May 12, 2016

Pretty Staggered Backgrounds

Hello, Sweet Die-Cutting Friends!
Donna, here, with a little Dies R Us Inspiration!

Today's post is about jazzing up die cut backgrounds!

Team Member Anne Greenspan and I challenged each other to stack our backgrounds.
Ann's comprehensive post containing gorgeous artwork is here.

It was such fun creating this Beauty - We hope you enjoy the technique!

I have two cards for you today:

Same colors of die cuts,
Same background dies,

one is a PINK base,
one is a BLUE base

they yield very different effects!

My card duo today features the following 
Dies R Us Products:

Make Some Fun Staggered Backgrounds!

First, plan ahead by choosing glitters or embossing powders to texturize some of the layers:

Second, move the layers around around:


When you have several layers and elements on your card, move them around until you have hidden all the mistakes and blunders, so that the best parts show up on top! (giggle)
Here I moved the flowers around until the shapes were cohesive, and the boo-boos were hidden:

The backgrounds are staggered so that the back mirror cardstock panel is positioned half-way behind the glittered panel. I left the glittered panel uncut.

The glittered frame is a nice contrast to the flower centers, ornament and back panel, all cut from the same purply mirror cardstock. The pine branch die cuts have been embossed with another color of glittery embossing powder to provide a touch of variation in the silvers.

The interior has been distressed around the edges of the die cut, and also halo'ed around the card base to which the layer was adhered:

To make this card:

Step by Step Directions:

Assemble on 6" x 6" white card stock:

For more details about the banner and scene, and product information for how these cards were created, hop over to my blog post here.

Please visit tomorrow for Ann's Beautiful Inspiration!

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  1. Wow, is all I can say Donna! What a great technique and brilliant tutorial. You and Anne certainly set yourselves a challenge! Your cards are gorgeous and you have combined the dies together beautifully.

  2. Wow both are just absolutely stunning Christmas cards!!! Great tips, beautiful flowers and framing, I just love all the sparkle!!

  3. YOWZA! These are amazing! Beautiful, beautiful creations!!! The stacked die cuts add so much depth and dimension AND interest. AMAZING!

  4. Gorgeous cards Donna. Thank you for linking back to my blog although it wasn't necessary. I love the silver glitter with the pink and blue paper. Your layering of background dies is so awesome; it gives such a nice effect, doesn't it?

  5. Another stunning work of art Donna!! The background dies look so wonderful when stacked like that, and your choice of papers is just mesmerizing. BEAUTIFUL!

  6. absolutely gorgeous thanks for sharing
    Barb Housner


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