I have so many stamps and use so few! I have so many Spellbinder dies and use so few! What to do? Hey how about mixing the two! The easy way would be to stamp then die cut ... but of course I had to go about it differently. I decided to die cut first to create a stencil/mask and then stamp inside the inside of the stencil.
Here's what I came up with. The two cards are basically done the exact same way ... just different colors and different embellishments.
Each time I started with one of the mid size the Spellbinder Labels die and cut out the design in the center of a small piece of copy paper. I overlaid the stencil/mask on a white piece of paper and then stamped the text (Stampin Up! French script). Then using the same ink color as the stamp, I edged the stamped text before removing the stencil/mask. For one card I cut down the stamped panel and mounted it on matching color paper, for the other I trimmed the stamped panel with a deckle scissor (Fiskars) and edge the new panel with a contrasting but coordinating color.
The stamped background panels become a basic background patterned paper ... the embellishments are what finish the cards. The best part is that the stencils/masks are re-usable and the die cut inset can be used in the opposite way in future cards.