One leaf die cut, one stamp, one piece of patterned paper – instant card!

Who knew a single leaf die cut could serve as star of the show on a card? Well, this morning there was a bit of chill in the air, which is so welcome down here in Texas.  It was an instant call to craft!  When new seasons start, or holidays are approaching, grab ahold of those creative moments! Of course, when I think of Fall, I think of falling leaves and so was drawn to this motif today.
I have this pretty patterned paper, Beauty of the Earth, sitting on my shelf, collecting dust for months.  I have struggled a bit with how to use it to be honest.  Today, with that crisp air and the hope for Autumn coming, it was the first paper that came to mind to use with the Stitched Leaves dies.

Let me share with you my personal insight on these dies.  It came back up when a stamper I work with, Bree, asked me about a different stamp set and die combo, asking the age old question, “Do I need the stamp set if it is the dies that really grabbed my attention.”

My personal thought it, if you will use 1/2 the set of stamps, then get both.  If you won't use at least 50% of the stamp set, it's probably not worth it.

However, if you are a “full set” kinda person – meaning that let's say you like salt but not pepper, could you ever just buy a salt shaker without buying the full set?  If you would regret only buying one in a few months, then you are a full set kinda person.

The worst is to purchase half of a set and regret it later when the other half retire.

For this Stitched Leaves dies, there is a coordinating set, Love of Leaves stamp set, I really didn't think I would regret not having the stamps, and if they are still around next year, I will probably get them so that I can use my dies in other ways, but what really drew me to this set was the “negative” of the leaf die cut.  Which is how I am going to use it here.  Here is the die set so you can see what I am talking about:


a variety of leaf die cut shapes using Stampin' Up! Stitched Leaves Dies from I Teach Stamping


If you lean in close to your screen, you can see that there is stitching on the leaves themselves, but also look at the area left when you die cut out the leaf – it has stitching too.  That's the negative of the die cut, the leaf is the positive image.

Today we are using the negative and I will post a project soon with the positive.


Today's Project:

Here is how this stunning project turned out using the beautiful patterned paper that I was struggling to use, it's just perfect with this die set.


a single leaf die cut backed with patterned paper and a single stamp, all from Stampin' Up!, were used to make this handmade greeting card from I Teach Stamping


All that's holding all the pieces together are Dimensionals – I didn't even use Seal+ on it.  But look how awesome that stitching looks around the edge of the leaf – it's just the perfect amount of texture this card needs.  That patterned paper peeking through the leaf die cut with the different colors is perfect.

Add a great sentiment, like from the Well Defined stamp set, and you done!



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Project Printable

Here is your Project Printable if you want to print out this project and have the supply list to go along with it.  Let me know what you think of these in the comments below!


dowload this free Project Printable from I Teach Stamping to create a card using a single leaf die cut


Thank You

I hope you enjoyed this project showing another way to use your leaf die cut – you just doubled the usefulness of your die set!  Thank you for coming on by to see this project and I can't wait to share the next card with you soon.  XOXO, Meg

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