I've been wanting to try out the in-lay die-cut technique for a while now but I never found the right image to do it. Until now.
When I first saw the new LD Big Bad Dad cut its, I was drawn towards the cassette tape svg. However, I did not like how the layers stack up so I started rearranging the cutting lines. No matter what I did, I kept ending up with a bulky card because there were too many layers that made up the tape reels. Just when I was about to give up and surrender to the original cutting file, it dawned upon me that I could in-lay the cut-outs!
Basically the in-lay die-cut technique (or in-laid die-cut technique) calls for the cut-outs to be placed back into the negative space, and thus resulting in a one-layer image. In other words, instead of piecing the layers together by stacking them up, the cut-outs are put together like a jigsaw puzzle. I don't know who came up with this idea but whoever who did is quite the genius indeed. This method of "layering"reduces the bulk that accompanies a multi-layer image and is a great alternative to stacking the layers together.
In order to in-lay the parts that made up the cassette tape, I had to make several modifications to the file.
First I made a card base from the original base layer of the image and I made a "window" from the top layer of the cassette tape. The above picture shows all the layers of the modified cutting file.
|"In-laying" in progress.|
Here are some of the cassette tape cards that I made with the in-lay method.
Even though the Big Bad Dad cut its was intended for Father's Day cards and projects, I realize that I could use this cassette tape card for any other occasion. I even made a couple of "unlabeled tapes" to use for later. I will add the sentiment on the card front as and when I need it.
After having made a bunch of these "in-lay cards", I must say that I love this technique. A lot. I'm definitely going to use this method of layering more often.
Have you ever used the in-lay die-cut technique before? Did you use it with an LD file? If so, which one did you use? Do share as I'd love to know. :-)
Big Bad Dad cut its (svg included)