I’m a big die cutting fan and own 2 cutting machines, one manual and the other electronic (how greedy is that?).
It’s all very well being able to cut your favourite shapes from patterned paper but with all the stash in the world, there’ll still be times when you won’t have the right colour or pattern for a project. A piece of plain coloured card just won’t cut it (sorry for the pun, I couldn’t resist).
Try creating your own patterns on die cuts and using alcohol markers to colour them in.
I stamped using Memento ink from Tsukineko as it doesn’t react with alcohol markers.
Stamping on the die cut shapes also means you can tie everything together by stamping the same pattern on the background.