Saturday, 1 April 2017

Inlaid in Stick Frames

Another month flown by and it's time for the April CAS Mix Up challenge - Inlaid Die-Cutting.

I used a new (to me) die called Stick Frames and I inlaid it with some Inka Gold smooshing.

I used blue, green, and gold tones of Inka Gold and followed Loll Thompson's Inka Gold video here.

With the Sticks Frame die cut, I cut once from my Inka Gold piece, once from gold shimmer cs, and once from a scrap of ivory cs.  I layered the gold and ivory stick frame part of the die cuts together - it's a very flimsy die so needs the extra strengthening of two layers.  I then glued that onto white cs and took the negative space Inka Gold pieces and inserted them into the stick frame (the teeny tiny pieces were very fiddly!).

I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment below it, die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle, and popped it up on fun foam for dimension.  I played around with some blue and green sequins as I felt the upper left corner of the panel needed something but could not get an arrangement that made me happy so left well enough alone.

There are other great examples from the Design Team and our April Guest Designer Maria (of the White Mood blog) over at CAS Mix Up, as well as some links to videos to give you ideas for Inlaid Die-Cutting.  We'd love to have you join us but please be sure your card is CAS (clean and simple), and includes stamping, inlaid die-cutting, and at least one "your choice" from the list on the right hand side of the CAS Mix Up blog.  For example, my choices on this card are Inka Gold, smooshing, and heat embossing.  You have until April 24th to link up your card.

Stamps - Savvy Stamp sentiment
Ink - ColorBox gold
Paper - watercolour paper, gold shimmer cs, cream cs
Size - A2
Accessories - PoppyStamps stick frames die, Inka Gold, gold embossing powder, Lil Inkers stitched rectangle die, fun foam


  1. Wow. After seeing the challenge, I thought of using this die...before I saw yours. Oh dear, will need to use it differently!! Love this layout and favorite colors.

  2. Susan, Beautiful Inka Gold smooshed pieces for your gold frames. I love how you kept your card design CAS, which really showed off your pretty frames. TFS my friend. Hugs...

  3. This is so amazing, Susan. I am lucky enough to have received in and even though it's beautiful in your photo above, it's even better IRL. I love it so much that I have already bought the stick frame die! :) Gorgeous design, LOVE the inka gold paired with the gold frame. xx

  4. What a stunning approach for this frame die. Your smooshed pieces are just gorgeous within the gold framing. Truly a CAS design refined. Hugs xx

  5. I love how you used this die, Susan! I hadn't thought of inlaying into it! I'll be trying that soon! Beautiful smooshed pattern and a great job of fitting those tiny pieces in without losing any!

  6. Susan, I have coveted that die for such a long time and after seeing your beautiful card, I think I may just treat myself! Love the inlaid work and the beautiful color of it too!

  7. I love the geometric look of your sticks frame die Susan - the 'windows' in side the frames are so pretty in the colors you used! Julia xx

  8. just went out and spent more money because of this die. Love the CAS design, it has the perfect amount of colour.

  9. so the cas look and graphic design.
    xx Karen


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