Sunday 14 March 2021

Intricate Die Cuts

Popping in quickly again to share a couple of cards that I made a while ago and have just seen the perfect challenges for them.


After using the die to cut the panel I lightly embossed a piece of card so I could see the impressions and then coloured it with alcohol markers before positioning it behind the panel.

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I just love doing inlaid die cuts and also love the detail on this cover plate, but even I wasn't going to inlay all these little pieces! Just doing these 2 pieces on each shape took a long time, but it is so satisfying and I love the result.

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Mix it up challenge blog #47 - Anything goes + inlaid die cut

Card 1
Cardstock: Smooth white stamping card, adorable scorable coated card for the base
Ink: Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
Stamps: Uniko
Dies: Claina Palmer nested doily

Card 2
Cardstock: Smooth white stamping card, adorable scorable
Ink: Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
Stamps: My Favourite Things
Dies: Crafters Companion art deco

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pinky said...

Your cards are so pretty Hilary. Those dies are so intricate, love them. Love the name of your blog too!!

Viv said...

What patience you have to do these inlaid die cuts Hilary! Just lovely. x

GerJanne said...

I love both your cards! Very clever that colouring behind the diecut. And the inlay card is beautiful too. I saw the You Tube video about the die cuts and ink and how to make a background with it. Very nice technique.

crafty-stamper said...

Both beautiful cards and love the dies and inlaid effect
Carol x

aussie aNNie said...

Two gorgeous cards, those dies are beautiful. x

Ashwini Rao said...

Brilliant ways to use the dies, Hilary! Love the look of the soft colors on the cards. I think this technique is perfect for times when I feel lazy - no inlay, but still great effects!

Christine Alexander said...

awesome effect with the intricate dies, the inlay colours are amazing :)

papierelle said...

Wow, that looks amazing. There is a wonderful effect of adding color to the punched-out areas.
And I can well imagine the calming effect.

brenda said...

Such effective use of dies Hilary, the first makes such a special and different new baby card and the second art deco style is so striking in the colours used.

B x

I Card Everyone said...

NOW who's the Queen of cover-plates??? OH my goodness, Hilary! I love this geometric cover and the bits of yellow you've inlaid are just the perfect touch!
I like the first one, too - very pretty!
Thanks for sharing!

Loll said...

Two beautiful and colourful cards Hilary! I love the intricate designs on both your dies. And the colours you've used on both cards really does show them off to their full potential. Great work, my friend! xx

Bonnie said...

Wow! What beautiful die cut backgrounds, Hilary! I love the baby card with the sweet yellow, blue and pink peeking through. The second is is stunning with just the bit of color! Kudos for putting those little pieces in. Love the gray and yellow!

Cat Craig said...

Wow Hilary, these are both quite beautiful. Well worth the patience it must have taken to add the color bits.

Barb Ghig said...

Beautiful cards, Hilary! I love the pattern of shapes on your baby card and how you colored the inlaid die-cuts! I also love your 2nd card...that cover plate is so pretty and your color palette is lovely! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Addicted to CAS!

Kylie said...

Beautiful cards! Your inlaid dies are stunning. Thanks so much for playing along at Less is More xx

Greta said...

Absolutely beautiful cards!

Neets B said...

What stunning cards. I particularly love the baby one, so clean and the colours are so fresh too. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x

Whimsey said...

Absoutely beautiful cards; love your colors!

Sometimes we'd have to be CRAZY for trying such intricate inlay? #amiright

Thank you for joining us at the Mix It Up Challenge Blog! ~Michele, DT