Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Hello friends!
I hope that you find the post title intriguing enough to check out today's post. 
Let's get to the the definitions first as it will help you understand what it means to "deconstruct" the use of a metal die.
Definition of deconstruct (from Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
1 :  to examine (as a work of literature) using the methods of deconstruction
 2 :  to take apart or examine in order to reveal the basis or composition of often with the intention of exposing biases, flaws, or inconsistencies
3 :  to adapt or separate the elements of for use in an ironic or radically new way uses his masterly tailoring skills to deconstruct the classics — Vogue

The following card was created with the metal die in multiple creative ways.
live every moment

As I was grieving of the loss of my mother-in-law,  I went back to my craft room as it is the most normal and familiar thing to me. I realized that I only use this Penny Black die just once... and that's not acceptable.

 In the darkest hour, I came up with this idea and I am sharing with you now.
You see the Penny Black die is such a lovely one. However, with the frame in the design, it seems rather restricted as to what you can do with it. In a way, I am just trying to "justify" the cost of getting a metal die like this.


Highlights of this card:
1. use the Birds Abode  die as a stencil (a piece of thin paper was used as mask)
2. trim off the frame from the die cut paper (so it's border-less)
3. use Distress Oxide for the ink-blending ( Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint and Broken China)
4. die cut the bird house with a different card stock (Cherry Wood paper was used)
5. with the metal die in place, a very small amount of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (pink)was applied to the tiny heart
6. spritz water (or use Wink of Stella Clear) onto the inked background
7. apply/adhere Nuvo Crystal Droplets ( white and teal were used)

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 I hope today's post prompted you to examine your stash of dies with fresh eyes!

This card is going to a friend of my mother-in-law's.
 I know her friend will feel comforted and loved with this card because that's what my mother-in-law would say to her...
Thank you for stopping by!
Here are the latest stamps at Simon Says Stamp.


Denise Bryant said...

Pretty card! I have one from PB also, that has a frame around it. I'll have to take a look at it and see if I can use it in different ways!

Hannelie said...

Clever AND beautiful!

Dawn T said...

Beautifully deconstructed Virginia.

Purple Princess said...

So pretty!!

Sue D said...

Beautiful card and message and thanks for the deconstructing advice.

conil said...

Your brilliance never goes unnoticed because you keep coming up with these clever techniques. This is beautiful and another lovely tribute to your Mother-In-Law.

Shelly said...

This is simply beautiful, Virginia! Love how you used the die...perfect!

Harriet said...

Brilliant!!! You have given me another 'eye' to look at dies. Your card is lovely, my goodness the Oxide ink is wonderful. Thank you.

Karen L K said...

Well done! Nice colors & nice alternate use!

Lisa Elton said...

Pretty background! This si fabulous!

Karen B. said...

What a way to transform a die! Beautiful

Misty Elam said...

This is so beautiful. The meaning behind it makes it even more beautiful. So sorry to hear about your Mother In Law. Hugs, my friend. <3 <3

Barb Ghig said...

I hope you find solace in your craft room after such a big loss, Virginia! You have certainly done an amazing job reconstructing this die to create a really beautiful card! I'm loving how you blended your oxide inks, and that you used it for the background on your lovely sentiment, too! A stunning work of art!
I'm sure your mother-in-law's friend is really going to appreciate your thoughtfulness!