Technique Tuesday-Metallic Die Cuts

Welcome to the second in my metallics series.  Today I want to share what I learned while cutting metallic papers, including Glimmer Paper.  I tried to experiment with all the metallic papers I could find. 

This is the card I shard in the December Technique Blog Hop.  If you missed the first in the series, you can find that here.

One Good Thing wm 2

I used the Magnetic Platform which has served to make die cutting much easier (and more fun as an extension).  Even with the magnetic platform, if I feel there’s any risk of the die moving I will place a piece of removable tape as extra insurance.  For this I use 3M Micropore Surgical Tape as it removes easily and cleanly.  I cut two, one with the Precision Plate and one without, but didn’t notice any difference in the end result. 

Stampin’ Up’s Santa’s Sleigh Thinlit Dies were used on this card.  I cut the sleigh’s base from Gold Foil Paper and the topper from Gold Glimmer Paper.  The gifts were cut from a combination of Gold and Silver Foil and Glimmer Papers; the boxes just random sizes and the bows were die cut.  The little teddy bear was stamped on Brushed Silver (retired SU) in Basic Gray before die cutting.  I placed it all on a panel of Whisper White which was embossed with the Filigree Frame folder and heat embossed the greeting with Gold Embossing Powder using a stamp from the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set.  I used a card base of Brushed Gold (retired SU).  You can’t tell from the front, but I made this an easel card.  Here’s a look at that:


One Good Thing wm 4

The panel inside was embossed with the same folder and the greeting was heat embossed using the same stamp set.  I placed it on a mat of Brushed Gold and popped them both to give the card front a good base against which to rest.  There’s a space behind the front for a personal message.

Next, a card using the Glowing Candles die by Memory Box on Brushed Silver Paper (retired Stampin’ Up) and it cut beautifully. I was really sad to see this retired, but I’m trying this to see if I like it as much.  It’s not as thick, but I’m more concerned with the finish than the weight.

Glow wm 1

I rubbed the candle flames with gold metallic paste and dotted the edges of the branches with Gold Stickles.  I attached it to the Fancy Frost Specialty Paper cut with a Labels Collection die.  I used Silver and Gold Leaf pens on the raised areas.  That sits on a mat of Brushed Silver which was embossed with a folder from an old Hello Kitty set.  The card base is made from Whisper White card stock. 

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Inside I printed the sentiment in gray to match the silver on the front and matted it on Basic Gray…I didn’t want to used more of my precious Brushed Silver.  I stamped the accent with a stamp from the Embellished Ornaments with ColorBox Silver Ink and dotted the berries with the Gold Leaf Pen. 

I’ll be sharing more of this technique in the future, so stay tuned!



4 Responses to “Technique Tuesday-Metallic Die Cuts”

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  1. Denise Sayers says:

    Beautiful cards. I love the easel card and I never thought about surgical tape to hold things.

  2. nclights7 says:

    Beautiful cards and embossing! I love all the details on the sleigh!

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