Cardmaking, Just Creating

Die Cut Hello

Hello, Crafty Internet! Today I want to share a card that was created using die cuts and Distress Inks. No stamps were used to create this card. This is another card inspired by Vicky Papaioannou. She has done several cards using this technique and they are all wonderful. Her blog can be found here.

I have a box of thin paper dies I keep on magnetic sheets in this sturdy box I found at Walmart because these suckers are heavy when grouped together. I’m sure the magnetic sheets don’t help. By the way, they are vent covers I picked up at Home Depot and cut down, glued to thin chipboard, and stuck the dies to. Absolutely not my idea; I saw it on Pinterest. I’m not sure who the original genius was but they have made my life so much easier with their brilliance.

May they be blessed by the crafting gods/goddesses forever.

Here’s my box:

As I was doing some reorganizing in my crafty space of all my crafty crap, I pulled down the box and started flipping through all the goodies in there and decided to use some to make a card. The dies in this box are not a part of a stamp set. Sadly, they don’t get used as often as they should.

I started out with the die cuts on white card stock. I used my Xyron sticker maker to add the sticky to the sentiment cut out.

I know this isn’t a great image, but the process worked out very well for me. After adding the sticky with the Xyron gadget, I stacked the sentiment cuts on top of one another until I had a pretty sturdy sentiment that looks like it had been cut from chipboard. Of course I didn’t take a picture of it.

I colored the die cut leaves with Tim Holtz Distress Ink. The colors were: Shabby Shutters, Twisted Citron, and Pine Needles. These are the only green Distress Inks I have so far and they worked out nice I think. I colored them by pressing the ink pad down on my craft sheet and adding some water. Then I simply dragged the paper through the color.

They came out more varied than I had thought they would, but I still liked the look.

I decided to cut out a frame for my card and got out my Tim Holtz paper pad to find something to match. I decided on a dull green(ish) color and it wasn’t that bad, but I probably could have done better. I do like the final look but during the creating, I wasn’t sure but I stuck with it anyway.


I don’t know how other bloggers do it when taking photos of their processes. I get so caught up in making the card, I forget to take the pictures. Maybe this is why so many choose to do videos of their makes. They get pictures and video and they don’t have to stop to get them. Hmmm…

Anyway, I used foam tape to put the frame around the edge of a standard A2 card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2). I used Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters Distress Ink to create splashes on the background. For the leaves, I added a touch of glue at the bottom and tucked them into the frame and did the same with the sentiment. When everything had dried, I went back over the leaves and sentiment with a Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen to give it some sparkle. I also decided to grow my Nuvo Drops collection. I think some green drops would have looked nice on this card.

Thanks for stopping by!


P.S. Look what arrived on Friday!!!

The November Limited Edition Kit from My Creative Scrapbook.

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