Monday, April 29, 2013

Technique Spotlight: Selective Die Cutting

Chrissie used a really great technique to create a project for this week's Faerie Poppets release - Selective Die Cutting.  Selectively die cutting is a great way to add interest to your card (and it saves you the time of having to fussy cut images, too)!

Here is how she created this gorgeous card:

"First, I stamped the image on Crafter's Companion Premium White cardstock.  I pulled out my dies and placed them over the image before cutting.   I played around with sizes and positions to decide which portion of the image I wanted on the card. 

You can see in the above picture that I cut out part of the feet and foliage using my Cuttlebug. Then, I started coloring her in, using my Spectrum Noir Markers. I actually pulled out some patterned stock ahead of time and matched the color scheme to those papers." 

"As I colored, I kept it somewhat loose, to go along with the style of these images.  They just flow, so I felt like I could just 'go with the flow' as I colored.  So, I let some colors bleed into each other and kept it as soft as I could." 

"After my die cut was colored in, I added the sentiment along with a few strips of patterned paper."

"I've found that when you mix patterned papers together, it creates more interest.  I always try to keep at least one similar color in the patterns, though, to tie it all together. In the two papers I've chosen, both have the same yellow."

"Once I had the papers adhered down and everything was ready to assemble, I added Crafter's Companion foam adhesive to the back of the die cut. 

For the finished card, I added some bling (I needed some sparkle). I also sponged the edges of the die cut to soften it up a little bit. There was just too much white between the card base and the background of the die cut. This also makes the image pop out a little more." 

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Trena in Naperville said...

What a sweet, sweet card. Nice way to add dimension Chrissie.

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

Stacy H-W said...

Adorable card!

barbara macaskill said...

Beautiful! Great technique that I am going to have to try! Can't wait for these darlings to be released so they can come home to me!

Mary Ann said...

WOW!Beautiful card,love your coloring...