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Children’s Cards featuring Die-Versions I {Heart} You Animals

Today I’m using a super-fun die by Die-Versions, “I {Heart} You Animals”.  This single die can be used to make at least eight different animals – a lion, a dog, a cat, a bear, a pig, an owl, a monkey and a cow.  How fun is that! I really think that with a little creativity, you can probably come up with even more animals by mixing and matching the parts, changing colors, etc.   Any of the animals would make a really cute children’s card for a birthday or any occasion – even an “I love you.

dog  bear

lion  owl

pig

The Die-Versions dies are  thin metal dies, so you can use them with almost any die cutting machine.  I chose my Sizzix Big Kick because it is well-suited to heavy-duty cutting.  With even my heaviest papers, I was able to cut at least two layers at a time (so I could cut both feet at the same time by stacking the two scraps together, etc.).  This saves a little time, and gets me to the fun of assembling the animal faster.

There are a couple of ways you can approach using the die.  You can select an animal and the colors of cardstock needed to make it.  You might then cut a full sheet of “parts” for each of the colors needed (for some of the colors you would have to cut two full sheets to get enough parts), and then only use the parts you need for the selected animal.  The left over parts can be held and used on another card.  I think the better way to approach it is to just use your scraps to cut only the pieces that you need for the selected animal.  For example, a 2-1/4” x 3” scrap is an appropriate size for the heart, a 2” square for the head, 1” squares for the feet, etc.  If you use this method, it really takes very little paper to assemble any of the animals.  If you lay the scraps on the die carefully, you can cut most of the parts needed for an animal in one pass through the die cutting machine.

If little pieces tend to make you crazy, note that the eyes and the paw pads, etc. are made from small circles.  If you have small circle hole punches (1/8”, ¼”, 3/16”, etc.) you may find it easier to just punch out the shapes needed rather than trying to wrangle the little circles on the die.  You may also prefer to cut the larger white circle for the eyes and draw in the pupil with a black marker (a black Glaze pen would give a nice result).   Markers can also be used if you want to create an animal with stripes (for example, a tiger cat, etc.).  This is all optional – everything that you need is included on the die.  Please see the short video for more tips on using the I {Heart} You Animals die.

To assemble the card, I first selected a patterned paper to place the animal on, and a coordinating base layer.  I cut the base layer 4.25” x 5.5” (A-2 size), and the patterned paper 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”.  I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal to attach the patterned layer to the base layer.   The next thing I did was to lay the animal pieces on the card front to see how everything fits.  When I was happy with the placement, I began to glue the pieces in place.  I used Scotch Quick Drying Tacky Glue for the larger pieces.  For the smaller pieces, a glue pen or a product called “Sticky Dots” will work best.  Of course, you could also run the pieces through a Xyron before attaching them.  For ears and tails, I also used some low dimensional adhesive to add a little dimension.  Note that I added the sentiments to the hearts before I assembled the animals.  Instead of the sentiments you could use stickers or other die cuts, etc.

There are many other fun ways that you can use this die.  If you don’t want so much emphasis on the heart, you can cut the heart  in the main body color, or replace the heart with an appropriate sized circle or oval.  You could also assemble the animal separate from the card base and mount it using a wobble spring (imagine the “giggles” that will bring!).  It is a very versatile die.

 

Supply List:

Die-Versions die “I {Heart} You Animals

Die cutting machine – I used my Big Kick by Sizzix

Assorted cardstock for the animals – scraps will work fine

Assorted  cardstock for the card layers

Adhesives – ¼” Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal, Scotch Quick Drying Tacky Glue, glue pen, Therm O Web Sticky Dots, etc.  You may also want a low dimensional adhesive such as Darice foam squares.

Sentiments or stickers – I used several of the new small stamp sets and bars by Heidi Swapp.

Ink – I used Versafine Onyx Black ink.

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

 

2 Responses to “Children’s Cards featuring Die-Versions I {Heart} You Animals”

  1. Debbie M Says:

    Oh my goodness, these are so adorable!!!! It is so cool that you have so many different animals and can use them for so many occasions. Thanks for the tip about the punches too!!

  2. Cheryl Harwick Says:

    Thanks for your comment! I’m sure that you would have a lot of fun with this die.

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