This week, the challenge at Inspire. Create. is Die Cutting.
I love die cuts and I know that the day I decided to invest in a die-cutting machine was the day that my paper crafting moved on to a new level. This Christmas card ended up being more die-cutting than stamping but I've just got so many lovely dies!
I started by patinating a piece of Whisper White. The embossing folder I used was Tin Tile and the colours used were Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, a touch of Early Espresso and gold embossing.
I think that dies fall into two camps: plain and sexy. While the sexy ones are show stoppers, it's the plain ones that are the most used.
The Stitched Shapes dies are a case in point. How plain is a circle? Yet how amazing is the little stitched edge on the circle that steps up any card you choose to use it on. Same with the Layering Circle dies. That's the largest scallop shape sitting in behind, just quietly adding a flash of colour that helps tie the design together. The same goes for Stitched Rectangles. It's another of those plain die sets that quietly add elegance and interest without drawing attention to themselves.
The Christmas Layers dies and Detailed Deer are in the 'sexy' camp. They draw the eye and scream for us to look at them. They make a great accent or focal point.
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