Metal Die Magic with Junell Kruzel

Hello, friends! It’s Junell here on the blog today! I hope you are enjoying spring and have some time to create some beautiful layouts with the April kit and add-ons! This month I was able to play around with the Medium Jane Alphabet Metal Die and I created this lovely layout all about my name! And boy, did I have a lot to say. Let’s get started!

Supplies | April 2022 KitFlower Die CutsFlower Puffy Stickers, Warm Puffy Heart and Star Stickers, The Best Paper Stack, Medium Jane Alphabet Stamp – Outline, Medium Jane Alphabet Stamp –Solid, Small Tile Alphabet Stamp, Medium Jane Alphabet Metal Die

I’m working in a Life Crafted Album for this project, and I started on the left side. There are so many ways to use metal dies and I wanted to use several to create my name in rows going down the page.

Starting at the top, I created my name using the easiest method for using metal dies, and that is to just cut the letters from a piece of patterned paper. I used the papers from The Best Paper Stack. I should also note that I did not adhere the letters down until I had the entire page layed out how I liked it. I also used the negative space (the space around the letters) as a row on my layout, which you’ll see in a photo below. That’s one of the best things about metal dies—you can use both the positive and negative space as elements on your layout!

Another metal die technique I used was to run the entire page through my Sizzix, which left the letters of my name open. I then chose a paper from the same stack and placed it behind my name. I placed the paper so that the top half of my name was a peach color and the bottom half a pink color. I did not throw away the letters that came out, I still want to use them!

I also played with a little mixed media on the letter die cuts by splattering them with Distress Oxide and gold spray to give them an interesting look.

To use another technique, I stamped my name with the solid Medium Jane Alphabet Stamp and also the outline Medium Jane Alphabet Stamp and then used the Medium Jane Alphabet Metal Die to cut them out.

Once I had enough rows of my name to fill the page, I then adhered everything down.

I typed up my journaling all about my name and I had a lot to say. I’ve never documented the story of my name before, so it was interesting and fun. I can’t believe there was so much to say!

Once I added my journaling, I created my title using a die cut from the April 2022 Kit and the Small Tile Alphabet Stamp. I added the daisies from the Flower Die Cuts and a puffy heart from the Warm Puffy Heart and Star Stickers to complete the layout.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you found some new techniques for using your metal dies! They are so fun to play and experiment with! 

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