Apr 14, 2016

Mixing It Up - BD and AD!

Hello, sweet crafting friends! 
Donna, here, with a little
Dies R Us Inspiration!


Today's project is all about BD and AD!

that is...

BEFORE die cuts and AFTER die cuts!

It also features the Spotlight technique with dies- 
using the same colors
and
the same stamp image
to see how differently the same spotlighted images can look 
by simply changing the die cuts.


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My cards use the following DRU Products:
My cards use the following DRU Products:

                                                       each card has the following for the two "spotlight" elements.
Sue Wilson - Canadian Collection - Montreal (for dainty oval)

Card One (butterfly in corner):

Card Two (brown tones):
Spellbinders - Card Creator 5x7 Elegant Labels Four
Sue Wilson - Canadian Collection - Montreal (for dainty oval)

Card Three (dark background):
Spellbinders - Card Creator 5x7 Detailed Scallops
Spellbinders - Mega Nestabilities Curved Rectangles (to create smooth turq panel for stamp)

Card Four:
A2 Card is the BD (before dies):
none!

The Out-of-the-Box die cut technique was developed for images that might be larger than dies.
"Spotlighting" is an old, old stamping technique.  

Here are links for the Out of the Box Video and step-by-step pictorial tutorial.
For another of my unusual out of the box cards, please click here

For some gorgeous Spotlighting ideas, please visit this Pinterest Board.
Psst! If you are new to Pinterest, please know you don't have to sign up or have a Pinterest account in order to enjoy all the lovely Pin-spiration you'll find there.

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An "olden days" style Spotlight card without dies to fancy it up:

To accomplish the Spotlight technique using dies, it is easiest to deliberately choose crooked shapes, or shapes like circles that can be easily rotated on the image. Because the Out-of-the-Box technique on this card uses level dies (as opposed to round), I needed to be sure that the pop up portion would not be crooked when adhered. I'm not always good at "eye-balling", so this is how I solved that issue:


CARD ONE:


How to create the first card's shaped base and frame:



CARD TWO:


Putting the frame and card together:


Using the "negative left overs" on the interior:

CARD THREE:
Changing it up by using a dark background and white embossing powder, but all the same colors:


To create the frame:


Interior using the left over pieces:


Our BEFORE and AFTERS:

For more information about this card, please visit my blog post.
Please visit tomorrow for more inspiration!

9 comments:

  1. BEAUTIFULLY framed! Loving all of your tips and tricks. Fantastic creations! Please....please move to Cape Cod lol (there's actually a house 2 doors away from me on the market, wink, wink)

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    1. I'd love loving near the beach - but alas - that snow - and all the cold bluster LOL

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  2. Gorgeous, every example is just lovely and perfectly done!!

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  3. WOW! Beautiful cards and AWESOME tips & tricks! VERY inspirational posting. I know Akron, Ohio wouldn't be nearly as picturesque as Cape Cod, lol, but there's a house just down the street that you'd love! Let me know if you want me to put a bid in on it for you! LOL

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    1. LOL! That sounds fabulous, Dar! But again, too much of that white stuff, and the chill! My blood is too thin! LOL xo

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  4. Great way to update an old card using new dies.........dies really do make the card! Thanks for sharing your inspiration and tutorials.

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  5. Beautiful cards Donna! I love how you create all your frames. Your die collection must be huge! Lol! Your tips are all so helpful as well. I enjoyed your post!

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  6. Gorgeous cards Donna, and such a fantastic tips and techniques post, thank you!

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  7. OMG! This is simply magnificent. Just in love with the details, palette and tutorial for this beauty. Simply gorgeous

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