Nothing basic about Basic Borders Dies

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post, which features products from the Dandy Garden Suite and the new Basic Borders Dies! The new Basic Borders Dies feature six different stitched shaped dies that are a simple and easy way to give your DSP and cardstock a fresh new look! For today’s card, I will show you how to use one of the six dies to with the designer series paper and cardstock for the card front two different ways!

For the base layer, use this design from the Dandy Garden 6” x 6” DSP cut at 4” x 5 ¼” and I used the squared border die shown that I lined up at the top and bottom of the cardstock (just eyeballed it “evenly”) to die-cut. After this step, I used my Blending Brush with Bumblebee ink around all four edges of the DSP to give it a slight “distressed” look:

For the next layer, cut a piece of Basic White cardstock at 3” x 4 ¼”, line the same squared border die up along the top, and then the bottom of the cardstock, with the corners of the cardstock lined up where the die bends. Tip-for both of these, I lined the die right up to the edge of the paper and used a piece of craft tape to secure in place. I then used another Blending Brush with Misty Moonlight ink, darker around the edges and “pulling” the ink on the brush to the middle to the middle of the cardstock is lighter that the edges, and stamped the sentiment in the lower corner (not all the way down into the corner) in Misty Moonlight:

For the rest of the card front, you will need:

1. Use the large dandelion type die to die-cut out one each from Bumblebee and Blackberry Bliss cardstocks.

2. Use your water filled Spritzer to spritz on Mossy Meadow cardstock to die-cut out one each of the grass dies. These emboss and cut, so spritzing with water makes the embossing stand out.

3. Use a piece of the Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim to tie into a small bow.

4. Stamp the bumblebee on Basic White cardstock in Memento ink, use a Blender Pen with Bumblebee ink to “tap” the color on the body and with very little Bumblebee ink on the Blender Pen, “tap” the color onto the wings (less is more, you just want it very faint). The is then die-cut out with the coordinating die and I added some sparkle to the wings by “tapping” Wink of Stella. *Why “tapping” the color on? This way the Blender Pen doesn’t smear the Memento ink in the coloring process.

5. You will need one Ladybug Trinket.

Using my Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the die-cut dandelions to the cardstock as shown, snipping off the excess stem pieces, the two die-cut grass pieces are adhered together (overlapping the edge of the smaller piece to the larger piece) and adhered over the stems, the die-cut bumblebee and the linen bow are adhered as shown (liquid glue and a glue dot):

The cardstock layer is adhered to the middle of the DSP base layer and use a glue dot to adhere the Ladybug Trinket as shown (over the seam of the two die-cut grass pieces):

This completed piece is adhered to a Mossy Meadow cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Basic White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Mossy Meadow ink, ink the upper part of the dandelion stamp in Bumblebee ink, use a Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Marker for the stem, stamp this in the corner as shown, and stamp the dandelion fluff in Bumblebee ink as shown:

Isn’t this so cool how the card front turned out with the Basic Border Die? I feel like it’s something so simple that takes your cards up a notch! As you can see, by lining up the die right along the edge of the DSP/cardstock, it really doesn’t affect the size because it’s really just trimming a tiny bit off. If you noticed, I didn’t use the two left-over pieces of DSP and that’s because I will show you a completely different card with these and a different Basic Borders Die on my next blog post, so stay tuned!

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