Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Die Cut Negatives as a DIY Stencil

Hi Friends!  Kari from the Inspiration Team with you today to share with you on how you can stretch out your die cuts - particularly the negatives.  Now I recently purchased some Modeling Creme by Viva Decor in Mother of Pearl ( I am gearing up for Christmas Cards, can't you tell? ) so I wanted to see what would happen when I used the birch tree dies from Joy to the Woods, and use the negative and use it as a stencil.

First - Here is my completed card.

Overall, I think my experiment didn't turn out too bad.  The longest part of this whole process was drying time of the modeling creme.  So - it literally took me several hours to complete this card from start to finish - so its not one to duplicate I don't think.  
I die cut out the trees from white card stock, and I applied my DIY Stencil to my Smoke card stock panel, and applied the Modeling Creme, and I wanted a thin layer as possible. I removed my DIY stencil and allowed this to air dry for well over an hour...maybe even two.  I knew I wanted to add some snow, so I took another stencil I have - the falling snow stencil and I used it to apply more modeling creme.  I will use a line I have heard from the awesome Jennifer McGuire - we make handmade cards, not HallMark, so with that said when I went to remove my falling snow Stencil, it messed up my trees toward the top.  I check it and it was dry - or so I thought, so I had to allow the snow to dry before fixing my trees.  I reapplied my DIY stencil, and fixed as best as I could, my trees. They didn't turn out as smooth as I wanted, but I didn't want to scrap it after all the time it took to come as far as I did.  So - I just set it aside again to dry.  In the meantime, I stamped and die cut the Cardinal from this set - so pretty, and I die cut my sentiment "Joy" from the Lawn Fawn Die.  I die cut a red layer and three white layers.

Below I wanted to share with you my DIY stencil.  When going into this I knew that I would not be reusing this stencil, which is fine with me.

I hope this inspires you to look at your dies in a new way to use them as a stencil to see what cool creations you can make!

See you all again soon!


  1. Kari, this a beautiful winter scene! Experiments always turn out to be the best projects :) Great idea to use the negative die with the modeling creme!

  2. Love how your card turned out! Thank you for sharing your experience with modeling creme!

  3. Absolutely awesome - love those modelling paste trees!


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