Altering Die Cuts

Hello there everyone! I’m so excited to share a card with you today for the Virginia’s View Glitter Challenge, featuring one of my newest stamp sets for Simon Says Stamp

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As many of you know, back in September Simon Says Stamp revealed the new best friend of their mascot, Simon… the new BFF was Dexter, an adorable spotted pig with a BIG personality! I had designed the inaugural stamp set and this newest Simon and Dexter set is a new addition to the BFF line!

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Today I have used the tree and ornaments included in the set to create this fun and whimsical Christmas card that also features a great way to alter your die cuts to stretch their use a bit further!

You’ll notice the glittery “merry” sentiment that is dancing across the snowy hill of the card… I created this using the Merry Die-namics die from My Favorite Things. Normally the die would be used to create a window effect on your card fronts, but I instead trimmed the letters out to be stand-alone die cuts that could be used in lots more ways! Here, I’ve popped them up off the card front to create a fun and striking sentiment.

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I stamped the images from the Simon & Dexter Christmas set onto white cardstock and colored them in with Copic markers. Most of the coloring on the images is pretty simple, but for those of you who might be interested in the colors used on the tree they are: Yg21, YG06, G07, G28, Y21, YR23, E35, E33 and E47 (all colors use in the card are linked in the product description too).

The background…  I just LOVE how it turned out! I used the Lawn Fawn Snowy Backdrops set and gold heat embossed the background. I then layered vellum overtop and added gold star sequins from both Pretty Pink Posh and the Ton Stamps.  Some enamel accents is also applied onto the vellum as well.

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And of course, a winter scene is not complete without some snowy hills! The hills are die cut from Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Hillside borders die set and I added shading on top using Copic markers.

 

MORE INSPIRATION & NEW PRODUCTS

Isn’t it so much fun to alter die cuts in fun ways to get more use out of them??? I hope this has inspired you to do some die cut altering of your own to come up with new ways to use things you already have!

And if you like the new stamp set I’ve created for Simon and Dexter, you might want to check out all of the stamps in the BFF line:

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And speaking of holiday stamps, I’m super excited to have just created a brand new holiday set for Simon Says Stamp’s annual Holiday Card Kit! While the kit has recently sold out, the stamp set is available for individual purchase over at their shop… here’s a look at the new set called Retro Christmas!

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PRODUCTS

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Simon Says Clear Stamps SIMON AND DEXTER CHRISTMAS sss101589 From All Of Us
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Simon Says Stamp SIMON AND DEXTER CHRISTMAS Wafer Dies sssd111563 From All Of Us
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Lawn Fawn SNOWY BACKDROPS Clear Stamps LF980
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Lawn Fawn STITCHED HILLSIDE BORDERS Lawn Cuts Dies
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My Favorite Things MERRY Die-Namics MFT MFT543
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Copic Sketch Marker YG21 ANISE Yellow Green Light Bright
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Copic Sketch Marker YG06 YELLOWISH GREEN Light Bold
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Copic Sketch Marker G07 NILE GREEN
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Copic Sketch MARKER G28 OCEAN GREEN
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Copic Sketch Marker R17 LIPSTICK ORANGE Bright Bold
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Copic Sketch Marker R59 CARDINAL Maroon Dark Red
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Copic Sketch Marker R29 LIPSTICK RED Bright Bold
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Copic Sketch MARKER G00 JADE GREEN
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Copic Sketch Marker b60 PALE GRAY BLUE
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Copic Sketch Marker T0 TONER GRAY
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Copic Sketch Marker Y21 BUTTERCUP YELLOW Light Pastel
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Copic Sketch Marker YR23 YELLOW OCHRE Bright Bold
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Copic Sketch Marker E35 CHAMOIS Light Brown
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Copic Sketch MARKER E33 SAND Beige
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Copic Sketch MARKER e47 DARK BROWN
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Ranger Embossing Powder SUPER FINE GOLD EPJ37408
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Memento TUXEDO BLACK INK PAD Full Size me-900
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Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042
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ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER CLEAR Brush Tip Marker 025320
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Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel WHITE UM-153
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Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Gray And White 660425
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MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit
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Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 Sheets
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Bazzill 40 LB VELLUM 8.5 x 11 White 25 Sheets
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US Artquest MATTE Perfect Paper Adhesive
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun Hero Arts PW200 Wagner
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I’ve submitted this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge “Let it Snow”, the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge “Holly Jolly” and the Virginia’s View Challenge “Glitter”.

8 Comments

  1. Ruby N December 17, 2015 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Such an awesome video and card!! Thanks for sharing your talent! <3

  2. Ruby N December 17, 2015 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    I friggin love gold and glitter so this is amazing!

  3. Emma December 13, 2015 at 9:10 am - Reply

    This is stunning and I love the glittery letters tucked into the snow ~ it looks amazing! Thank you for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog… :)

  4. Yuki December 10, 2015 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Such a fun card! Love the fun die cutting!

  5. quilterlin December 8, 2015 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    Hi Nina-Marie! I have this big Merry die, and I love how you changed things up! Fun card – thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge this week!

  6. hobbitnoll December 8, 2015 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    What a lovely card!! I love how you used that die to make the sentiment and the fun way you colored in that tree. Fabulous design!!

  7. Dawn E December 8, 2015 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Great new set. Nutcrackers are so much fun.

  8. Virginia L. December 8, 2015 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    I love everything about this card. First of all, that funky and festive Christmas tree is just the perfect backdrop for the design. The background is just lovely!……And that MFT die!? I love how you split it up and add GLITTER (embossing)! Totally inspiring! Congrats once again on your designing the new SSS stamp set. And thank you for all you do for Virginia’s View Challenge! xoxo

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