Die Cutting Fun with Streamlined Sprig | Tremendous Textures with Erica + VIDEO

by Erica Anderson

Today's handmade cards feature a lot of die cutting for some fun details and layers. In fact, these cards are done with die cutting alone. NO stamping whatsoever! This technique is great for those times when you want something that catches the recipients eye AND fingers.

The tactile feeling you get from adding die-cuts to a panel is fab and really adds a little something to your card.

Hi, it's your girl Erica back on the Altenew blog with another texture-rific card and a video tutorial as part of my Tremendous Textures with Erica video series.

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Streamlined Sprig Die Set

The star of the show is the fabulous Streamlined Sprig Die Set. It has an outline die, and three shadow pieces, and the ways to use this small but mighty set are many. Today we will look at some inlay die cutting, pattern making and, as always with me, a slight twist to the original idea I had.

Make sure to watch the video tutorial if you want to find out what I was thinking the first card was going to end up looking like!

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Picking the color scheme

As it's May and summer is on the way, I picked out quite a summery color scheme for these cards. I picked five colors as the Streamlined Sprig main flower has five petals, and I went ahead and did a small mountain worth of die cutting. I figured it was better to have options when I finally sat down to puzzle the pieces together. I ended up die cutting every single piece in the set at least once, so I had a full outline, all three shadow pieces plus the pieces from the outline part.

Lots of die cutting give lots of options!

Lots of die cutting using the Streamlined Sprigs Die Cut set, and coloured card stock in a summery colour scheme.

I also decided to cut out some extra white sprigs, and one in black. Here is where one of my first ideas came to life. The die cutting diva in me wants to get as much as I can out of every single piece of cardstock and I managed to get two Streamlined Sprigs out of one A2 sized panel, and immediately I decided to keep this one and use for one of the cards!

Putting the die-cuts together

On a card base, I added 2 inch wide double sided tape and then I adhered the panel I had done the die cutting out of directly to it. The two Streamlined Sprigs die cut pieces I puzzled into the spaces, and with those in place I started playing with the colored pieces. I did end up having to do even more die cutting as I was short a few pieces for the ‘puzzle' but that's ok and was worth it for the finished look.

Speaking of the finished look, I decided that when all the pieces were inlaid and glued down that it was a bit bland looking with the white outline.

This is where the twist comes in.

I thought I was going to use the black outline die-cut on another card but I tried placing it over the white on the card, and lo and behold, the colors popped so much more! Naturally I had to do more die cutting… as you do, so I had a second black outline piece. These two I glued down on top of the white ones and with a pre-made sentiment, also entirely made up from die cutting, the first card was done.

Easy die cutting ideas and tips for handmade cards

Adding sentiments

The sentiments I have used on both cards are mirror images of each other color wise, one has a black shadow piece and white letters, and the other one white shadow piece and black letters. They both say the same thing ‘Have a good day' and are made with the absolutely brilliant Timeless Sentiments 2 Die Set. I must add the first one, Timeless Sentiments Die Set to my stash as well, for sure. A good die cutting sentiment set, or two, are absolute must-haves for me.

Second card idea

On the second card, I have used the coloured outlines to create a textured background. The way to do this is to glue them down onto a card base. Here I have used a white one, but I think it would look fabulous on a black one too. Both with colored cardstock and the outline cut out of Brushed Gold Metallic Cardstock, that would look absolutely gorgeous and elegant. When the glue is dry you simply trim off anything that sticks over the card base and you are ready to move on to the next step. It's a great way to make a truly unique background.

Easy die cutting ideas and tips for handmade cards

The sentiments are adhered to the cards with some Instant Dimension Foam Tape, another absolute must-have in my craft stash. This one is just thick enough to give some nice dimension, but not so high that it makes a card difficult to mail.

Tip: If you don't have foam tape you can add some height by die cutting more of the shadow piece and stack them up. You only need two or three to really make a difference.

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I must admit that the first card, with the black die-cut outlines, pops more for me. Adding black to a card can seem a bit daunting but the right amount can really make your design/colors stand out or help them highlight a design element.

Another thing that could be a fun thing to try is to add Glossy Accents on top of the colored cardstock pieces. I think that might make it look like stained glass when it's all dry. I am definitely adding that to my ideas-to-try list.

Over on the Altenew YouTube channel there is a video tutorial for these cards as well, I hope you get a chance to check it out and let me know which one is your favorite. If you try this technique, I'd love to hear it! Especially if you try the black and gold idea I mentioned, I'm very sure that will look spectacular and that will work for so many occasions too.

Well, that's it from me for today, thank you for spending some time with me. I hope this post was inspiring for you and has got your creativity itching to go make something now.

~Crafty hugs from Erica

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Marisela Delgado May 28, 2024 - 11:48 AM

Beautiful! 😍😍😍

Altenew May 29, 2024 - 3:08 AM

Thank you!


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