Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Die-cutting -

Die-cut shapes can look very flat when they are first cut, but it’s easy to give them more im­pact. Try shad­ing the edges of the die-cut shapes with ink and a blend­ing tool – a quick tech­nique that gives a nice 3D fin­ish. Shade on just one side to cre­ate a faux-shadow ef­fect.

This works well on shapes with de­tailed edges, like a tree.

If you want more im­pact, cre­ate the shadow with dark-coloured paper. Diecut

the shape (or let­ter, as in the card here) twice, once in pat­terned paper and once in dark grey paper. Layer with the darker piece un­der­neath and po­si­tioned so it’s just peep­ing out on one side. Re­mem­ber to keep the shadow on the same side of each let­ter and to keep them all the same width.

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