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Let's go halfsies...

Do your kids say that too?  Today's post is all about splitting your designs in half to create some fun looks.  It's an easy way to change up the look of your stamps and dies, frame a sentiment, create a cool sentiment treatment, and more.  This idea was sparked by the sunshine card I made for last month's Weather Trends group post.  I trimmed the sun diecut in half - which got me to thinking about other ways that concept could be used.  So I took some time to play around with that idea and I have a few cards to share with you today as the result.

First up is a cheery card using Doodlie-do.  The adorable doodled flowers in this set take a bit of time to color, so I decided to double up on my efforts by just coloring one flower cluster and then cutting it in half to frame a sentiment.


It makes for a pretty focal point with about half the work.  I stamped a few of the same flower clusters in Aqua Mist to fill in the background.  The sentiment is also from Doodlie-do, and the scalloped frame is from the Embroidered Borders set.


My next card uses the Life is Beautiful set.  I trimmed one of those big, beautiful butterflies right down the middle and used it along with the Triangle Trio die.  I blended some pink and orange ink onto the largest triangle diecut (the only one I ended up using on the card) and used the coordinating solid butterfly diecut as a mask.


I then layered the detailed butterfly cut over the masked portion and then inked the other half of the butterfly and layered it over the white portion of the card.  I finished it off with a Life is Beautiful sentiment and a few sequins.


My next project uses the halfsies concept to create a fun sentiment treatment.  I started off by blending a rainbow of inks onto a piece of white cardstock and then diecutting the "happy" sentiment (easier to ink before cutting than after).  I adhered the diecut sentiment to a panel of white cardstock and then trimmed it right down the center.  (easier to adhere first and then trim, rather than to mess with all the little pieces you would have if you trimmed before adhering).


After trimming it right down the center of the word, I adhered it to another panel of white cardstock with foam tape, leaving just enough space for the "birthday" diecut, which was cut from black cardstock.  I added a sprinkling of stamped stars from the Good Times set.


My last card uses the Shaker Shapes: Star die...it's not cut exactly in half, but I thought I'd share it here anyway.  Sometimes it's fun to use just a portion of a diecut or stamped image - it can just change things up a little.  Here I adhered it off to the side of a sheet of Hooray patterned paper.


I added a Super Swoosh "birthday" diecut as well as the "happy" stamp from the Swoosh set.  I added a few diecut stars from the Shaker Shapes: Circle set and a few sequins.


So, what do you think, want to go halfsies with me?  :-)  It's just a fun and simple idea to play around with!

All supplies are linked below.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Doodlie-do Card: 

Butterfly Card: 

Rainbow Birthday Card: 

Birthday Star Card: