I love the ease and simplicity of die cuts, but I can’t resist fiddling with them to make them my style and add more interest. This post is part of a blog hop to celebrate the Season Of Wonder release from Simon Says Stamp. You can find out more about the hop if you scroll down.
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how to dress up die cuts for more interest
I had a very inky time with four pieces of watercolour card. I used Distress Ink minis on a craft mat and spritzed with water before plunging a piece of card into the puddle of inky droplets. Dry, dip, repeat, again and again until I had four pieces of inky card which I splattered with left over ink and white gouache. I used the following inks:
- Red for the Robin’s breast – Candied Apple, Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade and Carved Pumpkin.
- Brown for the head and wings – Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain.
- Green for the foliage – Forest Moss and Iced Spruce.
- For the body, I used Pumice Stone.
I ran each piece of inky card through my die cutter with the Layered Berry Bird die and then rubbed a little Walnut Stain around the edges of each die cut. I connected the bird, keeping the pieces together with Gina K glue apart from the wing, which I cut twice and placed one over the other with foam tape.
For the eye, I coloured the tiny die-cut piece with a black marker and then once in place dotted Glossy Accents on top for the beady-eyed look of a robin. I also added Glossy Accents to the three berries.
The background was created in a similar way to the pieces for the bird. I used a piece of watercolour card and dipped it in Speckled Egg and Weathered Wood Distress Inks on a craft mat. Dip, dry, repeat and eventually splatter with leftover ink and white gouache.
I scraped Crackle Paste over two of the corners and left it for the crackle to develop.
Just look at that crackle – love it!
As mentioned above, this post is part of a blog hop to celebrate the Season Of Wonder release from Simon Says Stamp. Hopefully, you’ve arrived here from Caly’s blog, but if not, Simon’s blog is an excellent place to start. As with all good hops, there are giveaways.
- Simon is giving away a $25 coupon from comments left on each hop stop. Winners will be announced on the Simon blog on Wednesday, 11 October.
- Free gift with purchase of $25 or more! Use code HOLLY at checkout to get the free Graceful Holly embossing folder. Offer valid until 08 October at 11.59pm ET.
Now it is time to hop on over to Jennifer’s blog. Here’s the complete hop list to keep you on track.
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