As an artist, I have always had a soft spot for my paints. However, I have recently rediscovered the joy of inks! They give me the freedom to create beautiful cards in no time, and the new styles with intricate details make it so easy to create stunning designs. And to top it off, the matching dies eliminate the need for any tedious cutting – it’s a win-win situation!
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layering die-cuts makes for an easy christmas bouquet
To make this card, I started by arranging a variety of inks along with my trusty Misti. Using the Rosie Cheeks ink, I stamped the larger poinsettia images and added the Cherry ink for the details. Then, I used the same Cherry ink for the smaller poinsettia flower and berries and applied Mocha ink for the details and the stems. The leaves were given a lovely peachy hue with the Canteloupe ink, while the greenery was achieved with Sage and Pine inks. Finally, I die-cut all the elements of the bouquet using the matching dies, so that I had a ready-to-use selection of die cuts.
For my project, I carefully measured and trimmed a panel of cardstock to be just slightly smaller than my Neenah Desert Storm card base. I then ran it through my trusty die-cutting machine using the Soft Snowfall embossing folder. The resulting texture and detail added a beautiful touch to my wintery theme without detracting from the focal point of the design.
I added foam adhesive to the back of my die-cut pieces and then arranged them over the white panel. Traingles of three items are pleasing to the eye, and so I used three poinsettia, three berry sprigs, three leaf branches, three peachy leaves and radiated them out from the central poinsettia. I then tucked in a few leaves here and there to finish it off. I accented the poinsettias with Nuvo droplets for the flower centres.
I appreciate it when the greetings in a set come with matching dies. This makes it easier to place the sentiment anywhere on the page without worrying about stamping on a flat surface. For this project, I selected one of the Winter Wishes greetings and stamped it in Pinecone ink. Then I used a die cut to cut it out before placing it over the bouquet. I secured it in place using foam tape.
To add some sparkle and extend the beauty of the bouquet, I decided to accent it with some sequins. It was the perfect finishing touch! Also, I wanted to let you know that I will be participating in a blog hop tomorrow. I would love for you to join me and check it out.
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