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Spring Into Action: Lisa’s View

Plaque and Card In One

By: Lisa Minckler, Artistic Guide

By: Lisa Minckler, Artistic Guide

By: Lisa Minckler, Artistic Guide

 Finished Card Size:  5" x 6"

Four Frames Embossed (Stampin' Up!)

Cherish Sentiment (Oriental Trading Co.)
Punch Potpourri Bird (Stampin' Up!)
Tiny Tags Hello (Stampin' Up!)
Ultimate Grunge Polka Dots (Tim Holtz)
Established Elegance Crown (Stampin' Up!)
Congrats Thinking of You (Stampin' Up!)
All papers are mixture from scraps (Artist's Stash)
Black Stampin' write marker (Stampin' Up!)

Old Olive (Stampin' Up!)
Bordering Blue (Stampin' Up!)
Tim Holtz Antique Photo Distress Ink (Ranger Industries)
Lightweight cardboard (Cereal Box)

White Lightweight Cardboard  (Found inside paper pack from Stampin' Up!)
Top Note Die Cut (Stampin' Up!)
Fleur De Lis Rectangles Die (Spellbinders)
Large Labels Die (Spellbinders)
Big Shot Embossing/Cutting Machine (Sizzix)
Paper Piercer and Foam Pad (Stampin' Up!)
Long Stem Brads (Stampin' Up!)
Hardware Silver Frame (Stampin' Up!)
Hemp or Twine (Unknown Origin)
Multi-colored yarn (Walmart)
Gold Wire (Oriental Trading Co.)
VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Sterling Silver Embossing Powder (Stampin' Up!)
Flourishes Sizzlit Die (Stampin' Up!)
Bird Builder Punch (Stampin' Up!)
Tiny Tag Punch (Stampin' Up!)
Assorted Flowers (Prima and Stash)
Assorted Buttons (Artist's Stash)
Hat Pin and Gems Pretties Kit (Stampin' Up!)
Self-adhesive Half Gems (Unknown Origin)
Paper Trimmer

Heat Tool
Hot Glue Gun
Adhesive Foam Squares (Oriental Trading Co.)
Moss and stick (Unknown Origin)

These directions will be for the assembly of your basic card and plaque structure.  How you choose to decorate this is entirely up to you, but I will include additional pictures to show how I assembled the decorations as well.


  1. Begin by cutting card base out of lightweight cardboard.  As mentioned above in supplies, I used the white cardboard that comes in a paper pack.  Cut this to measure 5" x 12" and score at 6".
  2. Cut a piece of decorative cardstock to measure 5" x 6" and adhere to the front of the card.
  3. Run only the front of the card through your cutting machine using the Top Note Die cut to make the frame that will hold your plaque.  Save the cut out portion for your plaque.
  4. Now cut out two more Top Note shapes.  One with lightweight cardboard,  I've used a cereal box for this,  and one with coordinating decorator paper for inside of your card.
  5. Take your Top Note insert from the cut card and place this on top of the cardboard Top Note and then the decorative Top Note goes on the back of the cardboard piece.  This forms the base of your plaque.  Adhere these together with adhesive.  For more security, add a little hot glue under the edge pieces so that it stays together nicely.
  6. Now that your basic plaque is assembled, using your paper piercer, punch two holes in the top of the plaque for the brads.  Run the brads through the holes, but do not open them yet.  Place a small dab of hot glue on either side of the brad stem and wrap the hemp around the brad base, securing it in the glue.  Once secured, open the brad and secure it down over the hemp.
  7. It's now time to decorate the inside of the card.  Close the card so that you can see clearly where to place your decorative Top Note piece.  Apply adhesive to this and carefully place inside the card opening so that when the card is closed, the inside is level to the outside.
  8. I decorated my plaque while it was inside of my card.  This allowed me to make sure that all the embellishments fit nicely and stayed within the parameters of the card base itself.  To insert the plaque in the card, simply run the hemp handle into the opening of the card and pull it up until the plaque is nestled into the frame, securing it with your hands until it fits nicely.

Now you have created your card and plaque and it's time to decorate it for any occasion!

Here is how I decorated this particular card using the supplies listed above.

I hope this has inspired you to make your very own gift and card in one and I'd love to see what you design if you decide to make one!

Hugs and Happy Stamping...
Lisa xx


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3 Responses »

  1. What a gorgeous project Lisa! Love the spring look! That would look so great hanging in a room - just looking at it would cheer anyone up in hopes of spring weather coming!
    Marie XX

  2. Wonderful job! Love it all!!!

  3. What a great idea Lisa, I am going to give this a go!

    xoxo Marjo