Die Cut Inlay, Simple Card, Watercolor

Making Quick Cards from Backgrounds

Hello and welcome back to another blog post! I am so sorry that I have been absent for a few weeks, my life has been a little crazy with work and planning my wedding. Forgive me as the photos and the video below don’t have the greatest lighting, I am thinking about ordering some studio lights. But today, I am back with some tips on creating quick cards using supplies you already have in your craft room, while using up backgrounds that you have lying around. Please watch the video below to see my process in detail!

If you are like me, you have a bunch of backgrounds laying around your craft room. Once I get on a roll with watercolors, or distress oxides, it is hard for me to stop. I end up with lots of extra backgrounds, so today, I wanted to show you how I turn these into quick cards using cover plate dies and background stamps. For these cards, I am using two cover plate dies, the Altenew Cube Cover die, and the Neat and Tangled Polygon Cover Plate Die. The background stamp that I will be using is the Simon Says Stamp Center Cut Kaleidoscope stamp.

As a side note, I just got the Warner heat gun, and it is totally worth the money. I was skeptical, but it is blowing my old, cheap Darice heat gun out of the water.

For this first card, I am taking a blue watercolor panel, that has some shimmer to it, and adding more shine with some embossing powder and the Simon Says Stamp background stamp. I am taking my anti static powder tool, and then stamping with VersaMark ink. I use a silver embossing powder to add some subtle stamping to this panel. Once this is heat set, this card is complete. For all 3 cards, I used simple sentiments from the Mama Elephant Occasional Labels stamp set. All supplies will be linked below.

For the second card, I am taking this purple ombre watercolor panel and using the Neat and Tangled Polygon Cover Plate Die. I will cut out a panel from white, and then use the die to cut the background as well. Using a sheet of Scor Tape, I will inlay all of the purple pieces into the white frame, just like a puzzle. This makes your card look intricate and special, even though it only took me a minute or two. Once I have placed, the sentiment on the card, it is complete.

The last card makes the cover plate die technique even easier. I simply adhered the oxide panel straight to my card base, and then added the Altenew Cube Cover Die over the panel using foam adhesive strips. These are from Darice, and the size makes them ideal for lots of projects. I adhere the sentiment onto the card using the same foam strip, and the last card is complete.

Thank you for joining me today as I gave just some quick and easy ideas on how to use up the watercolor panels in your stash. All of the supplies are listed below.


Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp CENTER CUT KALEIDOSCOPE
Altenew Cube Cover Die
Neat and Tangled Polygon Cover Plate Die
Mama Elephant Occasional Labels
VersaMark Ink
Scor-Tape Sheets
Darice Foam Strips
Tape Runner

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