Gadgets & Tools that Upped my Cardmaking Game in 2020 – Dies

As a cardmaker, I’m always on the lookout at new tools and products and how I can adapt them to my crafting style. Some items I just admire while others actually changed and upped the way I make cards. Today, I want to share some of them with you and how they’ve improved my cards!

I decided to make this blog series to save from writing a novel of a blog post! To kick this off, I deal with dies.

Dies

Hero Arts

Ornament dies (Joy, Wish, Cheer, Love). These are wonderful dies that I used to make ornaments and to add to the focal point of my cards. I also used them on my gatefold card with a belly band. When I was creating my 2020 Christmas Card catalog, I was looking for new items and when I saw these, I had to have them.

Gadgets & Tools that Upped my Cardmaking Game in 2020 - Dies
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Gadgets & Tools that Upped my Cardmaking Game in 2020 - Dies
Gadgets & Tools that Upped my Cardmaking Game in 2020 - Dies

Christmas ornaments (Tree, Bell, Ball). These are intricate dies and so dainty and perfect to make to hang on your tree. They’re great to pair with glitter cardstock and twine.

Gadgets & Tools that Upped my Cardmaking Game in 2020 - Dies
Gadgets & Tools that Upped my Cardmaking Game in 2020 - Dies

Other Fancy Dies. I have 2 that are gamechangers: “Window by the Garden” and “Cloudy Moon”. I’ve used both of these many times for window embellished cards.

Gadgets & Tools that Upped my Cardmaking Game in 2020 - Dies
Gadgets & Tools that Upped my Cardmaking Game in 2020 - Dies

Altenew

I don’t own a lot of their products but when I saw the poinsettia die in Laura’s video here, I was in love. It is such a realistic flower when die cut as with most of their dies and stamp sets. I’ve used this on a number of cards this year.

Gadgets & Tools that Upped my Cardmaking Game in 2020 - Dies
Gadgets & Tools that Upped my Cardmaking Game in 2020 - Dies

WaffleFlower Crafts

This year, I dabbled in cross stitching on my cards and made these two with the Christmas stocking stitchable die. Because of my love for yarn and background in crochet and knitting, translating that to cross stitching was so much fun, so much so that I ended up buying more stitchable dies by Waffleflower.

Gadgets & Tools that Upped my Cardmaking Game in 2020 - Dies
Gadgets & Tools that Upped my Cardmaking Game in 2020 - Dies

Spellbinders

Spellbinders has some of the best dies for cardmaking. I find their dies so delicate and pretty and so this year I added their Christmas ornament one to my collection. I paired it with the Altenew Poinsettia die on the card below.

Honeybee Stamps

I dabbled with Honey Bee Stamps this year for my Thanksgiving cards, they designed a wonderful die set for realistic leaves. I bought a couple of their word dies for Fall and blended those into my cards. Also, I made my first slimline card with no slimline products!

Other techniques I used on these cards were:

  1. Alcohol ink backgrounds
  2. Dry embossing with folders
  3. Stencils
  4. Foiling with acetate sheets
  5. Glitter cardstock strips for backgrounds
  6. Vellum
  7. Layering with pattern papers and dies

I had a lot of fun making these cards with these wonderful dies that really can be stretched to using with just any occasion other than Christmas. If you’re interested in any of these dies, I’ve linked them below:

Hero Arts Dies

  1. Window in the Garden
  2. Cloudy Moon
  3. Ornament dies (Joy, Cheer, Love, Wish)
  4. Snowflake Fancy Die
  5. Pointsettia Ornament
  6. Floral Holiday Tree

Altenew Dies

Poinsettia

Waffleflower Crafts

  1. Stitchables Dies collection
  2. Stocking Stitchable die

Spellbinders

Christmas Wishes Die Cut Shapes Card Kit of the Month 2019

Honeybee Stamps

  1. Blessed word die
  2. Autumn word die
  3. Lovely Leaves Layering die

Looking forward to the next post in this series: “stamp sets”! See you soon! Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving!

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