Happy Monday Stampers!  For today’s blog post, I have not only a card but also a video showing you had to use your die cuts to create stamps.  There are so many dies out there with tons of options – Framelits, Thinlits, Bigz dies, etc.  Dies can be a bit expensive so finding new ways to use your dies really makes them more cost effective.  This technique is super easy you’ll be surprised you haven’t been doing this all along with your dies.

For the examples I am showing you today we are using the framelit set called May Flowers that is in the new 2016-2017 Stampin Up Annual Catalog.  As you can see from the picture above, I created a beautiful background using whisper white craft ink along with the dies from the framelit set.  So to create our “stamps” you will need your dies and a piece of fun foam (also called craft foam).  You can purchase fun foam from your local craft store and it is fairly inexpensive and it comes in all kinds of colors.  I have a package of fun foam in white and you have also seen me use this stuff as dimension on projects.  
Using the dies you have selected, you will cut out the images from the fun foam using your die cutting machine.  I use my Big Shot for all my die cutting techniques and the sandwich used to the cut the fun foam is the same as cutting cardstock.  Fun foam actually cuts quite nicely with dies so you get clean, crisp image.  I cut out the flower and leave image and then removed all the extra bits that were stuck after cutting.  Now we have our “stamps” but you’ll want to mount them to make it easier to use with inks.  I apply a little bit of Snail adhesive to the back of the foam die cut and place on a clear acrylic block.  Don’t worry about getting Snail on your blocks as I found it cleans off easily using Dawn liquid soap and a dish sponge. 
Once you have your foam die cuts mounted to clear blocks, you are ready to get to stamping!  How easy is that?!?!  I used whisper white craft ink to stamp my background onto a piece of crumb cake cardstock.  I stamped the flower and leaf in a random pattern all over the crumb cake piece.  I then used the small flower from the stamp set Falling Flowers to fill in any open spaces.  
When using pigment inks like the craft ink you will need to heat set the images or set aside to dry.  Pigment inks stay wet longer so if you don’t have time to let it air dry just hit it with you heat tool for a few minutes.  After I dried the piece with my heat tool, I then cut it down to 4 x 5 1/4.  I made an A2 top folding card base from thick whisper white and cut a piece of blushing bride to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8.  
I used my grid mat to line up a 1.5 inch strip of vellum to the front of the card and adhered the vellum to the backside of the crumb cake piece to hide the adhesive.  I then glued this to the blushing bride using some multipurpose glue and then glued that piece onto the card base.  I cut out the heart image using the thinlit set called Sunshine Wishes in some silver glimmer paper.  I cut out the sentiment using that same thinlit set in blushing bride.  I then adhered both die cuts to the front of that card and that finished the card.
You can watch a video on how to make this card including how to make the stamps from die cuts on my YouTube channel HERE, or below:

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