Wednesday, March 12, 2014

CAS3 Day 2

This post reflects lessons learned on the Day 2 of Clean and Simple 3, One Layer Cards Online Card Class. This day we had a second part to what we learned on Day 1. I chose to try a card based on Heather Campbell's tutorial for Faux Layered Die Cuts. This one wasn't easy (quite challenging, in fact!) but I stuck with it until I got to a result I was happy with. This is my favorite card, so far!

For this card, I dug into my well-organized, color-coded scraps again and quickly found what I needed to die cut the shapes I was looking for. My die is My Favorite Thing's Die-Namics Triangles, and the set has large as well as small triangles. I only needed the small ones for this card.

Before die cutting, I layered the triangles in a way I was happy with and taped them together to hold their place. I had two that were inset, and THAT took some trial and error to accomplish a good cut.

First, I cut the shape of the entire group of triangles out of yellow cardstock. Then, still holding the multiple triangles together with tape, I die cut more of them out of various colors of cardstock and fit them together without using the same color twice. This was like putting together a puzzle. Once I got the hang of it, I liked it.I paper-pieced the cut triangles into the blank space in the yellow cardstock until I had a good, even fit.

For the sentiment, I stamped HAPPY from a stamp set by Stephanie Barnard's Stamps of Life and die cut the yellow cardstock with BIRTHDAY, using Papertrey Ink's Birthday dies. This left a place to fit the BIRTHDAY letters.

That done, I had a pretty good one-layer card...BUT, I had blue ink on my fingers and it smudged on part of the die cut, so I cut it again using white cardstock and layered it onto the yellow BIRTHDAY letters. Fitting in all those little pieces in the B, R and D, not to mention the tinier ones between the letters, was a HUGE challenge. Keeping track of them and then getting them glued into the right space wasn't easy, either...but I DID IT, and for that, I am one HAPPY gal!

Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your visits and comments very much. If you're in the class, it's good to see you again! If not, please keep coming back, because there are plenty more crafting days ahead!


  1. Fantastic job! Great die and color choices!

  2. This is great! I see how long this must have taken.

  3. Wonderful, bright, colorful...and so much fun! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. You did a fantastic job with this card, love the triangles! I tried this last night and finally posted the card this afternoon (its 9.35pm Thursday here). I'm 70% happy with it but your so right about it being fiddly and time consuming, it took me ages! The finished product is worth it though, your card looks brilliant!

  5. Wonderfully bright and colorful. You sure know how to use up scraps.


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