Hello friends, Norine back with you today, sharing a fun technique for getting more from your dies. Two things I love. Well, more than two, but when it comes to paper crafting two bigs ones are: I love to stretch my supplies in interesting ways and I love subtle texture.
For today's projects, I wanted to use a new “hello” die (which will be available in the Altenew store on April 16th) and the “hugs” word die from Script Words Die Set. It's a super simple technique, one that lets you share your brain with a podcast or an audiobook while also crossing Make A Card and Do Arms and Shoulders Workout off of your to-do list. The latter is accomplished by running a die through the die-cutting machine multiple times until you can cover an A2-sized card panel with the die-cut words.
For the card above, I die cut the word Hello 8 times from the prettiest shade of lavender cardstock called Winter Clouds, and I also cut an A2-sized card panel from the same cardstock and trimmed each side by 1/8″. I used some spray adhesive to adhere each of the words to the card panel allowing the words to hang off the edges and them trimming them with a pair of long-bladed scissors.
Once the card front was finished, I stamped the leaf image from the Wallpaper Art Stamp Set, onto vellum paper with clear embossing ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then, I die cut the image and adhered it to the die-cut-textured card front with tiny dots of liquid glue behind some of the leaves. After that, I stamped on gray card stock and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Halftone Hello Stamp Set. I mounted the sentiment strip with foam tape over top a twist of silver embroidery floss and added some silver gems to complete the card.
I used a complementary, reverse color scheme for the 2nd card, die-cutting the word hugs, from white cardstock 8 times and spray adhering the die-cuts to the card panel and trimming the edge overhangs – all that I did for the first card. Never mind the tail of that “g” that has popped up. It's firmly stuck down now.
Next, I stamped the layers of the flower and leaves from the Build-A-Flower: Gardenia Stamp Set, in shades of Wisteria, Hydrangea and Ultraviolet inks for the flower and Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades and Evergreen inks for the leaves, masking the bloom to tuck the leaves in behind the flower petals. Once stamped, I hand cut the flower and adhered it to the card panel, letting the bloom hang off the edge to be trimmed.
The sentiment is from the Dotted Blooms Stamp Set, stamped on black cardstock, heat embossed with white embossing powder and popped up with foam tape for more dimension. Finally, a few simple sequins complete the card.
Thank you for visiting the blog today. I hope you were inspired to look at your dies a little differently and I hope you have a wonderful day!
What a great idea for an elegant card.
Gorgeous cards! I love the backgrounds!!
What a fabulous idea for a card. Never thought of using them that way but after reading what you did – You say to yourself.” Why did I not think to do that?” Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing.
I often think about using this technique, but never get around to doing all that die cutting! Your beautiful cards show how worth it the time would be! I also really love the look using words in such a lovely cursive font! Thanks for the inspiration!
Very pretty, Norine, & a clever technique! Love the soft colors too!
These are both beautiful.
What a great idea! The multiple die cut words add so much and it’s such a simple idea. How does one get their brain to think outside the box? That’s my biggest challenge
Wow!!!! Beautiful cards!!!
Great idea. Such a wonderful way to highlight a sentiment.
this is a terrific idea! Such a great way to add movement to a plain panel.
I love crafting. Until I saw Altenew’s celebration ad I didn’t even know that your resources were available. It’s great to learn on the shoulders from one to another’s. Your cards are beautiful! I’ll definitely be “standing on your shoulders” , lol, from now on. Thank you for offering such great teaching techniques.
Two lovely cards…like this tone on tone die cutting for texture. tfs
What a gorgeous idea Norine. Lovely cards, this is also a great idea for masculine cards. Thank you so much for the awesome inspiration.
What beautiful cards Norine! I love your tone on tone look with the words. Thanks for sharing this wonderful technique with us.
Love the embossed white card.
I absolutely love your cards and the fabulous technique! I am wondering about the spray adhesive you used…What is the brand or name of it and where can I purchase it. Thank you