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How to Create Interest with Color and Angled Die Cuts

Posted by Chrissie Tobas

Here's inspiration for your next handmade card: try combining ink and dies in a new way to create a 3D angle.

Try combining ink and dies in a new way - creating a 3D angle!

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  • Your Next Stamp Waddle Happy Brrr-thday stamp set
  • Hero Arts Neon Ombre Ink Pad Neon Chartreuse to Blue
  • Spectrum Aquas: Black (Essentials Collection), Blossom, Bud Green, Rose Pink (Floral Collection), Orange (Primary Collection)
  • Versafine Onyx Black Ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Ranger Watercolor Pape
  • Spectrum Noir Premium White Cardstock
  • Waffle Flower Awesome Word Die
  • Thermoweb 3D Foam Adhesive
  • Sakura Quickie Glue Roller Pen
  • Craft Medley Green Sequins
  • Stick It Adhesive Sheets
  • Thermoweb Tape Runner
  • Cutterbee Scissors
  • Thermoweb Small Zots
  • Plain printer paper (60# text used)
  • Washi tape or respositionable tape
  • Waterbrush
  • Ranger Ink Blending Tool
  • Die Cutting Machine (Cuttle Bug used)

Trim a sheet of white cardstock to 5.5 x 4.25. This will be the front panel of the card. Place a plain sheet of printer paper over the panel and secure everything down with washi or repositionable tape. Grab two ink blending tools and an Ombre Ink pad. I started with the lightest color. I kept one blending tool yellow and then I combined the blue and green in the second blending tool. Blend in a circular motion to keep it smooth!

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Once you are happy with the blended effect, pull off the piece of paper. You can see the angled effect!

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Now, place your die cut down on an angle, too. Make sure it is covering both the white paper and some of the color. Secure it down with washi tape so it does not move. Then, run through your die cutting machine. Then set aside the die cut, negative pieces and panel. Do not throw any of it away!

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Add some Stick It to the back of a scrap piece of white cardstock. Die cut the same "Awesome" phrase out of this stock 3 more times.

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Adhere panel to a standard card base (5.5 x 8.5, scored at 4.25).

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Stamp the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink right above the die cut.

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Add the white dies into the negative space of the panel. Since we used Stick It, just peel off the release tape and place down in the correct position. Use the die cut that has the ink color on it for the very top piece. Adhere it using the Quickie Roller Pen. Also add in the negative pieces so the color is consistently angling across the panel.

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Stamp the penguin image onto watercolor paper. Color in with Spectrum Aqua Markers and a waterbrush (or paintbrush and water). Fussy cut it out and adhere to the card base using foam adhesive. This anchors down the entire layout of the card! Add a few sequins using small Zots.

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Check out how much interest we've created on this simple card! By adding bright ink using an ombre ink pad and angling both the colors and die, it's hard to stop looking at it!

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Don't forget to check out the Ideas Section of the website for more inspiration! And upload your own creations there, too! Happy Crafting!