TGIF, crafty peeps! Are you looking forward to a crafty weekend? I know I am! All this week, I’ve been sharing creative ways to use your Cutting Plates and today I have a duo of cards from TE Studio Instructor, Susan Block. This project is super cool because Susan shares how to really get more mileage from the same Cutting Plate! Check it out…

Notes from Susan:

Cutting Plates make terrific stencils. The Gathered Blooms Cutting Plate in particular is a great example of a design that works very well as a stencil. Moreover, with the right tools and technique, you can create a card from the die-cut stencil, too, so that you’ll have two cards — waste not, want not!

1. Cut Gathered Blooms Cutting Plate from Sugar Cube cardstock.

2. Add temporary adhesive to the back of the die-cut or use a little removable tape to keep the die-cut stencil in place. Place over a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ Sugar Cube panel.Use Stencil Brushes to brush Lollipop, Lemon Meringue, and Cookie Monster Matched Premium Ink over the die-cut and panel, making sure to overlap the colors as you blend to create orange and green. Take the two pieces apart.

Now, to finish off both cards:

1. Die-cut the Gathered Blooms cardstock panel with Stitched Rectangle Stacklets and adhere to Earl Gray cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″). Adhere to a Salt Water Taffy card base.

2. Die-cut Banner Stacklets from Salt Water Taffy and adhere to the bottom left side of the card base.

3. Diecut the Hello Script from Earl Gray cardstock 3 times and adhere all three together. Add to the banner die-cut.

4. Die-cut In Flight Overlays twice from Potato Chip cardstock. Use liquid adhesive to adhere butterflies to card.

1. Adhere the inked Gathered Blooms stencil to a Sugar Cube cardbase.

2. Cut layering circles from Potato Chip cardstock and Heavy Weight Vellum.

3. Stamp “Thinking of You” with Poppy Seed ink on Sugar Cube cardstock and cut out with Stitched Circle Stacklets. Layer with adhesive and adhere to card with foam adhesive.

Thanks so much, Susan, for sharing this duo of colorful cards! I hope you have been inspired to create something wonderful this weekend.