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September 15, 2017

Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, thanks for coming by today.  I’m working on sending cards to people in my life who need a little boost, and I’ve got a very simple card to share with you.  I’m making it for my son, but it’s easy to customize for anyone.

Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement  Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement

For this card, you need a set of layered dies.  This set is by Darice, but use whichever ones you have.  And pretty much any shape will work, as long as you have a few different sizes.  I laid the largest circle on the card base, to see how much of the circle would hang off.  Then I laid the dies on watercolor cardstock and cut them out.

Looking back, I probably should have used a smoother paper, because ink blending covers better on smooth paper.  Oh well, it adds texture, right?

Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement  Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement

On the largest circle, I used a Mini Ink Blending Tool to apply Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to the edges of the die cut.  You’re going to cover up the middle, so you don’t need to color the whole surface.  For the second circle, I wanted a darker shade of blue, but I don’t have enough shades of blue for all six die cuts.  So I pressed my Tumbled Glass Ink pad directly to the paper, and then smoothed it out with the Blending Tool.  In the photo, I’ve already smoothed out the color on half of the circle, and you can see it’s darker than the first die cut. By the way, I’m working on a craft sheet by Ranger today, to keep my desk clean.

Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement

For the rest of the circles, I used the same technique with Broken China and Mermaid Lagoon.  Six different colors, and only three inks!  If you have a large paper collection, you can skip all the coloring, but I wanted lots of blue to keep this masculine, and I don’t have enough colors.

Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement

I attached the cards directly to my card base with tape runner, and stamped a sentiment from Avery Elle in the top corner.  I always want to add lots of shimmer and embellishments, but since this is for my son, I’m trying to keep it very simple.

Stacked Die Cuts - Colorful Encouragement

This is a second version of the same idea, using several different colors of cardstock.  Much faster without the ink blending!  I die cut a frame using Stitched Rectangle Dies from Simon Says Stamp, and cut the largest square from the middle.  Then I attached the frame with foam tape for dimension.  The sentiment is by Catherine Pooler.  I added some Clear Wink Of Stella shimmer pen to some of the squares for added interest, and adhered the panel to a black card base.

This card is so simple to make, and it doesn’t take long.  The hardest part is choosing colors!

Are you planning to send cards this week to celebrate the National Day Of Encouragement?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back soon with more ideas!