For the first card I stayed close to the original design and played around with various dies to get the look I wanted. It is the time of year to build up a stash of teacher appropriate thank you cards and this is a great one to deliver a coffee gift card.
Because only the negative of the "you" die cut was used on this card, I made a second card.
The Trigger photo inspired the use of the polka dot paper and color palette.
For this card I finally played with the partial die cut technique I've seen a couple of places around the blogosphere in the last few weeks. I first saw it used by Joyce at Cards-by-the Sea and she directed us to Laura Bassen's tutorial at the Hero Arts blog. Seeing this card today by Kelly Griglione, and the fact I had a little time to play around, prompted me to give it a try.
This is something I will definitely do again and is easier than it looks! My biggest tip is to have a sharp blade on your exacto knife for the cuts between letters.
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