Hello everyone! Its Ashwini for my second (and last! Sniff!) post as a Guest Designer! Today, I am sharing a few cards using the Waffle Flower Crafts Doily Circle. This is a die that I really love, but haven't made many projects out of - so I challenged myself to use this die in a variety of ways - 3 ways in fact. So here goes -

Technique 1 - Aluminum foil

wfc-20161031-doily-circle-3-ways-ashwini-01 Using aluminum foil might be an old techqniue, but it is new for me! :) Moreover, since this is such an intricate die, I learnt a thing or two about using it as well. I used double sided, thin tape to adhere the foil. wfc-20161031-doily-circle-3-ways-ashwini-02 Here are a few tips (more like things I found out by trial and error!!) - * I tried the technique twice - with some wider tape and then some thinner ones. I actually found the thinner ones to be helpful, since I could remove then bit by bit, adhering the die cut as I went along. It was a bit difficult to remove the backing partially, with the wider tape. * After adhering, if you find that it hasn't stuck properly, or the foiling looks too wrinkled, don't worry! Just roll it along your die cut machine, and flatten it out. It will look gorgeous! :) * If you die cut tears, don't worry. Just stick it in the right place. When you flatten the whole piece, you won't even see it. Same with a torn piece. If you can't find the missing piece just save the negative pieces - you can cut it and adhere it in place. And no one will know!! ;) * Since the foil can be easily colored with alcohol inks, you can get make your own pretty colors to use! Supplies Used: Doily Circle, Leafy

Technique 2 - Cut it out

All you have to do is do some careful fussy cutting, and you get two pretty die cuts for your crafty projects! :) wfc-20161031-doily-circle-3-ways-ashwini-03 Here are the two cards - wfc-20161031-doily-circle-3-ways-ashwini-04 For this card, I also created a mask, just by cutting out a scribbled circle out of some scrap paper, which I used to apply the distress inks. I then adhered the die cuts on them. wfc-20161031-doily-circle-3-ways-ashwini-05 You could trim the inner piece further and get flowers of 3 sizes to use in a project - an idea can be to color them in different or ombre colors and stack them, for a pretty look. Supplies Used: Doily Circle, A Bunch, Lacy Flower, Congrats

Technique 3 - Backgrounds using Gesso and Paints

wfc-20161031-doily-circle-3-ways-ashwini-06 For my last technique, I die cut two pieces of the die cut, then used gesso to place and adhere the pieces on a card panel. Once this dried, I used some acrylic paint to add some color and splatters, and used this as a base to make my card. I the cut out the flowers and sentiment and adhered these on the card. Supplies Used: Doily Circle, A Bunch, Monochrome I had so much fun making these projects, and I hope you had as much fun looking and gotten inspired too!! Thank you so much Waffle Flower Crafts, for having me over as a Guest Designer!