Concord and 9th - DIY Shadow Die

by - November 06, 2017

I've been feeling a bit under the weather for the last few days, so I haven't been crafting at all, really. Today I decided to suck it up and pull out one of my favorite new sets, the Petals and Pallets set by Concord & 9th. You've seen me use this 'forever' stamp before and I'll use it a million more times. It's too pretty to not use often. 

*I used my Silhouette for this card. It's certainly NOT necessary, but without it I don't think the dimension of the card will work. But, you could always add dimension in other ways as well!*

I decided to use just the 'petals' portion of the set for this card. In my Silhouette Studio, I measured a rectangle to be 5.25"X4", slightly smaller than an A2 card for my card front. I previously stamped the word forever on a scrap piece of paper, took a picture, and imported it into my Silhouette Studio. I opened the picture and traced the outer edge. I then selected the traced image, clicked "offset", and made it larger until I liked the look of it. Finally, I took the offset traced image and dragged it to the middle of my rectangle card front. Then, I cut it from a white 110lb card stock.

Now I was left with a card front with the very rough outline of the 'forever' stamp cut from the center. I left the rough outline in the center of the card so that the flowers looked complete for the final product.

I only masked one flower the entire time (the rose above 'forever') and the rest I just stamped over one another. I didn't think it would be extremely important to have clear crisp lines throughout the flowers. Overlapping usually bothers me quite a bit, but because I chose very light and very dark color inks, the darker colors were able to stamp right over the lighter ones. 

I was then able to stamp the word 'forever' right onto the rough outline. I stamped it in Versamark ink and heat embossed it in white. It wasn't standing out as much as I liked, so I went around the outline of the word in a silver gel pen to help it pop. 

After I stamped the word "FRIENDS" underneath the outline, I adhered it to an A2 sized card base with foam tape. This is so the entire card front except the word forever would be raised giving the illusion that the word was actually sunk in. To adhere the word, I used glue instead of double sided tape. This is so I could place it down and move it around a bit until I found where it fell in place perfectly. 

This will be hard to believe, but I did not use one single sequin on this card. NONE! Instead, I used  Nuvo Jewel Drops in Rosewater and Pale Periwinkle to create some interest and add complimenting colors to the card.

I hope that you have enjoyed learning about how I created this card and used my Silhouette to create a shadow die cut for a word stamp. Let me know if you decide to try! See you soon! 

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