Saturday 3 April 2021

Alpha Metal Die Cuts Two Ways by Tracey Campbell

Hello everyone, Tracey Campbell here with you today. Have you noticed the new trend of slimline cards? Everywhere I look on line I see them at the moment so I decided to give it a go and try my hand at creating some, so here I am sharing two cards I created using the 365 Alphas Metal Dies.

Slimline describes the look of the cards, they can be horizontally long and skinny or vertically tall and thin. I have created these cards 8.8 x 21.5 cm on the horizontal. I am also going to use the 235 Alphas Metal Dies two different ways, these alphas dies are versatile so that you get bang for your buck and you will never be held back as you can create any greeting you like as you have every letter of the alphabet.

Many Thanks

For the Many Thanks card I cut a 16.16 x 21.5 cm rectangle from some white cardstock and folded it in half. I have used the papers from the Grateful Heart Collection for the card. Next  I fussy cut the doily from the Faith paper and the words Thankful and Blessed from the Family Paper. 

Using the 365 metal dies I cut the letters "Many Thanks" from the Together paper. For this card I am using the letters cut from the paper and in the next card I will use a negative cut.

I found when I placed the "Many Thanks" on top of the fussy cut doily they didn't stand out as much as I like grabbed some Coffee Colour Spray and inked the edges with the straw. I was very careful to not apply too much and had a piece of paper towel handy to wipe off any excess.

With the fold of the card at the top, layer the fussy cut doily on the card so with the words Thankful and Grateful tucked under the edges. Adhere the die cut letters over the top of the doily to form the words "Many Thanks" and decorate with a few leaves and sequins. Finish off with a hand drawn boards and a few small drawn dots around the sequin clusters. 

You Colour My World

For my second card I have used the papers from the Arty Farty Collection and cut a 16.16 x 21.5 cm rectangle from some white cardstock and folded it in half, a handful of colourful sequins will help to finish off the card.

Next I  cut the words "You and World" from the cardstock, making sure that the fold was at the top. I wanted to sue the negative word for my card so I was careful to place it exactly where I wanted it positioned on the card. By negative I mean the image that is created after you cut out the letters, I now have the word "Colour" to use on another project. 

To finish my card I backed the negative "Colour" word with coloured sequins by adhering them on to a strip of cardstock and sticking it to the inside of the card. Using the words "You" and "World" from the cut-a-part of the Transform paper I placed strips across the top and bottom of the card and finished off with some aqua small letter stickers to form the word "my". 

I hope that I have inspired you to use the 365 Alpha Dies, they really are a versatile die that allows you to have two completely different ways of using them. Either use the negative cut out of your project or cut the letters to put on your project. With such a fun and funky font they are great to have on hand. 

Pop back in tomorrow to see what another Creative Team member has to share and inspire you. Until then keep Beeing Arty with Colour Blast. 


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