Cardmaking, Essentials By Ellen, Stamping

More ways to use ‘regular’ supplies to make Slimline Cards

If you’re loving the slimline card trend, but you don’t have any specialized stamps or dies, Design Ambassador Ardyth has some tips for you, using a number of brand new goodies from our upcoming Essentials by Ellen release!


Hello! I’m so excited to be able to show you some of the goodies from the new release coming October 9!

And I have some more tips for creating slimline cards even if you don’t have any special stamps or dies! (tips from previous post here).

Tip 1: Use EBE mini-background dies

The previously-released mini-background dies (Skinny Stripes, Diamond, Scallops and Strands) are the perfect width for a slimline card! Here, I cut Skinny Stripes from each end of my 3.25 x 8.25 panel of white cardstock. It left an uncut portion in the centre of the card that is perfect for a sentiment and focal image!

Here, I used images and a sentiment from the new Merry Little Christmas stamp set. The snowman is stamped on one of the new tags from the Tag Trio set and popped up with a second tag to add some contrast.

For extra sparkle, I filled in the die cut stripes with some Twinkle Stickles – these have a beautiful iridescent snow-like feel!

And I couldn’t resist making another card – exactly the same layout, but a completely different look!

This time I cut my card base and panel from Ebony cardstock, and then I used the white skinny stripes leftover from the previous card to fill in the stripes, after colouring them with spooky colours of Copic markers!

The spider, web and boo are all from last year’s holiday release, but check out that skull (and there’s more to him, so keep an eye out as more sneak peeks are available!) I love how well all EBE products work together!

The white ‘sentiment strip’ is from the previously-release Parcel Box die set – it’s also a great one to have around if you’re making slimline cards – it’s the perfect width!

Tip 2: Repeat Stamping

There is A LOT of space on a slimline card, so some ‘regular’ images may get a bit lost. No worries – I just repeated one image from Merry Little Christmas (with a little masking on the right edge) to create a whole town!

I wanted a serene looking card, so I coloured the houses with Copic markers with fairly neutral colours accented with holiday red and green, but you could easily change the look by using different colours down the street!

I used a partial sentiment from the same set, and die cut and stacked up the letters for Christmas, using the Classic Block Alphabet die set. I used Neenah Desert Storm cardstock for the top layer, and I spritzed it with Avery Elle Clear Shimmer Spray for some sparkle!

Finally, I used a die from EBE Swing’n’Slide to create a little slider area for the card to drive home with the Christmas tree tied on top!

Tip 3: Go big or go home!

I talked about repeating small images to use up all that space, but there is also an opportunity to use several bigger elements on a slimline card!

Here, I used another tag from the new Tag Trio set, and I blended holiday colours on the bottoms, fading out to white at the tops. I also created a solid area right at the bottom by putting down a mask and blending ink over the edge. Then I added a little ‘texture’ by stamping one of the ribbon stamps included in Warmest Wishes.

Then I used the new Twirling Flurries background die to add some detail and texture to the tag die cuts.

I used one of the bird dies from the new 12 Days die set and popped it up. I stamped a sentiment from Warmest Wishes and trimmed it with an Essential Ovals die. I added some branches from the set to draw the eye to the sentiment.

I hope this has inspired you to look at products you have to see how you can adapt them for use on a slimline card!

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5 Comments

  • Reply Maureen Reiss October 4, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Beautiful cards!!! Great ideas thanks!!

  • Reply Lagene October 4, 2020 at 8:40 am

    Awesome slimlines, thanks for the tips!

  • Reply Barbara-Jean Kubik October 4, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    Wonderful ideas and delightful cards!

  • Reply Kris Reeves October 6, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    I’ve only made like two slim line cards. I need to figure out how to fill up all that space and keep it clean and simple looking! Love your cards, Ardyth!

  • Reply Andrea H October 9, 2020 at 1:13 am

    Amazing ideas. Thank you for sharing. Ive never heard of Twinkle Stickles before and they sound (look) great. I think my bank balance is going down agsin. 😆😂🤣. Take care. X X

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