How to showcase a stunning die cut with a simple background. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

One of my favourite ways to showcase a stunning die cut is to keep it simple, cut it from a white card, and bring in a little colour and detail with the background. This Beautiful Dove die is from the new Splendor release from Simon Says Stamp if you would like to check it out.

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This time of year in the UK has all the promise of the changing season. Bulbs are starting to pop up, and the weather, although still grim and wet, does give the odd day when you can get in the garden and start the clean-up in preparation for spring. The Splendor release from Simon Says Stamp has lots of new products to help bring in the season ahead.

how to showcase a stunning die cut with a simple background

How to showcase a stunning die cut with a simple background. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

From the new Spendor release, the Beautiful Dove die caught my eye with its lovely design and stunning details. I debated trying to colour it somehow but decided that keeping the dove simple and white allowed you to see the details. So, I cut the dove from a white watercolour card. This matched the card I used for the background to keep everything coordinated.

How to showcase a stunning die cut with a simple background. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

I often make a bunch of backgrounds. I tape pieces of watercolour card to a board and then add layers of gesso to create a textured surface. When dry, I go to town mixing Permanent White Gouache with watercolours to give a matte, opaque finish. I also mixed in watercolours and layered more gouache mixture on top. I then set these backgrounds aside until I find a use for them. The background for this card adds texture, a touch of colour and interest behind the dove while not detracting from the focal point.

How to showcase a stunning die cut with a simple background. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

As I mentioned, I cut the Beautiful Dove dies from the same watercolour card so that the whites matched the dove and the border around the background. I glued the pieces of the dove together and then mounted them onto the background panel with foam tape.

How to showcase a stunning die cut with a simple background. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

For the sentiment, I chose a couple of words from the Birthday Basics stamp set and stamped them in embossing ink on a Midnight Green card and white heat embossed before trimming them to skinny banners and mounting them to the panel with foam tape.

How to showcase a stunning die cut with a simple background. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

I finished the card by mounting the panel on a Desert Storm card base and then accenting with Rainbow Splash droplets

Well that’s me for today, but I will be back tomorrow for a blog hop. I hope you will join me then.

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Splendor – Simon Says Stamp
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* Daniel Smith Watercolours
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White Gouache
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Dina Wakley Ranger WHITE GESSO
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* Rainbow Splash Drops
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Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT
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Dahle Self-Healing Cutting 9x12 Mat
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METAL EDGE ACRYLIC RULER
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Crafter's Companion CRAFT KNIFE
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T SQUARE RULER
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Scor-Pal Mini Scoring Board
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* SSS FINE DETAIL SCISSORS
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TWEEZERS
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3M DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE
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