Today, I am focusing on how to use intricate dies in card making. Why, you ask? Because intricate dies, whether large or small, can be intimidating. Sometimes, they can be a challenge to use. But, they shouldn’t be. So today, I am going to give you some tips and, maybe, some tricks on how to use particularly, large intricate dies in your card making.
Card Design Using Intricate Die From Two-Tone Flora
My two cards below were made using the largest die from Two-Tone Flora. This die cuts an intricate floral design meant to be a focal point and layer for a card. As such, I decided to use the Fancy Flora Designer Series Paper with foil. The Designer Series Paper is stunning with an appearance that mimics oil paintings.
Once I chose my paper, I decided to pair it with silver foil. For the card on the left, I die cut the image from Designer Series Paper and mounted it on Silver Foil. I reversed the layers for the card on the right. I struggled as whether or not to add anything else to the front of the card. After all, there are beautiful stamped images to be had from the Two-Tone Flora Stamp set. But in the end, I decided to just add a greeting which I heat embossed using Silver Embossing Powder.
Tips & Tricks for using intricate Dies
Since, I was using the die cut as a layer to the front of my card, I cut the Designer Series Paper and silver foil to size. The die measures 4″ x 5 3/8″ which meant I needed to size my card a little differently if I wanted an even border on all sides. As a result, I resized my card base to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″ scoring at 4 1/8.” I applied Stampin’ Up! adhesive sheet to the back of the layer that was to be die cut. This increased the durability of the layer and made it easier to remove the small pieces from the die cut layer. I recommend running your die through the Cut & Emboss machine at least twice to ensure an even and clean die cut.
Watch the video below for tips and tricks on how to use intricate dies, as well as, instructions on how to make the cards. Further down in the post, you will see a downloadable PDF with measurements and a supply list. Leave me a comment. I would love to hear which one you like best!
On a layer of Basic White, I layered a strip of Silver Foil and matching Fancy Flora Designer Series Paper to the right edge. I heat embossed the sentiment using Versamark Ink and Silver Embossing Powder.
Supply List: Intricate Die Cards using Fancy Flora dies
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