DIY Pull-Strip for Cards & WOYWW!

I have been having the brainstorms this week! I loved the look of the cards the Papertrey Ink design team had made that had a pull away strip (think of the pull strips on cardboard ice-cream boxes you use to open them) and I really wanted to try that technique. The PTI girls used a die which I don’t have. I am picky about dies and almost only buy ones that are thick and can cut a variety of materials such as foam, burlap, mat board, metal etc, so I was not really interested in buying a die for such a novel purpose. The good news is that you can replicate this look many ways. Here is my attempt at it:

I am quite pleased with the results. In case you are wondering the seed packet and flower stamps are from Papertrey and the pointing finger is from one of those old Making Memories magnet mount stamp sets and the letters to spell “pull” are from a $1 wood peg mout Studio G set. Here is a close up of the pull tab:

There are so many ways to make the pull strip.

  • You can use a perferator wheel on your paper-cutter to cut two parallel lines and connect them on the pull end.
  • You can use a cutterbee perforating bug (this is the method I wanted to use but I could not find my perforating wheel!) and proceed as above.
  • You can use a Basic Grey Notch and Die tool to make 2 series of strait notch lines and connect then at the pull end with the tab notch.
  • You can use an x-acto knife and a metal edge ruler to cut two lines of slits and connect them at the pull end.
  • You can make a template in SCAL2 (or snag my free one here) so your electronic die cutter can cut it for you. For an explanation on how to make your own custom templates in scal2 please check out my screen shots:

The file I designed will cut 4 cardfronts for a 8.5″x11″ paper, if you are using a smaller cutter like a Cricut Personal just delete the bottom two designs and use a half sheet of paper. I am using SCAL2 and a Cricut Expression and the oval end perforations did not cut all the way through but I think it has more to do with my finicky Cricut than the cutting file :)

***FYI SCAL3 does NOT work with Cricut Machines****

Now Let’s put it together! You want to decorate the cardfront with the strip first. Then you need to stamp your sentiment on the card base. For placement I centered my cardfront on the card base and made little pencil marks on the edge at the top and bottom of the strip. Then I stamped my sentiments.  Put a strip of adhesive on both sides of the pull-strip, this will keep the card from tearing when the strip is removed.

Since it is What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday I snapped a pic of mine:

I hope you try this technique it is so much fun! Thanks for stropping by and til next time happy crafting!

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29 Responses

  1. What a great idea.

  2. Wow, what a great card! Love the pull strip and the stamp set is gorgeous too! Thanks for the free file!

  3. What a fab idea and a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing :)

    Have a great WOYWW and a fab week, Luv Karen #11

  4. Very pretty card, and a fun idea! Thanks!

  5. Now that is really creative, I love that idea, thanks for sharing.

    Eliza #103

  6. Wow! Thank you for sharing the “how to!”. I so wanted that die, but it wasn’t available… I am not that computer savy, but will ask hubby for that end of it. Great blog by the way…

  7. super clever!

  8. LIndsay!!!
    Uber great technique!!! This is such a lovely card, too!! I love how you ‘pulled’ everything together with the 3 colors of brads—simply fab!! be blessed
    ~Beyond Measure

  9. Thanks for the great tips!! And your card is so pretty!

  10. fabulous busy desk. Lovely card.


  11. I love you card…so very sweet! A great demonstration of your technique too! Happy WOYWW #122

  12. What a great idea! and fun to boot. Thank you for sharing this with us :-)

  13. Oooh that’s fab, I just want to pull that strip now! Great idea and tutorial, thanks. Take care & enjoy this weeks WOYWW snoop! Zo xx 17

  14. Great itea! Any changce you can save it as a SVG file so those of us with MTC can use it too?

  15. wow, I LOVE this, all the prep work and planning and the tools I want those kind of tools!!!!!
    Beautiful work you do!

  16. This is gorgeous – Hazel, WOYWW #85 x

  17. Well you are so clever! I too have looked at the die and need it do more to justify the price..but your alternatives are sweet…and the finished card is gorgeous.

  18. What a cool idea, a tear away strip… Happy WOYWW! *Rachel #165

  19. I love the pull strip concept! Fantastic project!

    I found you on Julia’s blog with your WOYWW link. What a fun discovery!

    Happy Crafting!
    Nadia (#169)

  20. Great card, thanks for sharing

    Lisa #112

  21. Thank you so much for generously sharing this very clever file. Looks like great fun! Cant wait to give it a try. Jeanette

  22. you are clever,loved the finished card,will be back to try the file on my cricut,thanks for sharing
    have a fab crafty week and
    happy woyww
    kay #51

  23. Very cute and clever. Thanks for sharing your technique!

  24. Your card is so pretty! I have had my eye on that die but have not wanted to spend the money. Thank you for the idea on how to do this on my own w/o the die. You are always so clever!

  25. That’s a cool idea and the colours are so pretty! Happy belated WOYWW #45

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