Friday, January 15, 2010

Be Mine♥

I am a fairly experienced card maker and I must confess that a creative fold or unique opening will always catch my attention.  This card by PWA designer, Julie Imsland certainly did! 

Be Mine By JulieThe front of her “Be Mine” card has several paper layers as well as a clear micro bead background over pink cardstock.  The opening?  It’s the black stripe with the couple adhered to it!  Isn’t Julie clever?

Be Mine By Julie Open

Here’s a complete tutorial on how Julie made this card:


Cardstock: black, dark pink

Glitz Patterned Paper: Audrey Scallops #A2404

Pennywise Arts: O’So Sticky tape sheet, ½” O’So Sticky tape, Ultra fine Micro beads Swing Shift Designs Collage Sheet: Be Mine

Stampabilities: Filigree Alphabet #A-04-81002

Tsukineko: VersaMark Watermark Ink

A Muse: ¼” sheer dotted ribbon, white

Foam tape

Black embossing powder


Side fold a 4.25” x 11” piece of black cardstock for card base.

Trim top 3” from entire top front of black card.

Adhere a 1.875 strip of patterned paper behind remaining bottom of card front.

Cut a piece of pink cardstock 4.25” x 5.375”. Adhere one side of a piece of O’So Sticky tape 3” x 5.375” to top of pink piece. Leave redline in place for now.

Stamp BE MINE with VersaMark on a scrap strip of pink cardstock. Trim closely around each word. Mount each word on a slightly larger strip of black cardstock.

Peel red liner down part way from top of pink cardstock. Mount “BE MINE” with foam tape onto the O’So Sticky Tape.

Remove the remainder of the red liner, and cover O’So Sticky Tape with clear Ultra fine Micro beads. Press beads firmly into tape.

Select desired photo image and trim the top part of the image closely around the couple.

Adhere a strip of ½” O’So Sticky Tape across the center of the black strip on the bottom front of card. Remove the red liner.

Apply a glue stick across the back of the photo image at the shoulders and at the base.

Adhere the photo image to card front over the O’So Sticky Tape strip.

Place a ¼” piece across the front of the card centering onto the tape strip.

Cover the exposed remainder of the tape strip with Ultrafine Micro beads.

Layer onto another piece of pink cardstock to complete.


 Now it’s YOUR turn!  Do you have a creative card opening?  I’d sure love for you to share it with me!  Email your photo to: and I’ll even add it to this post!  Don’t be shy, you know you have something clever too!!  Ü

Here’s More About Julie Imsland:

Stamping was introduced to me in 1991, shortly after my youngest son was born, and both have been part of my life since! I enjoy learning new techniques, and have been fortunate to share them through teaching and demonstrating in the Seattle area. This is my second year on the PWA design team. I have also designed cards for Petite Motifs Paper Company.

Inspiration often comes to me when I look at my materials and think about the different ways I can use them. I especially enjoy unique folds and interactive cards and booklets.

Check out my Beaded Cuttlebug technique:

Check out my Beaded Birthday Greetings Card:

To win this card in a random drawing, please leave a comment below!


  1. I never would have thought is doing a card that way. Very unique. You are the bomb Julie.

  2. Julie,

    What a great cut card. I will need to try this with some images I have.
    Thanks for the idea.

  3. Julie just continues to create those wonderful pieces!

  4. Love it!!! Thanks for the great Ideas!!!!!

  5. I HOPE I am able to log in now, and sheesh!! Okay, back to real...I LOVE Julie's card but what a surprise, as I LOVE ALL of her work! Been looking for something new to do with a card i have, and this is OSO it!I tried to also send a note about that fave candy box/bag of yours, BUT to no avail...( FAB website and read it every time I am here! (getting on seems to be a trick, but I will try every time too!!)...Lady Chat

  6. Julie, you truly do amazing work. You are so creative. Thanks for sharing your creations with us.
    vicki c

  7. Julie, what a wonderful idea. I can see this as a Christmas card with the family around the tree. Thanks for the idea ... endless possibilities!

  8. Beautiful card! I love how it opens!

  9. And the winner of this beadiful valentine card is,..... Kelli!


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