An Experiment With Premade Die Cuts

By | 09/25/2019

I wanted to try an experiment today using premade die cuts from My Mind’s Eye.

I have some die cuts that I really like and I have been using for several projects recently.  It’s really a case of me not having a lot of time to create and just grabbing what is already on my desk!

I needed to create a card for my Paper Craft Crew design team this week and once again, I needed it to be fast.  I pulled out the package of Splendor Die Cuts.  They are pretty in very muted shades of greens, pinks, and gold.  They have a vintage artsy look to them.

I wanted them to pop with a bit more color and depth, so I added just a small amount of my own alcohol marker coloring details to them and then I added a drop shadow with a gray marker.

Check out the card:

adding hand colored details to store bought die cuts

I really liked the result.  The colors just pop more and the flowers look like they have more depth to them.  They really looked flat before.

The sentiment is one of my favorites and I had it already made in a small dish on my desk that I keep for extra die cuts or sentiments that I didn’t end up using on other projects.

I added some of my favorite Studio Katia clear bubbles  and popped the pieces up on foam tape for some added texture and dimension.  I was happy with the result!

Here is the sketch I started with from this week’s Paper Craft Crew challenge:

adding hand colored details to store bought die cuts

I used a bit of creative license here.  I chose a square instead of an oval and my top pieces is my floral piece instead of the second oval.  I used my sentiment in place of the circle and bow as well.

While I didn’t use the sketch exactly, it completely influence my card layout and the selections of the elements that I used to create the card.

I think it is really fun to use some of those die cuts that have been sitting in my stash unused for a while and adding some special touches, like the alcohol maker coloring for extra dimension.

It makes it feel more like I put my touch on it.

In the end, I was happy with the card I created!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you are finding time to create and relax in your hectic day!

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