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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

The Versatility of Strip Dies featuring Picket Fence Studio’s Lavish Negative Strip

Hello everyone! I have a sweet and pretty card featuring a gorgeous floral stamp, A Mum, by Picket Fence Studio. The background has been created with their Lavish Negative Strip Die. This is a really cool design that cuts just the pattern and not the rectangular outline. This feature makes it very versatile. It can be used for repeat die cutting to create a background or used as an accent or border. Background dies can be pricey! If you love die cut backgrounds, a strip die is a great and economical option. Picket Fence Studios’ Opulent Negative Strip Die is another great die to check out.

Black card stock, slightly oversized, was mounted on an adhesive sheet … this is a thin layer of adhesive on backing paper. With such an intricate design, the adhesive sheet will transform the background into a sticker eliminating the challenge of using other adhesives. The panel was die cut four times with the Lavish Negative Strip Die to create the background. The die needs to be aligned with each previous die cut and oriented the same way for each die cutting … easy to do! Low tack tape holds the die in place so there is no shifting as it goes through the die cutter. The panel was trimmed down to card front size, 4” by 5 1/4”, and adhered to a soft pink panel of card stock the same size as the die cut panel. It was then matted on a fold foil panel and adhered to a top folding, A2 sized card base.

The mum was stamped with Versamark ink on Bristol Smooth card stock and embossed in gold. The faux water colour look was achieved with one Zig marker and a water brush pen! I chose a pretty rose tone that would fade out to a soft pink to coordinate with the background. The marker was applied directly to the panel at the base of each flower petal. The water brush pen was used to pull the colour up to the petal tip creating a variant. The embossed lines contain the colour making the process of colouring the mum super fast and easy. The mum and Picket Fence Studios’ black adhesive foam were die cut with the coordinating die. The flower was stacked and two gold foil leaves die cut using the More Ash Leaves die set were tucked onto the sticky foam at the back of the flower before adhering it to the panel.

The card was finished up with a gold foil die cut sentiment stacked on foam using the ‘hugs’ from the Slim Line Full Front Shaker Die. A few sequins from a mix called Under The Sea finished off with Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew complete the card.


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