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Word dies have become very popular over the last year or so and are a great addition to have in your craft supplies.
I am a huge fan of Simon’s word, especially their Painted Word dies. Like most crafter’s I like to get the most out of my supplies and stretch them that little bit further.
Word dies are fantastic for this and have lots of different ways you can use them.
Today I am going to show you three, very easy ways in which you can use just one word die and minimal supplies to create a card.
For all the cards I will be using Simon Says Stamps Painted Hugs die. All Supplies are listed and linked at the end of this post.
The first card is super easy and is a good way to use up paper scraps also.
I have picked 3 paper scraps that all match and are the right size for the die. I also have a piece of Neenah Solar white card stock trimmed to 4 Bar Size (3 1/2 x 4.7/8)
When using paper for die cutting words to give them some dimension, and also make them a bit more sturdy I always die cut some additional pieces from white card stock.
For this card I will be using two diet pieces of the white card with the patterned paper, I always use Ranger Multi Medium matte adhesive for this as it dries matte and being a wet adhesive allows me some time to make sure the dies are all lined up. I also make sure to only apply small dots of adhesive and place an object such as a stamp block on top of them whilst they dry.
Once the die cuts are all dried I have lined them up onto the piece of Neenah so I know how I will want the card laid out, I also used Simons Curved Edge die to give a curved edge to the bottom of this piece of card, if you do not have this die you could use a plate or a circle die to achieve a similar result.
Once I am happy with the die placement I adhere these into place using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.
To finish the card off I have adhered a piece of the same Patterned Paper but I have used the reverse side and adhered it directly to the bottom of a 4 Bar Notecard.
I have then adhered the main piece to the card and finished off with some Studio Katia Clear droplets, if you do not have these Glossy Accents can be used.
A Technique I really like with die’s is to emboss with them, this gives you a nice background which can be used in a number of different ways.
I use the same sandwich on my die cutting machine as I would when using an embossing folder, I highly advise that you play around with some scrap card to make sure you have the correct sandwich.
For this I have repeat embossed the die going across the background of a piece of Simon’s Audrey Blue Card Stock which I have trimmed to be slightly bigger than an A2 card.
As you can see the result you get is really nice and gives lots of interest.
I have used the same die to die cut 3 different colours of complimenting card stock and when adhering I have made sure to slightly off centre each piece, this is another great way to add interest and dimension.
I have used a stitched rectangle due to add some detailing to the edge of the embossed piece and have adhered the hugs die cut piece to a vellum heart which I have then adhered to the card.
To finish this card off I have taken a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen and added some sparkle detail to the embossed words and also to the die cut word.
For the final card I will be stamping with the die, this can work with a number of different dies so I highly encourage you to play around with any dies you have.
You will need a stamp block, some repetitional adhesive, fun foam and ink pads.
You will need to apply the adhesive to the stamp block and die cut your die out of the fun foam and adhere it to the block…remember to adhere it the right way so it will stamp correctly.
For this card I have used 3 different ink pad colours and randomly stamped over a piece of Neenah.
You won’t get a crisp impression using this method, but it is a fun technique.
Once I was happy with my stamping I used Simon’s Stitched Square to die cut the panel down.
You can see that I have got slightly fuzzy edges, this does not bother me and I think it adds to the effect.
I have Die cut the word from some Kraft card stock and adhered to the piece.
I have finished it off using some twine and adhering to a square kraft card base.
So there you have 3 ways you can use your words dies and minimal supplies to create some quick and easy cards.
If you try any of the above techniques then let me know, I would love to see what you create.
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