Technique – die cutting

Featuring die cutting

Tribute to Melissa

Hello everyone

I was shocked and so very saddened to learn of the passing of my sweet AAA teammate and friend, Melissa Lane, on 2 October. She was such a kind-hearted and modest soul who was devoted to Jesus and her beloved family. My heart goes out to all of them at this terrible time.

Today my AAA Cards teammates have joined with STAMPlorations to celebrate Melissa’s artistic and creative talents. Melissa’s favourite colour was red and she loved butterflies and we’d like to invite you to join us in celebrating her life by creating a butterfly card in her memory.

The AAA blog post has full details about where you can share the card that you create and how you can send it to Melissa’s family.

Rest in peace my friend. You are so missed.

Lucie.

For my card, I created a background using a Ken Oliver colour burst and some splashes of Hero Arts Metallic paint. I then stamped and die cut a few Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous butterflies and added a few smaller butterflies cut with a Simon Says Stamp die. The sentiment is by Clearly Besotted.

Autumn thank you

 

Hello everyone!

I’m here today with a new post for the Crafts-U-Love Design Team.

This month, all DT members were sent the same Julie Hickey Designs set – ‘Garden Treasures’ – isn’t is fabulous? When Caz told me that we would be receiving a JH floral set I was really hoping it would be this set! It is so versatile!

I decided to make a CAS ‘hidden sentiment’ card using just one stamp from this set. This week’s Color Throwdown challenge has a fabulous colour combo (orange, brown, rust and yellow) which I felt would be perfect for an Autumn Thank You card.

I masked off part of the card to create a square to stamp the images, chose a stamp and got to work!

Once I had finished, I die cut a ‘Thank You’ sentiment from the centre of my panel. This is always so nerve-wracking – I hate cutting into an image that I’ve created… but I love the effect of a hidden sentiment so I held my breath and cut!

I removed the die cut sentiment and stuck the panel to a card base. I then cut the sentiment from a piece of funky foam and adhered the two die cut sentiments together to create a dimensional sentiment – you could also use a could of layers of card if you don’t have any funky foam. I inserted the sentiment into the space on the base card and voila! A hidden sentiment card!

To finish off my card, I added a few gems – got to have a bit of sparkle of course!

 

Some other cards I’ve created with this technique –

Happy Birthday Lovely

Autumn Greetings

Thanks

I’m also entering this card into the current Color Throwdown challenge.

Right! I’m off to see what my teammates have come up with using the same set!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Supply List

Here are the links to the products I used on my card. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.

Julie Hickey Designs – Garden Treasures stamp set*

Papermania adhesive stones*

Creative Expressions – mini thank you die

Distress oxide ink

Brilliance ink – pearlescent rust

 

 

With love to you

Hello everyone!

I’m so happy to say I had a lovely productive time in my craft room today! It feels good to be crafting again!

Here’s the card I made for the current Freshly Made Sketches Challenge. I cut a blended background with the fabulous Memory Box Jasper Leaves die and added a flower and rose from the Ellen Hutson wild garden set.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG

 

Merry Snowdrifts

Good morning!

I’m back again this morning with my second Crafts-U-Love DT card. Links to the supplies I used are at the end of my post.

I was delighted to receive a couple of John Next Door dies in my package this month and used them again this week to create a quick Christmas card.

I created the background using some distress oxide inks and then added the die cut images to the base of the card.

To finish off my card, I added a sentiment by John Next Door.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG

Supply List

Here are the links to the products I used on my card. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.

John Next Door – Snowflake Edges die set*

John Next Door – Festive Greetings die set*

Distress Oxide inks

Mirri card*

White card*

Coredinations glitter card

If you decide to buy any of the products I’ve used after reading this post, please let Crafts-U-Love know by using the drop down menu on the checkout page and selecting ‘Design Team’. Please note this is simply to help Crafts-U-Love and I do not receive any compensation if you choose this menu option. I do not use affiliate links.

Rubber Stamp Tapestry wreath

Hello again!

This is my third and final card from yesterday’s crafting session. All the cards I made yesterday have the same theme (‘wreath’) for this month’s CAS Christmas challenge. As I can’t work out how to use the same link for my three different entries, I’ve decided to do three separate posts – one for each entry.

For my final entry, I dusted down a couple of old Rubber Stamp Tapestry stamp sets to create my wreath. I used distress oxide inks – love how these stamp so nicely but unfortunately I underestimated the drying time and smudged part of my wreath! Argh! Luckily I was able to save the card with a large die cut from Concord & 9th. Phew!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG

Shimmer and snow

Hi everyone!

It’s been a long busy week with no time for crafting. Hoping to carve out some time to get crafty today… but first I want to share my next DT card for Crafts-U-Love!

I was delighted to receive a couple of die sets from the John Next Door Christmas collection this month. Aren’t they pretty? I couldn’t wait to use them.

Apologies in advance for the quality of some of my process photos in this post. I was having a few lighting problems…

I decided I’d make a shaker card and showcase the dies against a blended distress ink background… of course once I sat down at my craft table, the card evolved a bit differently…

When I sat down, I spotted a couple of bottles of Nuvo Shimmer Powder that I bought a few weeks ago and still hadn’t tried, so I decided to use them to make a background rather than my distress inks.

Step 1 – prepare the surface 

As I knew I’d be adding a TON of water and heat drying the background, I decided to use watercolour paper and taped it to a wooden chopping board I use when I create inky backgrounds before ‘painting’ a coat of water.

I’ve since tried the powders on regular cardstock and they work just as well, although the card did get more warped during the wetting/drying process.

 

 

Step 2 – sprinkle the powder(s)

I then gently sprinkled the powders randomly across the paper. A little goes a long way!

Step 3 – spritz with water/blot as desired!

The pigment from the powders didn’t flow as much as I wanted as my paper had started to dry so I spritzed water onto the paper to spread the pigment a little more across my background. I added a few more sprinkles of powder where I had a lot of white and then started to dry the background with my heat tool.

I also blotted some of the ink to lighten the background a little. I ended up with a very shimmery paper towel and was worried that I’d removed the shimmer from the background. I needn’t have worried! The background was still super shimmery!

Once I finished the background, I started to assemble the card. At this stage, I was still planning to make a shaker card so I cut a square frame and adhered the die-cut snowdrifts to the top and bottom of the frame. As I was holding the frame against the background, I realised that the shimmer wouldn’t be as obvious in a shaker so I decided to simply frame the background instead!

I cut down the background and adhered the frame using foam. One of the snowdrift dies from John Next Door also includes a single whole snowflake so I cut that MANY times and stuck them across the card. Then I added the fabulous sentiment.

I was originally going to use the sentiment cut from mirror card, but when I tried this against the background, I thought a white die cut would stand out a little more. So I cut the sentiment from white cardstock a few times and adhered them together before adding it to the card.

I wanted to add EVEN MORE sparkle so I applied some Nuvo aqua shimmer to the snowflakes and sentiment and some gems across the card. After all, you can never have too much sparkle and shimmer can you?!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG

Supply List

Here are the links to the products I used on my card. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.

John Next Door – Snowflake Edges die set*

John Next Door – Festive Greetings die set*

Nuvo Shimmer powder  

Nuvo Aqua Flow pens – glitter gloss

Papermania adhesive stones*

If you decide to buy any of the products I’ve used after reading this post, please let Crafts-U-Love know by using the drop down menu on the checkout page and selecting ‘Design Team’. Please note this is simply to help Crafts-U-Love and I do not receive any compensation if you choose this menu option. I do not use affiliate links.