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Stencils combined with Dies

Hi everyone, today I would like to show you how you can combine large dies with stencils! And the best thing is, with one design I’m going to create two cards! Let’s get started!

Step 1:

I started my project with a piece of watercolor paper/card stock. Make sure the paper is not overly thick but it should be able to take water well. I used a three layer die that says the word HAPPY in capitals to have plenty of room to show of my stencil design. This die is by Crealies (and she also ships internationally) and it’s called “CARDZZ CLCZ151 Happy”.

I adhered all three layers of dies all together on the paper, and temporarily adhered them with tape and run them through my die cutting machine. You can also run each layer and die through on its own, but use the same piece of paper, and cut each character out of this one layer.

Turn all three layers around and temporarily adhere with tape on the back to make them all stuck together.

Lightly spray the combined die cuts with water and then another layer while still wet using a colour of your choice: I used Lindy’s Stamp Gang spray in “Alpine Ice Rose”. Let dry or dry with your heat tool and add some splatters with the same colour. I picked this spray colour because it matches the mirror card stock that I wanted to use as my in between layer nicely.

Step 2:

Place your stencil of choice over the die cuts (still all together) and adhere over them temporarily. I choose a gorgeous TCW stencil called “Fantangle” (TCW902s). Oh how much I love these kind of geometric designs!

Take a stencil brush (or foam applicator tool) and apply a matching colour of ink over the watercolour paper. The colour doesn’t have to be as heavily placed in all spots, it’s makes the background more interesting if you create some lighter area’s and some darker area’s. As my colour of ink I used Memento Ink in “Rhubarb Stalk”.

Step 3:

Here is where I’m taking the temporarily adhered die cuts apart, to be able to create two cards with them.

I take the first and the third layer and die cut the second layer from some rose gold mirror card stock. I also die cut my first layer again from thin card stock and in my next step I will first adhere the small stencilled edge and then inlay the following adhered and combined layers.

Step 4:

With the second die cut layer (including the insides of the characters A and P), I will create the second card. For this I additionally die cut the base again from the rose gold mirror card stock and the second layer from white card stock.

In my next step I will first adhere the small stencilled edge to the white parts, followed with the rest.

Step 5:

Adhere all the elements for each card together the way I mentioned before and, using liquid glue, also adhere the completed sets each to their own card base.

I also created splatters on the white design using the “Rose” Pearl Color by Finetec GmbH, using a brush.

Step 6:

I felt these cards didn’t need much else: for each card I die cut a black/vellum die cut sentiment using for one card one of the dies in the Honey Bee “Hooray Day” die set (with the shadow in vellum) and for the other card one of the dies in the Mama Elephant “Happy Birthday” die set.

And that’s it for today’s fun card project! I totally love how these cards turned out!

I wish you a creative day!

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