• Donna Biderman

Double Duty Dies | Fine Art Floral DSP | Ornate Layers Dies | Stampin' Up!

My new video is all about how to make the best use of your papers - using dies to cut out the inside of a middle layer and using it as the star of another card. Check out the video here.

For these two cards, I did not want to waste the brushed metallic cardstock in the middle layer of the first card (the one on the left).

Because the brushed metallic cardstock is covered in the back (with pool party cardstock) and the front (with Fine Art Floral DSP), you can use a die cut in the middle and no one will know - shh, it will be our little secret. :)

Then use the die cut on a second card.

Now that's making the most of your cardstock! And just look at that stunning die cut layer - from Ornate Layers dies.

Both these cards together were made from less than one quarter sheet of the brushed gold metallic cardstock. The cardstock (found in the August - December 2020 mini catalog) seems expensive at $15 for 6 sheets, until you realize how little you use on a card. Here I used less than a quarter sheet - as much as I ever use of it on one card - and that works out to about $0.60 - and I got two cards from it. Really, even the expensive papers are not expensive if you use them as accents and not as card bases.

Ingredients: Fine Art Floral DSP, brushed gold metallic cardstock (or other gold cardstock), vellum, pool party cardstock, whisper white, and basic black cardstock; sentiments are from Blossoms in Bloom and Dragonfly Garden, but feel free to use any sentiment; tuxedo black ink; tulle polka dot ribbon; dragonfly punch; oval punch or die cut; postage stamp punch; Ornate Layers die; rectangle stitched die; basic pearls; gilded gems; liquid glue, glue dots, and Stampin' dimensionals; trimmer; and Stampin' Cut and Emboss machine.


Card #1 (Fine Art Floral DSP card): cut a piece of pool party cardstock in half horizontally, then score and fold in half again, to make a regular card base that measures 5.5x4.25". Cut a piece of brushed gold metallic cardstock (or other gold cardstock) to 5.25x4". Using the Ornate Layers die shown above, cut out the center of the brushed gold metallic cardstock piece (making sure to center it as well as possible) and set aside for the second card. Cut a piece of Fine Art Floral DSP to 5x3.75". Adhere to the brushed gold cardstock and adhere the entire thing to the pool party card base. Cut a piece of vellum 3x5", and tear the bottom and left side. Put a blob of liquid glue on your silicone mat or scrap paper, and using a sponge or a napkin apply fairly evenly over the vellum. Attach to card, placing it flush with the upper right corner of the DSP. Stamp your sentiment on whisper white, and cut out with an oval punch or die cut. Using the postage stamp punch, punch a piece from the same DSP (we will be using the reverse side). Adhere the sentiment to the postage stamp piece with liquid glue, then attach the postage stamp piece to the card using Stampin' dimensionals. Place three basic pearls on the upper right of the vellum. Adhere a bow made from the white tulle polka dot ribbon with a glue dot.

Card #2 (brushed gold cardstock): cut a piece of basic black cardstock in half horizontally, then score and fold in half again, to make a regular card base that measures 5.5x4.25". Using liquid glue, adhere the brushed gold cardstock to the card front at an angle. Stamp your sentiment in tuxedo black on whisper white cardstock, and cut out with a rectangle stitched die. Adhere to the brushed gold cardstock using liquid glue. Using a glue dot, add a bow made from the tulle polka dot ribbon. Punch out two dragonflies using the dragonfly punch and adhere in the bottom left of the brushed gold cardstock with glue dots. Add a gilded gem to each dragonfly.

Hope you like the cards and the video. If you make the cards please tag me so that I can see.

Thanks for spending some time with me!

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