Jennifer McGuire Shares Her Top Tips For Achieving Incredible Results With Your Memory Box Layering Dies
For this first card, I assembled the layers on a white notecard and used foam tape behind the centerpiece, for dimension. The sentiment has been added with a sentiment die cut and a stamped tagline; nothing fancy here – just showing how quickly these cards can come together. And although it looks like it took so much time to make – it really didn’t! Remember to choose a glue that dries fast, clear and strong, for stress-free layering.
This next card shows how to create a simple window on the front of a card with a sentiment on the inside showing through. Be sure to watch the video near the top of this post!) to see how this was done.
Another great way to get more out of your dies, is to dry emboss them using a die cutting machine and an Embossing Mat. I added layered die cuts in the center of an embossed circle… and a stamped sentiment for the perfect finishing touch.
You can get new looks from intricate dies by layering several of the same die cut together… but slightly offset. For this card I used one of the dies from the Memory Box Dazzler Layering Die Set, and layered four die cuts.
Another very simple way to give your die cuts a new look is to use specialty papers, such as wood paper, vellum, foil paper, and more. I decided to use glitter cardstock here, and I love the look!
Many times when die cutting intricate dies, there are lots of ‘leftover’ bits and pieces. These often end up in the bin, but instead could be used as confetti for a shaker card, or as accents. For my example, I arranged them on a card using the main die cut as a guide. Before cutting the dies from colourful cardstock, I backed the cardstock with double sided adhesive tape. This adhesive turns die cuts into stickers! I then temporarily held the die cuts onto a white notecard, and added the little bits and pieces into the openings. Since the adhesive was already on the back, this took little time! Once all the layered pieces were in place, I removed the big die cut, to leave behind a fun pattern of little pieces!
After adhering these layers together, I pressed my Embossing Ink pad on top and added clear embossing powder. After heat setting it and letting it cool, I repeated the process four times. The dimension and shine looks like enamel.
You can also make die cuts look more interesting by adding colour with watercolour… and it’s easy to do!
I started by layering die cuts created with watercolour paper. I then scribbled my Watercolour Pens over the die cuts and sprayed them generously with water. (You can use any watercolour medium for this technique.) Finally, I added several sprays of Shimmer Spritz for shimmer.
A fun way to use word dies is to add them at an arch on your card instead of straight, as I have done here!
It’s great fun to stamp with the foam die cuts from a layered die set… it looks like you have a layered stamp set! This is excellent for one-layer cards.
This second card shows how you can easily alter word dies to create new words… here, I cut a ‘wishing’ sentiment die-cut, to make the word ‘wish.’ This is a great way to stretch your supplies!
Although I coloured my die-cuts solidly here, you could instead create shading and other pretty effects.
Combine a bold colour mix with plain and simple kraft card for an eye-catching effect!
Whenever you have a die cut with openings, it can be fun to add lots of colours behind it! Be sure to watch the video (near the top of this blog post!) to see how to easily determine where the colours go!
So there you have it – a whole host of bold and beautiful ways you can get creative with your Memory Box Layering Dies… which is your favourite?
Get your hands on your own set of layering dies right here, and see what you can create!