Using Die Cuts As Your Focal Image

By | 03/03/2020

Two of the design teams that I participate in both have cards that are due on Tuesday.  Most of the time, I make different cards and do two blog posts.  Today, I’m combining them because they work so well together!

The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week is a nice sketch challenge.  This is another one of those classic, timeless sketches to add to your digital card sketch file or your Pinterest board for card sketches.

The Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge is a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge that gave me some good ideas for how I wanted to use the AHSC sketch.

Using Die Cuts As Your Card's Focal Image

I got a couple of new crafty goodies in the mail this week.  I got the March Simon Says Stamp card kit.  It was fabulous.  It came with a nice set of watercolor colored pencils and a big Simon liquid glue.  This kit was an especially great value for my craft dollars.

These SSS card kits have gotten me hooked on a few new patterned paper companies.  This kid included Moda Scraps 6 x 6″ patterned paper. I love these papers.  They are always beautiful.  They have soft, dreamy colors with gorgeous florals that don’t overwhelm your cards.

I picked a nice watercolor effect shades of blue piece to work with the Paper Craft Crew challenge.  I used the pieces that I trimmed with the new Catherine Pooler Pair of Roses Dies to get quite a few die cut roses from the scraps left over.  I added those to the top layer of the card and used one of the sentiments in her coordinating Hello Fabulous stamp set.  I have had these items sitting on my desk for a week just waiting to get used.  I love them as soon as I saw them!

Using Die Cuts As Your Card's Focal Image

I love these open floral dies.  They make fantastic backgrounds and you can do so many inlaid die cutting techniques with them.

Altenew has several die cut sets like this and I have a couple of them. I was excited to see that Catherine Pooler came out with a set of two floral dies in this style.  Dies have become very pricey items, so I was happy to see a smaller affordable set that will enhance my stash of go-to dies.

Aren’t they pretty cut out of the patterned paper?

Here is the sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge that I started with:AHSC 358 You can see that I followed the sketch, but I wanted to do something unexpected.  I used the die cut florals as my focal image on that top pennant layer.  I love how the color variation in the paper makes them look like I watercolored or ink blended the paper.

Here is the tic-tac-toe challenge from the Paper Craft Crew Challenge:


You can see that I used the top row: Shades of blue, die cut element, and rhinestones…actually, I used sequins!

Thank you for stopping by!  Happy day!



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