Hello everyone! Kimberly here today to show you 5 ways to use your Designer Dies! Designer Dies are so much fun and they give you a ton of creative possibilities! All of different hearts on my card came from ONE set of dies!
First way to use your Designer Dies; layer them.
I used two different hearts from Designer Dies Heart Set 1. The scalloped heart I cut from Ultra White Felt Cardstock. The second heart is from a piece of patterned paper from Soak Up the Sun 6×6 pad. How cute is that?!
You can see how the extra layering makes the element stand out more on the card.
Second way to use your Designer Dies; create a frame.
To achieve this look, you will need two Designer Dies, one smaller than the other. Place the Designer Dies on your paper and hold them in place with a small piece of low-tack tape. This will keep them evenly separated while passing them through your manual die cutting machine. It will also prevent the dies from overlapping. You DO NOT want your dies to be laying on top of one another when you cut, this will ruin your dies.
Tip: When die cutting patterned paper, place your dies cut edge (or raised edge) down into the pattern you want to show. This will cause the embossed outer edge to be on the correct side.
Frames are a great element on any project!
Third way to use your Designer Dies; stamp on your die cuts
With some of the great new Designer Stamps, creating your own patterned embellishments is easy! I die cut a heart from Ultra White Felt Cardstock and stamped with Designer Stamps Plaid and green ink. Think of the possibilities!
Fourth way to use your Designer Dies; ink through the Designer Die
Designer Dies are open dies, meaning you can see through them. Place your Designer Die onto your patterned paper, or even cardstock, and apply ink through the opening. You will need a piece of low-tack tape to hold the Designer Die in place while inking.
Fifth way to use your Designer Dies: die cut and then stamp
Not only are there wonderful stamps and dies, but also Designer Die and Stamp sets! This gives you the best of both worlds. With the Designer Stamps being clear, I find that it is easier to die cut the base first, and then stamp the image. Take a closer look at the hello on the card. How gorgeous is that? It looks like a pre-made die cut! Best part? With Designer Stamps and Dies, all of these looks are completely customizable to your project and color palette!
So which technique are you going to try first?
Thanks for stopping by!