So, I *may* have gone a little crazy with the Penelope Pinpoint Frame Craft Die from the Poppystamps February 2022 Release. I absolutely love background dies like this, especially abstract ones that we can use in a multitude of ways, so I couldn't help but make a whole bunch of cards with it. Since I have SO many examples, I thought I'd split them up into 2 different posts. I'll post the second one next month, but in this post, I'll go over the first 4 cards I made with the Penelope Pinpoint Frame Craft Die.
Cards 1 & 2:
The best part about dies like this is you can use the innards as well as the outards. Is that a word? Basically, the negative die cuts that you end up with when you die cut something - you can reuse to make another card! Not always possible because the negative die cuts may not really be pretty / useful. But in this case, they're absolutely usable and pretty too!
So, I started off by blending a panel of Neenah Solar White 110 pound cardstock with distress inks (Wilted Violet, Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, and Blueprint Sketch). I ran the panel through my Big Shot with the Penelope Pinpoint Frame Craft Die, and hung on to every little piece.
I used the same die to cut out some plain white cardstock and kept all the little diamonds. And you're going to think this is crazy, but I stacked 3 of the diamonds together for dimension for each and every diamond, followed by the colored ones from the inked panel I cut originally. But as the crafting world knows (and Laura Bassen says) "Dimension is life".
Then, I took a card base, adhered a card panel to it with the positive die cut from the Penelope Frame Die, and I adhered the stacked diamonds in the same order.
Then, I took some clear jewels and adhered them to the intersections.
I topped off the card with the Freestyle Hugs Craft Die which I cutout with Neenah Solar white and stacked a bunch together, with the silver foiled cardstock one on top. I used vellum to cut the shadow and used it behind the Hugs sentiment. And that's it! That's Card # 1. I think this one was my favorite of these 4.
Card # 2 came together very quickly and easily. I basically took the positive die cut from the inked panel from step 1 and mounted it on a cardstock with double sided adhesive. Then, I poured my favorite Diamond Dust into the diamond holes and burnished them in.
Here's a picture where you can see the diamond dust a little better:
I figured that I have enough glitter / embellishments on this thing already, so I didn't add any jewels or rhinestones, but now I'm wondering if I should have. Thoughts? I mean, can there really ever be enough glitter in life?
I did the same thing with the sentiment here that I did in card # 1, and called it done.
Cards 3 & 4:
For my 3rd card, I actually followed the same process as Card # 1, where I ink blended with a bunch of distress inks (however, on this panel, I used Candied Apple, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, and Wilted Violet).
Everything else was pretty much the same, except:
- Instead of stacking up die cuts of the diamonds, I cut out little slivers of foam tape and mounted the diamonds on that. Which do you think is crazier of me? Stacking tiny die cuts multiple times? or Foam mounting with micro pieces of foam tape? Do let me know!
- Instead of silver glossy paper for the sentiment, I used Black Glossy Paper from MemoryBox.
Which one do you like better? I personally prefer Card # 1 because of the cool colors + silver sentiment. How about you?
Card # 4
So, when I made Card # 3, I was left with the positive die cut (the one with the frame). Instead of adhering it down to a card panel as a whole, I cut it up into some slices. I took one of those slices and put it at the bottom of an acetate card panel.
Then I took a sliver of silver mirror cardstock and used it as a border so that the card had a finished look.
I stacked a bunch of hugs sentiment dies cut out of white cardstock, and then topped it with some of the black glossy cardstock. I decided I wanted it to be silver, so I put a silver sentiment on top, but offset it just a bit so that it looks like it has a shadow.
Then I used white pearls instead of clear gems as embellishments.
I normally windex my acetate cards before I photograph them but this time, I forgot. So, please excuse the fingerprints / lint / God-knows-whatever-else is on there.
Now that I'm looking at a picture of it, I wonder if I should have used a sliver of silver cardstock at the bottom too. What do you think?
Anyway, that's all I have for now!
Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Please do let us know! We love to hear from you! Thank you for sticking with me through the end of this very long post! Stay tuned for Part 2! You won't be disappointed!
2453 Freestyle Hugs craft die
2510 Penelope Pinpoint Frame craft die
SH44004 Black Glossy Paper Pack 10 sheets
FP1002 Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad 6x6 pack
JWL001 Clear Jewels