Die Cut Swing Card

by Norma Lee

Create a swing card using a shape or label die.


  • Cardstock cut to 8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
  • Designer paper cut to 8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
  • A shape die template (Spellbinders Labels Five used here)
  • Die cutting machine
  • Scoring board
  • Removable or low-tack tape (3M Scotch used here)
  • Pencil, ruler and craft knife (or paper trimmer)
  • Adhesive (craft glue used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to finish the card


  1. Step 1

    On the 8 1/4" x 5 1/2" cardstock, lightly pencil 2 vertical lines at 2 5/8" and 4 1/4" (white pencil used here for better viewing). Set cardstock aside.

  2. Step 2

    On the 8 1/4" x 5 1/2" designer paper, lightly pencil 2 vertical lines at 2 3/4" and 4 1/8" and a horizontal line midway at 2 3/4".

  3. Step 3

    Center the die around the cross formed by the horizontal line and the first vertical line as shown. Secure in place with 3 or 4 pieces of removable tape.

  4. Step 4

    Die cut the paper. DO NOT remove the tape pieces or the die itself, but remove the die cut piece from the center leaving a window on the designer paper.

  5. Step 5

    Place the designer paper exactly on top of the cardstock, lining up the paper edges. Secure in place with the removable tape pieces that are already there.

  6. Step 6

    With the die blade-side down, place the papers between the two cutting plates. Ensuring that edge of the top cutting plate is lined up along the 2 5/8" vertical line (drawn in Step 1 above) as shown, run the sandwich through the die cutting machine.

  7. Step 7

    Now turn the papers around 180 degrees and repeat Step 6, this time with the edge of the top cutting pad up lined up along the 4 1/4" vertical line.

  8. Step 8

    Remove the die and tape pieces from the papers.

    Place the cardstock upside down on the scoring board and score at 2 3/4" as shown, from the paper edges to the die-cut lines only. DO NOT score in the middle part.

  9. Step 9

    Turn the cardstock right-side up and score at 4 1/8", from the paper edges to the die-cut lines only. DO NOT score in the middle part.

  10. Note:
    If using the Scor-Pal, place the left edge of the paper at the 1/8" mark and score at 4 1/4" as shown.

  11. Step 10

    Valley-fold and mountain-fold the cardstock as shown.

  12. Step 11

    To create a narrow border around the outside of the designer paper, trim off about 1/16" from each of the four sides using a craft knife and a ruler, or a paper trimmer.

  13. Also trim at both sides of the vertical lines as shown.

  14. Step 12

    Glue the designer paper pieces to the cardstock. Erase all pencil lines.

    Any sticky residue from the removable tape can also be rubbed off with the eraser.

  15. This is how the card base should look when closed.

  16. Step 13

    Adhere images and/or sentiments to both sides of the swing panel.

  17. Step 14

    Embellish as desired to complete the card.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Die Cut Swing Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Thank you so much for this tutorial, it is just what I have been looking for ... I have wasted many hours trying to figure this out, just brilliant and so easy when you know how wink
ceedee  |  Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 4:40 AM
Thank you so much for this tutorial. I'll try it as soon as I have no distractions!
Karen Reynolds  |  Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Thank you for the tutorial on this swing-cut panel card. I must have missed something because I can't figure out how you got the brown card stock border all around the die cut on both front and inside. It looks like 1/16". How did you do it? Thanks!!
Karlene Frances  |  Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 6:14 AM
This is a great technique and a beautiful card. I was wondering - do you use the same measurements for placing the die no matter what die you use? I don't either of those dies but have many other spellbinder dies that would look great. Would I use the same cutting and scoring line measurements? thank you for any information on this.
Fran MacDonald  |  Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 6:33 AM
What a great way to use the designer papers that seem to be designed for scrap books on cards! I love this idea and plan to dig out some old DSP and feature it at my next card class. Thanks so much.
Elaine Bisel  |  Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 6:47 AM
I absolutely love this card and it is explained so well. I am going to make it today. Thanks.
Marcia Bilkoski  |  Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 7:11 AM
Thank you for a very useful video. Your card is lovely and I can't wait to create one.
Mary Anne Perlmutter  |  Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 7:33 AM
This is fantastic! Thanks for this wonderful tutorial!
Nancy Stislow  |  Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 8:04 AM
You make this look so easy! Great job!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 8:17 AM
Thanks so much for this tutorial, Norma! Now I have new uses for my dies and will be able to surprise my friends with the cards! You're a genius!
marie0112  |  Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 8:36 AM
I have bought a few of the pieced dies and could not figure it out. This makes so much more sense and I already have the dies for the center part. Such a waste of my money on the other die sets. Wish I had seen this first.
Doris Cote  |  Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 9:09 AM
Wonderful tutorial! I have wondered for a long time just how to use some of my dies to do a swing card... and now I know! Your card is beautiful.
Traci Brennan  |  Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 9:10 AM
Mind blown!!! This is an awesome tutorial!! I'll be using this technique soon.
Loretta Lock  |  Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 9:32 AM
Mahalo nui for a fantasticly written tutorial. I can't wait to try it. Your card is adorable!! I love swing cards but usually don't make them because I have to "relearn" each time. It's wonderful that you now have made such a great tutorial and it is right here where I always come for that sort of thing!! Mahalo nui for sharing your expertise and your adorable card!
Goodly Creations  |  Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 9:56 AM
Thank you for a wonderful tutorial. It will be easy to follow. I love your card!
Karen H.  |  Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 10:08 AM
Hi Norma....I love your tutorial you make it look so easy, and your card is absolutely gorgeous.
Ann Lauzon  |  Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 10:15 AM
For Karlene Frances: Step 11 trims the paper to give you a frame all around when you combine the two papers - its not brown, its the green showing through.
Norma: I knew how to do this but your card is fantastic and your instructions so very precise and easy to follow. Great tutorial.
Lura  |  Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 10:17 AM
know if there is this knife for CB?
Fatima Juliana  |  Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 10:24 AM
Wow! This tutorial is awesome!! Thanks, Norma!!!
Judy McMullen  |  Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Thanks so much for the video. Sometimes reading is not clear enough for me. I'm definitely a visual person.
Lynn Haase  |  Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 12:38 PM

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