Hi there! It’s Ashley, and if you follow me on social media, you know I am addicted to using die cutting on my projects. My Silhouette Cameo has a special place right beside the computer on my scrap desk. I keep it at arm’s length because I use it on about 99.9% of my projects. I love working with die cuts on my layouts, but this technique is also great for cardmaking! I created two cards using the Fancy Free collection and gave them a custom look with some fun die cuts.
On the first card, I used a cut and fold die cut to create dimension. I cut the design on a piece of white cardstock sized to match my card base. Once the design was cut, I folded the circle in half and added a pop dot behind the folded half of the circle. Since the design was cut from white cardstock, I added color by coordinating watercolors to match the Fancy Free collection.
I finished the card with some machine stitching down the row of circles and some thin patterned paper strips on each side of the card, cut from the Fancy Free collection. I also used some chipboard pieces, a heart Thicker, and acetate ephemera piece to embellish the front of the card.
For the second card, I wanted to create a repeated die cut word on the front of the card. I repeated the word ‘Hello’ in my Silhouette Studio Software and used it to create a negative and positive look on the card. Most of the “hello’s” on the front of the card are negative cuts. But I also cut three positive words so I could use pop dots to give them dimension on the card. I used one of the Fancy Free patterned papers to add color behind the negative cut words.
To finish the card, I decided to add one of the Fancy Free tags peeking out at the top. I didn’t want to cover the die cut words on the front of the card, so this was a great way to add some embellishing. I also used a few puffy stickers and asterisks from the Paige Thickers to decorate the front of the card.
Give your favorite technique a try on your next layout, altered project, or hand made cards. It’s always fun to find new ways to work favorite techniques into multiple projects!