Use Up Extra Backgrounds: Die-Cut Overlay Designs

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Hello! Today I thought I would show you an easy way to use up extra backgrounds that you may have kickin’ around in your stash.

If you’re an artsy type cardmaker, you probably like to experiment with paints, inks, and papers and have a ton of panels that were extras from other projects. You know the ones – not quite right blending but not bad, a splotch in the wrong place but usable… stuff like that.

A great way to use these is with an elegant filigree style die. The one I’m using today is from the Flourished Fretwork collection by Becca Feekin, which Spellbinders so graciously sent to me to check out. A lot of the dies she designs are great as an overlay to use up extra backgrounds.

Use Up Extra Backgrounds: Die-Cut Overlay Designs

For today’s card, I had some alcohol ink backgrounds leftover from a post last year. I loved the colors so much, I couldn’t part with one blue on Yupo paper but it was a little too intense on its own.

So, what I did was use the smaller fretwork die from the Shapeabilities Fluted Tracery die set to cut a bright white overlay. I didn’t think about adding adhesive until AFTER I had it cut (d’oh!), but I had a can of Aleene’s Spray Adhesive on hand. I popped the die-cut into my mess box (it’s an old Playstation box I use for spray inks, glitter, and other messy stuff) and gave it a light coating. Then I adhered it to the alcohol ink background and trimmed it flush with scissors.

To give it dimension on the card front, I also die-cut a sheet of Fun Foam and layered that behind the piece.

The next part was to foil a border and sentiment. I used Silver Hot Glimmer Foil and plates from the Gilded Rectangles and Elegant Occasion Sentiments Sets.

I layered the fretwork piece in the center of the foiled border and added a few gems here and there for a bit of sparkle.

HubsEdit: I always show the cards I make to Scott, in case he sees something I don’t. He said, “Edge the sentiment in pink to pull those color areas from your background.” So that’s what I did. That man is my favorite person.

Then, I popped the sentiment on in the lower-left corner with some Foam Squares and the card was complete.

Use Up Extra Backgrounds: Die-Cut Overlay Designs

Thanks so much for reading today! Pop a comment below and don’t forget to pin this idea to your inspiration board on Pinterest!

Use Up Extra Backgrounds: Die-Cut Overlay Designs

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