11.07.2016

Die Cut Focal Background // Hero Arts

Hello everyone! Today I'm participating in the November My Monthly Hero blog hop, with two cards and a video to show off this beautiful new kit.

When I saw the little triangle dies, I just knew I wanted to make a background with it.


I die cut "strips" of the triangles out of some gray cardstock, then adhered that die cut background to some kraft cardstock. I'm not gonna lie - adhering that intricate background with foam adhesive took me a good five minutes, but you could make it easier by using spray adhesive.


I couldn't stop with one pretty background, so I made another.

For this purple card, I die cut the triangles out of watercolor cardstock, and adhered them on a clear sparkle embossed light purple cardstock panel.


This panel was significantly easier to adhere down. ;) 


Both cards sentiments come from an add-on, the Little Messages Stamp & Cut, heat embossed in white and die cut using the accompanying banner die.

One of the cool things about this kit is that the dies and even some of the stamps are supplies you could use year round. For example, with these cards, just omit the snowflake die, change up the colors and sentiment, and you've got a card for any occasion!

VIDEO



If you are having a problem viewing this video, please try watching it HERE on YouTube.


THE KIT


The kit contains:

► A 4"x6" clear stamp set
► A set of 13 dies for creating diamond-shaped ornaments and embellishments
► A VersaMark ink cube
► White Puff embossing powder
► 10 half sheets of vellum cardstock
► 2 half sheets of each cardstock: metallic red, metallic blue and patterned
► Ornament hooks and more!


The kit value is $60, an amazing deal at $34.99.

There are also some amazing add-on stamps and dies, so be sure to check out the Hero Arts blog for information on that.

BLOG HOP


For loads of inspiration and a chance to win one of these kits, follow this hop!

Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop.

The kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone.

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Hero Arts Floral and Kraft Layering papers, Canson watercolor
Stamps: November 2016 My Monthly Hero and Little Messages Stamp & Cut
Ink: Hero Arts Versamark
Other: Hero Arts clear Sparkle embossing powder, White embossing powder, Hero Arts pearls

Tools: Cuttlebug, ink blenders, heat gun, Hero Arts November My Monthly 2016 and Little Messages Stamp & Cut dies

178 comments:

  1. Wonderful use of the dies - nice thinking outside the box - they make for a wonderfully lacy background for the cards.

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  2. Love the way you used the dies! Great kit and inspiration! Thanks for the chance to win!
    ~God bless~

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  3. These are beautiful. Love the lavender colour one especially (and simpler to attach I am thinking)

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  4. Just love the sparkly purple showing under your die cutting. Gorgeous!

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  5. Striking cards! What a great use of the dies!

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  6. Wow - you made that little die cut big and splashy!

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  7. Wonderful creativity with the dies. They are so versatile & make for pretty creations.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  8. love those triangle die cuts in the kit and love how you used them on your card!
    ~Gin K.~

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  9. Wow .. gorgeous cards! Love how you used the dies to create them. And the colors are fabulous :)

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  10. Very clever and effective way to use that die! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I'm speechless, Clare! These are both so amazing and now I'm completely inspired! Loved your video!

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  12. I love those triangle dies, They are definitely my favorite part of this kit and I love how you used them in this card.
    LDYJS @outlook.com

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  13. I love your use of the dies to create an interesting background. Wonderful to look at but doesn't overpower the sentiment.

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  14. How so lovely are these cards. Such a great idea using the dies as a background.Love the look. I just adore the new kit!

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  15. Ok, so I am about halfway through, and now I am convinced I NEED this kit! What a wonderful way to use the dies. So petty both ways. I sort of get where you are coming from about what is worth the time and what isn't. Here's what I heard you say: If it's the creative process, it's worth the time. If it's the mundane "necessary part of the process," not so much! Thanks for sharing this very beautiful way to use these products.

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  16. Love the die cuts on YouTube cards!

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  17. I hate to measure too! Great tutorial for creating your beautiful cards. Thanks so much for sharing on this special Hero Arts blog hop.

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  18. Wow, this is awesome. Love your idea.

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  19. Wow Clare, just love the lacy backgrounds you created with the triangles!! Fun video too!!

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  20. Wow, this kit is so versatile THANKS!
    Penny

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  21. Thinking out of the box :) I love your idea!

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  22. Oh my gosh those are so clevely put together and worth you

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  23. Thank you for showing us how to use the triangles in this way in such detail - you make it easy to follow along! Love the way the cards came out!

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  24. Love the lightness and elegance of you card! such a great idea!

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  25. You created a gorgeous card, and the video was sooooo educational. I just put this video in my Favorites in Youtube.

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  26. WOW great ideas. Love the color on your second card. TY for the video also.

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  27. Wonderful cards love the idea of only using die cuts. Thanks for the video I always watch video's.

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  28. I love the holiday lace feel the cards have.

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  29. Yet another great way to think outside the box (get it?)

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  30. I would probably do like you did with the tiny pieces of 3D foam. It looks so great! Super designs!

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  31. Great idea to use the dies to make backgrounds!

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  32. I love how you did them.. The lacy look reminds me of a Victorian Christmas!

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  33. Pretty cards! Love this kit and the add-ons!

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  34. These cards are
    so pretty and I
    love the purple
    one!
    Carla from Utah

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  35. Beautiful cards and creative diecutting!

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  36. Love the backgrounds you created with these dies.

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  37. Love the purple card especially, but the white/craft was lovely too.

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  38. Hey Clare..."love" the use of this die on your cards! Perfect creations for pretty and quick cards for the busiest time of the year!!!

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  39. Gorgeous design and execution! Love it, Clare!

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  40. Oooo! Gorgeous graphic snow from the use of the wonderful tree dies!

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  41. Your use of the triangle dies is fantastic - and thanks so much for the video too!!

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  42. There are so many possibilities for this kit. Very well done!

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  43. The background on your cards using the dies is lovely!

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  44. Very pretty. So many possibilities with that kit. Love it!

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  45. Such a great use of those dies. Your cards are gorgeous.

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  46. beautiful set of cards... love how you used the dies!!

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  47. Excellent kit for the holidays! With all the inspiration, I can't wait to get started!

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  48. Oh my, this is pure genius!! Thanks for the great video....so much inspiration!

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  49. Wow! The look you achieved with these dies is beautiful! I would have never thought of that so thanks for another use!

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  50. Wonderfully creative. What an inspirational way to use dies. Your cards are beautiful.

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  51. wow just gorgeous!! very unique

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  52. Love your creative process for these two cards and a great way to make a background die! Thanks for sharing, must try this!

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  53. What a clever use of the dies for the card front!

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  54. I really like how you used the die to make these cards. I will have to try your technique. :)

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  55. Beautiful card. Creative use of the die to make a background!

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  56. I love how you created the lacey look with those dies.

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  57. Stunning card. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  58. Thank you so much for the video, Your cards are beautiful and delicate.

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  59. Thank you for the tutorial!!! Love it.

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  60. Excellent video! Lots of great explanations and tips -- I really got it and see how much time and stress can be saved. TY! The effect was lovely...

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  61. Using the dies for a card is amazing. Love the lacy look. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  62. Two great cards using the triangle dies. It shows the versatility of the kit.

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  63. so clever how you used the dies for your cards!!

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  64. This is an adorable idea! Love the colors!!!

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  65. Beautiful and creative use of the dies. It almost looks like lace.

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  66. Your cards are beautiful!!! Love them and this new card kit:)

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  67. That's the same way my mind was going when I saw the dies. I also can't wait to see what kind of stencil I can make out of them. Love your cards. They turned out amazing. Love the color combos. This kit is so versatile. I am loving what everyone is coming up with so far. I can't wait to see what all is to come.

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  68. What a creative use of the die!

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  69. Stunning. Never would have thought to use these dies this ways. Oh, postman please hurry with my order.

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  70. Yet another use for this versatile kit!! I'm always amazed at how different the blog hopper "see" each possibility!!

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  71. I enjoy reading all the blogs on blog hop so much - these are so inspirational! Each card/project is simply gorgeous in its own way. Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful ideas to use the kit!

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  72. Clare, what beautiful pair of cards really loved how you made the design..

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  73. I love the first card - it looks just like a warm Christmas sweater. Thanks for sharing.

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  74. Thanks for the video. A wonderful way to use the beautiful dies in the kit.

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  75. What great cards! Love the pattern you made with the dies! So great!

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  76. You are very clever with these new die cuts! Awesome cards, thanks!

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  77. Loved your cards, thanks for sharing! This is an exciting kit!

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  78. cool and different way to use the dies!!!

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  79. So pretty!! Love the unique use of the extra dies!!!

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  80. Oh wow, I love these! Totally sold me and thanks for the awesome video!!

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  81. this was a very fun use of the kit dies! Thanks

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  82. What an awesome use of the dies, creating a lattice like pattern....very, very creative. Thanks for sharing how to make these lovely cards with the video.Have a lovely day. Cheers Donna Z :)

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  83. Love the purple card. Thank you for making the video and sharing your awesome technique.

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  84. When I saw the triangles I envisioned using them in a similar manner. Thanks for showing what the results would look like!

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  85. When I saw the triangles I envisioned using them in a similar manner. Thanks for showing what the results would look like!

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  86. LOVE the triangle die backgrounds!!! So simple, but elegant! I really want to try this with my cards!

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  87. Oh wow!!! Awesome cards!!! This kit is really amazing!!!

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  88. What an awesome & clever use of these dies! Beautiful cards!!

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  89. Gorgeous and stunning cards!!!

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  90. These cards are so lovely. Thanks for this video.

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  91. These are beautiful; great use of that die!

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  92. Love how you made the background look so intricate

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  93. Clever! Thanks for showing us how to make these!

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  94. wow, gorgeous die cut background. great card kit

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  95. Beautiful cards and love the kraft background. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  96. What a beautiful background. I love it! Thank you. - Carol G.

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  97. So pretty, love the lace effect you've created with those pretty cutting dies.

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  98. Wow! I am generally not at a loss for words, but these beautiful die cuts have left me speechless...almost;) Thanks for the inspiration and for this opportunity!

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  99. I love seeing the die cuts used for cards. Really enjoying seeing all the versatile ways to use this Monthly Hero Arts set.

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  100. Love the backgrounds you made. Great idea.

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  101. I love die cuts, and this is wonderful, I just love the look. You are an artist.

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  102. Interesting use of the dies! Love the lacy look!

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  103. Thanks for sharing your video of how you created the card. It looks like so much fun! I cant wait until I get my kit to try it myself!

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  104. Way to think out of the box! Great job!

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  105. Very pretty. Like the color palette too!

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  106. Very creative!Wonderful card!Thank you for sharing.

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  107. Oh my gosh! What a terrific way to use the dies for beautiful backgrounds! Thanks!

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  108. Awesome background using the dies.

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  109. Awesome!!!!! Thanks for sharing. I am going to follow you, I like how you create!

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  110. Wow, thanks for that video and your great ideas! sure hope I can do something similar when my kit arrives!

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  111. Great cards and video. I'm going to see if I have any dies that will work for this technique.

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  112. Way to move away from the traditional tree shapes! Very creative!

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  113. I love the way you did those cards! Simple but elegant.

    Noreen
    Crafty Journal

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  114. Love the cut out. Gives it an elegant look.

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  115. Gorgeous cards! Love these backgrounds - like paper lace ❤ Totally worth taking the time adhering it :)

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  116. What pretty holiday cards! My favorite is the white lacy overlay on kraft paper!

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  117. Very elegant cards Clare. Such a clever idea. Good job!

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  118. great idea to use to create a background. love it

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  119. Wow, your card so pretty. Great job!

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  120. Stunning idea to use the dies to create a lace effect. Awesome card. what a great kit

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  121. Both cards are stunning! I especially liked the kraft colored card. It looked like a delicate doily.

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  122. Wow! I love how you repeated the same dies to create your backgrounds!!! I need to remember this idea - pinning it!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  123. Stunning cards.
    Not sure which I like best - they
    are both wonderful.
    thanks for sharing.

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  124. Very nice how you used the tree dies! Both cards have a lacy look that is really nice.

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  125. Such a creative use of the dies!

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  126. I love how you've used the dies for backgrounds!

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  127. Your work is lovely! Thank you so much for sharing the inspiration with us!

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  128. Oh my gosh, what beautiful cards those are! I so wish I owned a die cutter so I could make these. It's so unique and something I would never have thought to do. Whoever gets this card is going to love it and cherish it or at least I hope they do. Thanks for letting us see it.

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  129. Nice lacy look to the cards. Very pretty.

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  130. I really enjoyed the technique you used to get such a lovely lacy look. Great work, thanks for sharing!

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  131. Beautiful. You've given me some great ideas!

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  132. The lacy one is so beautiful! What a fantastic way of using the dies.

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  133. Love how you used the dies on your cards. Very clever!

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  134. LOVE the geometric designs you've created! Really cool indeed!

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