Adding Unexpected Dimension to Cards

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Happy Tuesday! Danielle here, and I have another quick card tutorial for you to try today, so break out your stamps and dies! We are going to add a bit of unexpected dimension to our stamped backgrounds.

First, I stamped a sentiment in black ink in the center of my card. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Scripted stamp set.

butterfly - stamping

Next, I stamped two stems in green and the flowers in red and aqua to surround the sentiment. The flowers are from the Quilted: Summer stamp set by Papertrey Ink.

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Next, I wanted to die cut a shape from the background that I just stamped. I chose a large solid butterfly die from the Life Is Beautiful die collection, but you could cut out a frame shape or any other shape you desire! Just make sure it fits within the stamping, as you want some of the stamping on the cut-out and some of the stamping hanging off the edge of the cut-out for maximum effect. I used washi tape to hold my butterfly die in place over the stamped background, then ran it through my Cuttlebug die cutting machine. You can also use painter’s tape or a post it note to hold the die in place while running it through your machine; anything that will peel up easily without tearing your card.

butterfly - tape die down

After removing the washi tape, you’ll have a butterfly cut out of the background. I created an aqua card base and added some aqua washi tape across the top.

butterfly - after die cutting

Then I added two stacks of foam tape to the back of the butterfly and adhered the card front to the aqua card base.

butterfly - add foam adhesive

Last, I attached the butterfly back into its position where the cut-out was and adhered a few clear sequins by Pretty Pink Posh. (They are strategically placed to hide ink smudges! I can never make a card without a smudge!) I love how the stamping looks as if it’s going off the edge of the butterfly.

butterfly - add sequins

Here is a side view of the card.

butterfly - side

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Such a fun technique! I hope you’ll give it a try, and let me know how your card turns out. I always like to see what you are making! See you next week.


41 thoughts on “Adding Unexpected Dimension to Cards

  1. Nora says:

    I left a comment at your blog too but wanted to make sure you got one here. I LOVE these cards. Such a fabulous technique. I am going to try this when I get time in my craft room this weekend!!

  2. vicki says:

    What a great technique! Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you come up with a genius idea! Thank you – I can’t wait to try it!

  3. avis says:

    What great cards, Danielle! I happened upon your post this Sunday evening, and immediately PINNED it; then, in a unprecedented move, I grabbed ink, dies, stamps & paper to make my own! This has NEVER happened for me because I’m usually intimidated by the supplies needed, the techniques or something… Thanks for making this one dead simple enough for even me to accomplish and be pleased with the outcome!

    ~avis, 092715

  4. Lisaerica says:

    Danielle, beautiful as always!! It’s really pretty yet easy enough for the not so experienced to make. I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve. I truly love your cards, thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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