Dots & Die Cuts

Hello, Crafty Internet!

Can you believe we are in December already and the countdown to the biggest holiday has started?? I am not even close to ready for it. I am still working on getting my family Christmas card together and it is not going according to plan.

I thought I would take a little break and make a trio of cards using a technique learned from Jennifer McGuire. I have posted a card using this technique before but I loved it so much, I decided to make more cards using it. These cards came together so easily and I love the result.

I started out with a card panel 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and a Prima Marketing dots stencil. I used painters tape and some post-it tape to keep the stencil and paper from moving. I used Distress ink in Tumbled Glass, Squeezed Lemonade, and Dusty Concord to create the backgrounds for my panels. I did not add any water droplets to them. I thought they looked amazing without the “distressing”..

My first idea was to do a layered card but then I thought these backgrounds were too cute to cover up with another panel and I didn’t want to cut them up so I decided to leave them as they were.

I decided to use my new Simon Says Stamp Hello die but I wanted it to look more like a chipboard piece and add some dimension to the card so I cut it out 9 times in black cardstock and layered them together by threes. I had originally thought to do the die in white cardstock but it disappeared in all the white on the backgrounds so I chose the black. I put the white in the sleeve with the die so I’ll have one ready when I next decide to use it..

Once I had glued all the die cut sentiments together, I took VersaMark ink and clear embossing powder and covered the die cuts to give them a nice shine.I first thought to use Glossy Accents, but I didn’t want to wait for the die cuts to dry. Embossing was faster.

I love this die. It is large enough that it doesn’t need anything else with the card. It lets the background be the star. Of course, I love the gorgeous script with it’s large loops. And it wasn’t a struggle to get the cuts to layer together. Sometimes I struggle with that when using other dies if they are intricate. These were a breeze to layer.

Once I had the sentiments on the cards I did decide to add a little glitz to the front. I received some clear sequins in the Perfect Parcel of Crafty Surprises Simon Says Stamp sold on Black Friday. (It sold out quickly)  I don’t know who the manufacturer is because they were just in a clear baggy with no markings.

I will say this about the Parcel of Crafty Surprises…I will not purchase it again. Not because there was anything bad in the box. On the contrary it was filled with craft supplies. The thing is, I will probably never use 90% of what was in the box. It just wasn’t to my taste in crafting. I’m sure others who bought the box were over the moon with the contents. I think $70 is too much to pay for something you don’t see until it gets to your house and there is no turning back. Lesson learned.

Anyway, here are the finished cards and I am very pleased with the way they turned out. I trimmed the panels down to 4″ x 5 1/4″ to give them a little frame edge with the white card base.

As you can see I still don’t have a photo booth set up to take final pictures of my makes. I am waiting for The Hubs to finish his semester (he’s an instructor and a student) when he’ll have more time to devote to it. Hopefully, I’ll have one by the first of the year and then you won’t have to see background images of my house when you’re trying to view my cards.

Here are some close ups of the cards:

I think this one is my favorite. Blue is my favorite color though.

I really am pleased with how these turned out. The die cut sentiments look really nice embossed.

To see the other card I made using this stencil technique, click here.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by!


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