May 17, 2017

3 Ways to Create Cloudy Sky Backgrounds using Dies

Hello friends! Today I'm going to be sharing 3 ways to Create Cloudy Sky Backgrounds using dies. The dies I'm using are the Newton's Nook Designs Sky Border Die Set. This set includes a cloud and a scallop die.

Die Cut Layered Cardstock

The first technique is called Die Cut Layered Cardstock. This is a quick and easy method to create a cloudy sky background. All you have to do is use the cloud die with 2 shades of blue cardstock and then layer them to create your background.

Die Cut Layered Cloudy Sky Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Sky Border Dies and Newton Scoots By Stamp Set

I love that the Sky Border Dies are just long enough to be able to offset the cut image when creating A2 size cards.

Die Cut Layered Cloudy Sky Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Sky Border Dies and Newton Scoots By Stamp Set


Die Cut Masking

For the second cloudy sky background method you begin by die cutting the clouds from a scrap of white cardstock and use it as a mask. I used the Die Cut Masking technique recently on a Father's Day Card featuring Winston's Tee Time from the recent May Release. You can check out a tutorial on this technique in this post.

Die Cut Masking Cloudy Sky Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Sky Border Dies and Newton Dreams of Italy Stamp Set

I also used the Die Cut Masking technique to create the water and waves background.

Die Cut Masking Cloudy Sky Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Sky Border Dies and Newton Dreams of Italy Stamp Set

Inlaid Die Cut

The third and final method for creating a cloudy sky background is the Inlaid Die Cut Method. There are two ways you can use this technique. For the first option, you can simply die cut the same piece of cardstock into pieces. I used this method in these Welcome Baby Cards I created featuring the Lovable Laundry Stamp Set.

For the second option, you can add some Distress Ink to each layer as I did in this Happy Birthday Card featuring Winston Takes Flight Stamp Set. For a full tutorial on the Inlaid Die Cut technique check out this post.

Inlaid Die Cut Cloudy Sky Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Sky Border Dies and Winston's Tee Time Stamp Set

Watercolor paper is my favorite paper to use when I'm working with Distress Inks. It blends so easily and adds a touch of softness to the design.

Inlaid Die Cut Cloudy Sky Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Sky Border Dies and Winston's Tee Time Stamp Set

I hope you've enjoyed learning 3 Ways to Create Cloudy Sky Background using dies. Will you be trying one of these techniques on your next card?

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3 comments:

  1. Such adorable cards and what great techniques!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

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  2. Wow this is so cool! I finally had to chance to stop by and read this and I love the way you showed all the different ways to use the die. I love the inlaid version. I have to try that!!
    - Jen

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