Saturday, 17 October 2015


Happy Saturday,

I love making buckle cards and I wanted to have a go at making a multi buckle card and this was the result.  This was planned as a demo on Hochanda however I didn't get chance ( that happened a lot as we always prep more demos than we need just in case!)

However this may look complex but it is just a buckle are made with 3 large and 3 small buckles all cut from the Sintra die set from Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.

UI stared by using dies 1, 2 and 3 from the Sintra die from the Portuguese collection.  I taped them together and cut three of these from Chestnut card I then cut three backers for this using dies one and three ( so that the filigree section doesn't cut)  I stuck these together to make the buckles so that the black would show through.

Next I cut dies 3, 4 and 5 from Chestnut card I cut three of these and then again cut three backers again from black card using dies 3 and 5.  To make the central buckle I added back the centre black hexagon by taping it at the top and bottom so that you get 2 sides that the central piece can slip through ( I really hope this makes sense as this was planned as a demo)

Next I cut a strip of milk card and backed it with black card.  I then stamped Birthday Wishes in jet black archival ink over the strip.

I simply then wove the strip between each of the 'buckles' and simply mounted the whole piece onto a few layers of chestnut and black.

Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Sintra Die Set
Milk, Chestnut & Black foundation Card
Jet Black Archival ink 



  1. the first card / tag is lovely. I know buckle cards are very popular as they always look complicated to make

  2. Ah! too late John I saw the first post!!

    Crafty Hugs
    Heather xx

  3. Hi John.
    Good card thank you. take care Kitty.

  4. Morning John, a fab. buckle card.
    Nancyd xx

  5. Morning John, another stunner, I have seen Sue do something similar on a video and it looked so easy, so I will have a go when I get a minute.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  6. Impressive. It does look complex but you make it sound an easy card to create. No travelling today?

  7. Morning John,
    Wow!! What an amazing card, I'm going to buy the Sinatra die set and have a go at this I love it. Sleep time for me after another bad night.


    Linda xx

  8. Striking card John! Wonderful card for a man. Debra x

  9. Hi John .Well done !! Love the card .Thanks .Gloria(Sidcup) xx

  10. Wow-stunning card & very suitable for a mans card.


  11. Eh up John
    I love buckle cards but the focal point on this one is a liitle too dark for me. The die you have used and the design are great.
    Safe travels.
    Ang x

  12. Good morning John this is a stunning card I love the design. I have never made a buckle card I must give it a try. Have a great day today I see you are off on your travels again. Hugs Jackie

  13. Loving the Buckle cards .
    Elaine H X

  14. Hi John,
    I too love the buckle cards but this one is too dark for me also, I'd do it in paler colours myself.
    Hope you have a great Saturday and manage to get some time out for yourself.
    I'm off to my craft class this afternoon and am hoping my next order of your stamps to die for are in plus the die set I ordered. (So much for resisting lol) I'm supposed to be cutting down but you keep showing me more stuff that I need lol.
    Can't wait to see what you are going to show us tomorrow.

  15. Morning John,
    Love the design but the colours a tad too dark for me.

  16. Easy option for a male card. Thanks!

  17. Hi John,
    Love this card, it's a great idea for a card for men. It has the look of a leather buckle to me.
    Have a great day and thanks for sharing,
    Heather Treble

  18. I have never tried a buckle card I will rake through my my dies to have a play

  19. Hi John, a very intricate look to this card. I've seen you demo a buckle card and it was a bit fiddly assembling it but the dies did most of the work - very suitable for men.
    B xx

  20. Beautiful card John, loved yesterdays too, just catching up after being in Valencia for afew days, xxx

  21. Hi John. I can't remember ever making a buckle die, but they are very effective. SueL x

  22. Good morning John like the design especially for a male card in this dark colour combination. Pretty pastels will no doubt give a totally different look. Have a good weekend love from Jackie xx

  23. Love the concept but, like others, find this one rather dark.

    Anne (Northampton)

  24. Need to sit and think this one through. The chestnut card is totally delicious and combined with the black is something else. This design in these dark colours would, without doubt, make a great card for a man. As Jackie mentions above, lighter colours would give the feeling of a totally different card even though the set up was the same. I don't have these dies but will have to see what else is suitable in my stash.



  25. Hi John, another superb card, love the colours, perfect for a masculine birthday. Have a great day. Bx

  26. Hi John,
    Super creative!!!
    I adore your buckle cards they always make a statement!
    Lorna D

  27. Good morning John, nice one I like it!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxx

  28. Hi John
    Terrific Card I So Love The Colour Palette You've Chosen I Too Love The Ginger Card, I'm Really Looking Forward To Watching You On Hochanda Once Again It's Been Terrific To Watch Yourself And Then Phill And Julia Yesterday.
    Take Care
    Hugs From Sam x
    Carry On Crafting ✂️✂️✂️

  29. Hi, been busy making those poinsettia flowers yesterday and just love them thanks for the tips yesterday. Love the colours in this card today. Must try to make more mens cards.

    Crafty hugs Pen xx

  30. Hi John,
    Brilliant card for the men, especially with those colours. Thank you for sharing.
    Best wishes, Rose

  31. A great male card I think, which I really struggle with, so thanks for that....luv Ursula x

  32. Hi John, Wow, there are lots of 'buckles' going on, on this card, a fabulous 'male' card, to be honest I don't like doing 'male' cards, much prefer 'girlie' cards, so thank you for the inspiration.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  33. Hi John
    Sorry I missed commenting on yesterday's card. It's really lovely using the snowflake border.
    I really like today's card as well, but I'd do it in much lighter colours myself.

  34. Because of the colors you used, this makes me think of a masculine card. I can also see this in other color combos to be more feminine. I like it.

  35. Hi John. Love the idea of the buckle card but i dont like the colours.
    love Val x

  36. Hi John, love the buckle card, and the dies used are great but not sure about the colour combination, a bit dark for me.

  37. Hi John, this is a great male card with the buckle and the colours and obviously would do pastel colours for the ladies with a flower or two....."Thank you" for the inspiration xx Love Karen xx

  38. Hi John , I love looking at buckle cards and this one is just beautiful.
    Have not tried making one yet but I must get around to it.
    As already mentioned this would make a fab male card and I think I will be trying this out for father in laws birthday card in Dec

  39. Hi John,
    Love the design but the colours are not for me...Sorry!
    Love Janet x
    from Wakefield

  40. Love the design today but would do it in different colours myself

  41. Hi John, nice card think it would make a good male card, but then you could pretty it up foe the ladies. Take Care Melody xxx

  42. Hi John. Love the card especially the gorgeous chestnut colour which looks so good with the black on this buckle card. Take care x