When I first saw the Layering Alphabet edgelits, I knew I would be getting it. I had been waiting for a smaller alphabet die for different techniques. I discovered one technique could NOT be done (using the negative of the die cut letter), because each letter includes a small cut that matches the diagonal base die of the set. But, I did find that partial die-cutting still works.
Today’s card is a simple, but stylish, card made with partial die-cutting. I used the letters to spell out a word.
Stamp set: none
Paper: Whisper White thick, Berry Burst, Basic Black, Gold foil
Accessories: Layering Alphabet edgelits, Celebrate You thinlits
Partial die-cutting involves just that: a partial cut using a die, often made to hang off the edge of cardstock.
I spelled out the word “thank”. I first cut out the letters from a full-adhesive post-it note, so that I could position the letters. After my first experiment, I discovered that having the die cut letters for positioning helps make the letters be more straight and evenly spaced. (I used the dies directly initially.) I drew in my “horizon” line and positioned my letters along that. I was able to cut the letters out in two passes.
You will have to trim the left edges of each letter, since they are intended to be used (connected) with the diagonal base die. For the letters with curves, I sketched in the letter before trimming with my paper snips.
I used my paper snips to trim along the “horizon” line, too. I realized later that I didn’t trim perfectly straight. Oops.
I chose to glue the die-cut panel flat to a card base. I finished off the sentiment with a “YOU” die cut from gold foil using the Celebrate You thinlits.
I added two borders to the card to add interest: one in Basic Black and one in Berry Burst. They both frame the “YOU”, which I think makes the card look more stylish.
One of the borders is actually glued to the inside of the card.
I trimmed 1/4″ off the front of the card base, and allowed the border to show through. The border ties the inside of the card to the design on the outside.
You could also create this card using the “celebrate” die in the Celebrate You thinlits set, instead of spelling out “thank” with the individual letters. It would be a little bit simpler, because you just have to trim out at the “horizon” line after running through the Big Shot once.
The negative space of a die cut, that is.
Remember the watercolored background I created to make a die cut on a card from this post? I save all of the inner bits with the negative by placing a full adhesive Post-it behind before removing the die.
I couldn’t wait to add black to all of the bright colors.
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo, Gorgeous Grape
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Basic Black, Watercolor paper
Accessories: Basic Black shimmer ribbon, Thank You thinlits
I really like the contrast between the bright colors and the black. I originally was going to use black for the card base, too, but thought that was too much.
I first glued down the main negative piece of the die cut. Then, I placed all of the inner bits in place by putting back a die cut. That way, the bits are aligned properly. Then, I glued in the actual die cut.
The “thank you” die cut is actually three layers to give it some dimension. This is my favorite thing to do with word die cuts right now.
One thing I wish I did was to add a piece of adhesive sheet behind the watercolor paper where I die cut. Would have made putting in all the inner bits so much easier.
The other thing I wish I did differently is to use one layer of the die cut when putting all the inner bits onto the project. I had already glued all three layers together. But, they never quite align perfectly. Some of the smaller pieces were hard to get past the uneven layers. But, it all turned out okay.
Oh, I wanted to show you what the background looked like before adding the black die cuts. Really soft. That could work, too, but I like the boldness of the black.
In my last post, I mentioned that I quickly made 4 backgrounds in my Stamparatus, by stamping on two pieces of cardstock at the same time. Today, I’ll show you the rest of the cards I made with those pieces.
As a refresher, this is what my backgrounds look like.
For this card, I thought it would be neat to use the background on the inside of the card. To make the card more interesting, I’ll make it a gatefold card.
Stamp: Wood Words, Rooted in Nature
Ink: Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Crumb Cake
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Highland Heather, Blushing Bride
Accessories: Stitched Labels framelits, Sponge daubers
I added a border at the top and bottom of the flaps with the same stamp from Wood Words. It echoes the stamping on the inside, and helps frame the die cuts.
I like the cute heart within the stitched circle (they are separate dies). The large label tucks under the circle in the lower corner, to help keep the card closed.
The sentiment was inked using the “rock and roll” method. I used a sponge dauber to soften the transition between colors, because I found it a little too harsh.
Here is the inside of the card, so you can see that I really used one of the background pieces.
For this card, I decided to use my background as a DSP, at the bottom of a multi-layered card. So essentially, all you see is the pattern peeking out all around the edge of the card as a consistent border.
Stamp: Around the Corner
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black marker
Paper, Whisper White thick and regular, Basic Black, Brights DSP pattern stack
Accessories: Balloon builder punch
I really wanted an excuse to use the Around the corner stamp set. I got this from Prize Patrol at OnStage. But, I couldn’t figure out how to use it. I think because it creates frames, but nothing to put in the middle. Well, there are little images, I suppose. I went for adding punched out balloons for the birthday theme. I drew in the strings.
Now that I have shown you 4 designs for the backgrounds I made, you could stamp lots of your own backgrounds and make a ton of cards!