One more circle die cut frame…..

I forgot to include this in my Father’s Day post, but here is one more card I made from the same circle background. I actually made this as a variation on the Father’s Day cards, as I wanted to make one a little non-traditional for an important father figure in my life.

So for this card, I used a circle background (Elizabeth Craft Designs circle background) cut from Gina K Designs Kraft card stock. I had so many white circles left from the white background frames I had cut out (Neenah Classic Crest Solar White) and used that I just decided to fill the Kraft with white.

I used an A2 sized piece of Gina K Designs Asparagus card stock and added a layer of double sided adhesive. I first attached the Kraft background, then filled the circles in with the leftover white pieces. Because I used the asparagus as a background frame, I wanted to tie that color in. I stamped the word “love” (from the Neat and Tangled stamp set “Love Notes”) in Gina K Designs asparagus ink on white card stock. I then used the words “sending” (from the same Neat and Tangled set) using Gina K Designs amalgam black ink on asparagus card stock, cutting this into a strip.

I was not super excited about this placement of the sentiment, so I played around with different arrangements of my sentiment. I finally decided to use the “sending” strip to anchor the larger “love” sentiment towards the top of the card. I finished the card with a simple Happy Father’s Day stamp inside.

I actually really like how this card came out in end. It would be easy to make a few of these with various sentiments.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and as always, that it has inspired you to go create something! Have a great day!

Using Leftover Circle Dies….

For my Father’s Day post, I mentioned that I would be sharing how I used all of those leftover outline die cuts. Here it is!!!

Basically, I again adhered double sided adhesive to Neenah classic crest solar white 80 pound cardstock. I then attached the background die cut. From there, I poured Elizabeth craft microfine glitter over the cardstock, filling in all of the open areas. Microfine glitter needs to be burnished, but that’s easy. Running your finger in circular motions over the glitter, using a decent amount of pressure, firmly adheres the glitter and burnishes it, giving it a beautiful shimmer.

To finish off the cards, I used the “Thanks” die and shadow die from Honeybee Stamps. For most of the cards, I used a vellum shadow with Neenah card stock. Some have a vellum shadow with Gina K Design’s Black Onyx card stock. For one card, I used Gina K Design’s Red Velvet card stock with a white shadow.

These were a super quick and easy way to use up leftover die cuts, minimizing my waste as a crafter, and giving me several elegant thank you cards to have on hand. As a teacher, I write many thank you notes, so this is one type of card I always make in bulk!

As always, I hope this inspires you to go out and make something today!

Father’s Day Cards: Inlaid Die Cut

Hello again! Recently, I bought a new die from Elizabeth craft designs and I couldn’t wait to sit down and try it! I decided to pick out a few shades of neutral card stock and create backgrounds for Father’s Day cards using an inlaid die cut technique. I cut out out the die several times, using Gina K designs luxury card stock in kraft, onyx black, charcoal brown and dark sage, along with Neenah classic crest solar white. I also used a shimmery copper color that I have had in my stash for several years. I used the white and the copper for the frames and filled the frame with the Gina K colors. The first one I made, I glued the frame using Distress Collage medium matte adhesive. That took a bit of time, but allowed me to manipulate the circles into place. The next several I made, used a double sided adhesive (4″ wide”) on the white card stock. I peeled off the backing and set the outline in place, using the adhesive liner to press the outline firmly in place. It was the very quick to, adhere the individual circles in place, but I had to be pretty exact in placement as double sided adhesive does not allow you to play with placement quite as much as liquid adhesive does. (Quick Tip: if you lightly moisten the adhesive, it temporarily allows you to manipulate whatever you are adhering!)

I then used my silhouette Cameo to cut out multiple Happy Father’s Day sentiments in white along with multiple vellum outlines. In hindsight, I wish I would have used black instead of white as I think the sentiment would have popped more. I did use my scar ectrum noir shimmer pen to add some shimmer and help the sentiment stand out a little more Inside, I used a Power Poppy sentiment from her Nice Things to Say stamp set: words can’t fully express how much you’re appreciated. I had lot of fun using this technique, and am crazy about this background die! I used the leftover frames in another project. Stay tuned!