I recently purchased this Background Scribble die from Poppystamps and wanted to share some great ways I found to use it.
My goal this year is to really dig into my stash and use what I have, but also supplement with some fun new things every once in awhile. This die caught my eye because of how big it was. It can fill the front of a standard notecard or work as a nice focal point on a scrapbook page. Plus, I can't resist a scribbled look--it's so free-flowing and artistic!
When I buy something new, I want to really think about the different ways I can use it for it to be worth the purchase.
For this die, I knew it would be great to highlight a large sentiment or maybe a cluster of flowers, but what else? Here's a little bit of my process to figure it out:
- Brainstorm what I think of when I first look at this die.
- Gather up all the stamps I currently own that would compliment.
- Create lots of fun cards!
This is my brainstorm list--it's very "stream of consciousness", but so helpful.
- Movement, tornado pun, weather
- Pencil writing
- Hopping rabbit
- Rainbow blending
- Needle and thread
- Cut out in foil as a background
After pulling all the stamps I thought would work with this die, I got to work creating.
For this first card, I used the "movement" idea with the fairies flying all around. You could substitute butterflies, birds, or even balloons and it would work.
I added sparkle by covering the scribble die with Versamark ink, then heat embossing it using Judikins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder. Perfect for those sweet little fairies!
For this card, I cut about a quarter of the die cut off to create a "spring" to show the rabbit hopping. I happened to have a rabbit stamp that worked, but you could use a frog or even a little envelope die cut to show a letter bouncing in to say "hi".
This card was fun to make using ink blending. I chose the crayon idea, but you could use paint brushes, or an artists' palette to go with the color theme.
Instead of a pencil writing, I used this cute little piping bag from Lawn Fawn for this card.
These are just a few ideas I tried, but I'm excited to try some more. This die is very intricate, so I recommend using a metal shim in your die cutting machine and running it through a couple of times. Doing this will give you a perfectly clean cut. For adhesive, I used Glossy Accents with a Fineline applicator, but if I did it over again, I would use Stick-It adhesive sheets instead. They are a lot less messy. I talk more about this in my Making It Easy Series: Delightful Die Cutting.
I encourage you to try out my brainstorming process for stamps or dies that you're thinking about buying or have already purchased. I plan on doing more of these "ways to use it" posts in the future. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or comment below. I have all the supplies I used for my projects listed below. Thanks for joining me today!
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