Floating Inlaid Die Cutting with Alcohol Inks

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Floating Inlaid Die Cutting Catherine Pooler Hey, my friends!  I hope you had an amazing weekend!  Here we are, on the second day of summer and the biggest things on people’s minds in North Carolina are how hot it is (HELLO!  102 degrees on Tuesday…actually, on the way to the swim meet, at 4:00, the car temp said 103! OYE!)  and the shark attacks off the coast of NC.

In the Pooler household, the biggest thing on our minds is “Where are we going on vacation this summer?”  You would think we’d know by now…lol…we actually had plans to go on a cruise, but we haven’t booked anything yet and we go to the beach for a week instead.

We haven’t been on a cruise in a while…we used to go on lots of them when I was a Stampin’ Up demonstrator.  We got completely spoiled!  Now we have to plan and book our own vacations…  lol!

Leave me a comment and let me know if you’ve been on a cruise and where your favorite location is!

If we do end up going on a cruise, I better get my booty in gear!  I can still work at the beach.  On a cruise?  Not so much!  So I have lots of videos to film and edit.

Speaking of videos, I have one for you today using the:

 Floating Inlaid Die Cutting with Alcohol Inks

I kind of stumbled across this technique a bit over a month ago when I was making an Inlaid Die Cut Technique Card.

I wanted the die cut flowers to extend past the layer and appear like the were floating or suspended on the card.  Since I had dimensional adhesive on the layer and it wasn’t glued right to the card base, the die cuts needed something to stick to.

If I had been using “closed” die cuts, that wouldn’t have been a problem.  I could just add a layer of cardstock behind the die cuts for them to adhere to.

But I was using outline flower die cuts that were too skinny to add dimensional adhesive to, so I had to figure out how to give them something to “rest on” that wasn’t cardstock that you could SEE.

In comes Acetate!

Does this all make sense?  View the video and I’ll explain.  I *might* ramble a bit because it’s kind of hard to explain this…

Floating Inlaid Die Cutting Catherine Pooler

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Floating Inlaid Die Cutting Catherine Pooler


Floating Inlaid Die Cutting Catherine Pooler


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  • Christine Smith June 22, 2015, 6:43 pm

    I love all three cards!!’ Fabulous xxx

  • sandy halliburton June 22, 2015, 7:16 pm

    i’ve been on dozens of cruises, mostly to the caribbean …especially love the virgin islands (st. john and virgin gorda!) been on maybe 6 or 7 stamping cruises but getting harder to find them. i go on the stamping cruises with my sister (we live on opposite coasts) and sometimes we don’t even get off the ship in port….we just stay in the workrooms and play!
    btw, i love this technique of using acetate to attach finely cut dies! fabulous!

  • Carla Hundley June 23, 2015, 12:51 am

    How fun, I won
    one of the class
    giveaways! Thank
    you for the giveaway.
    Carla from Utah

  • Connie Brooks June 23, 2015, 6:19 am

    OMGoodness…Catherine…this techniques is so cool. I had heard of it around blog land, but, I never saw on any video except yours, just how easy and magical it is. I’m going to my craft studio and make an inlaid die cut card today. So…..thank you! PS: I do so love alcohol inks. So this will be fun.

  • Catherine June 23, 2015, 8:28 am

    Congrats, Carla!
    I’m so glad you like it, Connie! I kind of stumbled upon this a month or so ago and thought “floating inlaid die cutting” was a fun name ! Let me know how your card went!

  • Barbara June 23, 2015, 10:56 am

    I love your videos. Great techniques and always fun

  • Mary Beth Krakowski June 23, 2015, 10:57 pm

    Really a beautiful technique! I really liked the green card the best, but had a little trouble making that decision.

  • Sharon Jones June 24, 2015, 9:09 am

    Your inlaid cards are STUNNING, as usual, Catherine! Never seen it done with an open die, but love how you did it! Thanks for sharing…hope to do one soon!
    Hugs, Sistah!

  • Betty June 25, 2015, 8:24 am

    love this technique and i’m going to try it today for sure!
    as for cruises – i just did my first river cruise – and hands down it’s the best cruise i’ve ever done – so relaxing, only about 200 people on board, sail mostly at nite and visit cities during the day – highly recommend!!

  • Trudie June 29, 2015, 8:52 pm

    I tried this card and I LOVE it! I did not have all the supplies you used so I improvised and this card is definitely one of my favorites. Thanks for a great tutorial!

  • Shirley Johnstone July 3, 2015, 6:36 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this technique. I have been struggling lately to come up with techniques, and this is the best I’ve seen in a long while! :) Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Catherine July 13, 2015, 9:34 pm

    I’m so glad you like this technique! Super fun, right?

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