Posts Tagged ‘die cutting’

Who Needs a Hug?

Saturday, March 13th, 2021

If there’s one thing that this pandemic has taught me, it’s the importance of physical connection with out loved ones! Who needs a hug? I do, and I bet you do, too. Luckily, I have my husband and 2 sons at home for daily hugs, but I’m really looking forward to the day when I can hug my friends & extended family.  Hey there, it’s Deb here for the Design Team! Today’s daily challenge word is ‘die cuts’ (okay, it’s 2 words) so I chose the new Hero Arts Big Hugs Stamp & Cut set to feature.


I love it when you can buy a bundle that includes a die with a stamp set! With this set, I wanted it to be the feature of my card. So instead of adding other images, I used some gorgeous Lavinia Stamps Dreamscapes paper for the background.

Who Needs a Hug?


To emphasize the ‘big’, I went with a slimline design! Create your card base with cardstock that measures 7″ wide by 8 1/2″ long. Score in the middle at 3 1/2″, and fold.  I incorporated my card base colours with those in the Lavinia Dreamscapes Colour Burst sheet that I chose. With this particular sheet, I love the addition of the white swirls in the top corner, and left hand side.

Use your Big Shot with the Big Hugs die from the set, and die cut from light purple cardstock. Die cut it again, this time from fun foam, for layering underneath. This gives you great dimension, and you can off-set it slightly, so you can see the white. Doing this ties in the white swirls on the paper, and the white in your sentiment strip.

Stamp the sentiment in Gina K. Passion Flower ink onto white cardstock. Snip banner tails on the left side, and attach it above the die cut letters, using foam tape.  Add a few embellishments for sparkle; I grabbed some from my stash – not sure where they’re from, or how long I’ve had them! (I’m not a hoarder, I’m a ‘craft enthusiast’!)

Who Needs a Hug?

This may be a ‘simple’ card to make, but using the gorgeous paper for background, and then adding the dimension behind the die cuts and sentiment, really adds ‘oomph’ to the design.


I hope that you’ve got someone close who you can share a hug with! This card is perfect and quick enough to make that you can send it to your friends & family that you’re not able to hug, right now.  Also, I hope that you’ll join in the Scrap ‘N Stamp Random Acts of Cardness/Daily Challenge on Facebook HERE.  You can join as many or as few days as you want. Just choose the word prompt, create a project using that word, and share it in the group. Be sure to use the hashtag #snschallenge, so it doesn’t get missed! Share it on all of your social media accounts, and get your friends to join, too! At the end of each month, one lucky participant is randomly chosen, and WINS A $50 GIFT CARD to shop the Scrap ‘N Stamp store!

Who Needs a Hug?


You can find the supplies I used to created my card in the Scrap ‘N Stamp online store.

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Are They Circles, or Bubbles?

Sunday, February 21st, 2021

Are they circles, or bubbles? I guess it depends on your perspective – or how you’re using them! Hello there, my friend! It’s Deb here, from the Design Team.


Well, today’s daily challenge prompt is ‘circles’.  And yes, I chose that word especially so that I could play with my new Sizzix/Tim Holtz Bubbling Die! Not only does it create a fabulous, fun cover die for your card, but you get tons of circles to play with for other projects!  I decided to combine the Bubbling Die with an alcohol ink background, and the Picket Fence Studios A Dose of Vitamin Sea stamp set. Here’s my finished card, below.

Are They Circles or Bubbles?

How fun is this?! You should see the shine & sparkle in real life – you almost need sunglasses 🙂


First, I started off with an alcohol ink background panel that I had created a while ago.  It was made on Yupo by adding alcohol inks, plus gold mixative and moving it around on the Yupo. Here’s what it looks like, before trimming to size & layering it with the die cut.

Initially, I was going to die cut this piece, above, with the Bubbling Die. But then I realized that most of the gorgeous colours would be cut out. So, I decided to die cut a piece of Tonic Glimmer Paper in Cobalt Blue, and layer it on top of the alcohol ink panel.

The rest of the card is super simple! Stamp the whale image from the PFS A Dose of Vitamin Sea set in Nocturne ink onto white cardstock. Cover it with clear embossing powder, and heat set. Next, use Copic markers in Gray to colour the whale. Now, use the coordinating dies with your Big Shot to die cut the image. For the sentiment, stamp it in Versamark ink onto a piece of Vellum. Cover it with white embossing powder, and  heat set.  Attach the whale to the card front with foam squares or foam tape. To attach the sentiment, simply put dots of liquid glue in the corners; it will dry clear.  Now add a couple of those many circles from the die cutting to the sentiment.  Finally, attach the card front to a dark blue card base.

All of those circles – or are they bubbles -along with the smiling whale, make me smile, too!


If you haven’t already, I hope that you’ll join the Scrap ‘N Stamp daily challenge! It’s loads of fun, you have a chance to win a prize, and you can play along as often as you want. Check it out HERE in the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook Challenge Group. And I hope that you’ll join the Circles (or are they bubbles?) challenge for today, too!


You can re-create my card by shopping for supplies at Scrap ‘N Stamp! Affiliate links for supplies are provided. If you choose to use my links, you help support me in maintaining my blog, at no extra cost to you. Thanks in advance!

Are They Circles or Bubbles?

Christmas Town

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

I’ve been looking forward to using my newest die set, and today is the day! They are from Hero Arts, called Tri Fold Edge Village Fancy Dies. I saw a great video on the Hero Arts blog on how to create a unique fold with these dies, which is how I created my Christmas Town card.


If you’re playing along with the Scrap ‘N Stamp Daily Challenge, you’ll know that today’s word prompt is ‘town’. Coincidence? No! First, let’s have a look at the front of the card.

Christmas Town

Looks like your standard slimline card, right? Except – wait for it!

Christmas Town

It opens up twice! The photo above shows the first, top-most layer opening to the left. The second layer, with the 3 line sentiment then opens to the right, leaving you the very middle to write your own message.


You could make your card so that it has the flat base, then the 3 front panels. I decided to make my card base a regular opening card base, because I like to write a lot in my cards to family! To do it this way, your card base measures 7″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 3 1/2″. Set this aside for now, while you create the layers.

Cut 3 pieces of white cardstock, one at 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, and 2 that measure 4″ x 8 1/2″.  Use your Big Shot with the die set, and die cut one of each.  If you like, you can use your markers to add colour to the evergreen trees and light the windows. Next, on the 1st die cut that is 4″ wide (this will be your middle piece) score it at 1/2″ on the right hand side. Now, take the final 4″ wide die cut piece, and score it at 1/2″ on the left hand side.  Fold back & burnish the score lines.  On the inside of the scored pieces, attach a strip of double sided adhesive tape.


Now you need to create your background. On a piece of 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ white cardstock, blend on Distress Oxide inks for a night sky. I chose Broken China, Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire. Add some falling snow by flicking on watered-down white paint. Now, cut the length of your 1st die cut (the 3 1/2″ wide piece) down to about 6 1/2″ tall. Attach it to your ink blended background with liquid glue. Decide on how you want to layer the next 2 pieces, and trim them down as needed.

Next, remove the backing from the tape on your 2nd layer, and attach that to the right hand side of the card front. Repeat this with the final piece, attaching it to the left hand side.  You can now attach your card front to the card base.  Add sentiments to the front and middle layers, in a dark blue ink. I chose sentiments from the Penny Black Peaceful Season stamp set.

Christmas Town

The photo above shows how your card looks, with both front ‘flaps’ open.


Of course you can skip the double flap openings, and simply attach each layer on top of the other! However you choose to do it, have fun, and make it your own creation.   To play along with the Scrap ‘N Stamp Daily Challenge, share a picture of your card on the Facebook challenge page HERE. Be sure to use the hashtag #SNSchallenge there, and on your other social media sharing sites. At the end of the month, one lucky person is randomly chosen to WIN a $50 GIFT CARD to shop at Scrap ‘N Stamp!


Shop for supplies to re-create this card at the Scrap ‘N Stamp store.  Be sure to use my Design Team Discount Code 10DEB at checkout, for 10% OFF your purchase! (only on regular priced items).   If you choose to use my affiliate links, you’ll be helping to support my blog, and creative projects. Thanks in advance!

Christmas Town