbinders to show as an example as they have very fancy and detailed dies and also because I have a lot of their designs (and I truly love their dies). See below the photos of the die cut + the names of the sets I used to create them. I also have all of these sets linked below.

Spellbinders Gold Frames & Die Cuts Examples for CAS cards

Dies listed: Pierced Delight, Majestic Circles, Standard Circles, Royal Circles, Gold Rounds, Heart & Flutter

Spellbinders Gold Frames & Die Cuts Examples for CAS cards

Dies listed: Luscious Labels One, Labels One, Fancy Framed Tags Four

CARD DETAILS

The frame I used for my card was created using a different set, Triple Tear. It is simple, yet elegant and I felt it was a perfect match for this project. To stick with my formula I went with white woodgrain cardstock from Simon Says Stamp (Altenew has identical card). For the flowers I used Altenew’s Vintage Flowers and matching dies. I did use a completely new color combo for me and I went with Peach and Yellow colors.

I used my mini MISTI stamping tool to stamp these and if you watch my video you can see how easy and quickly I was able to stamp two sets of flowers and leaves. I don’t use MISTI for all of my stamping, but it does work wonderfully for stamping color layering stamp sets and for stamping on textured paper such as watercolor paper.

My Perfect Cardmaking Formula: White Cardstock + Gold Die Cut Frame + Florals + Sentiment

For the sentiment I used one of my all time favorite sets, Labels Love, and heat embossed Thank You in gold embossing powder onto white cardstock cut it out and foam mounted over the frame. I couldn’t resist adding several sequins and clear drops to finish this project.

My Perfect Cardmaking Formula: White Cardstock + Gold Die Cut Frame + Florals + Sentiment

GIVEAWAY

I am joining the MISTI May-nia and giving away one Mini Misty to one lucky blog reader!

To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment on this blog post letting me know if you have a cardmaking formula that works for you. Please leave your comments before the end of the day, May 26th, 2016. I’ll pick the winner and post their name here on the 27th (I’ll contact the winner as well).

The winner is: duncan620. Congratulations! I’m off to e-mail you. 

Thank you everyone! I really enjoyed reading your comments and learning about your formula and your ways to make cards.

MISTI May-nia!

Be sure to visit previous MISTI giveaways for additional chances to win and lots more inspirations!

SUPPLIES

I’m listing the products I used below. Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine
Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine
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SC | AZ
Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine
Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine
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SC | AZ
Spellbinders Standard Circles LG Dies
Spellbinders Standard Circles LG Dies
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SSS | SC | SB | AZ
Spellbinders Triple Tear Dies
Spellbinders Triple Tear Dies
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SSS | SC | SB | AZ
Spellbinder Hearts and Flutter Dies
Spellbinder Hearts and Flutter Dies
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SSS | SC | AZ
Spellbinders Pierced Delight Dies
Spellbinders Pierced Delight Dies
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SSS | SC | AZ
Spellbinders Labels One Dies
Spellbinders Labels One Dies
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SSS | SC | SB | AZ
Spellbinders Majestic Circles Dies
Spellbinders Majestic Circles Dies
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SSS | AZ
Spellbinders Royal Circle Dies
Spellbinders Royal Circle Dies
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SSS | AZ
Spellbinders Gold Rounds One Dies
Spellbinders Gold Rounds One Dies
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SSS | AZ
Spellbinders Luscious Labels One Dies
Spellbinders Luscious Labels One Dies
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SC | AZ
Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Four Dies
Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Four Dies
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SC | AZ
Altenew Woodgrain White Cardstock
Altenew Woodgrain White Cardstock
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AN
Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain Cardstock White
Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain Cardstock White
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SSS
Altenew Gold Mirror Cardstock
Altenew Gold Mirror Cardstock
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AN
DoCrafts Gold & Silver A4 Mirror Board Pack
DoCrafts Gold & Silver A4 Mirror Board Pack
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SSS | AZ
Altenew Label Love Stamp Set
Altenew Label Love Stamp Set
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SSS | AN
Altenew Vintage Flowers Stamp Set
Altenew Vintage Flowers Stamp Set
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SSS | AZ | AN
Altenew Vintage Flowers Die Set
Altenew Vintage Flowers Die Set
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SSS | AN
Altenew Vintage Flowers Clear Stamp and Die Bundle
Altenew Vintage Flowers Clear Stamp and Die Bundle
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SSS | AN
Altenew Red Sunset Dye Ink Pad Pack
Altenew Red Sunset Dye Ink Pad Pack
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SSS | AN
Altenew Peach Perfect Dye Ink Pad
Altenew Peach Perfect Dye Ink Pad
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SSS | AN
Altenew Summer Afternoon Oval Set Dye Ink Pads
Altenew Summer Afternoon Oval Set Dye Ink Pads
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SSS | AN
Pretty Pink Posh 4MM Clear Droplets (small)
Pretty Pink Posh 4MM Clear Droplets (small)
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SSS | PPP
Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder PW100
Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder PW100
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
ScraPerfect Crafting Pouch
ScraPerfect Crafting Pouch
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SSS | AZ
Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
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SSS | HA | AZ
Mini Misti Stamping Tool
Mini Misti Stamping Tool
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SSS | SC | AZ
Ranger .5 Oz. Multi Medium Matte Adhesive
Ranger .5 Oz. Multi Medium Matte Adhesive
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SSS | PPP | AZ
Scrapbook Adhesives Thin White Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives Thin White Foam Squares
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SSS | AZ
Pretty Pink Posh 4MM Metallic Gold Sequins
Pretty Pink Posh 4MM Metallic Gold Sequins
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SSS

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909 Comments

    1. Thanks for the tip on using the gold foil paper to cut your dies. I love silver and plan to use my silver foil paper to make my next card. Love how yours turned out, Very clean a pretty!

    1. Awesome card! Love gold frame and flowers. So simple and elegant! Thank you for the chance to win a Misti;)

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