(This post was originally published in April, 2016.)
Over the years I have collected an assortment of crafting dies. When SpellBinders came out with their thin dies I was so intrigued with the many shapes they offered. I selected some basic shapes I thought I would use and soon found myself purchasing smaller label shaped dies. (I know many of you have your own collections of die cuts too!)
When I create my cards, I usually use border shaped dies and labels. The stamps I use for the greeting are usually put on a popped up label, with a background label to accent it. Sometimes the next sized die is a bit bigger for my needs. So, I discovered a way to create a die that is my right size. I thought I would share my little discovery with you!
I simply cut out another die that I already used for the stamped greeting. Then I cut that die in half, so as to stretch it out to fit both ends of my original die cut message. I attach each piece to the message and I have a background accented greeting that is the perfect size! Sometimes I just cut out the same shape in the next size and us it as an added background. I think it adds a new dimension to the card. (I chose not to use the bigger background on this card as I thought it was too large.)
Many of the dies today are sold in nesting groups so you won’t have to use this technique. However, some of the labels in my stash may need a little background help. This is also a great way to use paper scraps!
I also decided to use a Memory Box flower die to accent this card. I popped it over an embossed background and am pleased with the results. What do you think?
I hope this little trick is helpful to you the next time you need to have the perfect size background die for your project!
Enjoy your creative day and thank you for visiting!