It’s once again time to play with my very favorite line of dies…the Blueprints Die-namics. Each month MFT Stamps challenges the Design Team to have a little creative fun with these fabulous dies. They are just so flexible and I never tire of them. In fact, they are the basis for a lot of the card creations I make. This month the theme is buttons and there is a wide variety of Blueprints Die-namics that have a button element in them. I chose Blueprints 14 to design with as I love the elements in it and I just got it in a recent order. Yes, I’m slowly collecting them all!
Buttons make great decorative elements whether they are actual buttons or whether they are die cut ones. While die cut buttons don’t have as much dimension, that can be a really great bonus when you are creating cards to send through the mail. The decreased bulk and weight really help to keep down postage costs. You also have the added benefit of always having a perfect match!
This card is almost entirely created around the elements of Blueprint Die-namics 14. The only exception is the sentiment that is die cut from the Happy Hellos Die-namics. You’ll notice that it’s all about paper and die-cuts…absolutely no stamps or ink. While I love them both, sometimes it’s just fun to play around with dies and patterned paper.
I’ve combined three different paper packs in this design. I love how MFT Stamps paper packs can work together so well. In fact, I really like them best when they are mixed and matched to get a great variety of prints. This card uses the Thick & Thin Paper Pack for the main layer…don’t you adore those BIG stripes? The Off the Grid Paper Pack makes an appearance on the background stitched layer and it has to be my favorite paper pack to date. Yes…I DID order two packs right off the bat. It’s such a great staple. Finally, I love the addition of mint with the cool blues. It makes a fun color pop for the flower centers and they are die-cut from mint felt and mint from the Homespun Gingham Paper Pack.
Did You Know?
MFT Stamps has an amazing set of resources for you! The latest addition is an amazing printable of all the Blueprints sets and their die shapes. I have to admit to being a very
messy, let’s call it busy crafter and often have multiple die sets out at the same time. It’s now awesome to have this printable to be able to quickly sort the dies and put them all back right where they belong! You can find this download in the Resources section of the MFT Stamps Blog, OR…here’s the direct link to solving your Blueprints Die-namics organization problems! You’re welcome!
Blueprints 14 has big beautiful flower blooms in it that look great die cut from vellum. I used a flower stylus tool to add circular pressure to the center for the blossoms. This makes the petals curve upwards and adds a beautiful look. Each flower is put together from multiple layers and die-cut buttons really make a great flower center. The sweet scalloped border die cut looks great with jute twine stitched through. I left some areas of stitching “loopy” to add extra curves to the card.
- mix and match paper patterns from different paper packs for more variety
- die cut lots of “buttons” at once and store in a jar to always have some on hand
- vellum looks great die cut and makes a beautiful feminine accent
- Double up flower petals to make the blossoms more dimensional
- take the time to add twine or thread to your die cut buttons to make them more realistic
Stop by the MFT Stamps Blog for lots more Blueprint Die-namics & Button inspiration!
Keep it crafty!