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One sketch two cards – with & without inlaid die cutting + Stamptember 2015

Hi friends, hope you all are having a fabulous week!

Does it happen to you sometimes that you get drawn to the same crafting supplies over and over again for a spell of time? I am going through that phase right now. There are two dies that I am completely in love with and I just can’t stop using them!

The first one is this Clearly Besotted Leafy Accents Die

Clearly Besotted LEAFY ACCENTS DIE

and the second one is the set of butterfly dies

Fancy Butterfly Die

I love both of these guys so much! I wanted to combine them into one card, so I started with something like this in mind. (I did not actually make that pretty digital sketch until I started writing this post for you guys. I just scribbled my idea on a piece of paper. ^^)

Card idea sketch

Card #1


For the first card, I used most of the pieces of cardstock I had in my stash. I also altered the original sketch just a tiny little bit.

1. I took piece of pink cardstock from my stash and stamped the beautiful flourish using one of the stamps from Flowering Flourishes Clear-Mount Stamp Set by StampinUp! and Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink. I then die cut this piece using the outline butterfly die from above set.

2. I found a sheet of clear shaped rhinestones by Me & My Big Ideas that I had almost forgotten. It is just like this one here, only colorless. I used a few of those to line the middle of this butterfly.

3. I used one of the other slightly shimmery, teal-ish paper (again from my stash) to die cut the leaves.

4. I also cut out one 1/2 inch strip of patterned paper and another bigger piece of patterned paper to cover the remaining card front. (Yes, I am a paper-hoarder! Eeikes!!)

5. I carefully lined up the strip and the wider piece of patterned paper to cover entire card front.

6. I die cut a few small circles using Simon Says Stamp Medium Dot Line Wafer Thin Die that came in SSS March 2015 card kit.

7. Next I arranged the leaves + butterflies as you can see above and then finished the card with some the little die cut circles and a couple more clear heart shaped rhinestones.

Card #2


Almost all the papers used in this card are from SSS September 2015 card kit. These patterns are just so happy, colorful and they make my heart sing. :-)

1. For the card above I created a standard top folding card with the Simon Says Stamp White 120# Cardstock.

2. I cut a strip of the triangular patterned paper for the right side. For the left side, I used the gray-white patterned paper with leafy design.

3. From another paper which has smaller patterns, I cut of the square with Merci written on it. I figured if I use that one, I wouldn’t need to add any other sentiment. :-)

4. For the butterfly, I used a plain mustard yellow paper again from SSS March card kit’s paper collection and cut out the base with outline butterfly die. I also used the Doll Pink cardstock to die cut the intricate butterfly design and layered it on top using glossy accents.

5. I also die cut the the leaf design using the teal-ish patterned paper with little stars on top that came with SSS September 2015 card kit.

6. Next I used temporary adhesive to lightly adhere the Merci sentiment square on my patterned paper and fussy cut around it. I also used the leaf die to die cut the design roughly around the center of the leafy patterned paper.

7. For assembling the card, I adhered the side strip as well as the leafy paper strip on top of my card front covering it completely. The leafy piece had two empty areas – one on the side where I had cut off a square the same size as the Merci sentiment piece and another empty area in the center where I had die cut the leaf design. I inlaid the Merci sentiment square as well as the teal-ish leaf design into these empty areas.

7. For the butterfly, I debated with myself whether to go for a popped- up look or stick to inlaid. I landed in the middle and simply adhered the butterfly right on top to create a somewhat-raised look, but not completely popped up.

8. I also added dash lines with my Sakura Gelly Roll Souflle pen in blue color to give it a handmade look. A couple confetti circles and small die cut circles leftover from the card above finished this card.

Here are some more closeups of both of these cards:

One sketch two cards - with and without inlaid die cutting

Hello Stamptember 2015!

In case you haven’t already heard about it, there’s something very very exciting happening at Simon Says Stamp this month. It’s Stamptember – a month long celebration with new products, giveaways, blog hops, sales and oodles of inspiration!


I am already drooling over all the beautiful stamps and dies. Don’t forget to check it out!

Supplies List

Here are the supplies I used for today’s cards. I couldn’t find replacements for some papers that I pulled from my stash (sorry!), but rest everything is listed here for your convenience:

Hope you liked my card designs for today. I will be back soon with more inspiration. Till then,

xoxo, ~Varada

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