Thursday, March 29, 2018

Creative Use of a Large Die

Hello friends!

Sometimes the die is so large in scale, it can be a little bit intimidating for a card maker!
I have seen some gorgeous examples with this die during the Altenew March Release Blog Hop. 
I decided to use it in a different way.
That is, use the die for dry-embossed background.

Basically, you sandwich it with the cutting plate and The Spellbinder Tan Embossing Mat. 
This is such a tried and true way to stretch the use of dies, especially this die ain't cheap!😆

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Honestly, I think it will be great to use this die as a doily and call it a day!
If you have a fancy tea/dinner party, consider using it as part of your pastry decorations!
I totally would!
Anyhow, back to card-making.....

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I used Canson Watercolor paper and Mandala Die for the dry-embossing first. I then had lots of fun coloring it with Gansai Tambi (36). However,  having fun coloring doesn't always yield to good result ( haha).
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For the sentiment, I used three different element: glitter Tape, Washi Tape and vellum.
Sometimes it pays to add these little elements to the lackluster watercoloring.😉
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Overall, I think I am happy with the result. 
I hope that you are, too. 😀
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Teresa Doyle said...

WOW Virginia, this really is beautiful. I am ALL for stretching my dies (expensive or not!), well, ALL of my supplies for that matter! The more I can do with them, the better my money was spent. Right?

Tracey Magner said...

Good Morning, This is another WOW card, you kind of sounded like you were not too sure if you were happy with it. I LOVE LOVE this card, that dry embossing with the watercoloring is FABULOUS!!! It really is just so pretty, I remember seeing that die during the hop and I had zero interest in it, honestly I am going to go put it in my wish list, I am looking at it in a whole new light, I really love this die now. I have always been a fan of Big word stamps, Big 6x6 stamps, Big die's, etc. Such a beautiful card Virginia, thanks for sharing.

Linda BL said...

Love the look of the dry embossing with the Mandala die. Your coloring is beautiful, anything but lackluster! I love the new dotted washi tape, the vellum, and the silver DMC thread-- together are the perfect complement to your Mandal background.

Sue D said...

Very pretty way to use this die.

Martha Herrera said...

This is simply gorgeous! I love it.
Thanks for sharing.

Denise Bryant said...

Love the embossed design! Pretty card!

Harriet said...

Very unique. You managed to use a die and combine it with your own idea. I think you made a very unique card. I agree, this die would make excellent trimmings for a plate of pastry.

Sheila H said...

I love your lessons on stretching craft supplies, Virginia. This is another beautiful one. Love the water coloring!

Purple Princess said...

So creative! I love that die!

conil said...

Think your idea of using this for pastry decor is terrific but have to say like the way you used it on this card best. You know what a sucker I am for dry embossing.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Thanks for sharing so many of your pretty ideas!!

Berina RGA said...

Such a lovely card! Beautiful watercoloring!! Love this idea.