Friday, September 17, 2021


Happy Friday my Stamping Friends!

Today I wanted to try something a little different – an experiment really.

Stampin’ Up! has a couple of new dies in the current Annual Catalog called Picture This.  They cut out either rectangular or circular “windows” in a piece of cardstock.  I saw a card on Pinterest that used the rectangle version of the Picture This Die, and these Dahlias were peeking out through the windows.

Well, these dies are on my wish list, but I don’t own them yet, so I started going through the dies I do have.  My first thought was the Stitched Rectangles dies I have, but the sizes just weren’t working for me, so I started digging further.  Next, I looked at the Stitched so Sweetly Dies (one of my favorites by the way), but again the sizes just weren’t working.  Same problem with the Scalloped Contours dies—the sizes just weren’t working.  

At this point I had used up all my obvious alternative ideas, and I was a about ready to throw in the towel, when I happened to look at my Christmas Season Bundle from the current Mini Catalog.   As I mentioned in my post on Monday, these dies are definitely worth a second look.  When I purchased the bundle, I didn’t even notice all the great label dies that it includes.  All I had “seen” were the dies that coordinated with the stamps. Now, I was looking at them with a different set of eyes and a different purpose in mind!  For the first time, I saw several dies with similar “shapes”, but in different sizes.

So, I decided to experiment and see if I could make a “Picture This” card using these dies.  This is my result!

What do you think? 

The most difficult issues I incurred were two different things. 

Issue 1)  Keeping the 3 separate dies aligned as I ran them through the Die Cutting machine.  Solution:  After 3 unsuccessful attempts to keep them straight and spaced correctly (even with Washi tape holding them in place), I ran each one through separately--so 3 times through the machine. 

Issue 2) When you stamp the flowers on the cardstock behind the openings, you need to make sure your stamping doesn’t appear someplace you don’t want it to appear – like along the border around the basic white piece, or in the opening next to the one you are stamping.  Solution: Use copy paper (or any lightweight paper) to mask the areas where you don’t want ink.

After I had run my Basic White cardstock through the Die Cutting machine 3 times to create the 3 windows there were some markings from my “well-used” cutting plates on the Basic White.  Solution:  I used the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder and voila – all marks are gone (or if they are there, you can’t see them).  This was actually a "happy fix”, because the card was looking a little stark and the embossing added some texture that was greatly needed.

After completing the stamping on the Highland Heather cardstock, the Basic White Window card was adhered on top with lots of dimensionals.  The flowers (with a Basic Pearl adorning each center) and the leaf were added with dimensionals.

Lastly, some Wink of Stella was added on all the flowers to give a little shimmer and shine.  In my world, you can never have too much shimmer & shine!

I’m happy with my experiment, but would love to hear what you think?

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If you missed my August Posts using the Delicate Dahlia Stamp Set, you can visit them using the following links:

Dahlia on the DIAG

Delicate Dahlia Inspired by Pat's Garden

Juxtaposition Dahlia Card

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