Saturday, June 14, 2014

Can't Say Thanks Enough

One technique I've seen a few times lately on Jennifer McGuire's YouTube channel is layering die cuts to create more dimension. I've been wanting to try that, but never have until now. I got the "Really Big Thanks" die & stamp set by Simon Says Stamp recently, and decided the die would be great to try this technique.

I began by choosing the products I wanted to work with. Since the current challenge at Simon Says Stamp's Monday blog is to use paint, and the challenge at their Wednesday blog is to "Stencil It," I decided to combine the two, and paint over a stencil onto kraft cardstock to create my background. So I pulled 4 Adirondack paint daubers: Snow Cap, Purple Twilight, Pool, and Lettuce. I used a stencil by Prima (sorry, but I don't know the name), and dabbed the colors over it onto the cardstock.

While that dried, I chose my sketch from my collection of Operation Write Home sketches:

I knew I wanted one with a large background space for my stenciled piece, as well as a good-sized area for the greeting.

I die cut the "thanks" die from black paper 6 times, then (carefully) glued the layers together to create a thicker die cut. I stamped the rest of the greeting onto a piece of white cardstock in Versafine Onyx Black ink, then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. After that, I glued down the die cut "thanks." Finally, I decided that the greeting strip was too white, so I blended Shabby Shutters Distress ink over it. In hindsight, I wish I had done the ink blending before I adhered the die cut, as it was difficult to get an even coverage around that.

I cut a piece of paper from The Paper Studio's "Linen Door" 4.5x6.5" paper stack, rounded the top corners with my 1/4" Corner Chomper, and adhered it to a piece of black cardstock that I'd cut slightly larger than the center mat in the sketch. I adhered a strip of white cardstock, which I'd inked with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink, to the top back of the greeting strip. I rounded the bottom corners of the greeting strip, and all four corners of the mat. After gluing the greeting strip to the mat, I adhered it to the stenciled kraft panel. Finally, I adhered that to an A2 card base.


  1. Very pretty card and I love your interpretation of our theme. Thank you for sharing your project and for joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

  2. Fabulous card, love the background you've made.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


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