Big & Bold Greetings with Natasha Valkovskaya

As the holidays approach, we wanted to provide some advance notice of our office and boutique hours:

Now onto today’s post! We’re excited to welcome one of our 2017 Card Design Superstars to the blog for the first in a trio of guest posts for us this month. Welcome, Natasha!

I am over-the-moon happy and excited to be a guest on the MFT blog. I’m looking forward to sharing some of the projects I made with some of my favourite MFT goodies!

I love the bold word dies that MFT offers. They have quite a range and these words are perfect for inlays, spotlight die cutting, and making a perfect focal point on your card.

Today I would like to share with you one more way to use them — partial die cutting.

For this technique, I made three cards, different in style but similar in design. Also, I’ll be sharing with you three ways to create backgrounds along the way — let’s jump right in!

For the first card, I used the Huge Love Die-namics and made a card which is not my usual style and colour combo, but I love how it turned out. I think the contrast of the bold letters and delicate pink lace is striking!

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things

I white heat embossed the Lace Background and used my blending tool to colour the panel with Spun Sugar Distress Oxide ink. I also coloured both sides of a scrap piece of paper with the same ink to make the rolled roses. I used an oldie-but-goodie die from MFT to make them, but you can certainly make them by cutting a spiral from a circle and then rolling it, securing it with a glue dot or glue gun.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things

I partially die cut the Huge Love die-namics from a piece of grey card stock I had in my stash, and the Layered Leaves from Grout Gray Card Stock.  I also used Grout Gray for the base to bring the card together. I added Clear Droplets to finish off the card.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things

For my second card, I used Double the Smiles Die-namics and one of my all-time favourite sets, Ewe Are the Best. I coloured the cute sheep with my Zig Clean Real Brush markers and stamped a sentiment from More Essential Sentiments — love it! So many great sentiments for so many occasions.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things

This time I created the background with the Homespun Gingham Paper Pack. Quick and easy, but sometimes that’s exactly what we need (or have time for,) right? I also added some clouds to balance the upper half of the card.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things

For my last card, I used solid images from the Ocean Fun stamp set to create the background and the Friend Die-namics for the partial die cutting.

Handmade card from Natasha Valkovskaya featuring products from My Favorite Things

I hope I gave you some inspiration for using your word dies. Have a great day and find time to make something pretty today!

Thank you, My Favorite Things, for inviting me! This is any crafters dream indeed!

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Comments (18)

  • Rachel Alvarado

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    I love all of these, Natasha! The first one is seriously stunning. I always love seeing your work!

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  • Michele F

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    Natasha!!! I am so very happy for you CONGRATULATIONS! and you are so right – it would be a dream come true! Your cards are just amazing, and I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you on Instagram, and to see more, and more, and MORE of your gorgeous creations!
    =]

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    • Natasha

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      Oh, my friend, thank you so so much for all your support! I always enjoy our little chats and laughs on IG! Have a fabulous week, Michele! ?

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  • Sharon Gullikson

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    Hey, Natasha is my daughter’s name. It isn’t very common in the US–32 years later I still love the name! 🙂

    Your card is really cute. I like how you used gingham background paper. Always a favorite of mine. I like how the letters stand out, too. And the little sheep is adorable…

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    • Natasha

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      Thank you, Sharon! I don’t use patterned paper often, but I love the gingham pack! ? You know, my name is not that common in Russia either these days ? Have a happy holiday season with your loved ones!

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  • Jan Elmore

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    Each card today is stunning. Dewdrops, fishes and the gingham background….very nice!

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    • Natasha

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      Thank you, Jan, for your kind words! ?

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  • Jeanne Beam

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    Natasha, your cards are beautiful. Thanks for sharing…

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    • Natasha

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      Thank you, Jeanne! Your words make me happy! ?

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  • Pamela Schultz

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    Your cards are beautiful. I love this technique. Hope you do a video to show us exactly how to do it.

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    • Natasha

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      Thank you, Pamela! Glad you like the cards! 🙂 I’ll try to make a quick video, but there are some good ones about partial disgusting on YouTube. Check Jennifer Mcguires channel for example ?

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    • Natasha

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      Partial diecutting, of course! ??? Autocorrect! Need to teach my phone some essential crafting vocabulary ?

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  • Andrea Hastilow

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    Natasha, thank you for the fantastic inspiration behind these three cards, I actually have all three of those word dies so I can try these cards out as soon as I have a gap in Christmas bits & bobs. As a new comer to card making its great to see all the ideas that people come up with, hope we see more of you & your designs, Have a great family Christmas x

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    • Natasha

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      Thank you so much, Andrea! Your words mean a lot and made me smile! Happy I could inspire you to play with your supplies! Wishing you and your loved ones a joyful and blessed season!

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  • Natasha

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    Thank you very much, Billie! Glad you like them! 🙂

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  • Billie A

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    wonderful cards. love the word dies and awesome details you added.

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  • Karthikha Uday

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    Beautiful cards!! I love the first one, the color combo is awesome!

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    • Natasha

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      Thank you, Karthikha, for your kind words! 🙂

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