Tuesday, April 1, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Square Cage & V-Fold Pop-Out Cards

The concept of the cage card is based on a vintage paper engineering technique, which involves multiple tiered cuts on the top panel:

Pull the ribbon or string, and discover a hidden picture or sentiment inside:
This card looks tricky to make, but it's really simple when you use our IAD-008 Square Cage Die (designed by Michelle Cutts) to do all the hard work:

You can find basic directions for the cage card here. Or make a covered-panel variation, which is also fun and super easy:
Download a PDF file of the instructions, and grab your stamps! We used 11235MC Sick Birdy Clear Set (drawn by artist Candice Dillhoff): 
(By the way, our website special for April is a gift-with-purchase offer for a free roll of premium 1/8" double-sided tape. It's perfect for assembling the Square Cage cards.) 
I always like to get a big bang for my buck, and the dies in our Crafty Cutts collection are such a great value this way. Let's take this card, for example:
It features an image and sentiment from 11233MC Hoppy Easter Clear Set (drawn by artist Stacy West):
Cute, huh! When you open it, though, things get even better...because it turns into a pop-out card:
Yep, the same Square Cage die makes a completely different project! Get the PDF instructions to learn how to make the V-Fold Pop-Out card.
Which of these three versions will YOU be making, Inky friends?


Sue D said...

Very versatile die. I like the covered panel version.

Katie said...

I just looked at the PDF for the last card, and wow! What a neat idea for a card, I love that this die can do this. Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.