The humble square is the basis for so many things in design. It’s just amazing all the ways you can create with it! Today I’m back with another peek at a July MFT’s release. It’s the Die-namics Pierced Square Frames and it’s definitely going to be a go-to classic in my craft room. I have two different designs using this die set, one was inspired by the die scraps of the other.
First up is the fun card that features inlaid die-cutting. It takes a little more time as each additional layer needs to be cut twice but I love the smooth look. What I mean by inlaid is that I’m not layering each piece on top of the other. This adds bulk. Instead…I die cut a frame, fill it with a die cut of another color and adhere them together. You start at the outside and work towards the center. So to start, I die cut the Ripe Raspberry large frame, then die cut the Sno Cone cardstock with the same die but used the inside piece for it. They were then adhered together on the back with washi tape as it doesn’t add bulk. Next step was to align the medium Pierced Square Frame at a 45 degree angle and die cut the center diamond shape out of those layers. Fill that hole with a medium frame in Blu Raspberry and a medium frame inside square in Pink Lemonade Cardstock. The you repeat those steps with the smaller pierced square die.
It’s a little bit time-consuming but I love the results. I was inspired by a pieced together quilt block as the pierced edges really look quite a bit like stitching. When I get some time I think I’ll revisit this design as it would look sweet die cut from patterned paper.
So onto the next card design! Do you see that little die cut piece with the contrasting corners. Look at it closely then look at the previous design. I know the colors might but slightly different. That’s what you get for taking the photos with different light. The first was shot in the morning and the second that evening. The piece is the first inner die cut I made from the center of the “quilt block”. It was so cute with those little corners I just had to use it. I went with a more classic design of mostly lined up square frames for this project. These are layered instead of inlaid and it goes together MUCH faster. Honestly the first card looks much more interesting in person as you get a better sense of the inlaid effect.
Stop by the MFT Stamp’s blog to join us for more of the July release countdown fun! I’ll be back with another project tomorrow. See you then!