Different Ways To Use Die Cut Words and Phrases

Check out some fun ways to make cards using your die cut words and phrases!

Today I have created a little collection of pretty cards that all use the same card base/layer construction and are different only in their colors and how I used my die cut words and phrases. You can see that using just a couple of fun and easy die cutting techniques combined with small details can give you endless creative opportunities! And if this post looks a little familiar, you are correct! I used this same basic idea in this post  some time ago and I love that  the techniques I shared back then have endured. There’s nothing like a classic! For these cards I used Spring Word w/ Shadow, Friend Script w/ Shadow, Hello Script w/ Shadow, Happy Script w/ Shadow, Birthday Script w/ Shadow, You Script w/ Shadow, Flower Buds, Flower Stems and Build a Phrase #1

die cut words and phrases - with just a few tiny touches like these die cut flowers - can make a whole card when you use a clever design like this one of four shared today

Hello Friend

For this card I used the die cut words without the shadow pieces.

  • Cut the Hello and Friend words using purple cardstock.
  • Use white cardstock to cut the scalloped layer.
  • Place the scalloped layer back on the cutting platform and secure the Hello and Friend in place and cut.  Pro Tip:  I used a magnet platform to line up and hold the words in place.  If you don’t have a magnet platform you can secure the dies in place with a few pieces of tape.
  • Carefully remove the scalloped layer to make sure to keep all the tiny negative pieces.
  • Place the scalloped layer face down on your desk and apply double stick tape to cover the word openings.  Pro Tip: I performed this task on a craft sheet to avoid the tape sticking to my work surface.
  • Turn the scallop layer face up and secure the Hello and Friend to the tape in the openings.
  • Insert the tiny negative white loop pieces to fill in the words.
  • Attach the scalloped layer to the card base using strips of mounting tape.
  • Cut the tiny flowers and form the tiny flowers using a small tipped stylus. 
  • Use green cardstock to cut the stems, cut a few small leaves and attach them to a few key spots on the words using glossy accents.
  • Finish by attaching the tiny flowers to the green leaves using glossy accents.

die cut words and phrases can make a whole card like this one of four different quick and easy handmade greeting cards shared today

Happy Spring

For this card I cut the white layer using the shadow die cut and inserted it back in the opening. .

  • Cut the Spring shadow piece out of the white scalloped layer, turn the white face down, apply double stick tape to the opening and secure the shadow back in place.
  • Stamp the Happy word on the white layer using black ink.
  • Cut the Spring word using yellow cardstock and attach it to the shadow using glossy accents.
  • Cut the tiny flowers and leaves and secure in place using glossy accents.  Note:  I used different pastel colored flowers to add a an additional springy touch.

die cut words and phrases from Rubbernecker were used with just one stamp and some tiny details to create this one of four quick and easy handmade greeting cards

One of four quick and easy handmade greeting cards made using die cut words and phrases from Rubbernecker

Happy For You and Happy Birthday

For both of these cards I popped the shadow pieces up using mounting tape.

  • Cut the shadow sections using white cardstock and the script words using colored cardstock.
  • Attach the script words using glossy accents.
  • Pop the shadow and words up on the card bases using mounting tape.
  • Finish both cards with the tiny flowers and leaves.

I have to say that when Rubbernecker creates die cut words and phrases, I jump on them! When I last checked there were five of our original die cut words and phrases still at 50% off in the Spring DeStash Sale so you can grab those plus the new ones shown here and create an entire card design around nothing more than these fabulous die cut words combined with just a few detail touches.  

 

 
3412 Build a Phrase #1
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5320D Nested Scallop w/ Half Holes
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5406-01D Spring word w/ Shadow Die
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5406-03D Happy Script w/ Shadow Die
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5406-02D Birthday Script w/ Shadow Die
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5406-04D Friend script w/ Shadow Die
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5406-05D Hello script w/ Shadow Die
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5406-06D You script w/ Shadow Die
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Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-09D
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Flower Stems Die 5147-05D
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Versafine Clair Nocturne Pad
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Paper Blossom Tool Kit 4/Pkg
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Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
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Glossy Accents .5oz
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Scotch Advanced Tape Glider & Tape
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Rubbernecker creates lovely die cut words and phrases

Make Some Garden Greeting Cards

Use this idea as a base for your handmade garden greeting cards!

I was working away on this project and stopped before I added all the details to show off how you can use this as a base for your handmade garden greeting cards. This pretty summery garden gazebo with it’s adorable fish scale roof creates a lovely foundation for all your summer themed cards. You can add more flowers, vines, a large greeting, any other summer themed die cut designs…..it’s truly a versatile look!  To make this card I used the Rubbernecker Gazebo, Spring Tree, Grass, Tiny Flower Buds, Small Ivy and Small Butterflies.

all your summery garden greeting cards can start with this adorable die cut scene using the new detailed gazebo and new sized summer trees from Rubbernecker

Card Base, Grass and Trees

  • Use light blue cardstock to cut the A2 sized card base.
  • Cut the grass sections and tree tops using green cardstock and the tree trunks using Kraft cardstock.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of one grass strip and attach it to the card base.
  • Apply a thin strip of mounting tape to the back of the second grass strip and attach it to the card base.
  • Use dark brown ink and a mini applicator to color the tree trunks.
  • Place the tree top sections face down on the molding pad and gently push down and roll to create a slightly rounded form.
  • Attach the tree trunks together using glossy accents.  Set them aside for later.

The Gazebo and Flowers

  • Cut the gazebo sections using white and Kraft cardstock.
  • Apply dark brown ink to the roof section using a mini applicator.  
  • Attach the white gazebo sections together using glossy accents.
  • Apply thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the gazebo sections, tuck it behind the front grass section and attach to the card base.
  • Tuck two trees in behind the gazebo and attach using pieces of mounting tape.  Note:  I attached the trees behind the gazebo to create the appearance of looking straight through from the front of the gazebo and seeing the tree out in the back of the gazebo. 
  • Tuck the the front left tree to the card base using a piece of mounting tape.
  • Use green cardstock to cut several sections of small ivy and pink cardstock to cut the tiny flowers.
  • Place the tiny flowers face up on the molding pad and form them using a small tipped stylus.
  • Attach the flowers to the ivy sections using glossy accents.
  • Tuck the ivy/flower sections in behind the grass and attach them using glossy accents.
  • Cut the butterflies using pink cardstock and attach them to the card using glossy accents.

 

An idea for garden greeting cards starting with this detailed gazebo die cut from Rubbernecker ready to be customized

The first section of this tutorial was to show the basics of how easy it is to create a lovely garden card with the gazebo.  Since it was rather basic I decided to add the Half Tree covered with Small Ivy leaves and Flower Stems covered with Tiny Flower Buds to create a more detailed card.  

Additional Elements

  • Cut the Half Tree using Kraft cardstock and apply light brown ink using a wet baby wipe.  
  • Cut the branches off the tree trunk to modify so the tree can be placed on the right of the card.
  • Use green cardstock to cut several of the tiny individual ivy leaves in the ivy set and attach them to the branches using glossy accents.  Note:  The Small Ivy die not only cuts the ivy branches but it cuts ten individual leaves.  I always save those when I’m using the ivy branches to use on other projects. 
  • Cut length off the branches and attach them to the tree trunk using glossy accents.  Pro Tip:  It’s easy to modify die cuts to make them work better on your card.  The branches were too long to fit well over the roof of the gazebo.   
  • Apply a thin strip of mounting tape to the back f the tree trunk and a few rolled up glue dots to a few key spots on the branches and attach to the card base and over the roof.
  • Cut several Flower Stems using green cardstock and attach the tiny flowers using glossy accents.
  • Attach the stems and flowers up the sides of the gazebo and around the tree trunk using glossy accents.
  • Add a few additional flower stems behind the gazebo and along the flower bed and attach using glossy accents.

If you are like me and you use your handmade garden greeting cards for lots of summer occasions, grab this cute die and save this idea because you will return to it over and over when you are doing your summer stamping.  Check out my Garden Side Step Card to see another one of my garden cards.

 
5405D Gazebo Die
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5403D Half Tree Die
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5401-03D Spring Tree Die
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5162-03D Small Ivy
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Flower Stems Die 5147-05D
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Tabed Grass Set Die Cut 5152-03D
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Tiny Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-10D
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Small Butterflies Die 5147-08D
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Color Fuse Set #3
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Paper Blossom Tool Kit 4/Pkg
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Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
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Glossy Accents .5oz
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Scotch Advanced Tape Glider & Tape
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Scor-Tape .125″X27yd
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How to Make Paper Flowers Step By Step – VIDEO!

Today I have a two part video tutorial showing how to make paper flowers step by step to use on your cards!

I am very excited to be sharing this video today where I use all the new flower dies in my collection to show you how to make paper flowers step by step. Once you master these basic skills – and they aren’t difficult! – you will be able to create paper flower bouquets of all kinds! You can see all the new dies in the What’s New category at Rubbernecker.  

I used all five flower die cut sets from the new Kittie Kraft by Rubbernecker collection to make this card with a packed flower arrangement on the front

Ok – now you’ve seen the “magic” behind how to make paper flowers step by step – are you ready to try it out? And believe me, the more you make the better you get at it and soon you will be able to make a stunning paper flower arrangement at a moment’s notice! Please let me know what you think and if you have any questions!  You may enjoy checking out all my Videos and Tutorials.

 
5401-04D Large Garden Pots Die
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5402-01D Tulips and Stems Die
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5402-02D Gentian and Stems Die
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5402-04D Classic Flower and Stems
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5402-05D Canterbury Bells and Stems
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5402-03D Buchnera and Stems Die
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5404D Branches and Leaves Die
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Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-09D
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Nested Rectangle Scallop w/ Holes 5141D
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5300D Nested Scallop with Holes
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Paper Blossom Tool Kit 4/Pkg
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Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
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Glossy Accents .5oz
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Scotch Advanced Tape Glider & Tape
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Scor-Tape .125″X27yd
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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Ok – now you’ve seen the “magic” behind how to make paper flowers step by step – are you ready to try it out?

Coloring Die Cut Flowers For Added Detail

Coloring die cut flowers adds SO much dimension!

I am always a little surprised at how much coloring die cut flowers can completely change how they look. In this project I just added a teeny bit of shading to specific areas on these darling little die cut tulips and you can see how it adds so much visual interest. Read on to get my tips!  For this card I used the Rubbernecker Large Fence, Tulips and Stems, Stacked Butterflies, Grass and Rectangle Combo #2 OPC.  Be sure to check out the What’s New section at Rubbernecker to see all the flower and garden dies are back in stock and discounted.  

simple coloring die cut flowers adds lots of dimension and perspective like here with these multicolored tiny tulips on this handmade card

The Framed Card Base, Fence and Grass

  • Cut an A2 sized card base, frame and fence using white cardstock.
  • Use green cardstock to cut two grass sections.
  • Cut a light blue layer to fit behind the scene and attach it to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Attach one grass section to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Attach small pieces of mounting tape to the top back fence sections and ATG adhesive to the back bottom sections and attach to the card base.  Pro Tip:  Applying small pieces of mounting tape to the top fence sections creates dimension.  Attaching the bottom section of the fence flat to the card base alleviates bulk for the frame to fit evenly all the way around.  The two side fence sections were also attached flat to the base.
  • Apply double stick tape to the back bottom section of the frame and attach the grass section.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attach it to the card base.

Tulips and Butterflies

  • Cut the tulip tops using pink, yellow and purple cardstock and the stems using green cardstock.
  • Use mini applicators and pink, purple and yellow ink to apply shading to the tulip sections before assembling them.  Pro Tip:  Dab off your mini applicator  on scrap paper before applying light touches of ink to the flowers to avoid undesirable blotches. 
  • Assemble the three tulip sections together using glossy accents and attach them to the stems using glossy accents.
  • Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of each tulip top and glossy accents to the back bottom of the stems and tuck them in behind the grass and attach to the fence.
  • Cut the butterflies using yellow cardstock and apply shading using yellow ink and a mini applicator.
  • Attach the tiny circles to the butterfly bodies using glossy accents.  Note:  I keep all the negative die cut circles from cutting eyelet dies to use for flower centers, butterflies, falling snow, etc.  
  • Gently bend the butterfly wings and then attach them in place using small pieces of mounting tape.

coloring die cut flowers using Rubbernecker dies adds lots of extra dimension and a lovely 3-D effect like here on these spring colored card stock tulips
Now that you have some tips on coloring die cut flowers are you going to try it out? Let me know how it works for you and if there are other tips you’d like to see on dressing up die cuts on your handmade cards. 

 
5401-02D Large Garden Fence Die
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5402-01D Tulips and Stems Die
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5306D Stcked Butterflies
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Tabed Grass Set Die Cut 5152-03D
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Rectangle Combo #2 OPC Die 5132D
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Glossy Accents .5oz
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PanPastel Sofft Applicators 12/Pkg
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Color Fuse Set #6
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Color Fuse Set #4
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Color Fuse Set #1
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Scotch Advanced Tape Glider & Tape
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Scor-Tape .125″X27yd
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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Get Over To the Rubbernecker DeStash Sale!

You have to check out the first ever Rubbernecker DeStash Sale!

Destash Sale

As crafters, we love nothing better than a good cleaning out and right now there is a Rubbernecker DeStash sale that will get you so excited and save you some serious bucks! There are lots of stamps and dies on sale, some bundled for the first time, and I just had to share it with you!  Some of my favorite dies are included in the sale and I am going to go back and share projects that I made with them.  

The Tiny Leaves #2 Die

This set has become my favorite go to leaf to create full foliage on a tree.  The leaf is large enough to use with tiny flowers and you get multiple leaves with one cut.

one of my handmade Easter cards with a die cut tree blooming with blossoms and a sweet little bunny

Mixable Flower Stack 5106D

This flower set is versatile and can be used in so many ways.  For this project I created a sunflower type flower and used the Tiny Flower Buds in the center.

KC Rubbernecker 5106D Mixable Flower Stack 2 left

Twigs Die

The twigs die is perfect to use for wreath making, foliage with poinsettia cards and foliage in scene cards.

Come see how I make pretty clean and simple pine Christmas cards.

Fireplace

This fireplace set is so fun for holiday cards.  For this card I created a brick background with a stencil and I’ve also used it with designer paper backgrounds to look like wallpaper.  

KC Rubbernecker 5220D Fireplace 2 right

Get on over to the Rubbernecker DeStash sale and get some goodies before they sell out!

 
5334-02D Tiny Leaves #2 Die
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Mixable Flower Stack Die 5106D
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5162-05D Twigs
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5220D Fire Place Die
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Get on over to the Rubbernecker DeStash sale and get some goodies before they sell out!

A Cabin In The Trees Card To Kick Off Summer!

Do you know someone who would appreciate a cabin in the trees card, made by YOU?

This cabin in the trees card makes me feel like I want to to go on vacation! Can’t you just imagine how peaceful and bright and fresh a real-life scene like this would be? And when I got my new dies from my own new collection, I was super excited to see that these new, slightly smaller full bloom trees were the PERFECT size to work with the little cabin die I already had! I LOVE it when things like that happen. So you know I had to sit right down and make this summer vacation inspired card.  To make this card I used the new Spring Tree, Rectangle Combo OPC #4, Cabin, Tabbed Mountains, Mixable Flower Stack, Tiny Leaves #2 and Tiny Flower Buds.

a cabin in the trees card with a charming red log cabin tucked into the woods all made from a mix of previously released and brand new cardmaking dies from Rubbernecker

The Scene Base

  • Cut the A2 sized card base using Kraft cardstock.
  • Use green cardstock to cut the ground layers.
  • Use light blue cardstock to create the blue sky background layer.
  • Cut the frame using red cardstock.
  • Apply double tick tape to the bottom back lower portion of the frame and attach a ground layer.
  • Attach the second ground layer to the blue background layer.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attach it to the blue background layer.
  • Attach the framed scene base to the Kraft card base using ATG adhesive.

The  Cabin

  • Use red cardstock to cut the body of the cabin.
  • Use Kraft cardstock to cut the roof and a layer to fit behind the cabin window and door openings.
  • Apply double stick tape pieces to the back of the cabin to attach the Kraft layer.

rolled double stick tape 2

  • Use a rolled up string of double stick tape to attach the roof to the cabin.
  • Apply a piece of mounting tape to the back of the cabin, tuck it in behind the ground layer and attach to the base.

The Trees, Sun and Flowers

  • Use green cardstock to cut the tree tops and brown cardstock to cut the tree trunks.
  • Place the tree tops on the molding pad and gently form the using a large round stylus.
  • Apply glossy accents to the tree trunks and attach the tree tops.
  • Tuck the trees in behind the ground layers and attach them to the card base using pieces of mounting tape.
  • Cut the sun (flower) using bright yellow cardstock and attach it to the card base using a small piece of mounting tape.
  • Cut tiny leaves using green cardstock and tiny flower buds using red cardstock.
  • Place the leaves and flowers face up on the molding pad, form the leaves using the leaf tool and the flowers using a tiny tipped stylus.
  • Attach the flowers to the leaves using glossy accents.
  • Finish the scene by tucking the leaves and flower sections behind the ground layer and attach using glossy accents.

Make this cabin in the trees card to celebrate summer using new and older cardmaking dies from Rubbernecker
You don’t have to HAVE a vacation spot like this to appreciate a sweet little cabin in the trees card but if you know someone who does or someone who loves this sort of getaway, well, this card is a great design to have on hand!

 
5217D Rectangle Combo OPC #4 Die Cut
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5177-02D Cabin #1 Die Cut
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5401-03D Spring Tree Die
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5318D Tabbed Mountains Die
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Mixable Flower Stack Die 5107D
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5334-02D Tiny Leaves #2 Die
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Tiny Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-10D
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Paper Blossom Tool Kit 4/Pkg
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Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
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Glossy Accents .5oz
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Scotch Advanced Tape Glider & Tape
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Scor-Tape .125″X27yd
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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