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Top Dog Die Guest Designer

Hi everyone! I’m so excited and honored to be a guest designer for Top Dog Dies this week. This release has so many cute dies, great for summer projects!

My first project is a card using the adorable crab from the NEW Underwater Life set.  Isn’t he just the cutest? I had to put googly eyes on him because I couldn’t picture him any other way.


All of my images were colored using various Tim Holtz Distress inks. To add interest to the wavy background, I used two of the dies from the new Water Die Set and inked them with different shades of blue. I just love how fun it looks. I added the adorable sentiment with some twine and the circle from the Mini Tag dies set.


I also created a tag using the Underwater Life set. It’s so much fun to color the little sea critters with any color you fancy, the possibilities are limitless! I used Distress markers to emphasize the tiny details on the images created by the die.


I also die cut a little circle tag using the Mini Tags set to create a faux metal charm. A little Distress ink on the edges finishes off the vintage look.

I’ve always wanted to alter a picture frame and when I saw the new Underwater Life die set, I knew I had to use them! I searched high and low for the perfect wooden frame. I couldn’t find anything I had in mind until I scoured my paper stash. Why not, right? So I used an amazing paper stack by DCWV.


Step 1. Cut your paper to fit each side of your project and adhere with liquid adhesive. It doesn’t need to be perfect, because next we will sand and ink the edges to give the frame a finished look.


Step 2. Die cut the shapes out of your desired material. Here, I chose gold foil card stock and a neutral beige from the  Gilded Stack.

Step 3. Arrange the shapes on your frame and adhere.

Step 4. Choose a family photo or inspirational quote to add to the inside if your frame.


It was so much fun creating something that I love and am proud to display in my home using these awesome dies. Thanks for stopping by, and check out all of the great products from Top Dog Dies new summer release. You can also visit the amazing Top Dog Dies Blog for more inspirational projects by the Top Dog Design Team.