Repetitive Dies Cuts for Quick Cards

Hello my crafty friend! Welcome to the Spellbinders May Clubs Blog Hop! Today, I’m sharing a fun technique for quick and easy cards; I call it repetitive die cutting. You can adapt it to any color scheme, fit it to your favorite card size, and even swap out the dies to change the look. I’ve got some tips to keep in mind below. But first, let’s take a look at my finished card…

 

My card features the round window insert from Spellbinder’s May Small Die of the Month. You know how I love to color my own die cuts, but in order to speed up the process (remember, I promised it was quick and easy?), I die cut it from a rainbow of scraps in my stash. The textured cardstock, along with the embossed details from the die, really make these circles look like tiny doilies. I could have left them a solid color, but I like the added dimension we get from shading. It only took a few minutes to run a coordinating Copic marker around the bottom of each wheel. While I was at it, I brushed over each one with a shimmer pen too.

To pull the card together, I trimmed a white panel to 3 1/8″ x 8 1/8″ and stamped HAPPY BIRTHDAY near the bottom, using the May Clear Stamp of the Month. After gluing on most of the wheels, I popped three up with thin foam tape, then trimmed off any overhanging areas. I mounted the panel onto a 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ kraft slimline card base with more thin foam tape. A few round and heart-shaped iridescent gems finish the card and add more sparkle. Easy peasy! Here are some closeups…

Okay, now for those tips. First, decide on the die you would like to use. I suggest a shape that doesn’t need to be layered, or colored to tell what it is. If you choose a small die, you’ll need to cut more to cover your card front; something in the 1″ – 2″ range will work nicely. Next, decide on your card size. My card today is a standard slimline, but it would have translated just as well into an A2, A6, or even a mini-slimline card, with a few more or less circles. Lastly, the color choices for the die cuts will guide the overall feel of your card. Rainbows are always fun, but this same card would become more masculine if you cut the wheels from grey and silver to mimic gears, and set them on a black background . Need a graduation card? Swap the sentiment to CONGRATULATIONS and use the school’s colors. See what I mean? You can use this design for lots of different cards, and they’ll come together in a snap!

I encourage you to flip through your stash and see what you’ve got that will work for the repetitive die cutting technique. (And don’t forget to use up the scraps of cardstock you’ve been hanging on to.) If you find your stash lacking, check out Spellbinders Monthly Clubs. They have some really fun new stamps and dies each month. (Order by May 24th to receive the stamps and dies used in my card today.) I’ll be sharing more ideas with them over the next few months, in case you want to follow along.

 

Are you ready for more inspiration with this month’s kits? Hop along with us!

Giveaway:
No good hop is without prizes, right? To celebrate the May clubs release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to three lucky blog readers โ€“ selected from comments left on their blog. Giveaway closes on Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 at 11:59 pm MST. Visit their blog for the details, official rules, and winner announcement info.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I’ll be back on Thursday with another fun card to share; see you then!

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  1. Thanks for the tips! Love the card!

  2. Fun way to use that set!

  3. This is such a cute card and the copic on the bottom of the wheels really make them pop. What a great idea to use school colors for a congrat’s. Thanks!

  4. Sharon Gullikson says:

    WOW, these look so cool. I like how you blended different colors…

  5. Lovely look and great way to find more uses for a die set. Would not have thought such a pretty layout from the center of the Small Die of the Month. Great inspiration!

  6. I saw this on Instagram! I LOVE the delicate circles and rainbow colors you used!!!

  7. Brenda S. West says:

    I love this colorful card!

  8. What an awesome card, wonderful colors.

  9. Love the repeated use of the same image and the beautiful colors!

  10. Marisela Delgado says:

    So beautiful! I love it!!

  11. Lovely!

  12. I love using just that one insert piece repeated in different colors!

  13. Love that use of just one piece.

  14. Nice slim card.

  15. WOW! Love rainbows! Great application/representation of rainbow colors on die cut “gears/wheels”! Crystal Hearts is a nice added touch to your simple yet sweet colorful joyful creative work of art. Well done…Great job! <3

  16. I am so glad I hung on until the end of this hop. Such a cute idea! I will definitely be “borrowing” this!

  17. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    Your cards are so fun! I love all the colors!

  18. What a fun design! And I love that it’s a slimline.

  19. Great colors and textures! I love the card you created with this pretty die!

  20. What a fun way to use leftover scraps! I love how clean it looks.

  21. Sandra Bonagura says:

    beautiful! love the colors – the shading really makes it!

  22. I love the motion. Such a fun birthday card

  23. What a clever way to use this die. I can see it in darker colors to look like gears!

  24. Great card!

  25. Kristina Robinson says:

    Love it! Super fun card and a great tip.

  26. Such a fun bright design!

  27. What a lovely vibrant card!

  28. Karen Schroeder says:

    Love your card!

  29. Very creative and happy card! I love the tips for additional ideas too.

  30. What a cool way to repeat that fun circle die….complete with shading too! So happy…and it doesnโ€™t take hours to make! Thank you!

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