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Wednesday’s Card: Photo Cards!

Photo Cards

Photo Cards

Hi All,

Today I am working with some new products by Top Dog Dies. Awhile back, I sent my sister a birthday card with a photo from our childhood on the front. Years later she still has it hanging on the fridge! There’s just something special about a photo. When I saw this camera die, I really wanted to incorporate a photo, so I created a birthday card for my brother with a picture he probably has never seen – that’s the best don’t you think? He’s 7 years younger than me.

The lens of the camera flips up to show a sentiment, but the card still opens to write your message on the inside.

The camera die is a steel rule die, which means it’s solid, sturdy, and can cut through lots of different materials. Although I didn’t use anything besides cardstock, I was able to cut out multiple pieces at once. So, I figured I might as well create another while I was at it. So… I created this one “from” my dog to my daughter. I know she will go crazy for it.

Photo Cards

Photo Cards

The big dies also come with coordinating wafer thin dies for creating embellishments and little details. I used the camera finishers die set on both of these cards. You can see I clear-embossed some pigment inks in this close-up photo:

Photo Cards

These cards were so fun – can’t wait to give them. 🙂

Enjoy and have a great week!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Top Dog Dies Camera
Top Dog Dies Camera
Top Dog Dies Camera Finishers
Top Dog Dies Camera Finishers
Penny Black Dots in Space
Penny Black Dots in Space
Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons
SSS Birthday Balloons
Penny Black Words Express
Penny Black Words Express
Ranger Black Sparkle Embossing Powder
Black Sparkle Powder
Iridescent Embossing Powder
Iridescent Embossing Powder
Stampin' Up! Clear Embossing Powder
Clear Embossing Powder
Spellbinders Classic Circles, Large
Spellbinders Circles
Doodle Twine, Black Beetle
Black Beetle Twine
Uniball White Gel Pen
White Gel Pen
Simon Says Stamp Island Blue
Simon Says Stamp Island Blue
Hero Arts Butter Bar
Hero Arts Butter Bar
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
C1 Copic Marker
C1 Copic Marker
White Picket Fence Distress Marker
White Picket Fence Distress Marker
Versamarker Pen
Versamarker Pen
Martha Stewart Mini Scoreboard
Mini Scoreboard
Memento Luxe Bahama Blue Ink
Bahama Blue
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Gray Cardstock
Basic Gray Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Stampin' Up! Mini Glue Dots
Mini Glue Dots


  1. wrote on April 9th, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Valerie Gee

    Oh my gosh I LOVE this! I know it’s a lot of steps, but it’s such a great, multifaceted card, and so much fun! I wish I had that fantastic die… I wonder if I have a cricut cartridge with something similar…. or if I could fake it ’til I make it and make a template from hand! hmmmmmmm…. As always, thanks for sharing your inspiration with all of us! XXOO from CO!

  2. wrote on April 9th, 2014 at 9:38 am


    great work, thanks 4 sharing. I really like all the details of this card. All the best from Berlin, Claude

  3. wrote on April 9th, 2014 at 9:49 am


    This is so cute!! I love how exact you are with the measuring 😉 I strive to be like you with my card making, lol!! I bet your brother will love and cherish this card.. So creative once again.. You are so inspiring..

  4. wrote on April 9th, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Maria A. Rodriguez

    Well Darlene, this is just beyond fabulous, my dear girl, simply amazing!!!!! What a unique, one of a kind card, your brother is going to flip over it when he gets it. Your work is incredible, I always love the attention to every single detail of your cards Darlene, that’s what makes them so special and beautiful.
    I love also your inked up hands, LOL!! they just show that when you really get into a creative mode once you start, you just keep going, no matter what!!!
    Thank you again for a delightful, creative, unique project and video. You always have something fabulous to share and to teach and you really push us a bit to explore new things, new techniques, new ideas and new products to expand our creative horizons so we can enjoy this wonderful hobby even more. You truly are inspiring.

  5. wrote on April 9th, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Gloria Taylor

    Hey, Darlene wow a awesome idea for a bday card. I love how u used a variety of splies to create this cute card. I have notice you used quite a bit of Simon says stamp me too. As always I can’t wait to see what you create for next week! By the way you & your brother were really cute in the photo! Thanks!

  6. wrote on April 9th, 2014 at 7:05 pm


    Darlene, you are truly amazing.

  7. wrote on April 10th, 2014 at 5:13 am

    Meg M.

    Such a fun card, Darlene. Not surprised at all that your sister still had hers out years later – that signifies how awesome your work is. I love the attention to detail you have and the way you show us how it can be done. Thanks for always inspiring.

  8. wrote on April 10th, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Casey Thrush

    I love love love it! Question…how did you get the top layer to line up with the bottom layer since you scored the bottom layer?

    • wrote on April 18th, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Casey, the layers are exactly the same, so I just lined it up along the left edge. Maybe I don’t understand your question?

  9. wrote on April 12th, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Viivan Lindsay

    Darlene: how did you sandwich the die and what machine did you use?
    Thank you!

    • wrote on April 18th, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Viivan, I put the camera die between two acrylic plates and ran it through a Sizzix Big Shot.

  10. wrote on April 13th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Diana W.

    Hi Darlene,
    This is such a darling card. It’s clear that you really enjoyed putting it together. I have to look into these dies. Pretty cool! Thanks for sharing your talents. Can’t wait for next Wednesday.

  11. wrote on April 14th, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Pam K.

    I just found your blog, Darlene, and I’m having a great time watching your weekly videos. Your techniques are very inspiring, and your cards are wonderful…thanks so much!

  12. wrote on April 15th, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Robin in WA

    Hi Darlene! Great card. My son kept insisting that the lens die was hand cuffs!! So there you go!!

    • wrote on April 18th, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Haha Robin – I had the same thought!!!

  13. wrote on April 16th, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Acy yua

    The camera shape is such a unique card shape for showing off pictures. This is definitely going on my to-do crafting list.

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