Hello! I am here to share a video showing 7 creative ways to use coordinating dies. Coordinating dies can be an investment, so it is best to find new ways to use them. I am also participating in a blog hop with giveaways.
There are many creative ways to use stamps and their coordinating dies together. And all are simple!
Here are seven ideas…
A simple way to use a stamp’s matching die is to use it to make a fine impression. All you need is a Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mat. (If you don’t have one, you can try using a piece of craft foam.)
After stamping the Mama Elephant Little Girl Agenda Stamps, I placed the coordinating die around the image and ran it through my die cut machine with a Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mat. (Use your machine as you would with an embossing folder.) The die makes an impression outline instead of cutting. Subtle and fun.
These fun sentiments are from the Mama Elephant I Like You Stamps. And all the scallop frames were cut with a die from the Mama Elephant Favor Bag Die Set. The final cards are approximately 3.25″x4.25″. Small and cute!
You can also use coordinating die cuts to dry emboss. This raises the image and makes it look like a puffy sticker!
To do this, I glued together 4 cardstock die cuts. I placed it behind my stamped image (watch the video for an easy trick) and ran it thought my die cut machine with a Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mat.
Instead of popping-up a die cut for dimension, try setting it back into the die cut window. The dimension is fun!
#4: SOLID DIMENSION
It is very quick to adhere a die cut with foam tape or dots for dimension. However, you can get a much better look by layering several die cuts together. This gives a solid look – like an embellishment.
#5: ACTION WOBBLER
Action wobblers are great for making a simple die cut extra special. It flattens nicely in the mail and then pops up and shakes when you take it out of the envelope.
#6: COMBINE DIE CUTS
Using coordinating dies saves a lot of time – no more cutting! So why not combine stamped die cuts to create new looks? Here I put a Mama Elephant Little Girl Agenda image inside a computer screen from the Mama Elephant Blogging Buddies Stamp Set. That sentiment (from the same stamp set) it awesome!
Masking is great for creating one-layer cards. To save time, you can create a mask using your coordinating dies. Be sure to watch the video to see some tips for masking this way. I really like using 3M Scotch Super Sticky Full Adhesive Post It Notes for my masks.
For this first card, I masked the girl and stamped the Mama Elephant Hello Friend sentiment repeatedly over it. This is a great way to make spice up that simple and small image.
You can also just apply a bit of ink around an image with an Ink Blending Tool using the mask. I like the small white halo that results.
And just for fun… another card! For this I used lots of the Mama Elephant Little Girl Agenda images and popped them into a Mama Elephant Grid Window Die background. Isn’t that fun? A great way to use small images. The sentiment is from the Mama Elephant Mini Messages Stamp Set.
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