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Hero Arts Olive Branch: Coordinating Die-cut Window Technique

Hello everyone! I’m back with a simple technique using the coordinating dies of a stamp to cut out a window on the from of your card. Before I get into the technique, I wanted to let you know that the Hero Arts Global team is having a hop over on Instagram, more details at the end of my blog post.

I’ll be using the Hero Arts Olive Branch stamp and coordinating die set or bundle for this technique. At first glance, the front of the card looks like one whole colored image..

But then when its opened, one of the branches is stamped on the inside.

The Olive Branch stamp set has two images, one of a big cluster of olives and the other a smaller cluster. First I stamp the big cluster with Contour Ink onto the front of an A2 side folding card base. Then I stamp the smaller cluster above that. Contour Ink is a very light gray ink, similar to a fade-out ink. I use this to just as a guide as you will see later on.

After stamping, I take the coordinating die of the smaller cluster of olives and line it up with the stamped image then die-cut it out.

Then after that, with a stamp positioning tool or MISTI, I place the stamp within the die-cut window. I close the door of the MISTi to pick up the stamp.

Then I open up the card on the MISTI and stamp the image onto the inside of the card with Intens-ified Black Ink. The image then lines up perfectly with the window on the front!

On a separate cardstock I stamp the bigger cluster of olives with the same black ink, then colored the images with Copics. For the leaves, I use YR95, YR98 and YR99. And for the olives, I use RV69, RV09, then overlay those colors with BV04. Then I used BV000 for the highlights.

After coloring both the big and small cluster of olives, I used the coordinating die for the big cluster, die-cut it out. Before adhering on the card front, I I did a little bit of ink blending with Fog Reactive Ink. Then adhered it using the image already stamped with Contour Ink as a guide.

Then I stamped the sentiments Hello on the top left and Olive You a Lot on the inside with Intens-ified Black Ink.

Hope this inspires you to give it a try!

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