One way to stretch your dies is to use them to make shaped cards! You can even use smaller dies to make mini cards to tuck into lunch boxes or bags as a little surprise or a loved one!
I love using dies to create shaped cards. I have had this large bone die for a while and decided that now was the time to break it in! I used a piece of Classic Linen Gold Pearl cardstock , scored and folded.
I taped my die to the folded piece of cardstock, with the very top of the die hanging off the edge of the scored part of the card, so that part will not cut.
When you leave that cutting edge off of the cardstock, it won’t cut right there and will leave you with this shaped card!
This is going to be a dog and cat birthday card, so I cut all these cute little silhouette dogs and cats from the Pop Tone Black Licorice Cardstock.
I wanted to add a little bit of interest to the middle of the card with a stencil.
I used a warm brown dye ink to ink blend through the stencil. The stencil wasn’t wide enough to cover the entire stencil so I made sure not to go all the way to the edge of the stencil to avoid any harsh lines.
I wanted to add “Happy Birthday” somewhere on the side of the bone and have the dogs and cats in the middle. I lined up the silhouettes where I wanted them and then was able to see where I could put my sentiment. I have these block “HB” stamp that has “Happy” and “Birthday” cut into the block letters. It is all one stamp though, and I wanted to separate the H from the B. So I lined up the stamp to where the “H” was where I wanted it.
I removed the silhouettes from my Misti, and lifted the stamp up with my Misti door. I used a post it note to cover the part of the stamp that I did not want to ink up, so I could only ink up the “H” part. I used embossing ink to ink up the stamp.
Now this is VERY important. DO NOT forget to the take the post it off of the stamp at this point before you stamp down or you will end up with a big splotch of ink where you don’t want it! (…..ask me how I know). After I took the post it off of the stamp, I stamped the image down onto my card and used black embossing powder to emboss. I repeated this process for the other side of the card, covering up the “H” when I inked, so I could stamp the “B”.
I added some hearts for a finishing touch, and that’s it!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you try and enjoy making shaped cards as much as I do!