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Video: Coordinating Die Masking + Giveaways!

Welcome! Today’s video shows using coordinating die masking to create some happy kids cards.

Masking Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

It seems that almost all stamp companies now have coordinating dies available for the stamp sets they sell. I have some of these coordinating die sets and I really wanted to find a way to get more out of them to make the investment worth it. And today’s technique is a great example!

Masking Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

After stamping the Avery Elle Monsters Stamps on a white die cut banner and coloring them with Copic Markers, I applied masks cut with the coordinating dies. (Boy, does using the dies save time!) I gently applied Distress Ink over the mask with an Ink Blending Tool. The results? A bright, white, thin outline around the monsters… along with a soft a halo of color.

I embossed my cards with the We R Memory Keepers Dotted Next Level Embossing Folder. I tell ya – these embossing folders are incredible. Such dimension!

Masking Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This card design could work with so many stamps you may have. I think I will be making more! Oh – and for another video showing how to use coordinating dies for masking, head HERE.

CHALLENGE UPDATE

These cards are a perfect fit for this week’s Share Handmade Kindness challenge focused on kids. I also plan to send one to Emily and one to Xander for the Card Shower. I hope you are able to participate in helping these kids smiling! (More info HERE.)

Also, be sure to watch my Instagram account. I will be doing another auction soon with 100% off the money going to the Kind Campaign. A wonderfully talented artist (and dear friend of mine and true angel) sent some amazing handmade pieces to auction. I will post it soon! I can’t wait.

GIVEAWAY

I am very excited to bring you TWO great giveaways today. One is from Avery Elle – a $25 gift certificate! When Jamie from AE heard of the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge, she reached out to me and offered the prize. Thank you Jamie!

And I am personally giving three Avery Elle stamp sets to a lucky winner, too!

For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 11/22/15 telling me if you like to get coordinating dies for your stamps or not. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed, and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), etc.

 

 

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810 thoughts on “Video: Coordinating Die Masking + Giveaways!”

  1. I like to have the dies for my stanp sets but I don’t have too many because they can be costly…if it’s a stamp set that I know I am going to use over and over then I will definetly purchase the dies…of not then I typically wait to see if I can get it on sale or with a coupon before I purchase it

  2. Hi Jennifer!! These monsters are adorable! The masked halo around them really makes them pop and googlie eye are a nice touch. I’m 50/50 or less on getting stamps with matching dies. If the dies are affordable, I get them. Sometimes I’m too thrifty for my own good, but if I have several stamp sets on my wish list, I talk myself out of dies and get other stamps instead. If that makes sense. Some of the “cutesy” companies seem to have very expensive coordinating dies, so much so that when I look at other companies who sell similar sized dies for less, I’m really wondering what is going on. I’m hard pressed to buy a matching die set for $28 or more for a critter stamp set. But I’m in a one income family as well and I try to stretch my $ as much as possible and still get fun, versatile product. Thanks for sharing your crafty tips, products and kindness’ with Me! xo

  3. I like to get the matching dies because I don’t like to fussy cut. I don’t always get them because it means I may not be able to buy another stamp set I want.

  4. If the stamp design is intricate or tiny, I usually do order the die….just a convenient thing to have especially if I am mass producing a card. These monster cards are absolutely adorable.

  5. I always buy coordinating dies for stamp sets. I work full time and my crafting time is very limited. (no time for fussy cutting) I appreciate any item (like coordinating dies) that make my projects move along faster.

  6. I’d love to get coordinating dies for stamps, but if my budget doesn’t allow, I will get the stamps and take the time to fussy cut. I love these little monsters! My son loved them too! I’ve subscribed to your youTube channel and love to watch! Thanks for the inspiration! God bless!

  7. I sometimes buy matching dies with my stamp sets, but not always because it get expensive. I love your masking technique and will be trying this myself. Thank you as always for your amazing tips!

  8. I don’t have a die cutting machine yet. It is on my Christmas list. I dislike fussy cutting and plan to buy as many die sets to match my stamps as possible once I have a die cutting machine.

  9. I don´t buy any coordinating dies for my stamps since I would rather spend that money on a new stamp set. Since I don´t mind fussy cutting, this works out quite well for me!

  10. I love getting coordinating dies with my stamps, there’s just something good about seeing that shape come out of my big shot!

  11. Hi there, Yes I love coordinating dies with stamp sets. But if the images or dies are too little, I would rather fussy cut because the smaller they get, the easier it is for me to lose them lol. Lovely card designs. I hope to send you cards for the little kids battling cancer!

  12. That’s a silly question! Who wouldn’t love coordinating dies for all their stamps. Now only if they didn’t require extra money…… 🙂

  13. I’ll admit I don’t have any stamp sets with matching dies, but I think there are some sets that it would be really useful. Most likely I wouldn’t need them for every kind of stamp, but things like flowers that I often fussy cut, I would love to be able to just die cut them!

  14. I think it would be handy to have matching dies for all the stamps I own, especially if I’m going to layer them. I don’t like fussy cutting masks and I’d do more scene building if I had the dies.

  15. I only have one stamp set with matching dies – I wish I had more, but the expense is prohibitive.
    Cute monster cards – the kids will love them.

  16. I don’t mind cutting out simple images, but it is so much fun to have dies that coordinate with stamp sets. I actually
    seek these out as I feel it makes my stamps twice as valuable.

  17. I always get the stamps and coordinating die cuts! I have not figured out how to “fussy” cut very well and love how the dies perfectly cut what I stamp.

  18. Hi Jennifer!! I do buy the dies if the are affordable, and now because of these great monsters, I’m going to want them even more!!?. What a great tip! Thanks so much!

  19. I don´t have a big shot machine, so I don´t get any coordinating dies for my stamps. However, there are times when I’m fussy cutting intricate stamps that I wish I had a big shot! When that happens though, I try to avoid having to cut the stamped image and instead try to figure out if I can stamp it straight onto my project so I can avoid using the scissors!

  20. I do sometimes, it depends on the images and how difficult the are to fussy cut. it does make it expensive though, so I do really think about it first. Thanks for the great video, fab cards, and tips on how to use the masks 🙂

  21. Just got a Big Shot, so am trying to focus on buying more basic dies, such as rectangles, etc. that I will use with more projects rather than getting a lot of coordinating dies that match the stamps.

  22. I almost always buy stamps that have coordinating dies. I have a favorite company that excels in these and own most of their sets. Even though I have two cutting machines, it is still great to use stamps and dies to add even greater creativity to scrapbook pages.

  23. Yes, I really like the coordinating dies. But I also like to fussy cut too. So I don’t buy the dies for every set, only those that I think are too intricate to fussy cut myself. These cards are so cute!

  24. I LOVE getting the matching dies for my stamps because I am a horrible cutter. Seriously, I joke that I must have been home sick from school in 1st grade when they taught us how to use scissors!

  25. Those embossing folders are quite something! The problem (;)) with your videos is that they make me so broke! LOL
    Now, being all serious, I love these cards so much! They are adorable and playful and fun and sweet – and the kids will LOVE them!

    To answer the question: Yes I like coordinating dies, but I usually only get them for things that is intricate, because I am a cheapo. 😉

  26. I buy the coordinating die sets if the stamps are intricate or it’s a stamp I’ll be using a lot. Wish they weren’t so expensive. Thanks for coming up with this new technique. It certainly helps justify the set I recently purchased.

  27. I would love to buy the co-coordinating dies for stamps, but the part of world I live in getting them together is not very much possible.. love the gorgeous makes with lovely colors you had used.

  28. Totally cute cards. I only buy the coordinating dies if the stamp is intricate with a lots of internal cutting needed. If it is just an outline I’ll usually fussy cut.

  29. I often get the coordinating dies for intricate stamps, but if the stamps look like I can get away with fussy cutting the images, I’ll do that. I only have started getting the coordinating dies in the last three years, but when I started this “hobby/obsession”, I certainly couldn’t afford to get the matching dies all the time!

  30. I love the cards! I like the idea of coordinating dies and stamp sets. If I am cash strapped I start with the stamps and then move onto the die set later on. Espically when you can make items “pop” on the cards or layout pages.

  31. Hi Jennifer, I like using dies to cut out my stamping but most of the time I just cut them out. Fussy cutting for me is fun and I can’t always afford the coordinating dies that go with the stamps. Thank you for the great tip.

  32. I usually don’t get the dies, as I have a limited budget & would rather get another stamp set. 🙂 I do make the investment, however, for smaller stamp sets like Lawn Fawn’s when the die is just a few dollars. So excited to try this technique with those!

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