Friday, October 16, 2015

Die-Namites Tips & Techniques Blog Hop

Hello and welcome, we could not be more excited to share our first Designer Team Blog Hop with you! The Blog Hop will be the third Friday of every month and each of us will be sharing a fun tip or technique. We love to hear what others are doing and how they are saving time and getting the best use from their die cuts. So here we go, start the hop with us!

At the end of the hop, we will choose two random people to win a $10 dollars DieNamites Gift Cards to use on the Die-Namites website.  So please be sure to stop and comment on each design team members blogs and  visit our Facebook page. Please use the Rafflecopter below to verify you have visited. The blog will start today, Friday, October 16 and will close Tuesday, October 20 at 12:00 AM. You have until then to comment on each blog. 

We hope we are able to inspire you along the way!!

For my project, I made these Monogrammed Luggage Tags. My daughters have been attending several field trip recently and I know they will be going on a few more this year. So, I made these to easily identify their lunch bags.

And, the technique I will be sharing with you is airbrushing! 
I love airbrushing almost all my die cut pieces! It's so much quicker and easier for me than shading with ink pads and ink daubers. And with delicate die cuts it is practically impossible to do without ripping your piece to shreds or mangling it beyond recognition.

There are several reasons  I prefer airbrushing,  but the main one has to be virtually no drying time!! No more waiting for my ink to dry! With all the fine pieces, they would easily warp and misshape my cute die cut shapes... and who needs that? Not me!!

I used Die-Namites'
Butterfly Frame

Here is a quick look at my airbrushing in progress:

From Left to Right
 I airbrushed my die-cut frame with an ebrush machine with a lime green Sharpie. Next, I added a darker green over the first green. Then, I  added yellow to the center of the flower. Lastly, I added orange and red to my butterflies.

I repeated the above steps and made my second frame in purple...

After my frames were done being airbrushed, I used a glue pen to adhere them onto white cardstock.
I used the die itself as a template to create a border and traced along the edges with a pencil.

I used my electric die cut machine to cut the monograms and the glued them to the center of the tag.
 To make them officially tags, I punched a hole toward the top. Then I  laminated both tags using my Xyron Creative Station with a 9" Laminate Refill Cartridge. Laminating them will help protect them from the elements... that or messy lunches. And then I punched another hole (using the previous hole as a guide) with a smaller hole punch and gave it a brief press to seal the laminate. Finally, add your latch or key ring and you're done!!

Here are close-ups of my luggage tags...

Supplies Used
Butterfly Frame (Die-Namites)
Sharpie Markers- Green, Lime Green, Yellow, Lt Orange, Orange, Lavender, Purple, Baby Pink, Magenta.
White Cardstock (Bazzill Basics)
Cutterbee Scissors (EK Success)
Electric Die-cut Machine
1" Key Rings (the type the split open)

I hope you enjoyed my project today!! If you like wat you see  please leave a comment below! AND...
Don't forget to visit all the other talented ladies!! Because we're not done just yet!!

Here is the complete lineup:


  1. very nice , bright and positive)))))

  2. Great and original idea. Thank you for sharing this with us. I need to experiment with the airbrushing this is totally new for me. Hugs!!!

  3. I LOVE those gorgeous colors and the soft airbrushed look!

  4. Love the airbrushing, so soft and unique looking. Great durable tags, so fun!~kim

  5. wow that's great idea to personalize your bag ;)

  6. Good idea! Really it's a nice and useful tip. Beautiful job!

  7. Thanks for the great ideas - really cool project!

  8. What a cute and fun idea!
    Love the way you used the
    die to make the outline on
    the die cut.
    Carla from Utah

  9. the butterfly frames are just adorable!

  10. Great idea. Love the tags (gave me an idea for luggage tags).

  11. Beautiful tags. And, great idea to identify their lunches.

  12. Nice and useful tip, very cute idea! the butterfly frames are just adorable!