Masculine Congrats Card & How to Cut a Shadow Layer for Your Stamps

Today, I want to share a masculine congrats card that I made. While making it, I used Sure Cuts A Lot to cut a shadow layer die cut with my Cricut to stamp and emboss on. That process is best shown in video. I will link that below, but I do want to share the pictures here in my blog.

When you watch the video, you will see that I had a little trouble while stamping the inside sentiment. Since, I had already put on the front of the card and there was dimension on it, it pressed up against the door of my Tim Holtz Stamping platform and there was something on the door. So, the top of the inside of my card got something on it. Bummer. I stamped the inside anyways and decided to try to fix my mistake afterwards. My first attempt was with a Tombow Mono sand eraser, which usually works, but did not this time.

So, I admitted defeat and sprayed the inside with Oxide Spray. The front, as you will see below, was done in Oxide sprays, so I figured it would match. I went a little overboard, but I just can't help myself when it comes to sprays! I wasn't totally happy with it, but I didn't completely hate it either. At least it didn't look like I accidentally smudged it. Haha!

And here is the front, which I totally love as a masculine card. I sprayed the card front with Oxide Sprays about a week ago. I don't remember which ones, but it is on black paper. I was just having fun with all the sprays and a bunch of card fronts that day. So, you may see more of these. Anyways, then, I took the Tim Holtz Mosaic Stencil and laid it across diagonally and applied Distress Ink in Black Soot across the card front with a make up brush that I bought in a set from Amazon. After that, I took that same Tim Holtz Mosaic Stencil, masked off a corner and applied Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Cosmic Brown through it.

I used the banner die from the Lawn Fawn Shadow Box Ocean Card Add On die set for the sentiment "you are made of awesome" from Altenew's: Lace Up stamp set. I used a piece of acetate to help me curve the stamp in my stamp platform to fit the banner die cut. All you have to do is lay the acetate over the die cut. Then place your stamp on the acetate while bending the stamp to the shape of the die cut. The stamp will stick to the acetate and keep it's form. Shut the door on your stamp platform or pick the stamp up with your acrylic block, remove the acetate and stamp your stamp as normal.

To learn how I got the congrats die cut without using a metal die, watch the video below. I used Sure Cuts A Lot, Design Space and my Cricut,. If you don't have a Cricut, this method will apply to anyone with Sure Cuts A Lot and a machine that either works directly with that program or a machine that works SVGs.

This video uses these sounds from freesound: 
Folk Guitar Music Track by Dvideoguy (
wah wah sad trombone.wav by kirbydx ( )

 Materials List

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