How To-sday | Detailed Die Cuts

I may be a little biased, but I think our design team is the best! I am loving our Spring/Summer Design Team How To-sday posts. Today we have an awesome How To from Design Team member Candace Zentner. Candace shows us what we can do with die cuts.

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Hey everyone! Candace here today! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE playing with die cuts and cutting files! My favorite thing to do with my cuts is add detail and shading for dimension. I want to share some of the techniques I use, and how you can easily make your cuts look amazing!

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I cannot create a die cut without using my Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink. I add shading to almost each piece to create dimension. To add shading, I start with subtle shading by tapping my ink along the edges of each piece and add more color as I go, if needed. There are lots of brands of fluid chalk ink that can be used, and regular chalk with a pompom also works great!

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On some pieces, a combination of colors can be used to achieve a more dramatic shaded look. On the yellow oval below, I added quite a bit of shading with a yellow ink then added a touch of a darker yellow right along the edge of the piece.

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A lighter shade of ink can also create a neat effect. On the piece of my squirrel’s tail, I shaded with a cream color.

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After I added the shading to each piece and assembled my squirrel, I used a white gelly roll pen to add some small faux stitches and doodles. My finishing touch was some Glossy Accents over the eyes and nose to give them some shine. Take a peek at the plain squirrel, with no chalking or faux stitching, compared to the squirrel with added details!

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Here is how I used my little squirrel on a card!

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I am not sure if I have ever seen such a cute squirrel! I am going to try some of these tricks for sure. Time to get out my die cut machine. Now for a little business. We had such a fun Blog Hop last Friday. The American Crafts DIY Thickers are such a fun and versatile product. We need a winner... so here we go, the winner of the $20 gift certificate is:

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