Practicing Creativity

Slimline Card Measurements – Creating a Slimline Card Without a Die

I did not use a single die to create this slimline Christmas card. Slimline card dies are all well and good and I like them (as this Pocket Watch vintage birthday and Socks Off  Valentine attest), but you certainly don't have to have one (as these Silly Birds and Mare-y Christmas die-less slimline cards equally attest). Here are your measurements for a basic slimline card that will fit in a DL letter size envelope, no dies required:

1. Make a cardstock rectangle measuring 180mm x 210mm. Score and fold in half for a 90mm x 210mm base. 

2. If you want to leave a border for your patterned paper as I've done here, cut your patterned paper 85mm x 205mm. 

3. Focal point image on this card is 55mm x 170mm and its card stock frame is 60mm x 175mm. Add other layers as you want, adjusting the measurements. Whatever size patterned paper layer I'm using, I usually add a cardstock 'frame' layer 5mm (1/2 cm) larger. 

I've used Knitty Kitty's Build a Snow Scene Quartet PNG digis to create this slimline Christmas card. There are four digis in one pack. You can use them individually, or layer and combine to create different designs, as I've done here. I layered Whimsie Stamps Winter Scene digi twice to create the background, then layered the digis against the background. On top of them all I layered the sentiment. In total there are 7 digital layers here. If you have questions about layering digis and using PNG stamp files, see my What is a PNG digital stamp file tutorial. I'm planning on updating that post as I used Craft Artist in it, which is no longer available, but until I do it's still applicable to other image processing apps, as they all work about the same way, creating layers with PNG files. Mastering PNG files is worth it, by layering your digis you can create so many different looks.

Paper is a Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine freebie. I used a velvet self-adhesive border at the bottom and accented it with pearls. The sentiment was created with Jennifer Lynne font.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine freebie
Digital stamp – Knitty Kitty's Build a Snow Scene Quartet, Whimisie Stamps Winter Scene
Embellishments – velvet self-adhesive border, pearls
Font – Jennifer Lynne 
Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol ink markers
Art-n-Fly white pen

I'm linking up with: Addicted to Stamps and More #399 – Any Occasion, Cute Card Thursday #674 – Slimline, Creative Knockouts #389 – Lots of Layers (I've got 5 physical and 7 digital layers on this card), C.R.A.F.T. #587 – Christmas, Winter Wonderland 05/02 – ATG Christmas, Creative Fingers #202 – ATG, Colour Crazy Challenge Week 7 – ATG, Crafty hazelnut's Christmas #530 – ATG Christmas, and Allsorts Week 612 – ATG.


  1. Oh - this is cute!
    Thank you for sharing with Crafty Hazelnut's Weekly Christmas Challenge!
    DT for CHNC
    Calling All Crafters! – My Blog!

  2. A really cute card with these adorable critters! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge where our theme is "add a number or anything goes". Hope you'll visit and join in again soon!

  3. Such a fun creation, thanks so much for joining us at Allsorts this week and option for the number option as well.

    B x

  4. What a gorgeous scene you've created. A truly lovely card.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge this week at CRAFT Challenge, looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx CRAFT DT

  5. Oh Shani, what an adorable card! I love the scene and so beautifully colored and I really like the star border! So glad you joined us for our Lots of Layers challenge at Creative Knockouts!

  6. Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge. Hugs Sylvia-DT

  7. What a cute scene! I especially love those sledding cats. And that velvet trim is fabulous! Loving you digital wizardry too!

  8. Absolutely adorable ! Your slimline winter scene is really beautiful and those critters are so darn cute. Stunning colouring too. Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at ATSM.

  9. What a gorgeous card! I love the slimline design. Beautiful layout and your coloring is amazing!

    Thank you for playing along with us at Creative Knockouts, I hope you will join us again this week! Good luck!

  10. Love the gorgeous slimline card with the pretty winter scene and I really like how you coloured the images.
    Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM

  11. This is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing at CCCC. Sarah DT


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