Saturday, April 15, 2017

CAS Mix Up April Inlaid Die-Cutting Reminder

We are already in the middle of the month and having so much creative fun with our CAS Mix Up April Inlaid Die-Cutting Reminder Challenge.  Be sure and check out all the amazingly creative DT and our Guest Designer, Maria's samples of different Inlaid Die-Cutting techniques :-)

I used Stamping + Alcohol Ink Inlaid Die-Cutting + Die Cutting and Monoprint Stenciling

I was so pleased to find this beautiful piece of Alcohol Ink smooshed background in my scraps.  I used Tim Holtz alcohol inks: Lettuce, Juniper and Pesto for my piece.  I die cut it using my Simon Says Stamp "Winter Trees" Die.  I had already cut the SU Gold Foil border and it was tucked into my Die folder so I exchanged the alcohol ink border for the Gold Foil to make the trees pop more.  That was my Inlaid, huh?

Next I found a scrap that I had made using the Monoprint Stenciled technique using Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Broken China and Peacock Feathers.  The light blue with a touch of green reminded me of a sky background.  The technique is so easy.  I stenciled my Tim Holtz "Dot Fade" using the DI's above and then with all the excess inks on the stencil,  turned it over onto a piece of Strathmore Mixed Media paper and pressed it down with my hands to remove the ink and create the monoprint dotted image.  I LOVE the effect.

I then Die Cut the piece using the smallest CUTplorations "Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Die.  One more step..spritzed the piece with my home made water and drops of Tsikineko shimmer white paint.  The layer is so shimmery and pretty to go with the shiny alcohol ink trees. to attach the die cut trees.  I added tiny drops of glue using my SU Fine Tip Glue Pen to the Gold Foil border and placed onto my background weighing down with my large acrylic block. When dry I added glue to each empty tree and placed each die cut tree.  When all the trees were in position I weighted down again with my acrylic block. It worked great and the pieces were all very secure.

Next I stamped my SU "Hello" from the retired "A Dozen Thoughts" stamp set using Archival jet black ink and popped up the main image with 3M Foam Tape.  A really quick and fun card to make using precious scraps :-)  Enjoy and do come and play along with our CAS Mix Up Inlaid Die-Cutting Challenge.  You still have until April 24th to join the fun.  Hugs...

Supplies: Listed in Description.

More Challenges

SSS Wednesday Challenge: Spring Color Inspiration (green and turquoise in my card)

STAMPlorations CAS April Challenge: Anything CAS Goes with Optional background is a pastel.

CUTplorations April Challenge: Photo Inspiration.  I used green and turquoise on my card.


  1. Beautiful blue dots background Nancy and your trees are gorgeous with the green inside the gold die cut - a lovely scene! Hope the wind has died down for you!!!??? Julia xx

  2. An awesome use of snippets and bits, my friend! I LOVE these trees! The alcohol ink is so pretty with the gold edges! Love the stencil monoprint background that sets the scene!

  3. You have some beautiful snippets and background pieces that all came together into a beautiful card. Love the mix alcohol inks with gold foil. And your monoprint stenciling is just perfect for the background. Gorgeous card, my friend. xx

  4. Very cool trees and dots background, Nancy! The greens and blues are so beautiful against the white. The gold foil is effective too. :-)

  5. Fabulous all round! Love the stencil background and love the trees with the gold foil and AI - so beautiful! This would make a great Christmas card too.

  6. My gosh, Nancy! This one stole my attention immediately! Your colors- gorgeous! And the die, your alcohol background and technique are fabulous. Sure wish there was a way to favorite this one so I can keep coming back to it. You used two of my most favorite techniques in this world and SO fun to do! This is outstanding in every way, particularly the rich contrast.

    1. I plan to add to my Pinterest board. When we get home in 2 weeks I can add to my SCS gallery, but unable to from my Chrome Book. I will add to Pinterest tonight. Thanks again for you wonderful comment my friend. Hugs...

  7. that AI inlay for the trees is awesome, such cool colours and also love the stencil mono print background.

  8. Fabulous!! I love how those trees are edged in gold ... So eye catching!

  9. LOVE to make surprise discoveries like that Nancy ! Beautiful card!

  10. That piece coloured with alcohol inks looks fabulous for these die cut trees Nancy and the monoprint stencilling in those beautiful shades of blue goes perfectly. x


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