Eclipse cards are really trending in the cardmaking world. You pop up a die cut sentiment with extra layers so the sentiment really stands out. Eclipse cards are a great way to add subtle dimensions to your cards. Your card recipient may wonder how you did it. I’ve got 7 different ways of making eclipse cards to do a little some extra to your card project.
General Supplies for Eclipse Cards
- Either a Manual Die Cutting Machine and Dies OR An Electronic Die Cutting Machine Like This
- Strong Adhesive
See the tutorial below or on YouTube.
Script Word Dies
Using script word dies is easier in that your sentiment is mostly all one piece. You don’t have to worry about spacing our anything like that. I used this script word die in my example. I also added rainbow gems for more sparkle.
Alphabet dies are great for creating your own custom sentiment. It also means that you may have to play around with the letter dies to make sure they are aligned correctly. I used this alphabet die so often, I got two sets to make die cutting easier.
The reverse eclipse technique is the same steps as the regular eclipse, but this time, you are stacking up negative space of the sentiment. I personally like to use sentiments that don’t have “inner” pieces when I do this technique. In essence, I try to avoid the letters A, O, P, etc. mainly because I have a tendency to lose pieces. The alphabet die card got a little trampled as I was cleaning up my work space (whoops). I also did this technique with a shadow die from a script word die set.
Multi Color Layered
For a really stand-out sentiment, you can layer multiple pieces of cardstock for your eclipse, and then also have them in different colors. I use this die set for my example, and I kept the card plain so the cardstock layers would really stand out.
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You might assume making eclipse cards with background dies would be difficult but it doesn’t have to be. As long as you have two pieces of the exact same pattern of background for your card front, you can just layer the die cut piece over the in-tact piece. I then added this word die.
You can also use shape dies to add dimension. I personally like using hearts and stars for eclipse cards.
You can also heat emboss the sides of your eclipse element for some added sparkle and shine.
What is your favorite way of making eclipse cards?