Have you ever wondered how to alter a die cut that you love but maybe doesn’t fit on the card you have planned? Today I am going to show you a couple of tips on how to do this and all of a sudden you will see your collection of dies with new eyes! For this card I wanted to show off Rubbernecker’s newly released Slimline Clouds and Slimline Waves. I paired the new dies with the Lighthouse, Palm Trees, Sun,Small Birds and Grass #2.
The Card Base
Cut the 7.00″ x 8.50″ slimline card base using white cardstock.
Score the card base down the center at 3.50″.
Use a blender brush to apply light blue ink to create the sky background.
The Clouds, Waves and Sand Layers
Cut the cloud layer using white cardstock and attach it to the card base with a strip of mounting tape.
Use aqua cardstock to cut two wave layers and attach them to the card base using double stick tape.
Cut the sand layer using one of the wave dies and Kraft cardstock.
Use a blender brush to apply light brown ink to the sand and attach it to the card base using a strip of mounting tape.
Note: Using the wave die for sand shows how we can think outside the box and increase the ways we can use our dies.
Cut the lighthouse parts using red, white and blue cardstock.
Mix and match the pieces to create a colorful lighthouse. and attach them together using glossy accents.
Shorten the lighthouse to fit the height of the card base by altering the placement of the top light portion and cutting a small portion off the bottom. Note: Altering the height of the lighthouse allows me to use it on several different sized cards.
Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of both lighthouse sections and attach them in behind the sand layer.
The Palm Trees
Cut the palm tree fronds and trunk using Kraft and green cardstock.
Apply brown ink to the trunks using a mini applicator.
Gently bend the fronds with your fingers and attach them to the trunks using glossy accents.
Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the trunks, tuck them in behind the sand and attach them to the card base.
Sun, Grass and Bird
Cut the grass sprigs using green cardstock, tuck them around the trees and lighthouse and attach using glossy accents.
Cut the sun using bright yellow cardstock, cut the top portion off and tuck it under the cloud and attach using mounting tape.
Use white cardstock to cut the bird, apply a touch of gray ink to the wings and attach it to the card base using a small piece of mounting tape.
You can see how easy it was for me to alter a die cut to fit my card size and how to use a die meant for one thing and using it for another. Take a look at your dies and let me know how you may extended the ways to use them. Check back tomorrow to see how I used these new slimline dies on an A2 sized card.
6 thoughts on “How To Alter A Die Cut”
Why do you use glossy accents as glue? Is that the intended purpose?
Hi Kathy, Glossy Accents was originally made to create a hard glassy appearance when used over an image. I took a class from Tim Holtz several years ago and he discussed that Glossy Accents was also a great product to use as glue. I live in Florida where we have very high humidity and Glossy Accents has a very strong hold and isn’t effected by the dampness. Once I glue a die cut with it I can always trust that it remain in place. Thanks for asking.
Good to know. My pet peeve is glue that doesn’t stick.
I love your cards/handiwork. Die cuts are my favorite!
BEAUTIFUL WORK, Kittie! I ESPECIALLY LOVE the way you used the wave die to create the sand! EXCELLENT WORK!!! ;)<3
Awesome scene, love everything about it, and how clever with the lighthouse, you would never know you did any altering!
Super card Kittie…and great die altering hints. Love love all of your cards (10) just sent from Rubbernecker. I let them know that you are AMAZING