Simple Graduated Layers and a Hands on Video Tutorial

Simple Die Cut Graduated Layers Card by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Corner Cotillion, Spellbinders Curvy Labels and Quietfire Design - full supply list at
Hi there friends, I’m so grateful to be posting today.  I’ve saved the explanation of where I’ve been for the bottom of my post but in the meantime, can you believe it, I have a card today and a tutorial to share!  Yes,  I’ve had a chance to play with the Romancing the Swirl Collection!  Before we get to the video tutorial below (half way down my post), I wanted to show you how easy it is to set up graduated layers using nested labels and plant them on a background for a sweetly layered look.  For this card I’m using one of my new dies, Corner Cotillion and Curvy Labels – they are classics!

Also a note – I’m so tickled to say that 3D Vignettes is back in stock after months of coming in quickly and going right back out.  It also looks to be on sale for a short while.   I’m creating more of these lovelies to fit the Grand Base Cards, so there will be many more options to come.  Oh, and many thanks for the people who are sharing their lovely cards on Facebook and Instagram – I’m in awe every time I see one!

Simple Die Cut Graduated Layers Card by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Corner Cotillion, Spellbinders Curvy Labels and Quietfire Design - full supply list at
My Card Today – with Graduated Layers

In my creating I found 3 to be a great number – a great number of layers, that is.  I selected a background to make up one of the layers – the bottom.  It just so happens that in the center of the background there’s an oval on the background that mimics a layer.  On top of that, I added two nested layers.  With the graduated layers, it gives me the opportunity to mat with another color and the contrast between the layers draws your eye right in.  I love the dimension that it gives the card and just an easy way to highlight that wonderful sentiment by Quietfire DesignDestiny – such a beautiful saying!!

Simple Die Cut Graduated Layers Card by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Corner Cotillion, Spellbinders Curvy Labels and Quietfire Design - full supply list at
Corner Cotillion is one of those “all-in-one” dies meant to do the heavy lifting.  In other words you could use it by itself and have an instant card or you can use the graduated layers as I have done here.  With elegant detail on the outside, it will take just about any classic label shape centered, to make a great (and easy) card.

Simple Die Cut Graduated Layers Card by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Corner Cotillion, Spellbinders Curvy Labels and Quietfire Design - full supply list at

A New Video Tutorial

I’m also, so tickled to link you to a new tutorial!   For nine years you’ve been seeing my hands and this time you get meet the real me!!  I was honored to have been asked by to film several videos for you.  I had much fun and would love to do it again!  In this particular video I show you how to make a box with this die and I also show you how to put flowers together with this die.  The tools I’ve used to make these items are linked below the video.


A Pin for you :-))

Simple Die Cut Graduated Layers Card by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Corner Cotillion, Spellbinders Curvy Labels and Quietfire Design - full supply list at


Stamps: Quietfire Design – Destiny
Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest – Natural White – 80lb Smooth,  Bazzill – Pale Rose
Ink:  Versafine – Onyx Black, Ranger Clear Detail Embossing Powder
Accessories:  Amazing Paper Grace Dies by Spellbinders, Corner Cotillion , Curvy Labels, Satin Ribbon, Poppies & Paperie Flower, Pearls, Buttons


Lol, I know I’ve been missing – all good stuff!! I’ve been so busy designing, with not much time to create.  The blessing is that along the way I took a short mental break – or a refresh, and it has done me a world of good health wise.  Normally, I’m on a computer almost all day but during this period I carved out time to try to make my walking and some other good things, a ‘habit‘.  Imagine my thrill to see how beautiful it really is outside every day.   You know they say it takes 30 days to make a habit!!  I’ve done good with my habits.  Good exercise, good sleep, good self care and well needed.  And as always. when I’m quiet, I’ve been working on new things for the future!



  • Dawn HolbenJune 27, 2018 - 8:51 am

    Becca this one gorgeous and very elegant card, i have this beautiful die and i love it.
    I am so pleased you have managed to find sometime just for you, it is amazing the things we miss and not realise it at times. xReplyCancel

  • KathymJune 27, 2018 - 8:56 am

    Perfectly beautiful. I am buying the dies right now! Thank you for the lovely designs so I do need to struggle!!!ReplyCancel

  • Crafty CruiserJune 27, 2018 - 8:59 am

    An absolutely gorgeous card, as always. I’ll look at the video when I get chance. I’m so glad that you have found opportunities to have some “me” time. It is essential to recharge those batteries and come out raring to go again! Good on you girl! Best wishes
    Doreen RReplyCancel

  • Kristine VencelJune 27, 2018 - 9:04 am

    An absolutely beautiful “Becca” designed card. So elegant but truly simplistic in design.
    Great news to hear that you took some time for yourself! I think sometimes we do get so caught up in our creative world that we neglect ourselves. It’s a good thing to take a beak once in awhile.
    And since you’ve hinted at more things to come, I take it the break may have sparked some creative juices? Always a joy to hear there are more Becca items coming soon!
    I absolutely adore the cabinet dies!!!! ???????? I haven’t seen them anywhere but online. One local store had them for awhile but didn’t replenish their stock. I may have to put a bug in their ear. Lol I look forward to the next selection!ReplyCancel

  • rosemaryJune 27, 2018 - 9:21 am

    I have missed seeing you hoping that all is right in your world love the cardReplyCancel

  • JanetJune 27, 2018 - 9:31 am


    A lovely card as always. I just watched your video and I just loved how yo make simple things so elegant. I’m going to have to get the cinched flower die that you used.

    It is always good to have some “me” time.

    Thanks so much for sharing your love of crafting with us.ReplyCancel

  • Suzie WestJune 27, 2018 - 9:35 am

    Hi Becca, I can’t tell you how happy I was to receive an email that you had posted to your site. I’m relieved to learn you were taking time to rejuvenate. I must say I was a little concerned but thought you were possibly out of town. Just know – we miss you when you’re gone! I know exactly what you mean about spending days at your computer or craft table and then walking outside and thinking “Wow, I almost forgot how beautiful it is out here.”

    Your card is beautiful and thank you so much for the video using the cabinet die. Can’t wait to get the die and make some boxes.

    Best wishes to you,

  • Chelsea JohnsonJune 27, 2018 - 10:00 am

    Yaaaayyyy! You’re back!!!
    So happy you’ve had a chance to recharge your batteries and are refreshed. That is wonderful news!
    Your card is just gorgeous. And thank you for the tutorial! You are a “natural” in front of the camera.ReplyCancel

  • CynthiaJune 27, 2018 - 10:43 am

    Hi Becca,
    I’m inspired by your self care “habits.” I need to do this, also. We have moved and the new scenery is absolutely gorgeous. I see people out walking, everyday. I walk occasionally, but I should try to take a stroll, daily. Now, about your card, it is absolutely gorgeous, as always. You have a magic touch!!! I love the video and will be placing it on my pin board for cards. Thank you, for your beautiful work, and for sharing tidbits of your life. You never know how much your sharing helps another person~


  • RachelJune 27, 2018 - 11:18 am

    Hi Becca beautiful card and the video is amazing. So nice to be able to see you as you share your talent. Thank you for sharing and congrats on being chosen by Scrapbook. Have a blessed day.ReplyCancel

  • margaret driscoll UKJune 27, 2018 - 11:55 am

    Hello Becca
    Lovely to have you back even if you have picked up some “HABITS” lol!
    Well done on being chosen for Scrapbook!
    Love all these Dies!
    Love MargReplyCancel

  • Sandy ArtmanJune 27, 2018 - 12:37 pm

    Our dear, Becca,
    What a joy to see your post this morning! You’ve blessed us with your tutorials. I definitely leave them with the thought, “I can do that”. Yes, yes to making more!
    I’m very happy to hear you’ve taken time for self care. Sometimes we’re not aware how depleted we are until we’re in crisis. Your good habits will serve you well and you’ve inspired me.
    Ummm, what’s next on your creative plate? How exciting!
    Love & blessings,

  • Lynda Mellor aka Loopy LyndaJune 27, 2018 - 12:43 pm

    Good morning Becca, you never fail to amaze me.
    Absolutely gorgeous, stunning!!!
    Have a good one! !!
    Loopy LyndaxxxReplyCancel

  • Denice with a "c"June 27, 2018 - 1:20 pm

    Really missed hearing from you but I am so glad you took the time to RE-CHARGE. It is an absolute must sometimes. Just know you are so appreciated and loved . AND Missed. …. God bless…Denice with a “c”ReplyCancel

  • Jennie BaileyJune 27, 2018 - 2:11 pm

    How absolutely lovely!ReplyCancel

  • ANN ROBBINSJune 27, 2018 - 3:25 pm

    My friend Becca,
    Girl, you had me worried and as you know, even texted you to see if you were o.k. Glad you had a chance to get some quality time to “recharge” the battery and do some of the things you needed to do for yourself. We do miss you when you are gone though.
    This is such a beautiful card and of course, my fav is pink and white. Really enjoying this new series and waiting patiently for the next series.
    Hugs from your fellow Floridian,
    Ann RobbinsReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenJune 27, 2018 - 3:49 pm

    Oh Becca! I DO KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN about making those good things a habit! LOL I need to do that too! I’m not much of an outdoor person anyway. But, I do have a treadmill that has been calling my name!;) Your card looks WONDERFUL! LOVE all those SWIRLS!!! & I can’t wait to see what new things you’re working on for us! More Gorgeousness IS JUST WHAT WE NEED! ;) AND I SO ENJOYED your video for us too! I am one of those waiting for my order of the Grand Cabinet Die, etc.! LOL CAN’T WAIT for it to arrive! ;)AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU Becca for sharing your talent with us!!! ;)ReplyCancel

  • christiJune 27, 2018 - 4:52 pm

    loved this video. gorgeous. I also learned some great tips. it always amazes me when I see where your designs are coming from. tfs.ReplyCancel

  • Jan Symonds Adelaide AustJune 27, 2018 - 5:27 pm

    Hi Becca, so pleased to see a post today, and even more pleased to know that you are ok and taking a little ‘me time’ for yourself. I know I should too. Loved the beautiful card, your designs are so elegant. Keep taking time to breathe in the fresh airReplyCancel

  • LindaJune 27, 2018 - 7:06 pm

    Your cards are always beautiful. Are they for mailing and if so, are there envelopes that fit them?ReplyCancel

    • Becca FeekenJune 27, 2018 - 8:21 pm

      Linda, yes I do mail them. I use a cardboard dvd case and they fit in there quite nicely. If not that, then a bubble wrap envelope works also. And lastly, I have used catalog envelopes or made envelopes in the past, but I’m partial to sending them off in a little box :-)ReplyCancel

  • karenladdJune 27, 2018 - 7:55 pm

    As you can see, we are all so happy to see you back and to know that you were taking time to rest and rejuvenate. I was starting to wonder if you were ill or had something happen so am overjoyed to see you back creating! It’s always important to keep track of the need to pull back and take time for yourself. Your card is absolutely gorgeous…but then they always are! That sentiment is the perfect one for this design as well.ReplyCancel

  • Kay LusnakJune 28, 2018 - 11:54 am

    Your fans/friends are very happy you are fine! Create away, my inspirational hero!

    Tulsa, OKReplyCancel

  • Anne(UK)June 28, 2018 - 5:50 pm

    I’m so relieved to hear that all is well in Amazing Paper Grace land! Welcome back after your much needed break. And what an beautiful card.
    Hope the designing is going well and look forward to seeing what fabulousness you have in store for us!

  • Pam TASJune 28, 2018 - 6:50 pm

    Becca happy to have you back with us !!! We have missed you ….
    Lovely card and fantastic to have a video to help us create with
    your dies.
    I have been over to your teams blogs they have done
    some beautiful work while you have been busy catching up and looking
    after yourself .
    Glad to hear you have been looking after your health and wellbeing .
    Thank you for sharing with us all take care Pam XXXReplyCancel

  • Beverly JordanJune 28, 2018 - 6:56 pm

    Such a beauty and you deserve peace and quiet for yourself. Great layered card using your newest Corner Cotillian Romancing the Swirl. Am so thrilled to be able to see you anytime on your Youtube video and am thankful for all your tutorials!ReplyCancel

  • KTJune 30, 2018 - 1:33 am

    LOVED this video tutorial! It’s so helpful to see how to make your flowers like you do. Thank you for sharing your time and admirable paper crafting talents with the rest of us!ReplyCancel