January 2021 Slimsational Cards Blog Hop

Happy New Year and welcome to the first SNS Blog Hop of 2021… the Slimsational Cards Hop!  Today we are celebrating the fun trend of slim line cards, which are cards that fit in a standard #10/legal sized envelope!  Often they are 3.5×8.5″, but sizes can vary slightly!

Today we are working with the Slim Line Die cutting system by Picket Fence Studios… in fact, we are giving away a set of dies to one lucky person who leaves comments on the blog hop & other social media posts!  The set includes two large layering dies- the largest of which is 3.5×8.5″ and is perfect if you want to make your card base just a tad bigger than that if your envelope allows!

Of course we have a special in case you are inspired to do some shopping after seeing everyone’s cards!  Celebrate the new year & use the code “finally2021” to save 21% on your order!  Happy Shopping!

In addition to the Slimline Cutting System, I’ve used some Tim Holtz dies.  I got the new Merry & Bright set shortly before Christmas, so this was a fun way to use it for a non-christmas card, using just the word Bright.  As soon as I saw the tree window for this set (which you could fit three of across the card front if you wanted!) I planned to pair it with one of the darling deer die cuts.  The  falling stars set was a perfect way to tie it all together.

Both the deer & the word were cut from a piece I had experimented on with gel printing.  Random pieces like this are great for die cutting, and I was able to get a few individual stars out of it too!  I layered the large Kraft layer over a card base made from crackle Kraft Core card stock- an older Tim Holtz product that I don’t believe is available anymore, but seemed like a great fit for this card!

I added a bit of subtle stencil details in the background… mostly because I wanted to try out my broken fence slimline stencil by Picket Fence 😉  I kept it neutral for a subtle look.  As you can see, I added a bit of Nuvo glitter to some of the stars.

I was playing around with sentiments I could use to pair with the ‘bright’ word… and leaning toward ‘the future is bright’ until I found this sticker in one of my small talk books.  Die Cut numbers for 2021 balanced everything out for me!  Tim Holtz’s Alphanumeric dies are a perfect, timeless font that goes with almost any lettering style (mine are the slightly smaller 1″ alpha, which I believe is discontinued).

If you’ve been making cards for a while, trying a new shape or size, like slimline, can really give a creative boost. Especially since it gives new life to older stamps & dies that you tend to use the same way or with the same sort of layout every time.   Years ago I used to make what I’m going to call now “mini slimline” cards that were 3×6, from 6×6 card stock.  It’s a much smaller size, but the design concept is similar!   Even if you’ve been creating slimline cards for a while now, I hope this hop can give you some fresh inspiration!  Next up, you’ll want to go visit Nancy to see her wintery card…

Here’s the full hop order in case you get lost along the way.

Once again, Happy New Year & happy hopping!
Inky hugs,

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34 Responses to “January 2021 Slimsational Cards Blog Hop”What You're Saying

  1. Chala Frank says:

    This card is so sophisticated! I love it! Here’s to 2021!

  2. dolly/scrapthat says:

    Oh so pretty!

  3. Love making slimline cards and love your card. Let’s hope like your card says that 2021 is a much brighter year.

  4. Kia says:

    This is utterly fabulous Tara – loving the bright happy colours and this beautiful design.

  5. I just love this card, Tara! The deer, the stars and colours – let’s hope the new year is as wonderful as your card!

  6. Judy Tuck says:

    Perfect card for the start of a New Year!

  7. Susan says:

    Great card Tara – I love the overall masculine feel to the card.

  8. Meghan Kennihan says:

    I LOVE slimlines! What a gorgeous card! I love your color combo and all the fabulous dies!!!!

  9. Allison Cope says:

    Gorgeous slimline card Tara! Love the colours and layers!

  10. Megan Panas says:

    What a beautiful project, I received a die cut machine for Christmas so really loving this inspiration and this die set.

  11. Dawn Skene says:

    This is such a pretty card! I love the slimline dies, especially the tree window die.

  12. Denise Bryant says:

    Awesome slimline card! I love the Picket Fence Studios die system you used!Great colors and textures! Happy New Year!

  13. Mary-Anne V. says:

    Happy New Year! What a wonderful card to bring in the new year.

  14. carol says:

    Your woods + stars card is beautiful, Tara; a wonderful way to wish someone a bright and cheerful New Year. Glad to see the PF slimline in action AND a way to use ‘typical’ Christmas stamps/dies in different ways. Thank you for the inspiration! Happy New Year!

  15. Giselle D. says:

    Great card! Let’s hope 2021 is better! I haven’t made a slimline card yet myself but I do love them. My resolution this year is to make more cards and try new techniques with slimline cards at the top!

  16. Tina says:

    So pretty Tara! Great job.

  17. Jean Heming says:

    cool card, neat ideas!!!

  18. Cecilia F Mohney says:

    I am going to have to learn more about how this slimline system works! This card is gorgeous and it looks like the dies are open to so many possibilities!

  19. Brandy says:

    I ASBOLUTLEY LOVE your card! So creative to use the die as a background for the deer! Way to think outside of the box with this awesome die set!! Hard for me to find ways to create cards for the New Year but you nailed it!!

  20. Marisela Delgado says:

    Awesome card! So beautiful!

  21. Carol Wortman says:

    Now that card says happy festive and is gorgeous! I’ve never made a slimline card, have looked at this system, and would love to own it. Happy New Year. Cheers, hugs and health to all!

  22. Dorothy Joan Cummer says:

    Very creative

  23. Jan says:

    Great card, love the colours you chose!

  24. Laura P says:

    The slimline cards you made are very nice, and it would be fun to try using the dies you are giving away to make something similar myself.

  25. Cat says:

    Great card! I love how you turned it so it’s tall, instead of wide! Whole different look!

  26. Lucie Chrétien says:

    This is a great card and I love the colors. Happy New Year!

  27. Lynne M says:

    Picket Fence keeps coming out with awesome products…love how this die was used for the card..

  28. Debbie P says:

    Fantastic card. Thank you for all your great tips.

  29. Wilma Huebert says:

    Love this new trend! Is inspiring me to make some now!

  30. Carol M says:

    This is such a nice, sophisticated card. Love it!

  31. ¿Shelley Scales says:

    I like the slimline format and a very creative card.

  32. Melanie Pilling says:

    Happy New Year indeed! We have all been so strong! Here’s to a better healthier year and the hope that we see an end of Covid 19.

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