I had an amazing opportunity to make cards to swap with other demonstrators last weekend, and the design I created for my swap card used the Stack, Cut, & Shuffle Technique. This fun and easy technique has so many variations, and is a great way to make multiple cards at the same time (without getting bored). I hope you are excited to try this technique and create a stash of cards that are fun to put together.
Watch the video tutorial to see exactly how these cards are made using the Stack, Cut, & Shuffle Technique, and download the accompanying pdf below for your files and ENJOY!
This Stack, Cut, & Shuffle Technique is my #2 pattern. If you love this design you might also enjoy Patchwork Stack & Shuffle #1 from Papercrafting Playdate Episode 33.
Basic Supplies Needed
- 3-3/4” x 5” cut 4 coordinating pieces
- 4” x 5 1/4” coordinating cardstock, cut 4
- 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” cardstock base, cut 4
- 3-3/4” x 5” Basic White or copy paper (optional)
Tips for Success
- When picking the 4 coordinating pieces, choose anything that goes together including a mix of cardstock and patterned paper.
- Cardstock pieces can be stamped or embossed with and embossing folder.
- Cut all the pieces of paper stacked together at one time if possible to ensure the pieces are the same sizes.
Directions for Cutting & Shuffling the Piles
- With all 4 pieces stacked together and patterns aligned, make the first cut at 1-1/4” from the right side along the 3-3/4” edge creating 2 piles.
- Turn the piles horizontally and cut at 1-1/4” from the right side along the long 5” side. Take care to keep the pieces in order in each pile to make the shuffling process easier.
- Start with pile B and shuffle the top paper to the bottom of the pile.
- Shuffle the top two papers to the bottom for pile C.
- Shuffle three papers to the bottom for pile D.
Directions for Assembling
- Take the top paper from each pile and attach to a piece of 4” x 5 1/4” coordinating card stock to create a card front with all four pieces leaving no space in between. If you are worried about getting the pieces straight, use 3-3/4” x 5” Basic White or copy paper to attach the pieces to first and then trim the edges if needed.
- Continue attaching the next round of pieces from the tops of the piles to create the second card front.
- Continue in the same way for the remaining two rounds of pieces so that you end up with 4 card fronts.
- Attach all the card fronts to the card bases.
- Add the punched/die cut focal points to the card fronts at the point where all four pieces meet.
Once you try this technique you will want to try it with so many different papers and focal points. It is easy to make lots of cards in one sitting. I challenge you to give this technique a try and see what kinds of combinations you can come up with, and mostly importantly, have fun creating!
- Cut the 4 different pieces 4” x 5-1/4” and mount on coordinating pieces 4-1/8” x 5-3/8” for a smaller matte layer.
- Cut the 4 different pieces 4” x 5-1/4”, mount on c Basic White or copy paper then attach to the card front without using a matte layer for a simple look.
- Leave a space between the pieces instead of making them touch. This give you the same size margins around all the edges.
- Attach the 4 pieces to Basic White or copy paper then emboss with an embossing folder.