This week's challenge is Cut Out cards. Jami suggested this challenge to me a while back, and I thought they were really neat! Thanks so much to Jami for suggesting this, and to HappyHeart for sharing the technique!
Here are a few to show you what a Cut Out card is...
HappyHeart originally posted directions a while back, and here are her directions.....
I cut a piece of CS 5" x 3 1/2" and stamp my image on it, kind of visualizing where the rectangle will be. I've also used a light table. I
lightly traced a rectangle on the back side of the CS, then stamped my image on the right side. The light table makes it easy to put the image where you want it. The next step is to cut along the lines of the rectangle with an Xacto knife, making sure not to cut where your image is. (Don't do this on your light table unless it has a glass diffuser!) Then use scissors to finish cutting around the image. I sometimes use a second layer, cut just slightly larger and with a slightly smaller rectangle cut out of the middle. (This is only neccessary if your image has a lot of delicate cut-outs, like the arms on my snowman card.) I then stamp the background that will show through the opening (either on the card itself or on a piece of CS a bit larger than the opening), put strips of excess rubber (you could also use mounting tape) along the edges and wherever a piece is needed for stability. Carefully remove the thin rubber backing and line up the front over the background. I use thin ribbon and glue it around the foam mounts so they don't show from the sides, but it's not really neccessary.
HappyHeart's original post is here.....You can find more examples in this thread.
Another way to do this (without a light box) would be to LIGHTLY draw with a pencil the rectangle ON THE FRONT of the card. Stamp as desired, overlapping the stamped images over the edges of the inner rectangle. Then use an x-acto knife and a ruler to cut the inner rectangle and scissors for the stamped images. Be sure to cut just a hair outside the pencil line so that no pencil marks remains on your stamped layer. Then continue as above to finish the card.
I have also found that a metal ruler works far better for me with an x-acto blade than a plastic one. With the plastic ruler, I am always slicing off part of the ruler! LOL.
When you upload, please put TLC30 in the keyword section when you upload, and then post a link to your card here in this thread.
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If you are new to the challenges, please feel free to do this one or ANY of the challenges at any time. There is no time limit. They are not races to see who can do one first, nor are they contests of any sort. All the challenges are simply to provide inspiration and to get us STAMPIN' !!