I have just completed the Altenew Easy Die Cutting Techniques course. Yana Smakula was the instructor and her videos and ideas are just wonderful. While the general concept of die cutting most crafters already understand, this class takes die cutting ideas to a new level. In this class I was really inspired by using the reverse die cut image as well as the embossed die cut. I’ve used embossed die cuts to impress and image, and I hadn’t realized the technique she shared worked too. Below is my card created to highlight the technique from Lesson 6 where die cuts were placed over your cardstock and impressed into it using your Big Shot.
Let me explain my card to help facilitate understanding this technique, which is actually the last thing I did to finish off the card. For this project I am using the Altenew – Never Give Up stamp and die bundle. I started with a white piece of cardstock cut to 4.25″ by 5.5″. Using my pencil and ruler, I marked in an inch and lightly drew a line down the 5.5″ side. I then laid my die so that it was 1/2 way on both sides of the line I drew and secured the die with tape. I then positioned my Big Shot plate on the side of the line that I wanted to have cut (right side) and ran this through the Big Shot. Then using my blade, I cut down the line anything that was left uncut from the die and removed all unnecessary paper from the right side, exposing all the beautiful leaves. Next, I stamped my images: the sentiments and bamboo stalks. THIS is where the impress technique comes in. Using the dies and white paper I made some ‘extra’ die cuts. I selected the tall bamboo die (x2) and one of the birds. I created a sandwich for my Big Shot consisting of: base plate, three sheets of paper, foam pad, my project cardstock, then I laid positioned the bamboo stalk die cuts and bird onto the left side of my project. I placed the top plate on the sandwich and ran this through my Big Shot. There you go, when you remove the top die plate, you can see the beautiful die images impressed onto the card stock. It is such a nice subtle way to add some dimension to your project. To complete the project, I placed foam tape on the whole backside of the panel and layered it on to gray cardstock. Of course, you always need some sparkle, so my Wink of Stella was traced over the sentiment and the bamboo stamped images. If you haven’t tried this impress technique; give it a go, it really leaves a great impression 🙂