Saturday, 20 July 2019

Floating Die Cuts

I really enjoy watching videos from Jennifer McGuire, she always has fresh ideas and ways to extend my range of techniques. Here is a pair of cards which I made after watching her video about making cards with 'Floating Dies'. Thanks to amazon Prime i only had to wait a day to get my roll of Press 'n' Seal, the product needed to do this technique.
I used a coordinating stamp and die from Clearly Besotted. I cut a foliage spray from a piece of card and then placed the die cut, still in  position in the piece of card, in my MISTI. I placed the stamp over the diecut and inked it up with Lucky Limeade ink from Stampin' Up. I then proceeded to cut many more die cuts and each time placing the cut piece in the gap of the original piece of card in my MISTI and stamping, using that card as a jig.
I arranged the stamped die cuts over a piece of card the same size as the card front. When I was happy with the arrangement I covered it with a piece of Press 'n' Seal and die cut the aperture and the edge at the same time. It cut the Press 'n' Seal, the card and the diecuts all at once.
I carefully removed the card from the  the back of the diecuts leaving them temporarily adhered to the plastic. I then added dimensional pads to each of the leaves, before laying them back over the cut card front. Once stuck down I peeled off the Press 'n' Seal and Hey Presto apparently 'floating' leaves. I stamped the sentiment from Penny Black and embossed in gold before sticking the panel onto the front of the card.

This technique always gives you a Twofer, so the centre section which was cut, forms the basis of another card. I simply cut a larger frame from Framelits to surround the leaves. As there were tiny fragments of diecuts on this piece I decided to merely stick them straight onto the card instead of letting them float. So after removing them from the card on which they were cut, I glued the them, placed them in position and stuck them to the card front and then removed the Press 'n' Seal.  The bits were too small for dimensional pads... even cut down pieces! I popped the frame on to pads instead.
The sentiment was cut twice once in white and once on gold and layered to stretch across the frame.

Jennifer explains it all beautifully on her YouTube post so if all this is gobbledegook, do check out her video.
After all this, it's my contribution for Darnell's  Twofer Garden Challenge!
Well leaves grow in gardens don't they!

We're off to see our granddaughter in Bath Theatre School's  production of Aladdin this afternoon, should be fun!


  1. love your cards - looks like a twofer winner to me!!

  2. I've seen this technique done on other blogs and bookmarked them and now I'll do the same with yours, Chrissie. It is fascinating to see the end results and how it magically gives you two cards in one swoop! I love the way you did the two sediments within and across the oval openings! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #18! Hugs, Darnell

  3. Hello Chrissie: WOW!! This technique is AWESOME and so are your cards. I saw them at the Twofer Challenge and I had to come here to find out how in the world you created them.
    I went looking for Jennifer's video tutorial and I was astonished at how incredibly simple this technique is and at how amazing the results are.
    I have two rolls of Press and Seal in a drawer in my kitchen, I use it all the time and I love it but, I never, ever thought of using it this way so, thank you so much for letting us know about this technique, I too love watching Jennifer's videos but I've missed this one, it's fabulous.
    Thank you again for sharing.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  4. Really pretty cards, Chrissie. I love foliage, so these two cards are right up my alley. The green ink is just the perfect color for all those gorgeous leaves. I do love this technique, too, and may have to hit the grocery store and pick up a roll soon. Love that paper, too. Hope you enjoyed your granddaughter's performance! One of mine did Aladdin out in Phoenix earlier this year...wish we could have gone. xo Bev


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