Using Spare Paper Stacks and Layered AliExpress Dies

I have a lot of the smaller stacks of decorator papers and wanted to start finding new ways to use them.  I have a set of layering dies from AliExpress that when combined with the paper stacks, made the cards appear to look almost like a quilt.  Here is the link to the site that I bought the smallest opening die from.  They offer all three on this site, but the middle sized opening die appears to have the wrong measurements on it.  Since the site I bought mine from no longer offers them, you might want to buy all three on this site, or find the one with the odd measurement on another Aliexpress site.  Here’s the link:  for the biggest opening die.  For smallest opening die and for the middle size opening die, but with the wrong size measurements.  This is the only one that might not line up, but then again, they may just have written the measurements incorrectly on their listing.  It’s up to you if you choose to go with this one or not.

My paper stacks were called All Dressed Up and The Pink Navy from Hobby Lobby, that had patterns that needed to be used, but I really didn’t love some of the patterns, or they were too large for cards.  By using them with the dies, I could combine the papers to make them almost look like a quilt on a card base.  I used cream Recollections 110 lb heavyweight card stock for my first card and used the excess die cuts for decorations on the envelope.  Then in the second card, I added a silver foil layer to make it more festive.  The get well die was from Lawn Fawn that I used with the Pink and blue paper on a navy blue heavyweight Recollections card base 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″.  The pink card base is also Recollections Heavyweight cardstock, (same size) and I used the pink and blue papers on a navy blue card base.  By alternating the colors of paper packs,  one layer, blue, one layer pink and the other layer blue and pink, it really makes the layers work together, even though the patterns aren’t very cohesive when you look at them on their own.

I tried using wet glue to glue the layers together, but found it made my cards warp, so I used tape runner instead.  If you line up your layers on the bottom right corner and right side, you’ll have good luck lining up your layers and gluing them together.  I glued all three layers together and then cut any excess off the edge where you could see a layer that you don’t want to see.  Then attached the three layers to my card base and added the sentiment on the inside of the card.  I used different dies for the words and there was enough space on the bottom of my card stack to put the word die on it, when I ran it through the Vagabond, so I killed two birds with one stone.  I used wet glue to attach the words inside the cards.  I have a lot of colored pearls/rhinestones, and used those to decorate inside the openings of the dies once they were attached to the card bases.
I decorated the envelopes with either the pieces that came out of my die cuts and layered them, or used my peg stamps, wacky flowers and delicate ferns stamped with matching inks.  The peg stamps are available at
I hope you find a way to use your paper stacks and your layered dies together, as I found this to be a fun and easy way to use both.

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