DIEcember Release Blog Hop-Day 1

Hi there, crafty friends. I’m thrilled to be part of THIS blog hop celebrating THESE new DIEcember products. I have two cards to share today…

To create the first card…

I die-cut thin strips using THIS die from THIS colored card stock. I covered a piece of white card stock with adhesive and laid the strips on top horizontally, covering the entire panel. I die-cut THIS die on top for a stitched border and embossed THIS die in the center using THIS embossing mat. I love stretching the use of my dies and getting new looks from them and embossing with a die instead of cutting is a great way to achieve that. I stamped, colored, and cut out an image from THIS stamp set and adhered it on the panel along with THIS die-cut word and a white heat embossed sentiment from the same stamp set.

Here’s a closer look…

For the second card…

I did the exact same process with the strips as the first card, but added bigger strips with THIS die and adhered them down in different directions. I used THIS die to add texture on top of the strips. I love that the die just pierces holes instead of cuts. It’s a simple way to add a lot of texture. I die-cut THIS snowflake three times, adhered them together and applied Versamark ink on top. I covered it with THIS embossing powder and heat set it to add a bit of sparkle. It’s hard to tell in the photo but in real life it is so sparkly. I finished off the design with a white heat embossed sentiment from THIS stamp set and some of THESE embellishments.

Here’s a closer look…

I hope this inspires you to create some quick and easy backgrounds using colored card stock strips and to add texture to them.

There is much more inspiration to see. Click HERE for the next stop on the hop. Click HERE to start at the beginning of the hop.

Here’s the complete hop list…

Simon Says Stamp Blog

Kristina Werner

Cathy Zielske

Nina-Marie Trapani

Nichol Spohr

Caly Person

Suzy Plantamura

Amy Rysavy

Lisa Addesa

Heather Ruwe

Sidnie Des Jardins

Cheiron Brandon

Barb Engler

Lea Lawson

Jo Nevill

Yana Smakula

Looking for even more inspiration using THIS release? I shared another project HERE

I created a phone book for my son made entirely of die-cuts.

Simon is so generous and giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop so be sure to leave comments along the way for your chance to win. Simon Says Stamp will announce winners on their blog on Wednesday. Good luck!

Wait, there’s more…

Use the code JINGLE to receive a FREE American Crafts Christmas Tag Kit with any purchase. Valid while supplies last or until 12/4 at 11:59 EST.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate your support.

I’ve linked to the entire DIEcember release below as well as products used on today’s cards.




  1. Shelley Rodgers
    December 7, 2020

    What a great idea! thank you for sharing!

  2. Heidi Rees
    December 7, 2020

    Beautiful cards! Love the colors and the detail in the background!

  3. tina z
    December 6, 2020

    great technique!

  4. Kelly Hunsaker
    December 6, 2020

    These cards are beautiful. I am crazy about the pattern you created.

  5. Katie K.
    December 6, 2020

    I love how you laid down the cardstock strips in different directions and used the pinpoint embossing plate over them.

  6. Marianne
    December 6, 2020

    Such a great way to use the strip dies. So clever and fun.

  7. Kim Salito
    December 6, 2020

    What an adorable idea.

  8. Helen F
    December 6, 2020

    I love the way you’ve created these stunning backgrounds! So eye-catching! Thanks so much for the great inspiration! Take care! 🙂


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