You can use any shaped dies to create shaped cards - you make a regular single fold card base, keep that closed and die cut the fancy shape ensuring that the spine of the card is below the cutting edge of the die. Because you are cutting through two layers of CS to create a card base you can only use a medium weight CS and if the die has an intricate design you may need to add a shim or two when die cutting. Another way to make shaped card bases is to cut two separate shapes, score a line on the shape that will go on the back to create a spine and glue the front shape to the spine.
This first card uses the gorgeous Sue Wilson 'Ornate Pierced Designs' die set from the Noble Collection. I've written a tutorial on how to create this shaped card, here's the LINK TO THE TUTORIAL if you'd like to view it. I decorated my card with die cut flowers, a sentiment and two punched butterflies. I die cut two lots of words and offset the white ones over the top of the purple ones in order to get a shadow effect. A sprinkling of gems completed the card.
The next card was also made using the 'Ornate Pierced Designs' die set. I covered the entire card front with the pretty blue paper, glued the yellow mat layer down and popped up the pierced blue label. I stamped the butterfly onto the yellow paper in blue ink, fussy cut it, popped the wings up and applied Star Dust Stickles all over the wings. I added some white and yellow pearls to finish.
The last card is a flower shaped card made using the X Cut 'Bloom' Nesting Die set and some pretty Echo Park papers. I adhered the green paper flower flat to the front of the card base but with the three other flower layers I snipped between each petal and shaped each flower so that the card had some dimension. I punched a few white 1/2" circles plus a green paper circle, glued the stack together and applied Glossy Accents over the top followed by a gem. I also applied gems to the aqua flower petals.
Supplies for 'Best Wishes card:
CS: Glitter Pot Medium White CS, Bazzill 'Peacock', 'Pansy' & 'Parakeet'
Patterned paper: Core'dinations Core Basics 'Purple Swirl'
Tools: Sue Wilson Creative Expressions 'Ornate Pierced Designs' die set from the 'Noble' collection, Spellbinders 'Flower Play' die set, Spellbinders D-Lites 'Sentiments 1' die set, Crafts Too 7" x 5" 'Lattice' embossing folder, Woodware Large 'Butterfly 2' punch
Embellishments & accessories: white satin stripe organza ribbon, Marianne Designs Light Blue & Blue adhesive gems, PaperMania 3mm Silver adhesive stones, 3D foam tape
Supplies for butterfly card:
Stamps: Penny Black 'Social Butterfly' set
CS: Glitter Pot Medium White CS
Patterned paper: Echo Park - I Love Sunshine 'Splish Splash' & 'Yellow/Blue'
Ink: Memento Nautical Blue
Tools: Sue Wilson Creative Expressions 'Ornate Pierced Designs' die set from the 'Noble' collection
Embellishments & accessories: Star Dust Stickles, white & yellow pearls, 3D foam tape
Supplies for flower shaped card:
CS: Glitter Pot Medium White CS
Patterned paper: Echo Park - I Love Sunshine '3" x 4" Journaling Cards', 'Sun Beams' & 'Sunny Days'
Tools: X Cut 'Bloom' Nesting Dies set, flower shaping tool & moulding mat
Embellishments & accessories: Ranger Glossy Accents, PaperMania 5mm Silver adhesive stones