Open Border Card Design

Welcome! Today I am sharing a very easy-to-do technique that gives WOW results. It is also a great way to get more use of your background dies!

Open Border Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work!]

With the help of a few tricks, you can use background dies to create open borders on cards. In my video, I show a few ways to do this technique… and also use the new Altenew Gradient Cardstock.

Here are the cards from my video along with the main products featured. For the full supply list, scroll down to the thumbnails at the end of this post. Please watch the video to learn how to do each specific card.


YOU INSPIRE ME
Featuring:
Altenew Candy Cane Stripe Over Die (SSS | ALT) – border die cutting
Altenew Mariposa Dies (SSS | ALT) – butterflies
Altenew Crafty Greetings Stamp Set (SSS | ALT) – sentiment
Altenew Cherry Blossom Gradient Cardstock – pink cardstocks

Check HERE for another video using the Altenew Candy Cane Stripe Over Die (SSS | ALT).

Open Border Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Open Border Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Open Border Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


THANKS
Featuring:
Altenew Layered Rose Dies (SSS | ALT)
Altenew Circle Quilt Cover Die (SSS | ALT) – for border die cutting
Altenew Fancy Thanks Die (SSS | ALT)
Altenew Shades of Purple Gradient Cardstock – purple cardstocks
Altenew Green Meadows Gradient Cardstock – green cardstocks

Check HERE for another video using the Altenew Layered Rose Dies (SSS | ALT).

Open Border Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Open Border Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Open Border Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


SENDING THANKS
Featuring:
Altenew Layered Snowflake Stars Cover Die (SSS | ALT) – for border die cutting
Altenew Rose Flurries Dies (SSS | ALT) – flowers
Altenew Wavy Roses Stamp Set (SSS | ALT) – for sentiment
Altenew Sea Shore Gradient Cardstock – teal cardstocks
Altenew Green Meadows Gradient Cardstock – green cardstocks

Check HERE for another video using the Altenew Layered Snowflake Stars Cover Die (SSS | ALT) . And click HERE for more ideas using the Altenew Rose Flurries Dies (SSS | ALT).

Open Border Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Open Border Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


AWESOME
Featuring:
Altenew Spring Meadow Cover Die (SSS | ALT) – for border die cutting
Altenew Wild Rose Dies (SSS | ALT) – flowers
Altenew Wavy Roses Stamp Set (SSS | ALT) – for sentiment
Altenew Cherry Blossom Gradient Cardstock – pink cardstocks
Altenew Green Meadows Gradient Cardstock – green cardstocks

Click HERE for another video showing the Altenew Spring Meadow Cover Die (SSS | ALT) and HERE for a video with the Altenew Wild Rose Dies (SSS | ALT) .

Open Border Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Open Border Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


SALES

Save 20% off the Altenew Mini Blossom Die Cut Machine through 11/15/19! Shop HERE.

Also…

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BLOG HOP

Today I am part of an Altenew Blog Hop celebrating their new Gradient Cardstocks. These are very handy when doing colorful die cutting! You can find them HERE.

The next stop on this hop is the blog of Ashlea Cornell. You can also start at the beginning on the Altenew Blog.

GIVEAWAY

Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Head to the Altenew Blog for more info.

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except the Altenew products which were received from the company with no expectation. As always, I was not paid to do this post nor am I on any design teams. I only use products I love!) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Altenew Gradient Cardstock
[ ALTN ]
Altenew Cherry Blossom Gradient…
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Altenew Red Cosmos Gradient Cardstock
[ ALTN ]
Altenew Summer Afternoon Gradient…
[ ALTN ]
Altenew Green Meadows Gradient Cardstock
[ ALTN ]
Altenew Sea Shore Gradient Cardstock
[ ALTN ]
Altenew Shades of Purple Gradient…
[ ALTN ]
Altenew Circle Quilt Cover Die
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Candy Cane Stripe Over Die
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Layered Snowflake Stars…
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Spring Meadow Cover Die
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Mariposa Dies
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Layered Rose Dies
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Rose Flurries Dies
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Wild Rose Dies
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Fancy Thanks Die
[ SSS | ALTN ]
Altenew Wavy Roses Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Crafty Greetings Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cut Machine
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Metal Adapter Plate
[ SSS ]
Concord & 9th Die Release Tool
[ C&9 ]
Altenew Obsidian Black Ink
[ ALTN | SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Trimmer
[ SSS ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Therm O Web 1/2 Inch Purple Tape
[ SSS ]
Penblades
[ SSS ]
T Ruler
[ SSS ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS ]
Stick It Adhesive Sheets
[ SSS ]
EK Success Tweezers
[ SSS ]
Couture Creations Creative Detailer Tool
[ SSS ]
Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pens
[ SSS ]


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116 thoughts on “Open Border Card Design”

  1. Such a great way to show off these lovely flowers! Thanks so much for always sharing wonderful ways to get more out of supplies! I definitely want to give this a try!

  2. It would be impossible for me to pick a favorite of the cards you demonstrated on this video of “Open Border Designs” each and every one was unique and beautiful in it’s own way. Your talent has no bounds nor does your kindness. Thanks so much Jennifer McGuire for your dedication to this craft, your attention to detail and the depth of your kindness.

  3. A new way to use the beautiful background/cover dies I already own? I can’t wait to give it a try! And those little packs of gradient cardstock look super-handy.

  4. These cards are beautiful, truly inspiring me… love that I can totally use this technique with products I have on hand. However, those multi- color packs sure will make life easier!!!

  5. Gorgeous cards, so stunning. Love how you used the gradient car stock with the layering dies. Thank you so much for sharing, love your videos. You inspire me continuously!
    ~Ginny K.~

  6. I’m so excited by this gradient paper from Altenew! Jennifer your card designs are just amazing and showcase this paper perfectly. Just so lovely!

  7. Wonderful ideas as always, Jennifer. These card stock packs are so clever, no more brain strain to get the colours just right. Thank you for the ideas with using the cover plate dies, they are awesome.
    T x

  8. What a fun and “do-able” technique!! Cards are absolutely gorgeous, Jennifer, and so full of love, creativity, and inspiration! Gradient papers is an ingenious idea…Thanks to YOU and Altenew!! Remember how very special you are and how much you are loved and appreciated!!

  9. What a great idea. It looks like it would make a great shaker card as well. Love the new cardstock from Altenew.

  10. Such a cool idea Jennifer!! That’s why I never miss one of your videos! You always have great ideas to use product other than the obvious way!!

  11. These are absolutely gorgeous!!!! I love learning new things and I do with each one of your wonderful videos!!! Thank you so much…you are such an amazing inspiration!!!

  12. I love this technique, and how you used it so creatively. I wouldn’t have thought to combine some of these dies together, but they really work.

  13. Techniques like this are why I follow your blog. I get so excited when I see something new, and want to immediately go to my craft room and give it a try. The new gradient cardstock from Altenew is such a great product to coordinate with their inks and markers. I hope they come out with many more colors. Thank you for always inspiring me, not just in crafting, but in life in general. ❤️

  14. I enjoyed watching your video, you always have great ideas and I liked seeing how to use my background dies in a different way. The new gradient cardstock is beautiful, so nice not to have to try to have the full color range at your fingertips.

  15. Awesomeness galore! I have a couple of wide border dies that give the same look, and they are some of my favorites. You just opened a whole new world, though, knowing how to use background dies to achieve this. I wish my brain went in those directions! We are blessed to have you! So happy about the miracle God gave your family last week. Praying for Grandma McGuire!

  16. Jennifer, You are amazing when it comes to techniques. Your channel is usually the first I go to…Love, love, love the butterfly card, but all of them are beautiful. Thanks for all you do for the crafty community!

  17. As always, you create such unique cards and so inspire people, such as myself. Thank you for sharing your talents!!

  18. What a simple, yet intriguing way to give that special touch to a card just by partial die cutting, Jennifer. Your video and card samples are so inspiring. I know I’ll be trying this technique soon. tfs

  19. Stunning cards. Love the gradient Cardstock but really it’s your ideas that made them shine. Wow.

  20. I really love the new gradient cardstock! I also loved the cards you made, so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your techniques with us. Altenew really hit the Mark with these gradient colors !

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