Die Cut Swing Card

by Norma Lee

Create a swing card using a shape or label die.

Supplies

  • 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

Step-by-Step

  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.

    TIP:
    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.

Video!

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

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I am very much wanting to know the name of the font you used in the other video on Youtube for this same technique. You said it was from you computer. I love it and want it!!! It says It 's the little things that mean so much.
Cheryl Rotnem  |  Thu Aug 31, 2017 at 4:15 PM
Hi, I've watched this video I don't know how many times. I have done the card, but, still cannot get how you got the inside die cut circles or ? to get the small border around it. You use the next die smaller, fussy cut? I just love these. I even printed out your instructions to get to do it right!! Thank you so much for such great videos.
Claire Gagne  |  Mon Jan 29, 2018 at 7:46 PM
Love the card, where can I purchase designer paper similar to this card please.
Doreen Porter  |  Wed Jun 19, 2019 at 1:54 PM

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