Hey there, this is Daniel from Del & Artie. I live in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, with my wife and three kids. Making cards brightens my day and teaches me patience and kindness. Every once in a while I slip a funny card into the mix, too, just for laughs. Today is my birthday, so I have the pleasure of making myself a birthday card with Spellbinders’ November Die D-Lites! These dies range from an Asian elephant to Celtic triangles and I had a blast playing with them.
Clean and simple (CAS) cards with lots of white space are my jam! Die D-Lites really play well with this style so I decided to go nearly all CAS for today. To make things even simpler, all three projects feature the same color palette: pink, green and black.
Check out the Die D-Lites Kaleidoscope Triangles Etched Dies. They remind me of Celtic designs. These dies layer beautifully, each layer underscoring the one above it.
To make this card:
- First, I die cut each triangle five times and stacked the colors—black on top, pink in the middle and green on the bottom.
- Then, I arranged them horizontally across an A2-sized card base, adhering them with strong liquid adhesive.
- To finish, I stamped a Happy Birthday sentiment from a favorite set in my stash using black ink.
For my second card, I used the Elephant Festival Etched Dies. Though I used the same card stock colors on the next two cards, added some shading and details with Copic markers. I also used the howdah (chair on the elephant) die cut as a stencil, repeating it across the bottom of the card as a walkway for our party animal.
To make this card:
- First, I die cut the elephant three times and stacked the die cuts for dimension.
- Then, I die cut the different elements of the scene out their respective colors.
- For the saddle, I used two different colors. I cut out the center of the black saddle with a craft knife and replaced it with a green center.
- Next, I adhered all the embellishment pieces on the elephant.
- Then, I added shading to the image with markers.
- I glued a howdah to a piece of scrap paper and with a blender brush, I added some coordinating pink ink to the bottom of the card front.
- Next, I cut a strip of green cardstock as edging along the elephant’s path.
- To finish off this card, I cut flowers out of some pink cardstock using the Die D-Lites Tallulah Etched Dies. I added some shading to them and adhered them along a flourish line “behind” the elephant.
For my third card, I used the Die D-Lites Floral Hi Etched Dies. This set has a fantastic sentiment cut right into it. It also includes the letters ‘H’ and ‘i’ so you can add them in as a separate color. To create this project:
- First, I die cut the entire image three times. Once in green, then, pink and a darker green. Then, I die cut, just the letters in black.
- Next, I trimmed off all the flowers and stems from the pink die cut and adhered it onto the front of the green.
- Then, I added the pink flowers and some of the darker green stems to the front of the lighter green die cut and colored them in.
- Next, I adhered the black ‘Hi’ to the center.
- To finish off this card, I popped up the centerpiece onto a diagonally score card base using foam adhesive squares.
Cardstock Warehouse Paper in Razzleberry, Gum Drop, Sour Apple and Ultra Black, Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, Copic Markers.
Thank you for spending some time with me today. I would love for you to visit my blog at Del & Artie. Let me know which of the three projects you liked the most in the comments section below!