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Monday, 26 January 2015

‘Panoranamanic’ cards

I do jest, but panoranamanic has been a joke family word for a few years – panorama just doesn’t have enough syllables. Time is flying, and I have been neglecting my blog but I thought I’d share what I’d been up to.

I made this card for a swap at UK Papercrafters in the style of the new panoranamanic dies (and now I see card blanks) from tattered lace. I forgot to keep a photo (lifted this one from recipient) or write down how I made it.

bird cage card Sue Dyer


So I decided to try again. First up was this one, using Craftwork Cards Papers and a die from Tonic to create that lacy interior.

Tip: Tonic dies are pretty good at releasing but I don’t really care from all that die tapping to get the bits out. I told a friend of mine that I had asked for a tool I had seen a demonstrator use that you could roll over the die to get out all the bits rather than a pokey tool and I was disappointed that nobody bought it me for Christmas. She said to me – why don’t you just use a toothbrush? Which kinda stopped me in my tracks. And guess  what?

It worked just fine.



To make the card I was using an accordian fold at the sides and adding the mid layer to one of the folds – it looks OK but me and my OCD were not entirely happy with the way the card was ‘sitting’ so I had to play about a bit more.

More CWC papers and rather a lot of die cuts from the ephemera kit.



MMMM. Still not entirely happy, back to  the drawing board….. I think they sit best when I sandwich the centre bit between two sets of accordian fold ie front and back sections both have ‘wings’ – also makes it very sturdy. This one is doesn’t get that little ‘curve’ in the front – partly the construction and partly the vagaries of my cutting skills.


OK!!  Now I’ve worked out a construction method that works for me, it’s time to set it up as a ‘template’ on my Scan n Cut so that I can cut all the parts to make a 7 x 7 card really easily and consistently. Cracked it. 

Next version, try with some stamping and embossing: (needs a sentiment)


And they all fold flat to go  in an envelope!!

I think that’s enough for now. I have a couple more I may share tomorrow. NEARLY got this one out of my system LOL.


Lunch Lady Jan said...

Wow, what AMAZING cards! They are so gorgeous and so clever too :-)
I love Panoranamanic!! Will have to adopt's a bit like I never know when to stop spelling bananananana (like Nanny Ogg is the Discworld books)!!
LLJ xx

chrissies said...

Stunning cards. Would never have thought of that idea at all

Love Chrissie

sally said...

Love the deer one in particular :-)


Jacee said...

Wow Cindy! what fabulous work you have done here, amazing, love 'um!!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Meggymay said...

Wow, a fantastic set of cards, clever folds to go flat in an envelope.
Yvonne xx

Astrid Maclean said...

OMG, these are so amazingly clever Cindy, I am in awe, seriously beautiful cards!

As far as releasing dies are concerned, I happen to have that little tool, but if a toothbrush works too, that's just great!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I really, really like these and may invent my own version of them. I learned to make some accordion fold panorama bananarama cards a lot time ago. It had a rectangular opening cut with a craft knife. Die cuts and nesting die cuts bring this to a whole new level!

I have that tool and I'm willing to bet that your toothbrush is just as good if not better and for a quarter of the price!!!

crafty creations said...

Gorgeous cards Cindy and so perfectly constructed

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