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GD Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge – Die Cutting

I am extremely honoured and excited to be a guest designer for the next two weeks in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge.

The current challenge #92 is Die Cutting. There are so many fun techniques you can do with dies.

I had so much fun that I made four cards.


This example uses a die in the traditional way,

First of all I used the fabulous Kind Flowers stamp set. There are so many wonderful sentiments that I used a number of them to create a tone on tone card base using Rangers archival black ink onto a side folding black cardbase. Next I used stamped the Kind word on lawn Fawn plaid paper and used the Sss Kind die to cut them out. I adhered these with 3d foam squares for added dimension. Some ranger black enamel dots complete this card.


This card uses one of my favourite techniques, creating shaker cards with dies. I just love the sparkle and extra special feel all those sequins give to a card.Many of us have a lot of ‘basic’ shape dies like circles and it’s great to be able to use our dies in interesting ways. I used the SSS Stitched circles dies to create my own frames out of patterned paper from the SSS January 2018 card kit.  I then die cut white circles again using the sss stitched circles for the centres of my frames and the shaker element.  The sentiments and hearts are from the SSS Really Like you Stamp set also from the Jan 2018 kit.

I layered my frames some with thin double sided tape and some with 3d foam squares for a more interesting combo.

I love the sentiments and papers on this card.


I wanted a more simple feel to this card and I dug out one of my most loved SSS sets called Handwritten Floral Greetings.

I took a white piece of cardstock and stamped sss leaves and flowers around the edges in shades of blue ink from Altenew.

Next I used SSS praying for you die to die cut the stamped panel and put the white die cuts aside for a future project.  I then die cut the sentiment again from some cardstock covered in the same blue Altenew ink used to stamp the flowers and glued the die cut sentiment into the stamped panel for an inlay die cut look. I think this die is excellent value for money and the thin script is gorgeous.


For my final card I had so much fun.

Firstly I took a piece of white card stock and lots of distress inks – picked raspberry, scattered straw, salty ocean and then blended black soot ink over the top. I added lots of water splatters so that some of the underneath colours are more visible and then splattered white, black, yellow, pink and gold paints to create my background. Once dry I die cut this piece with a stitched rectangle die.

Next I took thick black cardstock and gold heat embossed a number of flowers from SSS Spring Flowers stamp set.

I used gansai tambi paints – there is a gorgeous semi white pearlescent paint in this set and I mixed a little bit with some pink from a zig clean colour brush marker, this way you can create a pearlescent paint in any colour you have. I use this technique quite a lot and because you are not doing lots of blending you don’t need much water and so a thick cardstock can take the paint without warping. After die cutting these I added them to my inked panel and curled the edges of some of the petals for dimension.

Next I used the Sss painted thanks die and and die cut it out of gold mirri card 4 times and once out of black cardstock. I attached stick-it adhesive on each side of each card so that when die cut I had glue on the sentiments – this makes it so much easier to assemble. Then I added some clear wink of stella and glossy accents to the black layer to make it stand out even more.


Do you have a favourite? I would love to know what you think. I’m not sure which one I prefer.

I would love you to join me and can’t wait to see what you create. You have two weeks to link up your entries on flickr. Hope you have fun and thanks so much for joining me today.

I am also entering these into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

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