Cards, DIY

Fuse Tool Fun

Hello Birthday Girl 2

I’ve decided it’s time for me to start cranking out some birthday cards to get a good jump on them this year. I always kick myself when I don’t have one on hand to send out when someone’s birthday creeps up on me. It’s all part of my resolution to be more organized in 2016.

fuse tool

I also picked up a W R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool in November and finally put it to use a week or so ago. It’s great for creating quick shaker cards that aren’t so bulky. I also plan to use it for some photo album projects in the future. Essentially, you fuse two layers of plastic together using the heat of the tool and one of the nibs. I used a plastic stamp pocket for this – I just cut it to size and fused three sides together using the ruler as a guide. I tucked in a piece of patterned paper and added some sequins to the front before sealing up the fourth side.


Hello Birthday Girl 1

The patterned paper and the sequins used for this card came from a Simon Says Stamp monthly card kit. I also added a few seed beads to the shaker pocket. The “Hello” sentiment is the SSS Painted Hello die. I cut it out several times on black card stock and stacked them up on top of each other to give it a chipboard feel. The “Birthday Girl” sentiment comes from a Wplus9 stamp set called Hand Lettered Hello (which I use all the time…). I stamped that with Versafine onyx black ink on a piece of white cardstock and glued everything onto the shaker window with some glossy accents glue – because that stuff is strong!

Fuse Tool Birthday Card 1

I followed the same principles for the second card – sequins and patterned paper from a past SSS Monthly Card Kit, a few seed beads, SSS and Wplus9 sentiment combo. For this card, though, I mounted the window onto a piece of gray and white patterned paper before mounting it onto  an A2-sized card base.

Fuse Tool Birthday Card 2

I’ll certainly be making more of these!


3 thoughts on “Fuse Tool Fun”

  1. I I think these are simply fabulous and so fun looking. What I cannot understand from your explanation, does the shaker pocket and up the conclude onto a big piece of white card stock so it looks kind of built-up if you know what I’m saying. Explanation was super I just didn’t understand that part of it. Do the fused edges of your shaker card actually show or are they trimmed Somehow. I have tried making one and everyone says they are so easy but I’m having a lot of trouble with them myself. I do have a few stool from shaker pockets as well as the sequence but I’m just not too sure on the engine still construction part where the pocket ends up fused and on a piece of white card stock . If you could possibly give me a few simple ideas I would so appreciate ,it thank you very very much. Kathy


    1. Hi Kathy! Thanks! For these cards, the shaker pocket sits on top of the card. Since the shaker pockets had a piece of patterned paper stuck inside and were their own free-standing piece, it was easy for me to put adhesive onto the back side of the pocket and adhere it to the larger piece of white cardstock which I used for the card base. You can see the fused edges of the shaker pocket on both cards. It might be easier to see on the second card, where the fused edges of the pocket are visible on top of the gray and white patterned paper.

      Sometimes the fuse tool can be tricky! Several times I’ve had the sides come open on me because I was probably moving too fast while trying to fuse them together. There are some good tutorials on youtube. Here’s a good one with a few different kinds of examples:

      I hope that helps! :)

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