Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Thanks - Pinspired Challenge #16

My card making goal today is to make cards without any stamps. I was inspired by the current Pinspired challenge and the many tutorials on die-cutting. In the process of making these cards, I kept changing the way it turned out. Let me explain my crazy process..

So here was my wonderful inspiration. Loved the colors and how the "THANKS" is almost hidden. 

I used the dies by My Favorite Things Die-Namics, By the Letters, lowercase. I used my cutting mat to line them up and used washi tape to keep them together. 

Occasionally, the letters were stuck in the die, but I couldn't use a pin to poke them out because the washi tape was in the way. I used scrap washi tape that I have sticking all over my lamp to get them out. 

Then I put the dimensional adhesive. This was my first card. By the third card, I used a roll of foam tape and cut them into thin strips and applied them directly to the die cut letter. This was was easier. I didn't have little paper backings all over the place and adhesive sticking out beyond the letter. I also penciled in the little opening in the "a" and glued that little teeny tiny die cut in there.

So my first card, I colored in the letters with a very light copics marker (E0000) to make "thanks" pop out more. I added Glossy Accent to it. 

Second card, I thought the "thanks" needed to be darker so I used the next Copic marker (E00) but it was too dark. Also there were shiny glittery areas that wouldn't hold the Copic color, so it just looked weird.

Then I decided to add a marroon scratch paper behind the cut out and stick the die cut letters to that. It added a nice shadow effect. 

Since I used two sheets of the same patterned paper, I decided to take two identical cuts and die cut both papers at the same time. I kept one set of the die cut letters inside the bottom paper and taped it securely in the back so the letters wouldn't come out. Then I took the second set of die cut letters and placed it on top. I like this card a lot better. There are no white spaces.

So I had the negative left. The one bad thing with this card was that I lost the little section of the "a" I had to improvise. I tried to find a small enough heart or flower to fill it in. Nope. I found this corner punch and used it on scrap paper and cut a little of the point off. It's not a perfect match, but I didn't want this part of the card to go to waste. 

All my pretty cards. Thank you Pinspired Challenge for the inspiration. These challenges are a great motivation to get some creative cards done. 

Thanks for looking,

Supplies used:
Dies: My Favorite Things (By the Letters, lowercase)
Paper: sei (Bright Blossom)


  1. Just WOW - fabulous technique and paper choice for the Pinspired Challenge. Thanks for playing along!

  2. Ahhh MAZING! Love these so much! I will have to try this!!

  3. Neat technique, Lynnie! I like them all, but I like the first and third te most. I'm gonna try this...

  4. Great collection of cards, and a great tip for getting stuck pieces out of the dies!

  5. WOW WOW WOW!!! So in creative and totally lovely. Thanks so much for being PINspired.

  6. very creative.. totally love your card.. thanks for joining us at PINspired Challenges..