Cardmaking, Die Cutting, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen

A Die Cutting Trick To Try with Essentials By Ellen Casual Greetings Hot Foil Stamps & Dies

Do you ever have trouble figuring out which die matches with which hot foiled sentiment? Want to save a little time by die cutting all of your hot foiled sentiments at once? Design Ambassador, Tiffany, has an idea that might help! She also has an ode to spring with a beautiful card project using the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Tulips.

Hey crafty friends! Tiffany here. It’s been so much fun seeing what you’ve created thus far with the latest release! One of the newest products, the Ellen Hutson Casual Greetings Hot Foil Stamps, foils 10 sentiments at once, but the coordinating dies are all separate. I found that I was having a little trouble quickly finding the right die for the right sentiment, so I created a “die template”. This has been a time saver for me! I created a reel to walk you through the easy steps, but you can also read more details below. Head over to my IG to see the reel!

  1. Foil sentiments. When I am in the mood to foil, I foil many things in one craft session. So I pulled out multiple A2 panels of cardstock to foil several sentiment sets. I mix up the color cardstock and the color glimmer foil to get a variety of options for future projects. Tip: Ensure your panels are all the same size and try to position the hot foil plate in roughly the same spot on each panel. This will help later in the process. Tip: Ever get a little overfoiling? It’s ok! Take a polymer eraser or your mono sand eraser to carefully remove any overfoiling. 
  2. Align & die cut the sentiments. With your foiling complete, take one panel and line up each Casual Greetings Die with the coordinating sentiment. Since you will be using this as a template, it is best to start with any panels of heavyweight cardstock. You will only have to do this once so I recommend taking your time with this step and ensuring the dies are perfectly placed. Tip: Ensure you tape down your dies on the edges only. The adhesive on the tape can pick up the foil from your sentiments so use thin strips of tape to secure the dies only onto the cardstock and not the sentiment area. This also makes it easy to pop out your die cut sentiments without removing the tape.
  3. Repeat as many times as you would like! After you pop out all of the die cut sentiments, leave all of the dies and the craft tape in place. Use this as a template to line up to the next foiled panel and die cut your next batch of sentiments. Depending on the positioning of the foil plate, you may need to adjust the template slightly to fit the sentiments perfectly. 
  4. Rejoice! Bask in all of the foiled, die cut sentiments you have to use on future projects!

I couldn’t do all that foiling and die cutting without making a card, right?! I kept this card pretty clean and simple, and I was inspired by a technique Julie recently shared. I made a mistake while making this which resulted in me creating a 5 x 5.5 inch card. It is an unusual size for me, but I was happy in the end and I tried something new – win-win!

I started by stamping the EBE Mondo Tulip in embossing ink on a panel of Hero Arts Plum cardstock. Next, I white heat embossed the Mondo Tulip on another piece of Plum cardstock. I used the coordinating die to die cut the tulip. I wanted to do a faux eclipse technique so I die cut 5 more layers from Hero Arts Azalea cardstock. I adhered the layers together and offset the top layer slightly. This is where I made a mistake – I wanted to trim the parts of the flower hanging off the edge, but I already had 6 layers of cardstock glued together. So instead of trimming the flower, I just made a larger card, hence the 5 x 5.5 inch size. 

I adhered the flower to the card front with liquid glue, and adhered that to the card base. To create the trim on the left, I repeatedly stamped two circles from EBE Stay Cool in Catherine Pooler Party Dress and Sangria dye inks. 

I finished the card by adding two foiled sentiments, some clear drops for a little more shine, and white twine behind the second sentiment. I just love this color combo and the mix of the florals with the geometric circles.

What do you think? Was this helpful? Will you try this technique? Let me know in the comments! And follow me, @ink.therapy.designs and Ellen Hutson for more cardmaking inspiration. We love seeing what you create!

As a bonus, for National Craft Month, the Design Ambassadors are sharing a piece of their craft room. I am not the one to follow for organization tips lol. I craft in my dining room and have quickly outgrown my space so it’s usually pretty messy. But I made a reel in the past of how I store my Catherine Pooler inks that you can check out. This was just after the coordinating labels were released. My storage has not changed since then. What you see in the video is the neatest portion of my craft space. If I were to pan down to the floor, it would tell a completely different story. #keepingitreal 🙂 


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  • Reply maureen k morton March 30, 2022 at 6:04 am

    I couldn’t connect with “the reel”, but this is a great idea. Thanks!

  • Reply Tiffany March 30, 2022 at 6:13 am

    I just posted the reel, sorry about that! Thanks for stopping by Maureen 🙂

  • Reply tsurutadesigns1 March 30, 2022 at 6:34 am

    gorgeous card Tiffany and thanks for the awesome tips. Love your ink storage!

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