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Die-Cut Inlaying with Fancy Dies

by Jessica Frost-Ballas October 22, 2020 7 Comments

Good morning! Jess here with a card using one of my most favorite Bold Print stamps ever that just happens to pair beautifully with one of this month's add-ons, the Crowned Swan Fancy Die!

I just love all the details of the Crowned Swan Fancy Die and I thought she'd be perfect for some die-cut inlaying! To start I die-cut the swan twice from Hero Hues Dove White cardstock. Next I placed a full-sheet post-it note underneath one of the die cut swans, sticky side up so it was temporarily adhered to the back of the swan. Then I used a craft pick to gently poke each detail piece of the swan out and adhere it to the post-it note. A few pieces were also stuck to my die-cutting plate and I just used tweezers to transfer them to the post-it note. 

When I have a really detailed image for inlaying I like to use post-it notes, washi tape, or painters tape to hold the pieces in place in roughly the same layout as the main image so that I don't get them mixed up.  For example, the navy blue leaves are slightly different sizes so it'd be easy to place it into the wrong opening of the swan if I didn't know exactly where it came from!  Once all the pieces were adhered to the post-it note it was easy to color them with Copic markers. I used RV29 for the flowers, Y35 for the dots, B39 for the leaves, and R00 for her blushing cheek. I repeated the process on the second die-cut swan but only on the top of her wing. Then I apply Spectrum Noir clear sparkle to all the pieces for a little extra shine!

Next I removed the swirls from the swan's wing and stuck them on a different post-it note. I pressed the Embossing & Watermark Ink pad over them and heat-embossed them with Gold Embossing Powder. Then I took the second swan and cut off her crown. I pressed the Embossing & Watermark Ink pad over the crown and heat-embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder. Then I glued it in place over my first swan. Then I colored the beak of the second swan with Copic markers, cut it off, and adhered it to the first swan. Finally I used a blending brush to lightly apply Soft Navy ink over the edges of the swan.

Now it was time to make the image come to life! I started by apply scotch tape behind the swan die-cut. I find this method easier than using liquid glue when you're working with tiny pieces.  After I adhered scotch tape behind the swan I turned on a mindless tv show and started transferring each colored piece to the swan with tweezers and a craft pick. It's not quick work but I feel like the end result is worth it for a special card! It's also much faster to just adhere the pieces to the tape behind the die rather than having to add glue to each opening. Once I was finished I placed a piece of scrap paper over the die and used my hands to really press the pieces in. You could also use a brayer. This just makes sure all the tiny pieces are adhered to the scotch tape.  And just look at that beautiful detail! :) 

I used foam mounting tape to adhere the second wing behind the swan for a little dimension. Then I stamped the Garland Bold Print stamp onto a piece of Hero Hues Nautical cardstock with Embossing & Watermark Ink and heat-embossed it with Gold Glitter Embossing Powder. I adhered the swan with foam mounting tape and then added a sentiment from Shine Bright heat-embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. Finally I used the Crystal Clear Lacquer Pen to add a little shine to the yellow dots on the swan to finish the card!

And that's it! I really love how this card turned out and I hope you like it too!  Thanks so much for stopping by and have an amazing day! 

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7 Responses

Lynn Gauthier
Lynn Gauthier

October 25, 2020

OMGosh, I LOVE your Swan. I will have to give this a go!!!

Veronica Fairbrother
Veronica Fairbrother

October 23, 2020

Jessica, this card is STUNNING!! Thank you for your inspiration.

Laura Peddicord
Laura Peddicord

October 23, 2020

The swan is very elegant and the background is perfect with her because it adds something to her background but still keeps the swan the focus. Love it!

Patricia Wilson
Patricia Wilson

October 22, 2020

These new intricate, inlay dies are so pretty especially the swan. All the cards I have seen with these dies have been outstanding. Love them.

Cindy C.
Cindy C.

October 22, 2020

It’s so beautiful!

Carol Wortman
Carol Wortman

October 22, 2020

This is so pretty! I can see it becoming an ornament and the focal of a baby shower or little ones birthday party! A keepsake for sure! Love to paper piece myself so this was precious inspiration! Thanks ✔ on my wish list.

Laura P.
Laura P.

October 22, 2020

Hi Jessica, Your card is beautiful! The Garland Bold Prints background with the gold embossing is so pretty with the Fancy Swan die. I bought this die as soon as it was available and love how it complements the awesome October MMH Kit that I was fortunate to win! Thanks for sharing another idea for these new items!