Father's Day is coming up and I always struggle to come up with a design for a masculine card. My brother's birthday is 6/20 so I made him a card and wanted to share to give you an idea for a masculine card. I hope you like it. I'm trying to learn new techniques and this is one... inlaid dies. I know it's been around for a long time but this is the first time I've ever tried this and I love it! It is so much fun!
I used my MISTI and the Corners that you can buy to make sure my sentiment wasn't crooked. I used the L Shape Ruler for this. I've never used a vertical sentiment so I just thought I'd do something different.
Here's what you do:
Step one: Choose your card stock color and get a heavy piece of white card stock to put behind it. It doesn't have to be white... (whatever color you want as long as it's heavy to act as a buffer).
I chose a Kraft card stock by Gina K Designs and put her 120# white piece behind.
Step two: Choose the dies you want to use
I chose Tim Holtz Garden Greens die set. I love this set, there are about 10 dies in the set
Step three: You can either do this one die a a time OR if you have a magnetic platform you can put them all on at once like I did. I made my whole card front in one pass. How cool is that??
I used Magnetic Platform and ran all the dies through at once
Step four: Put your dies where you want them to be on the card stock and run through your Big Shot or whatever die machine you have, with the heavy card stock behind it. This will keep your dies from cutting all the way through the card stock on top, thus creating an inlaid die design. Continue putting your dies where you want them on the card stock and continue to run through your machine, with the heavy card stock behind it.
I decided after I had already run my dies through that I wanted camoflage on the card because my brother hunts. So I just cut out the dies I wanted to use with the camoflage patterned paper. I got this at a big box store, 12x12 sheet. Then you glue it on top of the dies you want to cover. I used a Zig Two Way Glue Pen.
I could've used the camoflage paper in the beginning but I didn't think about it. If your inlaid die cuts cut out a little, you can just glue them on. Some of mine were a little loose and I turned the card stock over and took a chisel wide Zig Two Way Glue Pen and went over the entire back to adhere them and then put that on top of my black card stock piece. The glue will not go through to the front of the card.
You can really make this fun. You can use patterned paper for your inlaid dies, you can use a different color than white on the bottom and have a solid or patterned die cut go there.
I don't know if I explained this well or not, again, this is why I want to make videos. I love to share what I learn. I love to answer your questions, etc.
I wanted Happy Birthday to go on the front of the card somewhere but I didn't want to cover the front much. I chose this vertical Happy Birthday sentiment from Whimsy Stamps called, Kitty Ballons. The dies I used are from Tim Holtz called Garden Greens. I love this set! There are about 10 dies in this set. They cut like butter too. I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink and embossed with Stampendous Detail Clear Embossing Powder to give it some shine.
I couldn't find my ribbon banner dies so I cut them myself so if they look like they are handmade, well, they are lol. I didn't want to go have the Silhouette cut them for me. I put some fun foam behind the ribbon banner to give it some dimension. Lastly, I added some Eyelet Outlet black enamel dots.
As I was looking through all of my dies, I got so many ideas for this technique! You can use flowers, hearts, shapes, anything you want with solid or patterned paper.
I hope you'll try this technique. I loved using the magnetic platform to run them all through at once. I want to make up a bunch of these for male and female so I have something ready for a card when I need it
Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great day!