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Cuttlebug Cutting Die Tips

One thing that I love using beautiful delicate dies for is creating tone on tone backgrounds. They are really easy to do and there is also a myriad of different ways you can approach this effect. For this Project Life card, also part of my December album, I used a beautiful Anna Griffin die to create a festive background. Dies are really versatile and by adhering a delicate die-cut flat onto a background piece of cardstock you can create an interesting effect without much effort.


Create tone on tone backgrounds with Cuttlebug!

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  • STEP 1:

    I used a glossy paper to die cut the Flower Bramble die. The paper is fairly thin so it cut really easy using this die. Remember that you will need your C Plate in the Cuttlebug to cut.

  • Cuttlebug Die Cutting Tips - Tone on Tone Step 1

  • STEP 2:

    I then place the die cut paper onto my craft sheet and misted it using Mister Huey’s ink in Leaf Green and Calico Shine and left it to dry. I also coloured a piece of 4×6” white cardstock using the same colours and then inked the edges in a dark brown.

  • Cuttlebug Die Cutting Tips - Tone on Tone Step 2

  • STEP 3:

    I then combined the die cut piece, the coloured background and a printed piece to create a card that I will include in my Project Life album for December. A few buttons add more colour and texture to finish off a quick card.

Cuttlebug Die Cutting Tips - Tone on Tone Project Life Card

Tips & Tricks:

  • You can also create a tone on tone background by die cutting the top layer out of cardstock that is the same colour as the background cardstock
  • Cut the top layer out of vellum of pewter for an interesting effect
  • When you adhere a die-cut element to a background like this I like to use a glue stick like Tombow Colour Glue stick to make sure I get the edges stuck down really well. You can also run the die-cut element through a sticker maker, or add a layer of double sided tape to the background before die-cutting the image so you instantly have an adhesive on the back
  • Adhering the die-cut onto a clear background like acetate will also give you a really unique element for your cards and Project Life album. Try making a card out of folded acetate with a die cut element adorning the front of the card.

Look out for a variety of delicate dies that can be used on backgrounds to create unique effects for your next craft project!

I hope you enjoyed these Cuttlebug cutting die tips!


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