I started this video in 2019, but we were in the process of moving to Cambridgeshire so they got pushed to the side while we packed up all our craft items. I know I was filming the process of this card tutorial too – but I can’t find the footage. My plan from 2019 was to use the Kind of Wonderful stamp set. Recently I tidied up my craft desk and I found these backgrounds, (and the stamp set and all the die-cut pieces stored in a baggie so nothing would get lost) so I thought it’s about time I finished them.
Creating The Backgrounds
As I was filming this technique I didn’t write down the ink colours I used. I could just watch the video and get the colours I used that way. My best guess is that I used Tiara, Tiki Torch and Tutti Fruitti for the orange backgrounds, and Party Dress and Tiara for the pink backgrounds. I smooshed the ink pads onto a media mat, spritzed the colour with water and swiped and pushed my watercolour card into the colour.
In Lay Diecutting
I planned to have inlay die-cutting for all the cards, with white being the frame (or inside pieces) and the inked background being the rest of the background. Of course, I lost a few of the die cuts so I couldn’t do this for all the cards. Before die-cutting, I did add a double-sided adhesive sheet to the back of each coloured background piece. My cards are all 4.25 x 5.5 inches in size.
Interlocked Cover Plate Die
The Pink Card with Black
I placed the die so part of it would overlap the corner of the card on the pink background and ran this through my die cutting machine. I die cut the same Deco Circle die from white card, but from a full piece of white card that would cover the whole of the die. This way I don’t have to worry about not having enough in the white die-cut to cover all the space on the pink background. I did keep all the insides of the dies from the pink card, but I lost some so I had to change up my idea.
I removed the release paper from the double-sided adhesive on the pink background and adhered this to a piece of white card. Then removed the release paper from the white die cut and popped this into the gap. I trimmed off any of the white die-cut that was overhanging the card base, and popped in the black die-cut pieces. These also have double-sided adhesive tape on the back – which makes it much easier to adhere them in place. No messy liquid glue.
The Orange Card with Black
The insides from the black die-cut are in the pink card above. The frame, I just adhered to the background made from Tiara, Tiki Torch and Tutti Fruitti. I placed it so the overhang will be on the left-hand side – which I trimmed off.
The Pink Card with White (photo at top) & The Orange Card with White
These are the simplest cards. I adhered the pink die-cut onto a piece of white card and trimmed off the overhang for one card. And added the white die-cut to the orange background for the other. The double-sided adhesive tape on the back of the dies makes it very easy to attach all the pieces.
Deco Circles Coverplate Die
The process for these cards are the same as above with double-sided adhesive is on both pieces before die cutting to make putting them together easier. The frame part of the die went onto a white card, with the white die-cut pieces inlaid in the spaces. And the white frame with the inky background die-cut pieces inlaid in the spaces. The only difference is the card with the white inlaid pieces – some of these pieces had gotten ink smudges while they are stored. To cover the marks I decided to use Copic Markers and did a flat colour on all pieces.
Sentiment & Finishing The Cards
The Kind Of Wonderful has one big Kind stamp, and smaller word stamps to build up your own sentiments. I decided to stamp the “kind” “-ness” “changes everything” and ‘”thank you” onto white card. The big Kind was fussy cut around, and all the other sentiments were trimmed into strips. I arranged the sentiment to read “kind-ness changes everything, thank you”. These were adhered flat to the card – which will make them easier to post out to people and companies.
Do you have any questions? I’ve tried to explain as clearly as possible, but I find inlay die cutting easier to explain when you can see the process. If you would like a video tutorial, please leave a comment and I will record one for you.
Catherine Pooler Designs
Interlocked Coverplate Die
Double-Sided Adhesive Sheet