Make a Slimline with a Standard Background Die

Slimline cards seem to have a new awakening in the crafting world, and companies are starting to make a few slimline dies that we can purchase. For those of us on a budget who might not have a slimline die yet, I wanted to share a way you could “stretch your supplies” and use a standard die instead.

I used those words deliberately. Today, I am showing you how to “stretch” a standard-size background die into a size that will allow you to create this Life is Beautiful Lemons card.

This card was originally created for the Craft Roulette challenge, but, unfortunately, I broke the rules again, so I was not able to submit it. After you watch the tutorial, you can read why I wasn’t able to participate in this week’s challenge.

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As you saw in the video, I was able to take the standard 4ΒΌ” x 5Β½” Stitched Lattice Background Die and use it to create a background for my slimline. This is easy to do when you know how to place your die onto the cutting plates.

When you create your first cut, make sure to stop before you get to the bottom of the die. In the first photo, you can see how the bottom portion of the die hasn’t gone through, yet. I simply moved my plates back towards me before it cut through and removed the die.

To create the bottom half of the slimline background, place the die so that the top portion is above the plates. This prevents any pressure on the die and prevents it from cutting through your paper. You can also use this process to create a border for a scrapbook page using a standard die as I did on my Parade Layout.

After I finished assembling the base of the card, I added a denim hexagon and some floral images that I shaded with SpectrumNoir Metallic markers. I wanted to create a metallic wash on the images, so I watered down the marker pigment on a paint palette and used a watercolor brush to shade the flowers with Silver Ingot and Red Garnet.

As I was shading the remaining portions of the images with watercolor paints, I realized that I had broken the rules. The parameters for this week’s challenge were: Slimline Card, Tasty Treat, Polka Dots, and Yellow+2. I had added a fourth color.

At this point, I decided to continue with the project because I wanted to make sure I finished this tutorial. After all, my goal was to show you how to “stretch” those standard-size background dies and share how I shaded the images with watered down metallic markers.

I could have attempted to make another card to submit for the Craft Roulette challenge, but life took over, and it just didn’t happen. Oh, well. Maybe next time I will try to follow the rules.


I hope that this project inspired you to use your metallic markers in a new way and a “stretch” those background dies into a few slimline cards. If you have any questions about this project or the supplies listed below, feel free to leave a comment.

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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

Take a Look at My Seasonal Favorites

Summertime has begun, my garden is growing, and I have some new favorites on my crafting desk. When I first saw the new catalog back in June, I immediately called my son and said, “Everything in here matches the items in your craft store!” I just love how Close to My Heart is always on-trend.

From outdoor sunsets, terracotta, and denim to old-world tile and magnolia flowers: the July August catalog is full of so many things to love. Today, I am sharing a few of my favorites with you, and a catalog walk-through video with an up-close look at our summer papers and stamp sets.

Let’s first take a look at the paper packs. You all know that Mix-Ins are my favorite, but I am quickly falling for the Wander collection. Those outdoor icons and deep tones are perfect for some of my boys’ pages and a few masculine cards. I can’t wait to start cutting into these patterns.


Accompanying each paper collection is a set of embellishments, coordinating cardstock, pocket cards, and a Cricut collection. Being able to make matching icons, titles, and pages in Design Space is a definite plus.

These Cricut collections are not available in Access or on the Cricut website. They can only be purchased using my affiliate link. Make sure to check out a few of the other collections available while you are there.


Each collection also has a set of coordinating scrapbooking kits and cardmaking kits. Each scrapbooking kit contains everything you need to create six full-size scrapbook pages and teaches you a new technique that you can use on your future projects.

I love that these two kits are going to teach me how to create sponged backgrounds. I can’t wait to try it.

If you are a cardmaker, then you are going to enjoy our new card kits. Each kit creates four of each card design and teaches you a new papercraft technique.

The cardmaking kits are amazing! I purchased the Wander kit just for those background dies.

Aren’t they awesome? I have a scrapbook page planned for those. If you love those landscape dies as much as I do, you will need to purchase the cardmaking kit. You cannot purchase them separately.


Along with paper, embellishments, kits, and Cricut collections, we have also added some new stamps and thin cut dies. Before I show you a few of my favorites, take a look at everything this catalog has to offer.


There are SO MANY stamps I fell in love with this season, so I am just going to share two of my personal favorites – At the Lake and I Woof You.

How cute are these! Can you picture my next project?? I love that they have matching thin cut dies to cut out all the images. This saves me so much time.

There is just so much to enjoy this season and VIPs get 15% back when they shop. BONUS!!

I can’t wait to start sharing more projects with you using all these remarkable new papercrafting products. Make sure you are subscribed to my newsletter, my blog, or my YoutUtbe channel so that you can learn a few new ways to create this summer.

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