Making Greeting Cards with the Big Shot!


Busy, busy, busy.  Fall is definitely my busy season!  That’s when I hold my art supply drive to benefit at-risk public school kids, sort, organize and shop for supplies, get art supply kits made, and teach – in addition to my usual activities.  Between home life, full-time work, and my art program for kids it’s hard to find time for much else in the fall.  However, thanks to my Sizzix Big Shot and a set of awesome Framelits from Stephanie Barnard, I did find time to whip up some simple greeting cards to share with you.


I shared a post about the Big Shot last month, and have made some Washi Tape Tags and a Halloween Wreath with it since.  These cards are the latest of my Big Shot creations.  I purchased this set of Square Card Flip-its from Sizzix (which is where I work) after I watched a video of the fabulous Stephanie Barnard demonstrating how to use them.  I love this Square Card design – it’s so easy to customize your cards and change the looks a million different ways by changing the colors, papers, stamps, and embellishments you use.  Fun!

What I Used

Here are the elements and materials I used to make my cards:

Big Shot machine by Sizzix
Square Flip-its card set (#659175) by Sizzix
Phrases Stamp and Framelits set ((#658838) by Sizzix
Black StazOn ink pad
Acrylic Block to stamp with
Elmer’s Tape Runner


I always have a stash of  printed papers and plain card stock on hand, so I didn’t have to purchase anything in order to create the 8 cards I made in this one card making session (3 shown in this post).  I simply chose the printed papers I wanted, chose matching card stock, and then got to work.  I made some birthday cards, a best wishes card, some thinking of you cards, and a few thank you cards.  Quick and fun!


I look forward to the coming months, when I have more time to create art and craft.  I’m sure I’ll be making some more cards soon.  🙂

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted October 22, 2013 at 8:15 am by Denise P | Permalink

    Oh my dear, these are so cool! I really love the red Thank You card shown. I’ve played with the framelit (sp?) that cuts the round center. Didn’t know they made a square one as well. (Guess I should have because let’s face it, they’re really good at what they do!) Gonna have to get me one of them I think.
    So glad you’re having fun with your Big Shot!

  2. Posted October 22, 2013 at 9:01 am by Jo Murray | Permalink

    Love that style of card, and you’ve made them quite beautifully. Am at present tossing up about buying a ‘machine’…there are so many on the market.

  3. Posted October 22, 2013 at 9:02 am by oksana | Permalink

    Love the cards. #1 and 3 are my favorites!
    I’m glad your machine is such a big help in making the cards.
    Have a wonderful week.

  4. Posted October 22, 2013 at 9:44 am by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you – so glad you like them! The dies make it easy to make darling cards. Sizzix is actually releasing a magnetic platform soon, and I can’t wait until I can buy one. The Framelits stick to them like glue, making cutting with the thin metal dies even better. Fun stuff. :]

  5. Posted October 22, 2013 at 9:47 am by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you! Honestly, a machine wasn’t even on my radar before starting my new job – I’m so used to making do. However, now that I have one, I see how quickly and precisely things can be done. I think it’s definitely worth looking into. :]

  6. Posted October 22, 2013 at 9:48 am by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you for your feedback! I hope you have a great week, too!

  7. Posted October 22, 2013 at 6:18 pm by Stephanie Barnard | Permalink

    FABULOUS! I love each one! I think the orange and black is my favorite.

    Thanks for showing off my dies!


  8. Posted October 22, 2013 at 7:04 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you! I kept the cards simple, but had fun picking out papers and stamps. I love that the dies are so versatile. Great job on your designs! :]

  9. Posted November 13, 2013 at 6:10 am by trudy wien | Permalink

    love it birthday nov.19th would make best present ever.