Graphic 45 Card Tutorial using the Graphic 45 Clock and Flower Dies

Graphic 45 Card Tutorial using the Graphic 45 Clock and Flower Dies

This Graphic 45 Card Tutorial used the Clock and Flower Dies by Graphic 45.

For our first Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador project we were asked to create a Profile Project.  We were asked to use our favorite paper medium and our go-to techniques; and make something that reflected our personality and creative style.

Graphic 45 Card Tutorial

I decided to make this beautiful card and gift box set using the Mixed Media 5×5 box, the Staples Die Tag & Clock Square, Staples Die Tag & Flower Large, and the Portrait of a Lady 12×12 Patterns & Solids Paper Pad.

Graphic 45 Clock Die

Don’t throw away the remnants from your die-cutting. You never know where you may use them.  The circle on the lower left flower cluster is a leftover scrap from the tag die-cut.

Also, use your smaller dies to create something different. I die-cut two gold pieces of the small crown die (from the Tag & Clock Square die-set), layered them in opposite direction to create the beautiful clock face centerpiece that you see right beneath the clock hands.

Graphic 45 Card Ideas

Don’t be afraid to trim off your die-cut pieces.  For the cards, I decided to trim off the clock frame and use it as a discreet topper, instead of using the entire frame.

Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady

For that touch of elegance, always use touches of gold. Many folks compliment me on the elegance of my cards.  When you scatter gold pieces here and there, it adds elegance and finesse to any paper crafting project.

It’s all in the Layers

I get asked quite often how to embellish a project and make it look like it belongs at the window of Tiffani’s.

When embellishing, think about what you’d wear on a night out on the town. You’ll be wearing a beautiful outfit, with pearls perhaps? A bit of gold too? And maybe throw on a delicate, elegant shawl in case it gets a bit chilly?  These are the things I think about when embellishing a box, mini album, or any other project I may be doing.

To me, the trims are the elegant shawl.  The flat-back pearls and the gold accents are the jewelry that accentuate that beautiful outfit, which in this case is the paper.

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The Tutorial

I’ve put together a quick and easy card-making process video, where you’ll see (step-by-step) how to piece your cards together using the dies from Graphic 45. Enjoy!

Supply List

Graphic 45

  • Portrait of a Lady 12×12 Patterns & Solids Paper Pad
  • Mixed Media 5×5 Box
  • Staples Die Tag & Flower Large
  • Staples Die Tag & Clock Square

Other Supplies

  • Scissors
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scor-Tape
  • 3D Pop Dots
  • Art Glitter Glue
  • Gold Foil Cardstock
  • Gold Sequin
  • Plain Card Stock in White or Off-white
  • Acetate (If you want to add that shaker element to the top of your box)

Card Dimensions

Base – Trim 4 ¾ x 9 ½  Score and Fold at 4 ¾

Card stock photo mats that are included in the Mixed Media 5×5 Box – paper on top is 4 ¼ x 4 ¼

Box Dimensions

Side strips – 4 7/8 x 1 7/8

Outer and Inside cover – 4 7/8 x 4 7/8

*For the outer cover, you’ll create a one inch frame all around and use acetate underneath for that shaker element.*

Thank you for visiting and Happy Crafting!


About Sandi Nagel

Hello and welcome to Decor8yourlife! I'm a stay-at-home mom who runs a Web Development and Marketing Consulting business from home. During my down time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, decorating my home and paper crafting! I have a YouTube channel of the same name, where I share easy, DIY handmade cards, mini albums and more! Follow me throughout social media and see what projects we can make together!🌺 🌺 🌺 Need help building or maintaining your Wordpress Website? Contact me at I offer reasonable rates! 🌺 🌺 🌺

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