Four Cards for the price of One


So every once in a while this happens to me.  I see a stamp or die set, and pass over the purchase of it…and then I am haunted by it.  I go to pull out a stamp set or die for a project and end of thinking of 40 ways to craft with that set I didn’t purchase.

Well, when I placed my first order with Evaney’s Stamps Designs, I saw this cool die set, but thought to myself…I am a colorist, I don’t need any more die sets.

And then the haunting began.  Because seriously, this die set was cool.  It was something I hadn’t really seen before.  And man, I was haunted by not having it.

So last week I ordered it, and just a couple of days ago, Evaney’s Stamps die, Got Me Puzzled arrived to my hot little hands.

And suddenly, I was off to the races.  So today, I have four looks for you, all using just one die.

Up first is the most basic card you can make using this, a simple die cut with a simple stamping.  My daughters have already said that they are doing this for all their valentine’s day cards for school.  And it is so simple, that I am going to let them.

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So, using some heavy (110lb) cardstock, I die cut out the die.  And as you can see, it measures 4.25×5.5 inches, filling a full A2 card frame.  But look at this die…isn’t it cool.

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To create the sentiment, I pieced together a few words from ESD’s Prickled stamp set, masking out the ” ‘m” from the ‘I’m’ stamp.  And there you go, a really cool card, with just a simple die cut.

For my second card, I pulled out some watercolor paper and distress oxides because they are so popular right now, especially with the announcement of the 12 new colors coming out from Tim Holtz and Ranger at the end of the month.

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I blended some Worn Lipstick, Pickled Raspberry, Candied Apple, and Fired Brick onto the paper, and then sprayed the paper with water to let it oxide.  I die cut the card, and then reassembled it onto an A2 card frame, leaving the big heart piece off.  I added a sentiment again from the Prickled stamp set.  I finally added the big heart piece to the card using a action wobbler, so that the heart could wiggle.  To see it wiggle, check out the video below.

My Third version of this card uses alcohol ink because, lets be honest, it is the big trend at the moment, and I wanted to show how this die set could do lots of different things.

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To create the background, I pulled out some alcohol ink paper and added a base layer of denim, sailboat blue, and steam, and then layered over some extra silver mixative over everything.  I got really excited to die cut the paper, and may have not let the alcohol dry completely, and tore the paper just a little bit…Luckily, I tore the paper over the big heart piece, so I made it work.

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So to correct the boo-boo, I pulled a white die cut heart piece out, and added a sentiment stamp and two little image stamps all pulled from the Galaxy Pals stamp set.  And in the end, I think the white puzzle piece made the card!

Finally, I used the Got Me Puzzled die set and added a bit of my coloring flair.

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I snagged all the pieces and then using just five copic markers to create the shading on the bottom left corner of all pieces except the focal piece.  I used colorless blender, RV10, RV21, RV23, and RV25 to create this effect.

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Finally, I stamped a sentiment from the Prickled stamped set, and popped the heart piece up with a few 3D adhesives.

I hope that you enjoyed the four looks I made with this one die set!  And I’ll warn you, you are going to see it too much, cause I really think it is cool.

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