In Friendship & Sympathy-Inlaid Die Technique

As a follow-up to my March Technique Blog Hop, I wanted to share some specifics on the cards I made for those of you interested in trying your hand at:

Inlaid Die Cut Technique

I really had fun working with this technique and can’t wait to make more cards using it.  In the meantime, here’s how I made the cards on the hop:

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I had a general idea of the sort of image I wanted to use, so I checked on-line for free clip-art and found just the image:

Leaf 1

I imported the image into my photo editing program to make the image black to get a good, clean trace in the Silhouette.

Leaf 2

I then imported the image into my Silhouette Design Studio to traced it.  Once I surrounded it with the trace window.  I used the high pass filter and, with the slider, I moved the number higher until my entire image was yellow.

Leaf 3

Here’s my trace, using the “trace outer edge” option.  Here’s how your image should look.

Leaf 4

The final step in designing this image is to create an internal offset.  For mine, I used a 1/16th inch or .625 offset and had my image, ready to be cut.

Leaf 5

I cut this card in two color combinations, Smokey Slate and Basic Gray and Crumb Cake and Baked Brown Sugar, all from Stampin’ Up.  From the lighter color, I cut a panel of 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ with my image placed in a way which is pleasing to the eye.  I also added a greeting using the Scriptina font, color matched to the darker color.  Since two of these panels will fit on one sheet of card stock using the print and cut feature you can print two front panels; or, as I did, print one front and one interior panel together (which I’ll discuss in a bit more detail later).  Here’s what my file looks like, ready for print and cut:

Leaf 6

From the darker color, you will cut only the image (or several, if you want to make more than one card).  From the bottom portion of this sheet of card stock, I cut the card base.

Leaf 7

I then attached the panel to the front of the card, minus the leaf image.  Then I inserted the outline  of the leaf image in the darker color and secured it in place.  From a video I saw on YouTube, I discovered a clever way to pick up the pieces using Press & Seal, keeping them all in the same order for easy placement.  So I applied adhesive in the center opening of each leaf and popped the Press & Seal pieces on top of the outline and pushed on the individual leaves to secure them in their respective openings.

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Above is a close-up of the outline and leaf centers in place.  I don’t know that it was necessary, but after everything was in place, I covered it with a sheet of copy paper and ran a brayer over it just to make sure everything was firmly attached and as flat as possible.

I finished off the front with a bit of fiber on one and bakers twine on the other, but I think it was fine with no adornment.

For the sentiment inside the card I used Amazone BT font (it pairs nicely with the greeting but is slightly less ornate and easier to read) in the same color as the front.  Here’s a close-up of that:

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If you wish, you can make a reverse color theme of the card (the panel would be of the dark card stock and the base of the light card stock) so there’s no waste of paper.  On the gray, however, you would need to create a separate label/tag for the greeting as it’s too dark to print on directly.

I would suggest using a new blade when cutting something like this as you want as clean a cut as you can possible get.  My blade was just slightly past its prime when I cut the second card and I saw the difference in how the pieces fit.

I hope you try this technique if you’re into card making and, if you do, send me a picture of your masterpiece and I will feature it here on my blog.

In future blog posts, I will showcase the other cards I made for the hop and share the construction details then.

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5 Responses to “In Friendship & Sympathy-Inlaid Die Technique”

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  1. I love the sentiment inside! Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. Jeanette says:

    Very pretty!

  3. Lynn McAuley says:

    This fabulous inlaid design makes for a perfect sympathy card, Kim. Thanks for your careful instructions!

  4. Susan says:

    Thanks for sharing…such a beautiful yet simple sympathy card.

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