Thursday, August 12, 2021

Forest Critters

 Hello!  I love building scenes with cute die-cuts but I don't enjoy cranking out all the pieces I need.  It can take quite a bit of time to make sure the images are die-cut perfectly and I am always impatient to get to the creative part!  The following technique makes it so much easier to get to the coloring and setting the scene!      It's also an especially helpful technique for die-cutting very small images.

First, stamp the images on a scrap sheet of paper.  Do not remove the stamps from the lid.

Next, die-cut all the images from cardstock. Allow some space in between so that the individual negative die-cuts can be separated.  

Next, remove the inside pieces and set them aside. Place the negative frames over each image.  This is where the magic happens.  Arrange the frames precisely around the images so that the images are exactly centered inside the framing. 

Once the frames are placed precisely, add the negatives back into the frames taking care not to move the frames. 

Ink the stamps that are still on the lid, close the lid, and stamp!  Viola!  perfectly centered images; even the teeny tiny ones!  If the images are too small to color, pop them back into the frame, adhere on the back with a little bit of removable tape or Washi tape, and color!  

After placing the die-cuts on the card layer to form a scene I adhered them to the top layer. Next, I adhered the top layer to the base.  Then, I placed the card in my MINI Misti to stamp the sentiment.  I like to adhere my designs to card bases before stamping the sentiment so that I can make sure the sentiment is perfectly aligned to the bottom of the card base.  Just make sure your lid is wiped free of ink before stamping so that ink doesn't accidentally go where you did not intend!

I used both the MISTI, the Mini MISTI, and the Cut-Align ruler for today's project.

I am Angie, and I am so glad you stopped by today!  If you would like to see the super cool painting my daughter painted for me, click HERE.  The painting inspired my design with its vibrant colors!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

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