This last year I found my love for die cutting again. I don’t know what I was thinking, but for some reason I felt like it took me a lot of work to add a die cut image or background to my card. But there are so many beautiful and great die cuts! So last year I started die cutting again. And I love it! I’ve only used die cutting for backgrounds and layouts until now. But in this trend watch I’m going to focus on the die cut elements you can get. There’s a lot more in die cutting than ‘just’ backgrounds. And well maybe… I’ll have to make a new wish list after writing this one ;).
When I think of die cutting elements I still tend to think of stamped images that you would die cut. But there are a couple of lovely dies that you can cut out of paper and just use the die cut images. No stamps needed. I love this little elephant from Marianne Design, Sanne made a very cute card with it!
Veel liefs (lots of love) by Sanne, image source Scrap Cards and Stuff
Marianne Design, Collectables Eline’s Elephant at Buddly Crafts
Taylored Expressions has some beautiful elements too. Take a look at these cute lanterns Monika used for her happy birthday card. Love the summer feeling you get from the patio party die cuts.
Happy Birthday card by Monika, image source M.A.D. Stamper
Patio Party dies at Taylored Expressions
You can even get die cuts for male cards. I thought this pub glass die was really clever. Manuela made a male card with two glasses of beer, they look almost real this way.
Cheers card by Manuela, image source Ela’s District
Pub Glass Die at Papertrey Ink
Another great thing of die cuts is that you can add your own colors to them. I love the colorful way Julia used her butterflies in this card! (I have to admit, the butterflies she used are from a punch, but you can use die cut butterflies too)
Birthday card by Julia, image source Just one more card
Butterflies Craft Dies at Simon Says Stamp
Last but not least, I want to share a very creative way to use die cut elements. Mariana Grigsby used an umbrella die to create flowers!
floral arrangement by Mariana Grigsby, image source Hero Arts blog
Umbrella Fancy Die set 2 at Hero Arts
I hope you’ll have a crafty day!