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Die Cutting for Love



Happy Friday crafty friends! This is Julissa of Paper Gems by Jules on the blog today sharing a pair of Valentines using a fun combination of stamps and dies. There are two things I'm hoping you can take away from this blog: 1. You can use your dies to make stencils and 2. You can color almost any stamp to make it fit a holiday or theme. So let's get inky!



Let's start with this rockin' "Katie Girl" stamp set. She's got a sassy stance while holding her guitar and she's going to rock this Valentine look. I really wanted to give her a rugged look, but still have some love, so I colored her blouse with a bright red and gave her jeans a distressed look using none other than distress ink!

  • Shirt: R46 & R43

  • Jeans: B41, BG70 and Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give that dirty distressed look.

  • Boots, Belt & Guitar; E37, E35, E34, E31

  • Skin: E53, E51, E21

  • Hair: E59, E27, E25


For the background, that heart was made from using the Dashes & Frills Hearts dies. I die cut the second largest stitched heart out of card stock and used it as a stencil. Before stenciling it, I stamped Worn Music Background using a brown archival ink, die cut it using Scallops & Stitched Rectangles Nesting dies and added distress ink to the edges. Then I laid the make-shift heart stencil over the background and used Festive Berries & Aged Mahogany Distress ink to color in the heart. And just like that, this became a Valentine Card for a significant other, daughter or friend that loves music. Now let's use an Angie Guy and try this same technique.



For this next Valentine, I paired Sawyer Guy and the Love Me Always Background. I thought about doing Sawyer's shirt in the same red, but thought a grungy t-shirt was kind of cooler. I hid the edge of the bottom of his stamp using a sentiment strip.

  • Shirt: W4, W2 & W0

  • Jeans: B41, BG70 and Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give that dirty distressed look.

  • Skin: E53, E51, E21

  • Hair: E59, E27, E25


This soft brown background helps make this valentine a little masculine. And I just love the distressed type font in that background. What do you think?


Unity Products Used:

  • Katie Girl Stamp Set

  • Sawyer Guy Stamp Set

  • Worn Music Background Stamp

  • Love Me Always Background Stamp

  • May 2021 Sentiment Kit: In My Thoughts, Girl

  • Scallops & Stitched Rectangles Nesting Die Set

  • Dashes & Frills Hearts Die Set

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you've found some inspiration. If you are inspired, I'd love for you to tag me when you post your creations on the Unity {Show & Tell} Facebook group or on Instagram.


Until next time... Happy Crafting!

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