Using Shape Dies Creatively

There are tons of ways to use shape dies creatively. Today I am featuring the new dies from Spellbinders’ Glimmer Greetings Collections.

Hello everyone!

In my post today I am sharing two fun and colorful cards I have created.

First Card

For my first one I used The Essential Diamonds die set from this collecion.

I picked a fun and contrasting color palette for my cards today. Orange, sky blue and dark teal. These colors go so well together, don’t you think so?

I started by arranging the nesting dies in such a way that it would cut the thin diamond borders in all sizes. Then I ran these through the die cutting machine three times in three different colors. This set has 11 dies in the shape of diamond.

I cut a piece of thin printer paper to the size of my card front which is 4 and a quarter inches by 5 and a half inches, a standard A2 size. Then meticulously added the diamonds in alternating colors next to each other till I formed there diamonds. Then I added the diamonds on the printer paper piece. It looks like there are so many diamonds in the photo but that’s just the leftover pieces that i cut off from the edge. I was able to fill the whole card front with just three diamonds.

For the sentiment I die cut Happy Birthday with gold card stock and it’s shadow layer with vellum as I wanted to cover the least of the background as possible. The happy birthday die is from the large die of the month for June 2022 .

Finally I added some floral elements on top left of the card front. I created this floral arrangement using the Be bold Bloom die set. I just used white and gold for the flowers and leaves because i didn’t want to add another color to my project.

Second Card

My second card features The Essential Arches Die Set.

Like in my first card, I used 9 of the dies to cut the arches in three different colors. And arranged these die cuts in alternating colors to create this fun colorful background.

I still have the leftover arch borders that I can use on another card someday.

I used another die cut word that says hello for this card. The letters in gold and the shadow layer in vellum.

Finally added a cluster of white and gold flowers and leaves to finish off this card.

Hope this inspires you to pull out all your nesting shape dies and use them this way.


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Unique Embossing Folder Technique

I have had this idea in my head about using this fun and unique Embossing Folder Technique for quite sometime. Finally I executed this idea in my project today.

Hello everyone! Hope you’re having a great spring. Here in New York it’s still cold but the excitement of warmer weather approaching is there.

There are quite a few spring babies in my family for whom I needed some masculine cards. I’m trying to become better at sending out cards this year. Today I am sharing this card I created with a new to me fun technique that creates this aged metal appearance.

Background /Focus

The background is the main focus of my card today. As this is the unique technique idea I had in my mind.

I used a piece of bronze craft card-stock from Michael’s. It’s the inexpensive Recollection brand. With the help of Altenew embossing folder and the Spellbinders die cutting machine I created this embossed panel.

Then I brushed some black acrylic paint all over the panel. My acrylic paint was a little dry, I need to buy a new one. But it worked fine for my project today. Then after about thirty seconds I used a dry clean cloth to gently wipe this panel. The idea here is to remove the acrylic paint from only the raised area of the embossed design which reveals the bronze color.

I then cut down this panel to be 4 inches by 5 and a quarter inches. Matted it with a craft card-stock leavings thin border around the embossed panel. And then added it on to a black A2 size card-base using foam tape for dimension.


Obviously my card needed a birthday sentiment. I used the Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday die to cutout this word with the same bronze card-stock and the shadow layer with black. Added this using some foam tape on to my card front.

As easy as it was to create this unique masculine card. I couldn’t stop staring at this card all day in admiration. I loved how this turned out in the end. Hope you’ll give this idea a try if you haven’t tried it yet.



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Monochromatic Card/ The Flower Challenge #64

When you say Monochromatic, first thing that pops in my head is just one color and pretty boring. But most certainly, that is not true. Even if, you use just one color you can use different values of the same color to create highlights and shadows. Let’s not talk about the whole artistic expertise here as I am not one.

Hello Everyone!

We at the The Flower Challenge blog are starting off this new year with a new theme for January 2022. Our theme this month is “MONOCHROME”

Here is my take on it.


Started off by stamping the beautiful floral image by Gina K Designs called Grateful Blooms with Hero arts Unicorn white pigment ink. But of course,I did have to heat set the ink before I started coloring as this ink dries slow.

I used Prismacolor pencils to color this beautiful image. After my image was colored in a slight definition of highlights and shadows I used the coordinating die to cut the image out.


For the background of my card I used the same Hero Arts Plum card-stock piece that was cut to 4 and a quarter inches by 5 and a half inches. I used Memory Box Matinee Rectangle die to cut out the middle portion of the panel and popped it up with foam at the back.


The sentiment is from Ton Stamps. Usually, I keep sentiment strips already stamped and embossed and cut to go on a card in an organizer, so I don’t have to spend time picking out the sentiments for my card.


Finally, I added some clear sequins with liquid glue, cut off the overhanging pieces of the image with a pair of scissors and called it done.

If you are interested, I have created a short video while I was creating this card. Enjoy!!

Hope you get inspired by my card today and if you create your monochromatic card don’t forget to share at The Flower Challenge.

For some other cards I have created for the challenges. Click here.



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Die Cut Daffodil Card/ The Flower Challenge

Die cutting is one of the popular process in card-making. I have created a die cut daffodil card to showcase this fun technique.

Hello Everyone!

Today I am participating in The Flower Challenge #59 along with the talented design team to share inspirations for creating die cut cards. This month’s theme is “Use A Die” (Option of a slimline card). I have incorporated both in my project today.

The Focus

The main focus of this card is the die cut daffodil flower in the front. For my card today I have used this beautiful die set called Daffodil Layering Die Set from one of the Monthly Subscription that I have been ordering. These dies cut the different layers of the flowers so you can layer them to create a realistic looking flowers. The die package comes with the layering instructions so it’s easy to figure out the orientation of each piece.

I have used shades of yellows and oranges card-stocks from my stash for the flower and greens for the leaves and stem.

The Background

For the background I used the latest Spellbinders mini slimline die set that is also one of the monthly subscription. It is the large die of the month for the month of July. I had just received my order in the mail couple of days back. This month’s die is this pretty mini slimeline card layers along with some flower dies and an envelope die that is perfect for the mini slimline card. For those who don’t know what slimline is, it is a slimmer and more longer size of cards. Mini slimline usually measures 3 inches by 6 inches or 3 and a half by 6 and a half inches.

I die cut a lemon yellow stripe pattern-paper using one of the biggest dotted die and an yellow piece with the second dotted die. After that I also cut the yellow piece with the daffodil die in one side of it so that it will show the opening for the flower to sit on.

I adhered the yellow piece using foam tapes for dimension and the pattern 0paper piece directly on the card-base using liquid glue.

Then, I added the flower with foam tape so it is the same height at the yellow piece. The leaves are adhered directly with liquid glue.

The Sentiment

For the sentiment of this card I stamped and white embossed a sentiment on darker yellow card-stock. It read “A little soemthing for” and added the Birchpress Bold die that says YOU underneath to complete my sentiment. I cut off the you from this sentiment strip.

This finishes my card. Hope this inspires you and you will play along with us at the flower challenge. Don’t forget to checkout the other talented designer’s projects. Our Guest Designer this month is my favorite Therese Calvird from Lost In Paper. I have always admired her card-making style immensely.



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 Hello everyone!

I am  here today sharing my card I created using the Beautiful Birthday digital stamp. This is one of the April releases by Varada Sharma.  This stamp set is called “Beautiful Birthday”. Bright floral and white background is my today’s theme.

The Focus

For my card today, I had bright florals on a white background in my mind. So first I printed this image on a 80 pound Neenah solar white card stock and then tried ink blending it using distressed oxide inks in color Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey, and Twisted Citron. My first try wasn’t successful as the print wasn’t dry. Hence, got smudged. So I decided to ink-blend the card-stock first before printing on it.This time it turned out perfect. With the help of a sharp pair of scissors I fussy cut the images. I really loved the bright colored image. 

The Background

For the background on my card I used the Simon says stamp Detail Ringlet cover plate die. 


I used Waffle Flowers A2 rectangles  to cut a thin border with a matte gold card stock that I purchased from Michaels. Considered adding the frame directly on the panel using liquid glue.

The Sentiment

Same matte gold card stock is used to cut out the word “sending” with the help of So Many Sentiments die from The Ton Stamps. I layered it with two other sentiments cut out with heavyweight white card stock. For the main sentiment of this card, I wanted it to be a Mother’s Day card but I didn’t have any sentiment stamp that I wanted that was perfect for this card so I printed out the sentiment that says “Mother’s Day Wishes” and then cut it out using my Tim  Holtz paper trimmer.

The flowers on the panel are arranged using foam tape I added the die cut border with the  help of liquid glue and the sentiment strip on a foam tape but adding a little glue on the sides that touched on the flowers.

I then paired it with a champagne shimmery envelope which I think matched perfectly with my project.

This finished my card for today and I’m really happy with how it turned out. Let me know what you think in the comment. I hope this inspires you to use this stamp in a similar way.



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