Let’s layer dies for card making for quick and easy results.
- Put up your hand if you have lots of stamps. 😋
- Now put up your hand if you have lots of coordinating dies. 🤪
- And lastly, put up your hand if you sometimes find it a challenge to put the stamps and dies together! 😫
I know right? Even though it seems like the work should be done for us, sometimes it’s harder than it looks. I’m going to show you simple tips to make it easy.
But first, our project.
Even though there are 6 layers on this card, it doesn’t look heavy or cluttered. Here’s why.
Layer Dies for Card Making
Three of the layers are cardstock panels, one the folded card itself. Gluing these together without adding any height (ie. dimensionals) allows you to layer more together without bulk.
The next layer is a tag which becomes the focal point of the card. I didn’t want anything too large. You can see below how I decided on the size.
On that I glued the green foliage, topped lastly with a flower. See my exact steps in 3 below.
2.Limited Colour Choices
I love using soft colours together to create a stunning card. These ones are Whisper White, Soft Seafoam, Early Espresso and Sahara Sand. Limiting colours, and keeping them in the same tones, allows you to create dimension without excess.
To again keep the whole effect soft to the eye, I chose simple stamping on the top panel layer in the same colour as the panel. Less distraction.
If you like these tones, I used very similar colours on this other encouragement card using only stamps, ink and paper, no dies at all!
Rather than pile a whole bunch of dies on top of each other, I chose to limit them. Only three dies here.
But the trick is I modified them 😉.
The first is my tag. To figure out how big my tag should be, I measured the bottom width of the die I labelled with a 1 above. That gave me the width (1 7/8″). I cut a piece of Whisper White to 1 7/8″ x 3″ and stamped the design image along the bottom first in Sahara Sand. Then I stamped the greeting in Early Espresso. The tag is elevated on the front panel with dimensionals.
The second are my flowers and leaves. I stamped two times on a separate piece of Whisper White, once in Soft Seafoam and once in Sahara Sand and cropped them both with my die cutter. Then on the Sahara Sand one, I removed the foliage with a few simple snips with my Paper Snips. All that was left were the flowers. These I DID pop up with dimensionals.
Even though the card could have stood alone as it now was, I added a bow across the top (TIP: I did tie this on BEFORE I glued down the panels. BIGGER TIP: I lay all my elements on top of each other first before doing any adhering when I’m designing so I can add and remove pieces if I think they do or don’t fit.)
The last little touch were the two pearls. Now I would normally have an odd number of pearls but since I am using these as centres on the only two flowers I have, two seems quite lovely.
Don’t Leave Out the Inside
I carried the same image stamp and colour palette into the inside to finish off the card. Again, subdued. I first stamped the flowers then added my greeting.
My Stamparatus stamp positioner allowed me to have perfect centred placement. See this video for why I think it’s a must-have in your stamp room.
Now It’s Your Turn!
Pull out your stamps and dies. Take a look at which ones you could layer together for stunning designs. Stampin’ Up! makes it easy to choose sets with matching components so you can create beautiful cards with not a lot of fuss.
Here are the supplies I used. Get them yourself by clicking on any image below.Layer Dies for Card Making
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Anyone would love to receive a simple encouragement card anytime of the year. But especially right now while we globally band together to fight off the COViD19 virus.
Make someone’s day and layer dies for card making on a card like this and pop it into the mail today – it will make YOUR day too!