I’m doing double-duty again this week, and combining my design team project for Watercooler Wednesday with using elements of a kit from my back log. Our theme for the challenge this week is anything goes, and I decided to use the Simon Says Stamp July card kit and demonstrate some different ways of using dies.
As I show in the video below, there are a variety of ways you can get different looks from dies. The Flamingo Wafer Die from the kit works both as a stand-alone as well as to cut out the flamingo from the One Cool Pineapple stamp set.
For my first example of die cutting I show cutting the coordinating stamped image with the die. This die cuts right to the edge of the stamped lines, but often dies will leave a white border around. I then demonstrated cutting it as a stand-alone die. You can get a variety of different looks depending what you cut it from. Cutting from glitter paper, patterned paper, plain card, or mirror card can all give a fresh new look to the die cut.
Another example I briefly show in the video is a different way to use the stamp and die together. By stamping the image first directly on the card base and then in the same position on a same sized panel of card you can create a recessed look. Just die cut the cut image from the matching panel, and then line it back up over the card base, popped up on foam, for a fun design.
My first card uses a stamped and cut version of the flamingo. After stamping and die cutting it I used my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers to colour it in. I stamped a couple more of the flamingos from the One Cool Pineapple stamp set onto my card base. I then popped up the coloured one with some fun foam and adhered it onto the card base. I finished off with a sticker from the American Crafts Amy Tangerine Sunshine And Good Times Sticker Book to use as my sentiment.
Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes
Less Is More – Dimension
SheepSki Designs – Fantasy and/or Wings
Watercooler Wednesday – Anything Goes
On my second card I wanted to feature using the die cut as a stand alone die, so cutting it without stamping first. I cut the Flamingo Wafer Die from some pink mirror card (which was very difficult to photograph!) I then used it as a guide to work out where I should stamp my sentiment. I used a sentiment from One Cool Pineapple and stamped it with Delicata Pink Shimmer ink. I then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I felt the card was a little plain still so I masked off the outer edges of the card base and then blended the same pink ink into the unmasked area, keeping it darker at the edges and softening towards the centre. I then removed the masks and adhered the flamingo into place with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.
Creative Confetti – Monochrome With Sparkle
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
My third and final card for this post uses the negative part of the die cut. I cut a panel to the size I wanted and used the Flamingo Wafer Die to cut away an area in the centre of the panel. I adhered some acetate to the back of the window and then added fun foam to pop the panel up. I created my shaker well in the foam (prior to adding it to the panel) by cutting out an area with the same die and then using my scissors to make the well a bit bigger. I added Simon Says Stamp Summer Gold sequins and adhered the shaker panel to my card base. I edged the panel with some iridescent glitter peel-offs and then decided I wanted to add a sentiment banner. I pulled in the Altenew Wood Pallet Background stamp set and stamped the banner shape stamp onto a snippet of pink card then heat embossed it with WOW Cloud 9 Embossing Glitter. I added one of the sentiments into the panel and heat embossed that with white. Then I fussy cut the banner out and adhered it over the shaker panel.
Creative Confetti – Use Your Monogram (my initials are CDE – I used card stock, dies and embossing)
Daring Cardmakers – Glitter
Digi Choosday – Anything Goes
I hope this post will inspire you to play with your dies. I had a lot of fun creating these cards, and I have a lot of the flamingos left that I could still create with. I’d love to know which of the three cards is your favourite.
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Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Charlotte (that’s me!)