Niki’s CardMaker Tip: Frame Dies
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Happy Weekend-eve, friends! Niki here and today I have a quick card-making tip for you. I always find that the edges of cards need a little something extra to look finished. A few of the things I do is add some faux stitching with a pen, or strategically tear the edges, or my personal favorite—frame dies!

If you don’t have any of these babies in your stash, the holidays are around the corner and now’s the time to grab some (or put them on your wish list)! It’s so much faster than distressing or pen work, and your cards will turn out with a polished, professional look.

There’s a bunch of different designs available from several manufacturers, so it’s easy to find something that matches the mood of your card. My favorites are wonky stitching or cross-stitching for fun critter cards, straight stitching for everyday designs, and pierced edges for something a little more formal.

To show you the difference a frame die makes on finished projects, I put together two similar thank you cards. This first one has plain trimmed edges.

I ran this one through my die-cutting machine twice with two stitched rectangle frame dies.

Isn’t it neat how the die-cut stitched edges add a ton more interest? I love the look so much that nowadays I die-cut nearly all my card panels. Shown above is a side-by-side comparison.

I hope you found my card-making tip helpful and you’ll try trimming your next card with some fancy edges!

Thank you so much for stopping in today,

Niki

Supplies: Card Shoppe cardstock (citrus slice, marshmallow) from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; Giving Thanks stamp set from Studio Katia; Copic® markers (E97, E99, G46, Y13, Y17, YR18, YR30) from Imagination International Inc.; Large Cross-Stitched Rectangle dies (#LF1178) and Large Stitched Rectangle dies (#LF767) from Lawn Fawn; Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle dies and Wonky Stitched Rectangle dies from My Favorite Things; Double Pierced Rectangles dies (#D-04-05) from Avery Elle.

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