Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Focus: Layered Die-cuts

Hello everyone! 

Today I've got a few cards using a technique that has become super fun to do, even if it's a little messy!

The technique of layering die cuts can be very fiddly but it's a gorgeous way to make your words stand out. With an image you can use layering foam to make it pop, but it's very hard to get that onto a thin die cut!
Here's some cards that use the layering technique to good effect.

The beauty of layering die sentiments like this is that you can use the layers to add to your effect. In this case I've cut the word multiple times out of black cardstock, so that the top layer pops on the card.
You can also choose multiple colours underneath if that fits your design.
Another way you can utilize the different layers is to not stack the word so neatly. In this case I've done my best to make sure all the ends are lined up, but it's a great idea to sometimes shift the layers so you can see the colours underneath. I've seen some gorgeous cards made this way.

These cards both use die cuts from @HeidiSwapp in a flowing font. They're larger than most sentiment dies, so generally they'll need to be the centre of the attention on a card.

I've used the Heffy Doodle Zapp Attack stencil for this first card which looks gorgeous with the blended distress inks.
That background is once again the Simon Says Stamp Wonky Stitched border die which is to die for (heh).
The stamped sentiment is from a Mama Elephant set. I specifically didn't want any flowing 'hello' because it would not balance with the die, so the block letters work perfectly.

It's not easily visible here, but I've added a bit of my Wink of Stella brush to the top of the sentiment. To tie this in with the card I've also added a few lines onto the stenciled sections. It's not easily visible here, but if you purchase the card you will be able to see firsthand! 😄

This next card uses the same layering technique for the die cuts, but I've used a border stamp on the card as well.
The stamp comes from Waffle Flower's Little Birdie stamp set. I love a good border stamp so this was a perfect time to bring out the markers and have some fun.

I can't wait to give this card to a fellow crafter when the opportunity arises - I think it'd be a perfect fit! Not only do we create happiness for ourselves when we craft, but sharing what we've created is always a pleasure.

That's it for today.

Do you have any tips for layering die cuts? What about other techniques to get more use out of a sentiment die? I'd love to learn more!

Until next time,
Shana xx

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