I am a huge fan of my electronic die cutter and I use it on almost all my pages! Being able to customize the size, shape, and material of elements on my page is one of the main reasons it’s my most-used tool. But even after they are cut, there are lots of ways to make your die-cut shapes unique for each page design.  One of my favorite ways to customize them is with paint!

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On this colorful page, I cut out a repeating title from white card stock. But before removing it from the backing sheet, I added paint, brushing each word with a different shade of the rainbow.  I love watercolor paints for this technique, but you can also use watered down acrylics or even spray mist to accomplish the same look. 

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Once the paint is dry, you can remove each piece from the backing and arrange it on your page. I adhered mine to the layout with rows of stitching and then added lots of layered embellishments that are color-coordinated with each piece. 

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So the next time you want a completely unique element in your design, try a little paint on your die cuts!  I think you'll love the result!

To all our Canadian readers, have a wonderful happy Canada Day!

~  Lisa Dickinson