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Joy Snowflake Christmas Card | How To Alter Die Cuts

Hey crafty friends! I don't know about you, but this is my favorite crafty time of the year. All the fabulous new holiday and Christmas themed products are becoming available and that always gets me in the mood for holiday crafting. Today I'm sharing a Joy Snowflake Christmas Card featuring the exclusive Snowflake Winter Wishes Die from Scrapbook.com. Keep reading to learn how it all came together, as well as how I altered this die cut to create my own custom design.

Joy Snowflake Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Scrapbook.com Snowflake Winter Wishes and Tall Skinny Alphabet Dies

To get started, I cut a piece of white cardstock using the Snowflake Winter Wishes Die. This die has a banner at the bottom of the snowflake, which is definitely cute. However, I wanted the banner in the center of the snowflake.

How to alter die cuts

To remove the banner, I simply flipped the die upside down and placed it on top of the die cut I had just cut. I used a piece of tape to hold the die and paper in place as I ran it half way through my die cutting machine. Yes, you read that correctly. I only ran it half way through so that only the banner part is cut off. If you run it all the way through it will cut off the bottom of the snowflake. This die worked perfectly for this little trick because it is the same on both the left and right side.

How to alter die cuts
 
As you can see, I now have a snowflake with no banner. To give it a bit of shimmer, which you can't really see in the photo, I coated the paper with a layer of Smart Glue. I used my finger to smooth out the glue and cover the surface. While it was still wet, I poured Distress Rock Candy Glitter over it, gently patted it to make it stick and then tapped off the excess.

How to alter die cuts

Once the glue was dry, I added the banner and sentiment. The Snowflake Wishes Die comes with a separate banner die that I used to cut a piece of plaid paper and create a banner for the center of the snowflake. To jazz up the banner even more, I added a the word Joy die cut from Gold Metallic Kraft Stock using the Tall Skinny Alphabet Dies. I then finished it off with a sticker sentiment from the Classic Christmas Sticker Book. To give the sticker and banner a more vintage feel, I inked the edges of both before adhering them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Joy Snowflake Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Scrapbook.com Snowflake Winter Wishes and Tall Skinny Alphabet Dies

To complete the card, I layered the snowflake onto a couple pieces of patterned paper. I added a bit of machine stitching to the edge of the top layer and inked the edges of both with a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink before adhering everything together.

Joy Snowflake Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Scrapbook.com Snowflake Winter Wishes and Tall Skinny Alphabet Dies

I hope you enjoyed learning how this Joy Snowflake Christmas Card came together.


Now that you've learned this fun technique on how to alter a die, I thought you might like to know that Scrapbook.com is having a huge Die Cutting Sale!

Shop and SAVE on your Die Cutting needs from machines to dies and more. These super low prices only last through Monday, September 21st at midnight MST, so stock up today.


*Re-Design, Rina K, Gina K, Lawn Fawn, My Sweet Petunia (MISTI), and Scrapbook.com 'Handmade Essentials' Stamp Set (SKU sbc-ds19-7) are excluded from all discounts and promotions.

Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.

Something Dreadfully Wicked | Tim Holtz 2020 Stampers Anonymous Halloween

Something dreadfully wicked indeed! Today I'm sharing a Halloween card I created for the Tim Holtz 2020 Stampers Anonymous Halloween release. This card features a mix of several new stamp sets including Dearly Departed, Examination and Tiny Text Halloween, along with a touch of stencil work.

Something Dreadfully Wicked Halloween Card



You might not believe this, but I made this card three times...each with subtle changes, before finally settling on the first one I made as the one to share with Tim! I kept thinking I wanted it to have more layers and dimension, but each time I came back to the one layer of stamping as being more eye catching! So, without further ado, let me share with you the card that made the cut.

Stamp and Smudge Technique


I began with one of my favorite techniques for the background...Stamp and Smudge. I began by stamping images onto a piece of Bristol Smooth using a variety of Distress Oxide inks. Here I used Carved Pumpkin, Crushed Olive, and Wilted Violet. 

Each time I stamped an image, I dabbed off the excess ink with a paper towel and then with another clean towel lightly smudged the image. I like to build layers with this technique, making sure the images overlap, but also thinking about color placement as I stamp each one. See how the orange images are opposite each other? Sometimes, I even lay out all the images to figure out which ones to stamp where and even what colors to use. 

Once all the stamping and smudging was complete, I stamped a few images using Hickory Smoke Archival Ink. As the focal point, I then stamped the wickedly cool anatomical eye dissection using Black Soot Archival Ink.


Next, I inked the edges with Vintage Photo and Wilted Violet Distress Ink, spritzed the entire panel with my Distress Sprayer and then dabbed the water droplets dry. 

For a touch of texture, I mixed some Black Soot Distress Ink into some Distress Texture Paste and applied that over the new Script stencil on opposite corners. Something to keep in mind when adding color to texture paste is that it will lighten the ink color because the paste is white. I choose Black Soot because I wanted a light grey color so it wouldn't overwhelm the focal point image.


To finish off the card, is stamped the sentiment from the Tiny Text Halloween set onto black cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I then layered the entire panel onto a piece of black cardstock.


I hope you enjoyed learning how this Something Dreadfully Wicked Halloween card came together using some of the new stamps and stencils from the Tim Holtz 2020 Stampers Anonymous Halloween release.

Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com and Simon Says Stamp at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.

Crackling Campfire Distress Just One Life

It's not quite fall here yet, but between the slightly cooler temperatures we've been having, the return of Pumpkin Spice Lattes AND the release of the new Tim Holtz Distress Color Crackling Campfire, I'm definitely getting in the mood for fall. Thank you once again to Tim and Mario for kindly sending me the new products to play with.

Crackling Campfire Tim Holtz Distress Just One Life Card by Juliana Michaels

Crackling Campfire Distress Just One Life Card 


When I sat down and started creating with Crackling Campfire, I wasn't totally sure where the creative play was going to take me. I made a couple of backgrounds and extra elements that I didn't end up using on this card. Trust me though, they did not go to waste and I ended up using them to create a second card that I'll share some other time. For today, I'm going to share the first card I finished and it's definitely all about the Crackling Campfire! 

Crackling Campfire Tim Holtz Distress Just One Life Card by Juliana Michaels

To start, I began by spritzing a piece of watercolor paper with Crackling Campfire Distress Spray. I then smooshed the Crackling Campfire Distress Ink Pad onto my craft mat, spritzed it with water and them dabbed my paper into the ink. Between each dab, I dried the paper with my heat tool. I also did a little Distress Sprayer spritzing (with water) as well.

Crackling Campfire Tim Holtz Distress Just One Life Card by Juliana Michaels

The next step was the addition of some heat embossing. I placed the Script Layering Stencil on top of the inked background and dabbed embossing ink over section of the stencil. I then sprinkled it with Crackling Campfire Embossing Glaze and heat embossed it. To bring out the design, I rubbed a bit of Walnut Stain Distress Crayon around the embossed areas and rubbed it in with my finger. I then used a paper towel to remove any excess and bring back the shine on the embossed areas. The final step for the background was to ink the edges with some Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

After I finished the background, I started making the leaves. I knew I wanted something with a fall theme and what says fall more than colorful leaves?! The leaves are cut from Bristol Smooth Paper using the Thinlits Skeleton Leaves Dies. I like to ink my paper after I die cut it, however inking these really delicate shapes is quite challenging. Here is a little trick I use to help make this super easy. After you die cut your shapes, place a piece of Therm O Web Purple Tape or masking tape on the back side. If the die cut falls out of the cut paper, just pop it back in place and add the tape. I then ink blended the die cuts with the selected colors using a foam blending tool. For the the leaves on this card I used the following Distress Ink color: Antique Linen, Fossilized Amber, Barn Door, Candied Apple, Forest Moss, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint. 


These images don't show the exact color I used on this card, but this is one of the extras I mentioned that made it onto another card.


To add a bit more distressing, I did some ink smooshing on my craft mat and then dried them with my heat tool. On a few of the leaves, I spritzed them entirely with water and dabbed off the excess ink with a paper towel to lighten the colors, as they were a bit too intense for my liking.


Once the leaves were colored, I felt like the design still needed a little something. That's when I had the idea to add the Bigz Timekeeper Die. I cut it from a piece of Bristol Smooth Paper and a thin piece of chipboard. I adhered these together to give it a little more dimension and then inked the paper with Antique Linen and a touch of Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I then trimmed off the edge so it would fit on to the card.

For the final touches, I added some hand stitching to "attach" the clock to the background. I used jute twine that I dyed with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. To make this less messy, I put the jute into a plastic zip bag and sprayed it with the ink. This kept the ink off of my fingers and I used the bag to move the jute around until it was completely covered in ink. I then removed it from the bag and dried it with my heat tool. 

Last but not least, I added a Quote Chip with the saying "Just One Life". To dress it up, I inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and added some alcohol inked Hardware Heads.

Crackling Campfire Tim Holtz Distress Just One Life Card by Juliana Michaels

Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com and Simon Says Stamp at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.

Embodied Spirits | Tim Holtz 2020 Stampers Anonymous Halloween

Hey crafty friends! I'm back with another Tim Holtz 2020 Stampers Anonymous Halloween card that I created using some of the new stamps from Tim's latest release. Today I'm featuring the Examination and Tiny Text Halloween Stamp Sets.


This card actually came together rather quickly for me because as soon as I saw this stamp set, I knew I wanted to create a x-ray effect with the skeleton image and Alcohol Lift Ink.

I began by creating an alcohol ink background on Yupo paper. I used Pitch Black and a tiny bit of Pebble and then blended them with Alcohol Ink Blending Solution.


Next, I stamped the skeleton image onto the alcohol ink background using Alcohol Lift Ink. I then followed the steps for lifting the ink by dabbing the image with a clean paper towel until no more ink would lift off. With each dab the ink was lifted and the image was revealed in more and more detail. I also repeated the process using the splatter image that is included in this set.


After completing the background, I created the sentiment strip and label. The label is from the Examination Stamp Set and the sentiment is from the Tiny Text Halloween Set. They are each stamped onto black metallic kraft stock with embossing ink and then heat embossed with Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder.

To complete the card, I layered the stamped piece onto a piece of champagne metallic kraft stock and then onto a piece of black metallic kraft stock.


I hope you enjoyed learning how this card came together using the Examination and Tiny Text Halloween Stamp Sets by Tim Holtz.

Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com and Simon Says Stamp at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.
 

Things Are Not What They Seem | Tim Holtz 2020 Stampers Anonymous Halloween

Hey friends! Did you catch the Tim Holtz 2020 Stampers Anonymous Halloween Release on Facebook Live? Oh my goodness it was amazing! Tim just released some amazing new stamps and stencils that are perfect for all your Halloween makes. However this release is not just for Halloween and has some great sets that can be used all year round. I was blessed once again to be asked to create some projects that were shared during the Facebook Live and today I'm sharing one of the Halloween cards I made. If you happened to miss Tim's Facebook Live you can catch it here.

Things Are Not What They Seem Halloween Card

This card is definitely not what it seems. At first glance, it looks like an ordinary card, with some layering and embellishments. However the butterfly and skeleton are actually flaps that flip open to reveal the full background design and room for you to add a message to the recipient.

Let me walk you through the details on how this card came together!

Things Are Not What They Seem Halloween Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Tiny Text Halloween Specimen, Examination, Dearly Departed and Eroded Metallic Technique.

The background of this card begins with the Eroded Metallic Technique. Tim shares this in his Q+A Demo: Distress Paint  and you can find it around the 1:11:20 mark. His video is very detailed, but I'm also going to share what I did as well.

I began by applying Distress Paint in Black Soot, Peeled Paint and Wilted Violet using a dry brush to a piece of Bristol Smooth Paper. I added colors here and there, until the entire piece of paper was covered with paint. And yes, it kind of looks like a hot mess at this point!


While the paint was drying (make sure it is completely dry), I gathered the following supplies. You want all of these items ready to go, as you can't let things dry or this next step won't work. 

Supplies: Brushed Pewter Distress Paint, paint brush, Ranger Heat Gun, Distress Sprayer (filled with water) and a paper towel. Tim recommends using paper towels without texture, however, I don't have any of those and the texture on the ones I do use doesn't bother me. The more grunge the better in my book! 

Once I had all of my supplies within easy reach, I squeezed a large amount of Brushed Pewter Distress Paint onto my craft mat. (You want to make sure you have enough to completely cover the paper.) I then brushed the paint onto the paper, making sure to work quickly and to avoid wiping over it or trying to do layers. Once the paper was covered with paint, I immediately sprayed the paper with water, squeezing the trigger slowly to get big droplets and allowing the water to even pool here and there.

I then briefly dried the paper with my heat gun, just long enough to dry the areas that didn't have any water on them. For the final step, I covered the paper with a paper towel, ran my hand over it to smooth it out and then peeled it up immediately. This step removed some of the metallic paint and revealed the original colors I had painted and gave me this cool eroded metallic look!

Eroded Metallic Technique

After I completed the Eroded Metallic technique, I stamped several images from the Anatomy Chart, Examination, and Dearly Departed Stamp Sets using Archival Ink in Black Soot, Hickory Smoke and Wilted Violet. You can see a full view of the background in the final image down below.

Things Are Not What They Seem Halloween Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Tiny Text Halloween Specimen, Examination, Dearly Departed and Eroded Metallic Technique.

For the focal point of this card, I stamped the butterfly from the Specimen Stamp Set and the skeleton chart from the Examination Stamp Set onto Bristol Smooth Paper using Black Soot Archival Ink. I then ink smooshed the skeleton paper with Old Paper Distress Ink and trimmed around it leaving about a 1/2 inch flap on the right side. I wrapped this flap around the backside of the Eroded Metallic panel and used a bone folder to give it a nice crease. I then inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


For the butterfly, I did the same ink smooshing and then water colored sections of it using Wilted Violet Distress Ink and a water brush. I fussy cut the butterfly and then inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. On this piece, I wrapped part of the wing over the left side and adhered it in place on the backside of the background panel. 

Before I adhered the flaps, I realized that when they opened the backside of them was not very attractive. To fix this, I stamped various images from the stamp sets using Hickory Smoke Archival Ink and then inked the paper with Old Paper Distress Ink and the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I then adhered the flaps to the backside of the background paper. You can see this in more detail in the final image below.

Now, even with the using a bone folder to crease the paper, the butterfly flap didn't want to lay flat. To help with that, I added the 31 from the Idea-ology Numeric. Before adhering the numbers and the Hardware Heads, I distressed each of them with Pitch Black and Mushroom Alcohol Ink. 

For the sentiment I used the Tiny Text Halloween. I then layered everything onto a piece of Bristol Paper inked with Old Paper Distress Ink and then onto a piece of black cardstock.


Here you can see how the card opens to reveal the background/inside of the card and the stamping on the backside of the flaps.


I hope you enjoyed learning how this card came together and how some things really aren't what they seem! 

Supplies

You can find a supply list of the products I used to create this project below. This post contains compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com and Simon Says Stamp at no cost to you. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here.