Embossing and Negative Dies

Having the kids at home and trying to home school, work and have some form of family life is an interesting concept at the moment. I am running out of ideas to keep them entertained while trying to limit to some extent the amount of screen time they have. 

I had a brilliant idea, they could make me some papers to use in my designs. This kept my little girl entertained at least, my boy, well that's a different story....

Here is what she created

I love the end result and didnt want to cover it up, I wanted to use it as a focal piece. I decided to emboss it and use the negative die cut to really show it off.

I have entered this into the Stamplorations June CAS challenge, details of which can be found here

What I Used

Sizzix Big Shot
Sizzix Thinlet Butterfly
Sizzix Embossing Mat
Sizzix Impressions Pad 
Modge Pod Glue
2 Pieces of White Card
Distress Ink in Festive Berries, Mermaid Lagoon, Faded Jean's and Dusted Concord
Water Spray
Large Rectangle Nesting Dies


We begun by dabbling the 4 distress inks onto a flat acrylic plate and spraying with water. For full instructions see the video on my YouTube Channel Mrs H's Crafty Corner

A piece of white paper was laid over the top to absorb the ink and then left to dry.

Once dry we taped a piece of white card on top.of the newly inked paper. 

The butterfly die was taped onto the wrong side of the inked paper and it was run through the Die Cutting machine using an embossing mat instead of a cutting plate.
The butterfly was then repositioned and the same procedure was followed. 

Once we I had 2 embossed images. I untapped the inked paper from the white card and placed it at one side. Using the embossed image as a guide plate on the white card I lined up the butterflies and used the butterfly die with the Die Cutting Machine and the cutting plates

This was repeated for both images. The white card was then cut using a large rectangle nesting die. The cut out rectangle was then glued onto the inked card. With the embossed butterflies lined up under the die cut butterfly outline

Using the next sized up nesting die the inked paper was cut. This was mounted onto white card which had been cut to 10 Inch by 7 Inch and scored at 5 Inch

Thank you for reading

Happy Crafting

Mrs H xxx


  1. Beautiful CAS card and butterflies love the coloured background and how you used the die-cut negative too
    Carol x

  2. What a clever way to keep the little ones entertained and hopefully get them inspired by crafting too. They clearly have talent and created a beautiful background that resulted in an awesome card. Thank you for playing along with the STAMPlorations CAS Challenge. We hope to see you back again soon! Karola, DT, InvisiblePinkCards


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