Die Cut Week: Get in Shape

Hi there! I want to share a couple cards I made using die cuts today.

Die cuts are a perfect way to create your own themed embellishments. Don't get me wrong, I am the biggest fan in the world of basic shaped die cut: circles, ovals, labels etc., but for a real WOW try using something a little more specific.

Since every year I always seen to need several graduation cards that's the theme I stuck with today.

"Fly" has always been one of my favorite sentiments for grad cards. It's just such a happy positive message, plus who wants to spell out "Happy Graduation" with stickers :) This Kite die from Spellbinders was perfect to convey my message.

Cardstock: (white) Georgia-Pacific, (orange) Bazzill, Patterned Papers: (Chloe, Hailey from the Oh Happy Day Collection) GCD Studios, Dies: (Classic Circle LG, Classic Circles SM, Jewel Treasures) Spellbinders Paper Arts, Letter Stickers: Cosmo Cricket
Size: 4.5"x4.5"

The fun and bright papers from the Oh Happy Day collection were a perfect fit for my kite.

I also love butterflies for graduation cards, not only do they fit with my favorite theme of flight, but they also represent the change from youth to adulthood...or if that's too deep we can just go with the fact that they're pretty, lol!

The butterfly I used is also from Spellbinders and I chose to used both the negative and positive shapes.

Cardstock: (white) Georgia-Pacific, Patterned Paper: (Bonjour, Bouquet, Nice, Je T'Aime, Provence Floral from the Bonjour collection) GCD Studios, Dies: (Classic Circles SM, Classic Circles LG, Fanciful Flight, Ribbon Banners) Spellbinders Paper Arts, Letter Stickers: Authentique, Thread: Coats & Clark
Size: 4.25"x5.5"

The papers from the Bonjour collection add a lovely fresh feel to this design.

Do you use dies cuts? Do you just go for the basic shapes or are you a fan of the theme shapes?

Heidi Van Laar 2012 GCD Studios DT, 2012 GCD Studios Design Team, Heidi Van Laar


  1. These are beautiful Heidi!! I loveeeeeeeeee that kite and the butterflies!!!

  2. OMW...Heidi! These are so stinkin' cute! I really love that kite!