Die Cutting Techniques

Die Cutting Techniques

Does it ever seem to you like your negative die-cuts are too beautiful to throw away? As a result, that's how the two cards above came to be. I'm usually creating two cards at once since all my products are already out on the table. Also, this way I'll have something to compare it to. Surprisingly sometimes the leftover one takes the prize lol :) 

First, I blended the ombre green background with Altenew's Crisp Dye Ink in Firefly, Forest Glades and Moss. The colour combos of these mini ink cubes are fantastic. They give the perfect colour combination every time. I added a layer of parchment paper between the Leaf Frame Cover Die and my cardstock to help release the die-cut shape from the die. The negative pieces were so beautiful that I decided to make another project side by side. I wanted to create a monochromatic card, so I tried out my new Sweet Spring Stencil. The image and colour are perfect for the sentiment.

For the other card, I wanted the opposite effect—a showy, vibrant flower on a bed of leaves. I used the Wild Hibiscus stamp and die set along with a sentiment from Painted Butterflies. I carefully chose the colour placement on the Hibiscus to cut out so that the lighter shade was on top. I embossed the outline of the flower and sentiment in gold for some shine. I used foam tape to adhere the flower and sentiment strip to the card front for added dimension; it also helps to keep the gold twine in place. I completed the card by adding a Swarovski heart in the corner of the frame for some bling. 

Although the 'I Miss You' card generates a greater sense of emotion to me, I decided to choose the one with the leftover pieces to hand in as my project because it's more eye-catching to the viewer. 
I wonder which one do you like the best? 

I'd like to enter my card into these following challenges:
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  1. Such a beautiful card, thank you so much for entering it in our challenge. Thank you so much for joining us at The Flower Challenge and we hope to see you there again soon. Aileen DesignTeam

  2. Both cards are gorgeous! Your second card in only greens is just right for our challenge using shades of greens! Love all the layers of color you made. Thanks for sharing at Color Dare.

  3. That multicoloured flower is the BOMB!! How amazing does that look?! I also love that tone on tone, it has its own appeal. But you are right, the first one does attract you right away!
    Thank you for entering your work to the AECP assignment gallery. Top job!

  4. I love getting two for the price of one with die cuts too. Pretty cards you've created. Thanks for joining us at Colour Dare Challenge. I Hope you join us again soon. Vandra Stenton, Colour Dare Challenge Design Team.

  5. Love how you colored the flower!


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