How To Do Partial Die Cut Mermaids & A Few Mermaid Cards

Last Thursday I posted these mermaids which I cut from the Myths and Magic Specialty DSP.

Myths and Magic Specialty DSP Mermaids

I promised to share how the mermaids were die cut so that their tails were left intact as part of the image which had been cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. These Mermaid die cuts with the, “tail sticking out,” are partial die cuts.

Partial die cuts = a die cut where part of the image being cut goes outside the exterior margins of the die used to cut out the image.

I decided to show you how to cut up this Myths and Magic paper to create mermaid die cuts through my first ever video. It is far from perfect (first attempts at a new skill rarely are), but I hope you agree that seeing the process in progress is helpful, even if I can learn a lot more about making videos.

And here are some of the projects I made with these die cut mermaids:

Myths and Magic DSP Mermaid cards

And one birthday card using a mermaid die cut without the partial die cutting technique.

Myths and Magic dsp Mermaid 4th Birthday card

So whether you try the partial die cutting technique or not, you can cut out and create cards with this paper in the Myths and Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper pack.

Don’t have this paper and love it? Shop with me by clicking HERE.

Want to start practicing this technique now? Try isolating a portion of a stamped or printed paper image to create your own partial die cut from any stamp, paper, and dies you already own.

Practice makes things easier and better.  Don’t get discouraged if your first partial die cut isn’t the best.

As for me, I’ll be making more videos in the future and I’ll be looking forward to improving those skills so I can show you more. Thanks for viewing.

Until next time…


Playing With The Pretty Stampin’ Up! Paper

Are you hoarding paper in your craft stash or playing with it?

Today is all about what I’ve been doing this week with some of the pretty Stampin’ Up! paper.

For instance, this new Petal Passion DSP is fantastic! I love it in black and white, but I wanted to try coloring it with the Blends.

Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion DSP

My results were worth the time!

Petal Passion DSP colored with Blends

I spent an evening watching television coloring with my Blends and WOW, this paper is beautiful with color added! I can’t wait to show you how I used it, but that will have to wait. I was impressed with how the back of this same paper looked like an impressionist painting because of the above coloring. It makes me wonder what I can do with that side too! Take a peek:

Back of colored Petal Passion DSP

Here’s another from that same pack:

Petal Passion DSP colored with Blends

It is so easy to make any black and white paper match your projects by coloring it with any color you choose.

Sometimes just using the images in the paper is the best way to use your paper. The Myths & Magic Specialty DSP has fantastic glittery embossed  images on one side and nice patterns on the other.

Myths and Magic Specialty DSP

I really wanted to use a bunch of the mermaids for some cards, so I chopped up an entire sheet, carefully planning how I could get the most  mermaids. I quickly realized cutting out the mermaids with snips was going to take forever, so I opted for die cutting them. This is the result from one sheet of 12”x12” paper.

Myths and Magic Specialty DSP Mermaids

The bottom die cut mermaids were special. I cut the tips of the tails out by hand and then placed that portion over the circle die so the cut would not take off the tail, but cut the circle. I promise pictures of this process Tuesday, when some of the cards I made with these die cuts are posted.

Sometimes there are dies which will cut out items from the DSP. The Bubbles and Fizz DSP you can earn with $50.00 USD purchase during 2018 Sale-a-bration is a great example. The papers with the bottle caps and larger bottles have images sized to fit the Bubble Over dies.

SAB 2018 Bubbles and Fizz DSP

I challenge you to play with at least ONE sheet of Designer Series (patterned) Paper this week. Cut it up, alter it, color it, ink it, and then create something with it. Are you with me?

Stop by on Tuesday to see a few of the cards I made with the mermaids. Plus, I’ll have a photo tutorial on how to do the partial die cut so the tail isn’t removed.

Until then…