Sunday, January 15, 2012

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways

Negative die-cutting is all the rage in paper crafting these days so I thought I would give it a shot.  The new Cricut Craft Room software (FREE!) is also pretty new so I thought I would give that a shot, too.  As soon as I saw the numbers in the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger photo (below), I thought of the well-known quote by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, "How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways."  With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, I thought that combining these three elements would make a sweet and lovely Valentine's Day card.


To make the card, I first printed out the sentiment on white cardstock, flush right with a 1" margin.  This made it easier to line up my images in Cricut Craft Room (CCR) (I mentioned it was free, right?).  I then arranged the numbers from the free Cricut Craft Room Basics digital cartridge and moved them to the exact spot they would cut on the printed paper.  Believe it or not, this was the first and only cut I had to make.  CCR makes it really easy to determine the placement of a cut on a piece of paper. 

I trimmed my die-cut to fit my card with 1/8" margins, adhered a bright red heart to the card and mounted the die cut with foam adhesive.  Not too bad!

Here is a picture of my Moxie Fab inspiration: 

I am also submitting this card for this week's CASE Study Challenge #73, inspired by the negative die-cut butterflies on this card: 






Thanks for checking in!

-Amanda

17 comments:

  1. This is so unique, great play on words and creative way to use dies!

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  2. Hey Amanda! Thanks for linking this up to this week's Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

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  3. WOW, not too bad at all! Best use of negative die-cutting that I have seen. The sentiment is just perfect for this card!

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  4. Fantastic take on the trigger, congrats on your win!

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  5. I saw this on the Tuesday Trigger and loved it! Great play on the trigger and great take on Jen's card. Thanks for joining us at CASE study.

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  6. Amanda, these are fantastic cards and I love this "trendy" technique. Great work -- thanks for sharing!

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  7. Clean and simple, and yet very clever design on your TT card! Congrats!

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  8. Congrats on being a TT winner! I love your card and how the heart peeks out from the numbers.

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  9. Fantastic idea!!! And what a great CASE! Thanks for sharing this with us at CASE Study Challenge! :)

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  10. Super fantastic take on both the challenges! The background heart and sentiment are perfect!

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous card Amanda - LOVE your "how do I love thee..." inspiration :) Congrats on Top 3 too!

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  12. Such a brilliant card! Congrats on being Top 3!

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  13. This is brilliant! I was checking the Trigger Target and found your card.. lovely.. infact all the cards are so pretty! Will follow you..
    Love from India,
    Priya,
    http://priya-n-papers.blogspot.com/

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  14. I'm a new follower, just stumbled upon your blog. I have to say, I love your ideas!

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  15. Love this card. SO elegant and modern. Congrats on the win

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