A Fun Way To Use Frame Dies on Handmade Cards

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One of our original die designs were frame dies made up of several layering pieces all together in one plate. There are TONS of ways to use these incredibly useful dies and today Lisa is showing us a super fun way to use all the different frames you can get when you cut with multiple colors of card stock.

Let’s jump in and get the whole how-to, shall we?

First, stamp the candles on your favorite card stock for Copic coloring and cut them out with the coordinating die. Lisa says ” I love that the dies are on one plate and perfectly spaced to stamp all three candles at once.” That’s exactly why we laid them out this way – thank you for recognizing that, Lisa! Go ahead and color in those candles. PRO QUESTION: Tongue in or out when you color? (LOL)

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Now grab that Rectangle Combo OPC (One Piece Cut) die and use it three times – once each on white, blue and green card stock. Play around with all your frames and lay them out upside down in the pattern you like best. SAVE those extra frames! Add a teeny bit of tape in the four corners to hold them together and then add a couple of strips of thin foam tape down the sides as shown. Set this aside while you make your background.

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Cut a piece of white card stock to 5″ X 3 3/4″ and, using your favorite blending tool, blend some coordinating inks over the panel. Use any of your favorite “over ink” techniques – like flicking some water or spritzing with shimmer mist – if you want to dress up the background at all.

Here Lisa cut a piece of blue card stock cut to about 4 1/8″ X 5 3/8″ to be mounted on the card base. Adhere your frame assembly to your inked background and then pop all of that onto your colored layer.

Now you can arrange your candles over the whole thing, using thicker foam tape so they stand out a bit from your frames die set up.

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To make that fun multicolored greeting, place your stamp in your stamp positioned and ink up one part of the stamp with one color and stamp. Clean off the stamp and ink up the other section with your other color, making sure to overlap a bit in the center for full coverage. Re-stamp and – Taa-daa! You can now fussy cut it as Lisa did here, or if you have a die for your greeting, use that. You can even leave it on the strip and cut some banner points into the ends. Add it to your card and as a final touch, add some Glossy Accents over the flames and a touch of bling with some sequins.

You can grab all of the fun things from the store in the links below – there is so much versatility with this project so each of these items are ones you will return to over and over!
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Who knew basic frame dies could offer so many creative opportunities? (Well, we did, that’s why we made them!) We hope Lisa’s fun card has inspired you to try these out!


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