Use Your Basic Shape Dies Differently

Hi everyone,

Having basic shape dies is almost like a necessity for most handmade card makers.  I have a small but essential collection to help me cut out basic shapes easily and fuss free.

Today, besides sharing with you another card idea using Lawn Fawn Flutter By, I would like to share this technique that I love, improvising a little using basic die cut circle shape.

Here is the card I made specially for a paper craft friend, Heidi, thanking her for the lovely gift I received last month.

Here are the steps, but you can view my Instagram post for a quick run down of the steps and it will probably be easier to follow

Step by step instructions

  1. Trace a circle using the die on a cardstock to guide the stamping of the image.
  2. Stamp images using Fawndamentals Premium Dye Ink Pad - Walnut, having some of the images overlapping the traced circle slightly while trying to keep most of it within the circle shape.
  3. Blend Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Stormy Sky all over.
  4. Sprinkle drops of water over to let the distress ink spread a little.
  5. If the traced circle can’t be seen, trace the circle die cut again.  I trace the inside of the die.
  6. Fussy cut out images that is outside the traced circle, ending the fussy cut at the tracing.
  7. When I place the die, I will flip those fussy cut areas out so that those part will not be trimmed off by the die.
  8. Run through the die cut machine.
  9. Color images with Copic Markers.  I used color pencils for some finishing touches over the red flower and butterfly.
  10. Cut out sentiments using Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks on brown pattern paper.
  11. Adhere to the circle tag.
  12. Adhere the whole image tag on card base using foam tape.

I hope you like this card.  And yes, I deliberately position the end of the butterfly out of the card base. Everything doesn’t necessary be confined into the rectangular card base, I feel…

Supplies and tools

  • Lawn Fawn LF383 Flutter By
  • Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks
  • Fawndamentals Premium Dye Ink Pad
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Stormy Sky
  • Copic Markers for coloring
  • Color pencils for highlight and finishing touches
  • Circle Die
  • Brown Pattern Paper
  • Foam Tape

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