The tale of a card on Pinterest: Cutaway Technique

Published by under cards | May 14 2013

I have a funny story to tell about a simple card that went on to big things.

Back in 2010 I shared some cards on my blog from a team swap.

One of them was this card by the lovely Debbie Hand.

Over the years I noticed  that a lot – and I mean A LOT – of visitors were coming to my blog to visit this card, mainly from Pinterest.

Many have emailed me about it. Most shared how much they liked the design. Some had CASEd it. Occasionally people asked how to make it. I even had an angry email (“why don’t you ladies give instructions!”).

I sent many emails explaining how I believe, just by looking at it, that the card was made. But in the past week alone I’ve received another 5 emails about it! So, I’m here today to provide as much info as I can about this card.

Debbie and I have had a big chuckle about it too.


1. Create a standard card base, with the fold on the left side.

2. Using your paper trimmer, cut out a section from the card front.

3. Punch a semi-circle from the card front with a circle punch.

4. Embellish card front and add a flower to the inside so it peeks through the punched semi-circle opening.

Yep, it really is that easy!



– The original card was created using the now-retired stamp sets Bird on a Branch (for the speckled image and also the sentiment) and Cottage Garden for the flower.


I hope this helps. Have fun recreating this cool card!


Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria




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23 responses so far

23 Responses to “The tale of a card on Pinterest: Cutaway Technique”

  1. Vickion 14 May 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I bet you have had a laugh!

  2. SilviAon 03 Oct 2013 at 6:17 pm

    wunderschön ….fantastisch
    lG SilviA

  3. sandraon 19 May 2014 at 1:43 am

    Lovely design, thanks for sharing

  4. Karen Moffatton 18 Oct 2014 at 1:49 am


    Love this concept. I am going to adopt it for my Christmas card this year with a few changes. I am going to punch the circle first, then spritz the front of the whole card. After the spritz dries, then I am going to cut off the section of the card front I don’t need. That way I will have “white space” to stamp my sentiment but the opening for the embellishment will have the matching spritz. Can’t wait to try it out!

  5. Simoneon 18 Oct 2014 at 8:06 am

    Wow Karen. LOVE this idea!!! Would love to see the finished product. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  6. josephine nairnon 21 Oct 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Luv this card just brill

  7. ZYK Pascaleon 21 Dec 2014 at 12:36 am

    Merci beaucoup ! Je vais faire cette carte pour Noël avec un flocon de neige à la place de la fleur. Bravo pour vos réalisations !

  8. Kim Bakeron 22 Jan 2015 at 8:35 am

    Count me in as another visitor from Pinterest that is currently CASEing this card. I wish I’d have read Karen’s suggestion before I splattered mine! LOL! Thank you so much for posting this! 🙂 And thank you so much to Deb for the wonderful idea! 🙂

  9. Simoneon 26 Jan 2015 at 8:50 am

    Good on you Kim! Hope you had fun with the card. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  10. ana mariaon 23 Sep 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Thank you. This card is so beautiful, simple and original!

  11. Maureenon 24 Feb 2016 at 12:50 pm

    I love the Idea of the card Im new to world of cards/scrapbooking hope its ok to have a go at this and yes Im another visitor that came thru pinterest

  12. Cheryl Hewakon 09 Apr 2016 at 11:34 am

    As a beginner card maker – 2016 – I even knew how to do this, lol

    Found this on Pinterest and I really like this card. Thanks

  13. shion 17 Oct 2016 at 9:50 am

    saw this card just now on pinterest an clicked to try and find the owner to say thanks and had to laugh thank you for the idea its greatand am going to make an Irish card now

  14. stefanie nicholson 27 Sep 2017 at 2:55 am

    Thank you so much for sharing! It is super easy and I will link your site to my blog when I post my version.

  15. Sharon 10 Jun 2018 at 3:13 am

    I too had a good laugh!
    I don’t understand why anyone would get angry with you.
    Like you said, just a look at the card, it tells you exactly what you need to do, it couldn’t be any simpler.
    Some people just don’t have it, I guess.
    Great job on the ideas you give us all, keep them coming. ??????

  16. Diane Atneosenon 10 Jul 2018 at 4:05 am

    I just saw this card on Pinterest thought it looked easy and straight forward in its design. Also liked Karen Moffat’s idea about another way to make it. Its a very design for all sorts of occasions, a must do. Thank you for the info.

  17. Sheilaon 24 Jul 2018 at 1:26 am

    The card is great for any occasion. I did make one from the picture. Thanks for sharing the card.

  18. Lorraine Crickitton 26 Jul 2018 at 1:45 pm

    And all these years later we are still being complimented on how nice our cards look using this design. Thank you.

  19. sweetpetunia98on 03 May 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Love the card. Thanks for the instructions but I do believe I could have figured it out. LOL

  20. Glendaon 10 Jun 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Love the card. That’s a no brainer on how to make that card.

  21. Kim Heathon 10 Jul 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Hi, I didnt come from Pinterest, just happened upon your post. I liked the care so much I had to create it straight away!

  22. Mrs. Beaon 24 Sep 2019 at 10:50 am

    This card design you might have shared 9 years ago, but it is still stunning. I’m not good at figuring cards out, but this one I figured before reading your instructions. Very simply explained instructions. Thank you!

  23. Roberton 16 Jan 2020 at 10:20 am

    This caught my eye right away and knew I could do it. It was very easy to do.
    There are so many options to try. Thank you for showing this card.

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