Apr 7, 2016

Birds, Borders and Boo-Boo's

Greetings, Crafty Friends! Donna here with my first post as a new Dies R Us Inspiration Design Team Member!
The Dies R Us  on-line store carries a huge assortment of amazing dies by several manufacturers.

Have you ever... ?

Have you ever planned a design in your head, and then made one boo-boo after another so that your project ends up completely different?
 THAT'S what happened with this card.
(Please click on any of the photos to see up-close details)

My card features the following Dies R Us Products:


Change the appearance of die cut "frames" by adding borders to them:

It is not necessary to use the dies within a die set to create pretty frames. Change it up by using other dies (like circles, ovals or shapes) rather than what the manufacturer has put together.
This gives you the ability to create frames to suit your project needs:


Mark frequently used dies to help expedite your crafting:

The Poppy Stamps Grassland Border does not have a cut edge on the bottom, making it ideal for wide borders of grassy layers, or turned upside down for icicles. It's a long die, but can be cut apart to use in patches (shown in the base of the card). It can also be fussy cut in a shape, shown in the sample below:


How to customize the sizes of your panels while keeping the details of the dies (like the piercings on the Sue Wilson set):

Boo Boo Time!

While the stencil for the Fleur de Elegance die is beautifully detailed, I was displeased with the way the ink looked around the decorative portion of the die cut. It was too dark. To fix that, I resorted to glitter. Probably opaque white embossing powder would have been easier:
I used a very large transparent chunky glitter and SNS Waterfall Ultrafine Glitter to "distress" the problem area and hide the ink:

If you'd enjoy learning more about how this card was made, digital tips, and all the products used, please visit my blog post here

See you next time!

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  1. WOW this is just gorgeous Donna! Thanks for all the wonderful tips & tricks!

  2. Awesome way of combining the dies and your coloring of the image is just beautiful, such a beautiful way to frame it!

  3. Love your card Donna. It's so soft looking.

  4. Your card is absolutely GORGEOUS....but so is your post....I don't know which is prettier! Love the sparkle on your card and all of he wonderful photos and tips! (secretly I am hoping people will confuse the 2 Donnas) lol Well done, my dear!!!

  5. Gorgeous card Donna, so many different elements working well together. Great tutorial, with lots of tips, thank you!

  6. Such a stunning card Donna! Thanks so much for all the tips and tutorial too!

  7. Gorgeous card Donna! I love it. Great write up.

  8. WOW Donna great post and your card is amazing!!!


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