Do you want to know how to add die cuts to a handmade card so your card making is still quick, easy and beautiful? With this episode of Behind the Paper: An Interview with a Paper Crafter, we’re going behind the paper with my friend and long time crafter Pat.

Let’s take a peek at where she’s pulled in die cuts for some awesome cards that aren’t as difficult as you might think!

Plus I’ll share with you where she finds her inspiration. And find out which techniques she loves and how long she’s been a paper crafter!

So let’s get started! Please say Hi to Pat and her wonderful designs featuring the stamp bundle, Cherish the Season.

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Evergreen Forest and Metallic Brushed Foil Cherish the Season

Beautiful. Elegant. Absolutely perfect for the holidays!

One simple die, with embossed decoration is enough to elevate this pretty evergreen background from simple to stunning!

And Pat is a stickler for creating a beautiful card inside too.

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Simple and Elegant Inside to Coordinate with the Outside

Let’s find out a bit more about Pat.

An Interview with a Paper Crafter

Why did you start paper crafting?

I was looking for a creative outlet and I just love the instant gratification that stamps and paper provide. And small projects get finished!

How much time do you spend crafting?  When is your BEST time to craft?

I like to craft early in my day, and probably average one and a half to two hours most days. A day without stamping is like a day without sunshine!

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A Homey Seasonal Greeting with Layered Dies

Which items do you most like to make?

I love to make cards as well as table favours and boxes.

What are your favourite tools to craft with?

I couldn’t craft without my stamp positioner, dies and coloured pencils.

What type of space do you craft in?

I craft in the office in our house. The office part is squeezed into the closet and the rest of the room is craft space. 🙃

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A Simple Belly Band is Enhanced with a Shiny Inset Die Cut

Where do you get inspiration for new ideas?

I get inspiration from everywhere, nature, art on the walls, calendars, and when I’m really stuck I’ll check out Pinterest for a starting point.

What advice would you give to someone just starting to paper craft?

I would say try lots of different techniques to keep your card designs fresh, buy stamps that can be used for several occasions, and invest in basic shapes of dies.

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How to Coordinate the Inside of your [Gift Card Holder] with your Belly Band!

Doesn’t it look like Pat enjoys her creative time?

Here’s a closer peek at that bundle.

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What Will You Make First?

Since there’s so many different designs here, I’ll showcase the stamps and bundles in the first card at the top. And if you’d like to know any more details, feel free to leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

And if you’d like to see the first interview in this new series, check out Leslie’s beautiful designs here made with the Beautiful Autumn bundle.

Click on any of these items to add them to your own supplies for gorgeous designs.

Supplies

I’d Love to Feature YOU!

Throughout this Behind the Paper series, I’d love to showcase both newer and “seasoned” crafters. And I’d love to have you join in too!

If you’d like to see your designs here, contact me at jo@designwithjo.ca. I’d love to see your handmade artwork!

How about we finish up with a final idea from Pat, this time for a card without a die cut?

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Simple Notecard featuring Heat Embossing and Watercolour

I’d love to hear which of these designs was your favourite so I can let Pat know!

Click here to leave a comment.

Here is another fun question I asked Pat.

Give yourself a fun “Crafting” Name!

Inky Fingers, or maybe Sticky Fingers.🤣I have a real problem with glue! 

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It sure doesn’t look to me like Pat has any problems at all making stunning cards!

I hope you enjoyed my second instalment of Behind the Paper: An Interview with a Paper Crafter. Many thanks to Pat for sharing her creativity with us. And letting us see just how to add die cuts to a handmade card that are simple and beautiful!

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