Hello guys! I hope you are having a great day – it was my birthday yesterday and I hope that I am still in my happy place, wherever that might be (I’m preparing this blog post ahead of time), and I wanted to make sure to share a fun card today. I’m experimenting with partial die-cutting, which will give us a super fun shaped border for today’s project which I created for Whimsy Stamps for whom I’ve been guest designing all month.
First of all, you can do this technique without dies: you can fussy cut around your images and use a craft knife for the straight parts in-between. But if you have matching dies, you should totally give this technique a try, it’s SO MUCH FUN. It’s very unusual and will make the recipient of the card definitely do a double take when they pull it out. Second, it’s not as hard as you might think, it just takes some patience. Mainly, remember that the parts that are between the plates will be cut. I personally like the old Big Shot plates the best because they have a defined edge, and the new Big Shot plates as well the the plates of the Grand Calibur are a little trickier, but you can do it with them just as well.
With a technique as this one, where you literally wrangle your paper a few times through a die-cutting machine, you really want to use sturdy paper. Here, I used watercolor card stock. If you want to use Copics, reach for the Neenah 110lbs or the Simon Says Stamp heavy card stock. It will ensure that your project looks good once you are done and the paper won’t be too dented or damaged. I can’t begin to tell you how many projects I’ve thrown out because I used thin paper.
As I mentioned in the video, remember to have fun when coloring. Yes, you can go into many details and practice techniques, but if you don’t feel like going fancy, please know that it’s ok to keep things simple and fun. It breaks my heart when I get emails where I read “I can never be this good, I won’t even try” or “I am so worried about lightsource/shading/color combination/not having the perfect coloring medium that I have trouble getting started”. Guys, this is our hobby. You are not being graded, you are not being judged. We are creating stuff for fun, and when you send it off to someone, they will delighted to receive something handmade from you and no-one will analyze your project for faults in your coloring technique 🙂 So, just play!
I hope you’ve enjoyed the projects I got to share as a Whimsy Stamps guest designer. I’ve had such a blast with these fun stamps and dies, I’ll be using them again in the future and I have some goodies I haven’t gotten to use just yet, so get ready for some more fun down the road. Thanks for stopping by again today! I hope you’ve had fun!
I’ve listed the products used for this project below. If possible, I link to Seven Hills Crafts for all European Crafters. Alternative shopping outlets linked to are Amazon US and Simon Says Stamp. Click here to learn more about which companies I am affiliated with.