Recessed Die Cut Backgrounds and Die Cut Heart Flowers

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Have you ever wanted to decorate the inside of your card, but weren’t sure how?  A recessed background is a great way to decorate both the inside and outside together.  A few of your favorite dies is all you need to create the beautiful flowers in this recessed background.  

Begin by cutting a 5” x 7” card base from cardstock using your paper trimmer.  

Cut a 4 ¾” x 6 ¾” piece of patterned paper (Cream & Sugar Collection by Doodlebug shown) and attach it to the card base using a tape runner.  

Place the die that you have chosen to create the recessed area on the front and place the entire card, making sure that it is open so only the front is die cut, onto the plate of your machine and run it through to cut.  


Place two coinciding sized dies from the set you chose to use in the above step onto a piece of cardstock and run it through your machine to create a frame.  Use a glue pen to attach it to the front of the card.   

Also, cut a stem using the Flower & Stem Die by Spellbinders from green cardstock and lay it aside.  

Die cut or punch several small hearts.  

Use a stylus to score the hearts in half.  A scoring board can make this a quick and easy job to do by placing the heart on a groove and scoring it down the center.

Work from the front of the card through the opening and begin by gluing the stem inside the opening using the glue pen.  Continue to work building the flowers using the hearts.  Be sure to add some single hearts to represent individual flowers.  

Open the card and finish it by stamping a sentiment inside.  For a black card base, such as this one, white ink is perfect to use.  

This card is perfect for any theme and any occasion.  The recessed background technique makes it a quick and easy way to decorate the inside and outside of the card.  The simple flowers are not only easy to make they add a touch of elegance to the card design when you need just the right look.  

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About Peg

Peg Rounds lives in East Moline, Illinois with her husband and best friend, Kevin and their son Josh and 2 dogs. She was an elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom, and later a home school mom. Over the years, she designed cakes on the side and went to school to become a certified chocolatier. She always has loved to craft since she was young and it was something that she wanted to be doing, but set it aside due to her busy life. After 15 years of doing cakes she decided it was time to stop and focus more on her family. She began doing layouts, then cards and it went from there. Before she knew it, next to spending time with her family, she spent every free moment creating something and blogging about it. One thing led to another and here she is today! Check out Peg's blog, Peg's Crafting Corner to see what else she has been up to!

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