My obsession with die cuts is still going strong.  There are so many intricate designs you can feature in your paper crafting projects without cutting them by hand.  Plus, there is always that handwriting thing I have.  I have seen this cool new way to use the die cuts that I just had to share with all of you.  Crafters are layering the die cuts, to create a shadowed or a dimensional look for words and designs.  I found the following fabulous projects for you to be inspired by.

I thought it only appropriate to start this post by saying hello with this lovely Hello card in its pretty shades of blue and white.  This is such a beautiful card for such a simple sentiment.

blue hello

card by Holly Walker photo courtesy of Holly Walker Inspirations

And still another way to greet those you love with a friendly yellow hello.  I love the way Amy used the same color card stock to create a cascade of shadow hellos for her card.  The yellow hello was cut out several times and layered together carefully to make it pop.  I have to figure out what glue she is using to stay so neat!

hello grey and yellow

card by Amy Kolling photo courtesy of Stamp-n-Paradise

Shadowing also lends itself well to shabby chic projects too.  How lovely is this card?  Melisa choose to layer the off white underneath her die cut sentiment to the bottom right to create a softer dimension for her card.

always love you

card by Melisa Phillips photo courtesy of Lily Bean Paperie

I just loved the look of this glittered touch from Alice.  Shine on, lady!

rainbow hugs

card by Alice photo courtesy of Alice’s Little Wonderland

Another great way to lift your card is in this cool technique Wanda used.  She stamped her card stock and cut her sentiment out with the die then layered several cuts from the same die underneath it.  How awesome is this shadowed stamped look?

flower hugs

card by Wanda photo courtesy of A Blog Called Wanda

I just adore the angle this card took.  The cool stenciled texture and the little bit of the white shadow sticking out from the back of the white is just phenomenal.

love you angle

card by Jackie Pedro photo courtesy of  The Scalloped Edge

The shadows created by Erin are totally next level.  She stamped the sentiment she die cut in two different colors to give her shadow an ombre effect.  So cool.

thank you for everything

card by Erin Taylor photo courtesy of Erin Taylor Designs

Another clever technique Taheerah used is to keep the white on white look by die cutting each layer several times but to edge each letter with neon ink.  The letters just glow.  Such a cool effect.

Happy for you

card by Taheerah Atchia photo courtesy of Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart

Text block dies look so cool layered as well.  Don’t forget them.  Lizzie used two colors and created this ever so cool shadowed look for a card to appeal to younger folks.  She used a Xyron machine to keep her edges clean from the mess of glue.

wishing you a happy birthday

card by Lizzie Jones photo courtesy of Don’t Forget to Write

I think this next crafty lady actually created the first shadowing technique.  The talented Betsy layered her sentiment over the negative space of another die cut for a different take on the shadow.   She gives us a new way to think about the negatives of our die cuts as well.  Endless possibilities.

Hello birthday girl

card by Betsy Veldman photo courtesy of Paper Scissors Superheroes

The color pallet options are also endless.  The unexpected neon pink and ice blue combination is just fabulous in this card.

thank you for being fabulous

card by Ashley Harris photo courtesy of Technique Tuesday

The die on die action on this card is a great way to finish this roundup of awesome cards.  Barb created shadows with her rounded edge as well as her die cut.  What a great way to end…a big smile.

you make me smile big

card by Barb photo courtesy of Enjoying Life

I found several dies that are on my wish list that you might want to check out.

edge die              arrow dies handwritten dies        baby die

birthday           paper edge die                hello die                  circle on circle

So go ahead… make something pretty.


5 replies on “Trendy Tuesday – See What’s Coming Out of the Shadows”

  1. Wow, this post is filled with fabulous ideas! I am honored to be sharing the spotlight today with so many talented card makers! Thank you, Aliya!

  2. What a terrific blog entry! Every example was so interesting. Thanks for taking the time to do all the necessary research! Dies have opened a whole new series of techniques for us to learn. Such delightful fun!

  3. I just love the shadowed look and this article is just chock full of wonderful inspiration! Thank you!

  4. Great Trendy Tuesday Article! I just Love the use of the Neon Ink to edge your Letters to achieve a layered look. I must try this. I also am amazed at the color combinations and I am inspired to look at my sentiment dies in a whole new light. Bravo Ladies!

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