Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mini Spool Tutorial

Good afternoon!
As promised I have written a tutorial on how to create the adorable mini spool cards that I shared here a few days ago.  I wasn't going to write one because they are so easy to figure out how to make but I received so many requests it was almost overwhelming.  I'm so happy to hear that so many of you liked them!  As I mentioned when I posted the cards the first time- I saw a picture of mini spool cards on Pinterest.  I'm not sure who the original creator is as the card was pinned from several people.  When I tried to trace it back- I got nowhere.  It seems the picture was just that.  A picture uploaded from someones computer and not linked to a website.  So- here is my version!


You will need the following supplies:
3" x 6" piece of card stock for the base (mine is Crumb Cake)
2-3/4" square piece of coordinating DSP or card stock (I used Sweet Sorbet DSP)
2-3/4" square piece of Very Vanilla or Whisper White card stock (for the inside-Mine is Whisper White)
Stampin' Trimmer
Envelope Punch Board
Paper Snips
33" Baker's Twine/Linen Thread (whatever you like best)
Woodgrain Stamp
Early Espresso Ink
Stampin' Dimensionals
Glue Dots
Buttons or other embellishments- your choice!

Step 1:   Score 3" x 6" piece of card stock at 3"
Step 2:  Insert the folded edge of the card base into the Envelope Punch Board and line it up at the 1-1/8" mark and punch.  Flip the card stock over and line it back up at the 1-1/8" mark and punch again.
Repeat for the opposite edge of the card.
Step 2

This is what the edge of your card should look like after you've punched one edge of your card.

This is what your card should look like after you've punched both edges of your card.

Step 3:  Using the Stampin' Trimmer- line up the inner "dips" of the card along the cutting track as shown in the picture below.  Cut the point off so that your card is now straight.  Repeat for the other edge of the card. 

Step 3

This is what your card base should now look like.  

Step 4:  Ink the Woodgrain stamp with Early Espresso Ink.  Stamp the front and the back side of the card.
Step 5:  Take the 2-3/4" square piece of coordinating DSP (or card stock- whatever you choose to use) and insert it into the Envelope Punch Board.  Line it up at the 1" mark and punch.  Flip DSP (or card stock) over and line it back up at the 1" mark and punch again.  Repeat this step for both edges of the DSP/card stock. This creates the layer for the front of the card.
Step 5

Step 6: Using the Paper Snips or the Stampin' Trimmer and cut the center points off (same as Step 3).  I found that for the DSP- it was just as easy to use Paper Snips as it was to use the Stampin' Trimmer. 
Step 7:  Turn the DSP layer over and adhere a Glue Dot to the back edge of the card.  This will hold the edge of the Baker's Twine while wrapping it around the card.  Wrap the twine around the center part of the card and secure other loose end with a glue dot.

Step 7

The front of your layer should look like this.

Step 8:  Using Stampin' Dimensionals- adhere the spool layer to the front of the card base.

Step 8

Step 9:  Repeat Step 5 and Step 6 for the Whisper White (or Very Vanilla) inside layer.  Adhere to the inside of the card using SNAIL adhesive.  Here is what the inside of the card looks like:

Step 10:  The card is now almost complete.  Embellish as you wish to finish the card.

I chose to embellish my card using the Big Shot, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Chalk Talk Stamp Set, Black Staz-On ink, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, a Metal Button with a scrap of Summer Starfruit Baker's Twine, and scraps of coordinating card stock/DSP.

I hope you enjoy the tutorial!  If you have any questions please feel free to ask!
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stampin'!


  1. Thanks Dani for sharing all the details. Excellent job on the tutorial. Can't wait to start making these!

  2. You're welcome ladies! I hope you enjoy!

  3. Saw your link on Becky's blog this a.m. These mini spool cards are adorbs! Glad you figured out how to make them and wrote a pic-tutorial. I appreciate it! :)

  4. My jaw fell to see you used the EPB; so cool! It's darling and adorable, thanks so much for sharing, and for your wonderful tutorial, too! :)

  5. Jumped right on over from Inking Idaho. Saving this to CASE. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial. I am definitely going to make some of these. Cute!

  7. This little project is just darling. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to make these little additions. Lilaha from Kansas

  8. So cute! TFS the directions. Looking forward to trying this!

  9. Dani.......these are adorable! Thank you for sharing the directions!........K

  10. This is just too stinkin' cute!!! Thanks for sharing your tutorial. I'm off to my stamping room!!!

  11. Oh my gosh, incredibly cute! Must give this a try!