Shaped Card

by Beate Johns

Create a shaped card with dies.


  • Grand Calibur, or other die cutting machine

  • Die templates (Grand Scalloped Rectangle Nestabilities used here)

  • Cardstock

  • Scor-Pal™ or other scoring tool

  • Scor-Tape™ or other strong adhesive

  • Patterned paper, stamps and embellishments to finish the card


  1. Step 1

    Decide which die template you want to use as your card base. Take a piece of cardstock that is wider then the width of the chosen die template and score it in half.

  2. Fold the cardstock strip. This will be your card base.

  3. Step 2

    Line up your folded cardstock piece on your die template so that the folded side is slightly inside of the die template. This will ensure that you don't cut the hinge of the card base.

    Cut and emboss the cardstock with your die cutting machine.

  4. Step 3

    Take a piece of cardstock slightly bigger then the die template you used for the card base and cut and emboss this single piece.

    This will be your card front.

  5. Step 4

    Apply Scor-Tape™ to the card base.

  6. Step 5

    Line up your card front over your card base and adhere. The card front will hide the "hinge" the card base is showing.

  7. Step 6

    Finish your card.


Questions and Comments

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

Thank you for this wonderful creation, am going to
have fun making this.
Brenda  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 3:43 AM
superbes merci pour ce tuto
bise raymonde
raymonde  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 3:53 AM
you make it look so easy, will give this a try thank you for sharing.
erna morgan  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 5:16 AM
where did you buy that oval die in the center with the pretty edging on the card you did for the tutorial on shaped cards. I love the look of this.
marcia sydness  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 5:27 AM
Thank you for your great tutorials. I come onto this site every couple of days looking for more inspiration...and yet again you have provided it!!!
Vanessa M  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 5:32 AM
Wow! This is really a cute card! So can you tell us where you got the pretty edging around the oval piece and also the stamp of the girl. If I could only color half of what you do, I'd be pleased. Thanks again for this tutorial.
Nina Babcock  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 5:46 AM
Thank you for this Video, I just bought my first Cuttlebug and am ready to get going!
Your tips about the HINGE is MOST helpful!
Laura Jane2  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 6:09 AM
Great idea Beate, love it!!! It's a must try today!!! TFS, Great video!
Kris  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 6:23 AM
Marcia and Nina,
The oval frame around the image is the largest Floral Oval Nestabilities die.
You can purchase it directly from Spellbinders or you can find it in a lot of online stores. Just type it into google to find them.
Hugs and smiles
Beate  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 6:31 AM
I love your shaped cards!! Thank you SO much for this tutorial, hoping I can give it a try too!
Michelle Reaves  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 7:10 AM
Thanks Beate! I was wondering how you did this!
Colleen  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 7:10 AM
Very clever, I will teach my ladies at our next card club how to cut out a shaped card on our Grand Calaber's. Thank you so much for sharing you lovely card. Mary
Mary Jacobson  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 8:26 AM
This is soooooo clever!! Love that it adds so much to the card! Thanks, Beate!!
Peggy Packer  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 9:34 AM
Thank you Beate for this very easy to follow tutorial. I have to try this today! The results is unbelievable!
AFrenchAccent  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Although I have had written instructions on this technique, today you have made it come together beautifully. Thanks for a great tutorial.
Karen  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Love this tutorial. Often wondered how this was done, no I know. You are someone I watch a lot & enjoy all your projects. Thank you.
claudia  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Hey TY for showing us this. I have seen these and they are so pretty , but have not totally figured out for sure how they do it so well, now am going to have to give it a rock..TY..:0)
wendy2512  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Thanks Beatte-I had asked about this before-and NOW the light has come on! lol!! Thanks so much ! You rw AWESOME!
Sherry107  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 12:33 PM
This is beautiful and can't wait to try it!! TFS!!
Lauren Bountres  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 1:04 PM
where did you purchase the stamp?
Bonnie  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 1:06 PM

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