Partial Die Cutting and Masking with Ilina Crouse

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Hi, it's Ilina here.  For today's card I combined partial die cutting and masking, not only the images but the sentiment, too, so that “Holidays” appears behind “Happy”.  I love experimenting and trying new techniques and this card is no exception.


I started by preparing my top folding red card base. I stamped the music notes on the bottom of the note card three times using the MISTI and Versamark ink and embossed with Clear embossing powder. I set my card base on the side.

I cut 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece of smooth white card stock and stamped the poinsettia using Rockin' Red ink. I created a mask from masking paper and applied it to the stamped image. Next I stamped the foliage around it using Lime Rickey, Grass Skirt and Melon Ice ink pads. I removed the mask and stamped the berries in Rockin' red ink and the center of the poinsettia using Tiara ink pad.

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Using pencil I lightly marked where I want to trim off my panel and from the bottom until that point/line I partially die cut the leaves making sure I didn't cut through the poinsettia petals. I used detail scissors to cut around the poinsettia. Next I trimmed the bottom using paper trimmer up to the mark I created earlier.

In the next step I stamped the sentiment using Midnight ink. I inked my first stamp and omitted inking the “A” at the end of the sentiment “we wish you a” from Here we Come A Caroling. Then I stamped “happy” and cut a thin strip of masking paper to only cover it, then on top I stamped “Holidays” and removed the masking paper. This allowed a visual effect of the “Holidays” being in the background.

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I adhered my panel to the red note card I made earlier and set aside, added some Pico embellisher (clear) in the center of the flower and the berries and added few sequins to finish off the card.

Thanks for joining me today and hope you are inspired to create!

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