Hello crafty friends!
I am very excited to share my projects with you today. I have been a fan of Spellbinders for the longest time – the quality of their products is amazing and the designs are unique and inspiring. When the lovely Yana Smakula contacted me and asked if I wanted to play with some goodies, I couldn’t believe it! I was flattered by her offer, and totally jumped at the opportunity!
Card making is fairly new to me, but I have been enjoying this form of paper crafting more and more lately, so I decided that that’s how I was going to use the two sets of dies I received. The Die D-Lites Dainty Florals Etched Dies were right up my alley. My projects feature floral images 99% of the time, so I felt completely comfortable. I knew what I wanted to do and the card turned out exactly how I had imagined it. The Die D-Lites Hip Llama Etched Dies, although a little more challenging for me, were a lot of fun to use. In this case, I had an idea in mind, but the card turned out completely different.
Here is the first card:
I opted to use only one of the dies in the Dainty Florals set. I cut it up four times and backed it as I would normally do a cut file. The warm and delicate colors in the new Confetti Wishes collection by Pink Paislee gave the card that soft look I was going for and coordinated perfectly with the style of the dies.
I started by heat-embossing a sentiment from The Stamp Market Simply Penned stamp set on a 4”x5.25” smooth white cardstock. I stamped it in the middle of the panel, as I wanted the floral elements to frame it somehow. I then layered three of the flowers in the top right corner of the panel, and just one in the opposite corner. Everything was foam mounted to achieve dimension.To finish the card, I added black enamel dots in the center of the flowers, and stamped some dots in a light pink color around the die cuts. The front panel was then adhered to an A2 card base created with Confetti Wishes patterned paper.
My second card features the Die D-Lites Hip Llama Etched Dies.
As I said at the beginning of this post, my original idea was very different from the way this card turned out. Let’s say that what was supposed to be a split background created with Distress Inks ended up becoming my actual llama. LOL! For the front panel of the card, I decided to go with a diagonal design. I cut some patterned paper from the Crate Paper Good Vibes collection and adhered it to the top and bottom of my white card panel. The cacti design is really cute and is perfect for the theme of the card. To create some separation between the patterned paper and the white panel, I layered pink cardstock underneath it. I find that it also makes the colors pop a little more.
For the sentiment, I used the same Simply Penned stamp set (I love the font!). I heat-embossed it onto a vellum piece that was cut in a diagonal to fill the space in between the patterned papers.
Now onto the llama! You can see the split color in the picture below. I thought it was fun, so I didn’t bother trying to blend the colors more or cutting the image again. Instead I decided to work with it and just inked the edges with Scattered Straw Distress Ink to give it some shading. I also cut an additional llama out of black cardstock as a layering piece – I like the offset look, and once again it makes the die cut pop. All the other little details on it, such as sunglasses, bow tie, blanket and llama mouth were cut out of patterned papers from the Good Vibes collection. I used a white gel pen to highlight the embossed portions on the blanket, and finished the card with black enamel dots and some twine. After adhering my panel onto pink wood grain cardstock, I then placed it onto an A2 card base.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my process and have found some inspiration on how to use these dies. I had a lot of fun playing with them and definitely recommend them.
Thank you for stopping by! Have a fabulous day!