Technique – inlaid die-cutting

Featuring inlaid die-cutting

Inlaid Hello Card

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Today I’m playing along with the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge!

I pulled out the Hello with a Bouquet of Flowers die from Pinkfresh Studio and a couple of old backgrounds that I created with some distress oxide inks and colour bursts. I cut the panels and got to work inlaying all those little die cut bits. It took me a while but I like how it turned out in the end.

The sentiment is by Simon Says Stamp.

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Happy Friyay friends!

Today I’m playing along with the Inspirational challenge – what an inspirational photo challenge!

I’d been planning what to make since I saw the image last weekend but the week has been crazy and I had to make my entry quite quickly this evening to meet the challenge deadline.

I’m not sure I did it justice… it didn’t really turnout as I’d hoped….

Anyway, I used dies by Simon Says Stamp and Poppystamps and a Hero Arts sentiment.

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Inlaid Butterfly

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It’s time for a new challenge at AAA Cards! This fortnight we’d like you to create a card using up to one third of your card base only and the optional twist is an inlaid die. Our sponsor is Funky Fossil Designs.

When I saw our sponsor, I knew I had to incorporate one of my Funky Fossil stencils… but the challenge was how could I use a stencil, an inlaid die and only use a third of my card! After a bit of thought, I decided to use my favourite Funky Fossil stencil, Shrubbery, and inlaid a small Waffle Flower Crafts butterfly. The sentiment is by Sugar Pea Designs.

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog. Hope you can play along with us!

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Feline Fine

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It’s time for a new challenge at AAA Cards! This fortnight we have a sketch for you and the optional twist is animals. Our sponsor is Craftyscrappers

I decided to use the Penny Black FeLINE die so first of all, I created a wall for them to sit on using a My Favorite Things stencil and some distress ink. I then created a small section of sky before adhering the cat die. I played around with various sentiments but in the end I decided to leave the card blank. I must say these cats remind me of my team mate Maaike’s cats – so this card may end up in her mail box one day!

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog. Hope you can play along with us!

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Antique leaf

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Today, I’m playing along with this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge where their 400th anniversary celebrations continue!

This week’s sketch was the one used for challenge number 300…. and when I saw it, I thought of a Clearly Besotted die that would work perfectly with the design. But the more I thought about it, the more it felt really familiar…. so I went back and checked – FMS challenge number 300 was in August 2017, after I started playing along with the challenge, and blogging! And of course, I had used that very die back then! My entry is here if you want to check it out!

So, for today’s take, I did something a bit different – controlled ink smooshing instead of two paper panels. Then I added a new die cut – this is the Antique Leaf Label die from Memory Box. I have loved this die for a long time and I’m glad I finally took the plunge and bought it this week! The sentiment is also by Memory Box.

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Color Throwdown Guest Designer Week 1

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I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to say that I have the honour of being the August Guest Designer over at one of my favourite challenges, the Color Throwdown. I’m so excited!

I have to say that this week’s fabulous colour palette of green, yellow, pink and lavender was a little challenging for me… It’s a beautiful palette with some amazing possibilities BUT I have a bit of a difficult time with lavender! Whenever I try to use it for a colour challenge, I always end up with a shade I feel is too purple or too pink!

So, for this week, I played it safe and used Milled Lavender distress ink!

I thought this palette would be perfect for a flowery card and decided to use a somewhat neglected background die that I bought last year (Daisy Mosaic by Creative Expressions) and one of my favourite techniques – inlaid die cutting. I started by creating four ink blended panels (in addition to Milled Lavender, I used Spun Sugar, Scattered Straw and Mowed Lawn). I then cut each of these panels using the background die. I also cut a piece of white card with the die.

I removed all the little pieces from the white die cut panel, adhered the negative to my card base and got to work inlaying all the little bits from the ink blended die cut panels. It’s time consuming but I think it’s totally worth it!

I had originally planned to add a green frame to the card, but as I was about to cut the frame, the green negative die cut panel fell onto my card base. I really liked the green outline and so I adhered the whole green negative panel on top of the inlaid background, effectively hiding all the white!

I added a Winnie & Walter die cut sentiment and a Penny Black butterfly to complete my card.

For full details of how to enter this week’s challenge, please head over to the Color Throwdown challenge blog. As usual, the design team has some amazing inspiration:

Amy Rohl

Amy Rysavy

Barbara Anders

Broni Holcombe

Jodi Collins

Lisa Henke

Lori Tecler

Lynn Put

Vickie Zimmer

Wanda Cullen

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