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Layering Technique that makes your Card “Extra”

Layering Techniques. Handmade card using layers of die cuts and sunflowers.

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Today’s project shows off a simple layering technique that makes your card “Extra”! Extra dimension. Extra details. Extra AWE-someness! As you can see from the stunning image below, our designer Allison was able to utilize several different frame dies to achieve a unique level of interest on her handmade card.

Adding simple layers can take up a lot of the empty space you have on your card design while helping to highlight the main stamp, die or sentiment. Here, Allison used 5176D Deckle Die in two different sizes for layers one and two, and the5624D Nested Rectangle with Holes for the third layer. We love how she added color to the edge of layer two, to help is stand out and pop against the similar first layer. What you may not see right away, is that she also used the 5514-02D Holiday Tag die to be her fourth layer and act as the canvas and constraints for her main scene. We love when you can use an item, such as a gift tag die, for other types of projects. You could have an entire stash of gift tags made, and at the last minute choose to add it to a card by adhering it to layered cardstock. Interesting thought!

On the gift tag, Allison used the 5626-03D Sunflower Die and 5314-05D Sloped Fence Die to create a fun spring scene. These small sunflowers add so much ‘WOW’ to the project because they look so intricate and complicated, when we all know it’s just a simple layering illusion. Adding the pink yarn and clear heart jewels, was a dimensional touch that really finished off the look of this card. Allison used the 35015 Birthday Celebration Stamp Set’ for the sentiment, which we love because this card could really be used for any occasion. We are clearly #obsessed with the final look!

Layering Technique that makes card "Extra". Layered frame dies stacked on top of each other, create interest and dimension. Sweet Sunflowers add a nice floral touch.

This card is so elegant and fun, and we think this layering technique really does make a simple card feel “Extra” special! Is this a technique you have used before? Is this one you plan to use in the near future. Be sure to pin this blog post to your “Card Making Techniques” Pinterest board and use it again later when those creative juices run dry!

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