Elevate Clean and Simple DIY Projects with Stamping, Stenciling, and Die-Cutting (With Video Tutorial)

by Michelle

Hello there, Michelle here with another edition of Terrific Tags with Michelle where I'll be sharing some tips and tricks to elevate clean and simple DIY projects using stamping, stenciling, and die-cutting. I'm also a simple DIY tag using the gorgeous Peony & Lilac Swag set. 

Stamping the Design

elevate clean and simple projects

I started off my DIY tag by stamping the beautiful image from the Peony & Lilac Swag Stamp Set onto Classic Crest 110lb Solar White Cardstock using Obsidian Pigment Ink and the Stampwheel. I stamped the image twice to make sure I got dark and crisp lines – this really does make a big difference to clean and simple projects. I also stamped the sentiment from the set, again stamping twice, to get a good impression.

I let the ink dry for a few minutes and then took one of the largest tags from the Terrific Tags Die Set and placed it over the floral image, holding down with low-tack tape before running through my die cutting machine.

I also cut the sentiment using the coordinating die in the Peony & Lilac Swag Die Set.

Simple Stenciling & Ink Blending

elevate clean and simple projects

There are so many different ways to elevate clean and simple DIY projects with ink blending – using bold colors for example, or combining colors, but for today, I wanted to keep it simple!

I placed the tag onto a Sticky Mat and then placed the first stencil from the Peony & Lilac Swag Simple Coloring Stencil Set (4 in 1) on top. The Sticky Mat holds the tag and stencil in place while ink blending.

For the peony, I used Rose Petal Fresh Dye Ink Collection (Rose Quartz, Purple Wine & Cosmic Berry), adding the ink using a Mini Blending Brush. To add the look of dimension, I focussed the darker saturation of color at the bottom of the petals and left a white highlight at the top.

Elevate Clean and Simple DIY Projects

I continued coloring the peony using the same ink, and then for the lilacs, I used Enchanted Garden Fresh Dye Ink Collection (Wisteria, Hydrangea. & Ultraviolet). I started off by adding color using a Mini Blending Brush, but then for the darkest color, switched to a Micro Blending Brush.

TIP: Using a smaller blending brush will give you more control to help focus the color exactly where you want it.

For the leaves and stems, I used Green Valley Fresh Dye Ink Collection (Firefly, Grass Field, and Shadow Creek). I love the color combination of all these inks together!

Finishing the Tag

Elevate Clean and Simple DIY Projects

To bring the tag together, I die cut another of the tag shape from Classic Crest 110lb Solar White Cardstock and using Glue Tape, adhered them back to back. I die cut two hole reinforcers from the Labels & Tags 2 Die Set from white cardstock and adhered them to the tags.

I die cut the sentiment die another two times from white cardstock and adhered them one on top of another, with the stamped one on top, to create dimension.

TIP: Adding even just a little dimension to clean and simple DIY projects will help elements pop!

Watch the video below to see how I messed up the sentiment and then see how I fixed my mistake! I added twine through the top of the tag and tied in a bow. The sentiment was then adhered onto the tag using liquid glue. To finish this DIY project, I embellished with Crystal Clear Gem Sparkles.

Video Tutorial: Elevate Clean and Simple DIY Projects

For more tips and tricks, watch the full process video below or on YouTube.

Tips and Tricks to Elevate Clean and Simple DIY Projects

I think Peony & Lilac Swag may be my new favorite set! What's yours? I would love to hear in the comments!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies

 
stamp die stencil bundle peony lilac swag 33547996266553
Peony & Lilac Swag
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dies terrific tags die set 29565284286521
Terrific Tags Die Set
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inks obsidian pigment ink 30647024353337
Obsidian Pigment Ink
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ink bundle rose petal fresh dye ink 31984369893433
Rose Petal Fresh Dye Ink
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ink bundle enchanted garden fresh dye ink 32876725764153
Enchanted Garden Fresh Dye Ink
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ink bundle green valley fresh dye ink 32876396970041
Green Valley Fresh Dye Ink
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tools mini blending brush set 29338684817465
Mini Blending Brush Set (Flat Bristles)
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tools micro blending brush set 32855745396793
Micro Blending Brush set (Flat Bristles)
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dies labels tags 2 die set 30670726922297
Labels & Tags 2 Die Set
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embellishments crystal clear gem sparkles 32503733518393
Crystal Clear Gem Sparkles
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cardstock classic crest solar white cardstock 25 sheets set 110lb 30686080237625
Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock…
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tools stampwheel 32292396564537
Stampwheel
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tools stampwheel low tack sticky mat grid 31831583621177
Stampwheel – Low Tack Sticky Mat: Grid
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adhesives glue tape 3 refills set 30651011366969
Glue Tape & 3 Refills Set
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tools crafter s essential micro tip tweezers 30684576219193
Crafter's Essential Micro-Tip Tweezers
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tools fine blade scissors 31741324230713
Fine Blade Scissors
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