Cardmaking, Essentials By Ellen

4 Ways To Use Essential Shape Dies

Are you looking for ways to stretch your dies? Ways to get more from your basic shape dies when creating handmade cards?

We can help because Carissa is here with some fantastic card designs that demonstrate how basic shape dies can create stunning card designs!

4 Ways To Use Essential Shape Dies

Today I’m sharing four (more) ways to use basic shape dies, like the new Essential Shapes from the Essentials By Ellen line.  If you’re wondering why I said four “more” ways, it’s because I’ve shared a similar post in the past.  I find the basic shape dies some of the most versatile in my craft room and I love finding new ways to create with them.  I also think they’re an essential part of any well-stocked craft room.

4 Ways To Use Essential Shape Dies

I love the new Essential Shapes (Circles, Ovals, Squares, Rectangles) from the Essentials By Ellen line, because they take the idea of basic nesting shapes up a notch.  Not only do you get lots of basic shapes that are perfectly sized for your A2 card projects, each pass of the machine also leaves you with a beautiful, delicate frame.  Genius!

4 Ways To Use Essential Shape Dies

Today I’ll be sharing four projects, all created with the Essential Shapes Dies.  I’ll create  cards featuring a “spotlight” (partially framed) image, a framed window, a pressed foil frame and finally a rainbow…created with the Essential Shapes.  I hope this gets your creative juices flowing as you realize just how valuable and versatile these dies are.

4 Ways To Use Essential Shape Dies

Today’s projects also feature many of the new Essentials By Ellen stamps and dies released in March.  There are so many fun new stamps and I had a great time playing with all of these images.

4 Ways To Use Essential Shape Dies

Be sure you check out today’s video.  I’ll be walking you through the creation of these four cards, and giving you some tips and tricks to make your crafty life easier along the way!

4 Ways To Use Essential Shape Dies

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed these projects and put the new Essential Shapes through their paces the next time you create.  I think you’re going to love them!

4 Ways To Use Essential Shape Dies

Until next time, I hope you have a fabulous day!

XOXO, Carissa Wiley


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  • Reply Sue W. March 15, 2020 at 7:35 am

    Great cards! Love the new basic shape dies!

  • Reply Sandy S. March 15, 2020 at 8:02 am

    Holy Moley! I’ve had the rectangles in my cart for a while, but I didn’t realize how many dies were in the set! Now I have to decide whether or not to get all the shapes.

  • Reply Maureen Reiss March 15, 2020 at 10:22 am

    Beautiful cards!!!

  • Reply lynnlhill March 18, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    I am curious what colors of Copic did you use to color the balloons? I love that color scheme and would like to be sure to get those colors for my supply box. Thanks!

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