Sunday, May 5, 2013

Shape Up: Using Dies As Templates

I have a fun technique to share today. Now this is not earth shattering or rocket science by any means, but a few of you wanted to know how I stamped the floral heart featured in this post.

Using your small stamps to create large shapes is easy when you create a simple template or guide to follow. And most likely you all ready have the perfect tools in your stash...dies.

Wplus9 Supplies
Stamps: Paisley Patterns, Blanket Stitched Blooms | Ink: Lake House Pigment | Dies: Clear Cut Stackers: Hearts | Cardstock: Oatmeal

Yep, just trace your shape and stamp. It's that simple. The hardest part is deciding what you want to stamp. Here's the break down for how I created this heart wreath.

  1. Trace your desired shape lightly with a pencil
  2. If you are creating a mirrored design, stamp one or two "anchor" images to serve as your mirror line. I chose a large flower at the top and bottom of my heart.
  3. Start on one side and stamp your base following the outline that you created.
  4. Repeat on the other side, using the first side as a guide for placement and angle.
  5. Fill in as desired.

Quick Tip: Make sure the ink is completely dry before erasing your pencil lines so you don't smear your work.

Easy, right? Here are just a few other ways to try. Have fun experimenting and using what you have on hand.

Wplus9 Supplies
Stamps: Paisley Patterns | Dies: Clear Cut Stackers: Hearts | Cardstock: White

Want perfect placement? Try using squares, rectangles or circles to stamp arches, corners - or to get your focal images perfectly centered.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you've enjoyed today's post. Remember, Monday Mood Board #11 challenge is open for two weeks so you still have plenty of time to play along!


  1. what an absolutely fabulous tutorial Dawn. I'm going to have to give this a shot!

  2. Thanks for sharing this technique. The results are absolutely fabulous!

  3. WOW SUPER such a great idea...why didn't I think of that..really super!!
    Love your cards so sweet!!

  4. Love this idea! Can't wait to give it a try :)

  5. Oh such pretty cards - and a really useful technique. Definitely one to pin!

  6. This is fabulous!! Thanks for the the paisley heart and the corner flowers!! Gorgeous cards!

  7. Beautiful cards and I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

  8. FAB set of cards & great way to stretch your dies :)

  9. Just wanted to say thanks for a great tutorial--can't wait to try it!

    Chris L.

  10. Love new little hints, this is a great one!

  11. Love this idea!! Another great use for the dies.

  12. thanks for showing us how to do this!! it's awesome, I still love this card

  13. This is why I LOVE visiting your blog...well along with great card designs and features LOL!! But this is a brilliant example of using everything in your crafting room as a tool!


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