A fun way to immediately add depth to your cards and layouts is to add vellum. There are so many options when it comes to the uses of this multi-functional, transparent paper, and one way is die cutting it! We found this innovative and absolutely adorable card in our gallery, where we are constantly inspired by all of you!
Creating layers is so much fun, and while vellum gives us a hazy overview of what's underneath, a die cut window gives us more information in smaller amounts! It's so much fun to be able to peek into your card without even opening it, or to see little titbits of a photo without unveiling the whole image. It's as exciting as unwrapping a present. Window Cards look a little intimidating from the outside, but are pretty simple- they're just a total cut out of the shape, with a die-cut shape on top, so you can peer in. For layouts, try adding fun dies over your photos, watercolours, or whatever you fancy as your background. We snatched this card up from our gallery.
It's hard to go wrong with a traditional aesthetic, and the lace trend doesn't disappoint. If you want to get the effect of lace or doilies on your crafting projects, but not the weight, the expense, and the particular adhesive challenges that fabric with paper presents, die cutting lace might be the perfect solution.
We're into spin- spinner cards that is! The possibilities are endless with spinner cards. They add such a fun, quirky element that is surprisingly easy to create. Use your favourite die, any shape (the example used circles), and add some string, then wind them up and watch them spin!
If you're anything like me, you love stickers and ephemera. And you can't get enough. Dies and stamps that go together are essentially your ticket to a never ending supply of stickers. Seriously, how cool is that!? You can recreate the same images over and over again in different colours, papers, textures- you name it, just by purchasing stamps with coordinating dies. You will have the equivalent of endless stickers!
Partial die cutting is when you cut a part of an image, say just one wing of a butterfly, or just the stem of a beautiful flower, then the rest of the image is still on the main piece of scrapbooking paper or cardstock. It's a fun technique that can add a little extra oomph to your cards and layouts. Partial die cutting can make your projects look more complex by creating shadows and the illusion of lots of layers, plus it's fun to hide little sentiments and surprises underneath the cut if you so choose!