puppy preview and a Nesties tutorial

get-well-dog-diane-zechman.jpgGood morning!

I have lots to share today… in this post I have a puppy card preview and a tutorial for cutting “out of the box” with the Nesties.  Then don’t forget to scroll down to my other post today for the next Stampavie challenge!

This puppy is another image in my Get Well Critters set that will be available *tonight* at 10 pm on the All That Scraps site! 

He is the image that started the whole set since I was asked (a very long time ago) to make a card for someone who had an accident.  I never did get around to making that card…oops!  Well, now I’ll be ready the next time I need one!  LOL. 

I couldn’t quite bring myself to color the puppy’s “puddle” yellow, so I left it white. ha ha.  I hope this image and sentiment doesn’t offend anyone….it is meant to be humorous.  If you don’t like the puddle by him, just cut it off…no worries!  Did you see the super cute card that Dawn made?  She omitted the puddle and gave him a bandaid from the set- so cute!  (And be sure to check out the other samples in the ATS gallery…Jay Jay even stuck the Chicken in bed instead of the pig!)

I hope to see you tonight on the ATS board…there will be a chat at 8 pm before the release.

stamps- Get Well Critters by Cookie Crumbs; paper- Kraft, White, dp- SU! Manchester; ink- Memento Black; accessories- Copic markers, Labels 1 Nestabilities, brad.


 “Out Of The Box” with Nestabilities

bugg-a-boos-tut-4-diane-zechman.jpg Next…here’s a card I made with Christine’s cute Bugg-a-boos set.  (And the words are from AmyR’s Beach Sentiments set.)

I used paper piecing on her tummy and paper piercing on the corners, around the sentiment, and also to make a butterfly trail.

And I don’t have the Copic airbrush, so this time I tried adding some yellow highlights around her with a stipple brush.  I’m still experimenting with this.  I’m not sure if I like the stipple brush more or the air art tool.  I do like the control I had, though, with a stipple brush.

The main image was cut out using an “out of the box” technique.  I’ve had a few friends ask how to do this, so I thought I’d do a quick tutorial. 

Now, there are several ways to do “out of the box” techniques.  You can take an image and use it in a different way…such as turning a flowerpot upside down for a hat…or stamping a heart several times in a circle to make a flower, etc.  Or you can think outside of the box and make a green heart or a brown flower, etc. 

But this time I used a different type of “out of the box” where you leave part of your image hanging out from the panel that it is cut out of.  Did I make sense?  In other words, here I cut out my butterfly girl but I cut around part of her wing so it sticks out beyond the shape I cut her in.  This technique is quite easy but it is just a bit tricky to visualize when you are using the Nestabilities.  So I took a few quick photos when I made this card and I hope they help to make this technique easier to understand.  It really isn’t difficult and I encourage you to try it!    

First, lay your Nestability shape on top of your image where you want it to cut.  Then, using a pencil, mark a small line on the inside of the die… above and below the section you want to leave hanging out.


Then remove the die and with a pair of sharp pointy scissors, cut from the edge of your paper up to the line you drew.  Then cut around the section you are letting hang out.  Here I cut up to the lines and then cut around the tip of the wing.


Next, place the die back into position, with the cutting edge down.  When you slide the die into place, lift the section you are letting hang out so that it lays above the die.  This will keep it from being cut off when it is put through the die cut machine. 


Now you just sandwich your image and die with your cutting plates and run it through your machine.  When your image is cut out, remove the die and erase the pencil marks you drew.

Here’s the finished card again:


I hope this was easy to understand and I didn’t confuse you!  It is such a fun technique…I hope you try it if you haven’t already.

stamps- Gingersnaps Bugg-A-Boos by C.C. Designs, AmyR Beach Sentiments; paper- White, Lilac, Saffron, Amethyst dp; ink- Memento Black; accessories- Copic markers, ribbon, Stickles, Labels 4 and Butterflies 2 Nestabilities, stipple brush, SU! Horizontal slot punch, paper piercer, SU! Priceless brass template.

51 responses to “puppy preview and a Nesties tutorial

  1. Cheryl Rowley

    Cute, cute, cute! Love the colors and thanks for showing how you do this out of the frame stuff!

  2. Thanks so much for creating that spellbinders tutorial! Who knew it was so simple? I’ve been wondering how people have done that.

  3. Thank you for showing the tutorial. I have seen so many cards with the cut out but didn’t know how. Thanks for taking the time to share.

  4. What a wonderful tut!! Thank you so much, what a great out of the box idea, I can’t wait to try this out!

  5. Thank you for this tutorial 🙂 Great job on the card.

    Alex from England x

  6. Ohhhhhhh! Interesting, Diane! I love out of the box. I’ll have to try this. Very cute cards! You always do such CUTE cards. I love that your set say’s something about an accident — so very useful. I still can hardly believe you’re designing stamps. You go!!

  7. Great idea and very clear photo instructions, thanks for that.


  8. Thanks Diane!! What a great demo for the out of the box cut! I HAVE to try this…

    The puppy is adorable!


  9. Kathy Jackson

    What a DUH moment!! I have seen so many cards like that and could not figure out how to do it! It is so simple! Thank you so much for sharing and the great pictures to go along with it!!

  10. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Great way and a lot easier than I do it LOL! Standing on my head is hard work when using nesties!! lol!

  12. Wow, this is a fantastic tutorial. I have been trying to figure this out and just thought you had cut out the entire image. Thank you so much for the pictures. They clear up everything for me. Love your card too!! It is gorgeous!!
    xoxo, Christine

  13. Totally cute card. Love the puppy.
    Great job, Diane.

  14. Thanks for showing us that, Diane. I was puzzling over how you got the wing outside.

  15. Kathyc on SCS

    Diane, you’re a genius! Thanks for sharing!
    Kathy Camasso

  16. Thanks Diane!!— that’s one of those “lightbulb, why didn’t I think of that ideas!” Thanks so much for sharing for us technically challenged people! 🙂

  17. Super cute Diane! I love your tutorial too. I didn’t get anything made with your set yet so my goal for the afternoon is to get something done for tonight. 🙂 I can’t wait to see what I can come up with!

  18. Thank you for the tutorial. I wondered how that was done. Very cute card. love the look of paper piercing. have to try that sometime.

  19. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I was a little confused by just reading it, but then after viewing your excellent photos, the “lightbulb” finally went on. 🙂
    I love the puppy and the card you made. It is hard for me to think anyone might be offended by that image. Life happens, you know! Thanks again for sharing. Linda S. in NE

  20. these are two adorable cards.. your tutorial is fabulous and so very clear.xx

  21. Gorgeous card and thank you for your tutorial, it’s so simple when you know how 🙂

  22. I love that idea a lot! Very creative!

  23. I could’ve had a V-8 moment! Thanks so much for doing this Diane. Totally makes sense and it’s SUPER cute!! I just love this set. I actually have all of the images stamped & colored just begging to be put to a card. Great job, as usual! =)

  24. This is definitely a case where a picture is worth a thousand words! Thanks.

  25. omigosh! thank you! i never would have figured that out, not in a million years

  26. Oh Cool! Thanks for showing this–I’ll be trying this very soon. BTW-Cute card. I love the purple & yellow together & the piercing you did too!

  27. Thanks for sharing this. I knew how to do it with a Coluzzle circle template cutter, but this expands my horizons with so many Nesties to choose from. I’ll be using this idea for sur.

  28. Genius! Thank you so much for sharing. It’s so simple once you know the secret. That really is “thinking outside the box”

  29. super cute card and thanks for the tutorial – I have just begun buying the nestabilities and now I have a new way of using them. WHat fun.

  30. These are fantastic cards Diane and thanks for the nesties tut!! 🙂

  31. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!!

  32. thanks so much for the pictures on how to do this technique. It really is so much easier to understand seeing it done. Love the card sample!

  33. Thanks Diane,

    For showing the stages, so simple yet so clever, really adds a nice twist to the card design. I like it.

    Next i’ll have to have a go. It’s also great as some stamps may be larger than a nestie, so that helps eleviate that minor technicality.

    Monika 🙂

  34. what am I doing wrong? I stamp the image on card stock or watercolor paper, 140 lbs. with black Stazon wait for it to dry then use my Copic colors and the black ink bleeds through when I try to blend. I have lost so many “works” in progress and only have to toss them away. I find this happening when I try to blend the skintones in. The eyes and nose go away into a black smear!!! Help please!! Many thanks to you all. Sara

  35. too cute Diane! Another adorable set 🙂 I love the little puddle!

  36. Two super cute cards, Diane. And I love the tutorial, too. I’m so going to try this! TFS!!

  37. Wow – cool – thanks for the tutorial !!! I was trying to figure out how to do this today. Wish I saw this earlier!

  38. How fun!! What a really cute images on both cards!! The out of the box technique with the die cut is awesome!! Great job with the tutorial!! 🙂 THANKS!

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  40. GREAT visual with the tutorial! Thanks so much!!!!

  41. Thanks for making this tutorial – it’s very clear to me and I love it. I’ve seen the results, but wasn’t sure at all how to do this! This helps a LOT!

  42. WOW, I have always wondered how I could do something like this but just couldn’t imagine how it was done. Another wonderful tutorial. TFS.

  43. Awesome tutorial and wonderful card and image!
    Hugs and smiles

  44. Absolutely fantastic tutorial!! Thank you soooo much!!

  45. Hi!

    Today I posted an entry on my blog with a link to these

    I’d appreciate your letting me know if that’s OK.


    Nancy Ward

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  49. This is wonderful.. I was directed here by a fellow DT member. Any chance you offer us the opportunity to follow you through google? I’m trying to cut down on emails. Thanks! Peggy

  50. Terrific card! Thanks for showing us how to allow portions of the image protrude from the die-cut area! 🙂

  51. Hi Diane,
    I just thought I shuld let you know that I added a link in one of posts to your out of the box tut. I hope thats ok ? if not please let me know and I will remove.
    Thanks for a fab tut
    Kerry x

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