Monday, April 10, 2017

Adding Clean and Simple Interest with Tim Holtz Shape Strips from Sizzix

Today I have another new card to share that can be made in minutes. Even though I like to make cards that are quick and easy I also like to have small details that add interest. 

One of the things I used to add a little extra detail here was the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Shape Strips by Tim Holtz. I love the variety in this set for borders, backgrounds and accents. I also like the fact that they come in both vertical and horizontal orientation. 

One huge plus is how these dies can leave an intricate design without having to adhere a bunch of small pieces. Obviously, you could save each small piece and do that. But to me the easiest way is to die-cut the strips from the panel leaving the negative image and then add a contrasting paper behind it. Notice in the close-up below how I did that. I created a card base (turquoise). I cut a panel slightly smaller than the card front from pink cardstock and attached it to the card front. Then, I cut a piece of patterned paper slightly smaller than the pink panel. I die-cut the simple heart strip from the panel and adhered it to the card front. When you first look you might think I glued each heart to the card front in a perfect line...yeah...not much chance of me getting anything that neat! Once that was finished I added the sentiment using 3D Foam Squares and embellished with rhinestones and bakers twine. Lots of detail but not lots of work! 

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