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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Thinking of you..... A dry embossed look using die cuts!

Hi Die-Namites Fans!

 Taniesa back with you to share a little trick on making an embossed look on your cards using die cuts!

The two Die-Namites dies I will be working with today are the Berry Flower die and the Birds on a Branch die.

      

I don't do much dry embossing but I love that you can achieve the look of dry embossing with die cuts on cardstock in the same color. I went with white for my card but you could do this easily with any color cardstock. The effect looks better with smooth cardstock rather than textured cardstock. Here is a look at just the background of the card:



























I used a total of 5 die cut shapes to do the entire card front. The key thing is to make sure that the die cuts are adhered down completely. I ran the die cuts through my xyron machine, but working with a glue pen would also work well as long as you are careful not to apply too much glue. Once I had my dies arranged, trimmed and adhered I took a rubber cement eraser and cleaned up any extra adhesive from in between the flower detail. I also took a nail file and lightly sanded the cut parts of the die cuts around the edge of the card to soften the edges and blend them into the card. This technique would also look beautiful as a scrapbook page background.




After the background was done I began working on the sentiment strip. I took a Close To My Heart ink pad in the Lagoon color and stamped some of the ink on a clear acrylic block I use for stamping. I removed a little of the ink at a time with a water brush and beginning at the edges of the white cardstock I added color working my way in towards the center. I love the watercolor look this achieved. I stamped the "Thinking of you" sentiment in the same color ink and then went back in with my water brush to add a little more color in between the letters.

























To complete the card I took the Birds on a Branch die and cut it in the same color cardstock as the border strip. I fussy cut a few of the pieces apart and attached them to the left of the sentiment. I finished by adding some glitter detail on the butterflies using a clear wink of stella glitter pen.

I hope you enjoyed this fun little tip! The intricate designs of the Die-Namites dies are perfect for this look. Experiment with any of the Die-Namites dies for a bit of POP in your next project!

Happy (almost) embossing!
-Taniesa

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