DIY Card Making:  How to Make This Congratulations Card using Thinlit Dies

Last weekend, I shared on Facebook that I got in a groove with making Congratulations cards and that I would share them with you.  Here is another one that I LOVE!

So here is the snippit from last weeks:  (You can click here to see the entire card.)

DIY Card Making: Quick & Easy Congratulations Cards

I show this, because you can see that the congrats is in white card stock – those are those Thinlit dies that I thought I would hate.  I wasn't sure that I would like them, so I borrowed one from a friend.  They aren't cheap, so I just wanted to make sure.

So if you are wondering why I thought I would hate them, it's because they look tedious.  I get it that you just run it through your Big Shot and move on.  But I thought they would be a pain in the keister getting them out of the die, they would tear, then I would get liquid glue everywhere and end up gluing myself to myself, resulting in a full trash can of card stock and a full day of frustration.  (Do you ever have these inner dialogs with yourself or is it just me?)

I was SOOOO wrong…. BUT:  use quality card stock.  That is my advice – I tried some patterned paper from the clearance bin of a store I picked up a while back that was pretty flimsy and that was, well, uh… let's just go with Not Good.

OK, so I had die cut out my congrats for the card above, all went well, and I was about to throw away the negative piece that was remaining and my thinking cap went on.

This particular Thinlit die has a coordinating stamp set.  And that is where the frustration set in for this card.  If I had just stamped it and then die cut it, it would have been fine, (and I did that on another card).

But no, I had to go crazy and do it this way:

DIY Card Making: How to Make This Congratulations Card using thinlit dies

So what I did was stamp on the bottom layer of card stock, then I used Silver Glimmer Paper to line it, and then I have the piece that was negative cut out on top.

Why was this a pain?  Even though it was a clear stamp, and even though I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig, trying to get it all lined up was a booger.

OK, so I lost an hour on that one section and a lot of card stock in the trash – and the entire time I kept thinking that what would have been even easier was to just put a patterned piece of paper down would on the base white piece – and it would have looked the same – but now I was on a mission.  No one was leaving the stamp room until I got it!!!

And thankfully I did.  So what I am trying to say, it can be done, but in the future, I am just going to do the patterned paper behind it and call it a day.

I love the Silver Glimmer Paper, that stuff is OSM!  I cut out a rectangle, used my scissors to remove the middle section of it so that I had a hollow frame.  And a few stars topped it off.

The background color is Strawberry Slush and I used the Darice Fireworks Embossing Folder on that layer.

Here is the completed card:

DIY Card Making: How to Make This Congratulations Card using thinlit dies

It is very simple to make if you are not trying to prove anything to the paper crafting gods.

And if you don't stamp the words and go with patterned paper, you need very few supplies.  Card stock, patterned paper, embossing folder, thinlit die and stars.

This stamp and thinlit die came from Papertrey Ink and is the Wonderful Words set – thank you Karen for letting me use it, you are fabulous!  I no longer hate or fear the Thinlit Die :).

I hope that you have enjoyed learning how to make this card and the Thinlit Die, be sure to check back and see the other creations using thinlit dies and more congratulations cards!

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