Happy Friday everyone! I’m popping in today with a couple of cards featuring the Pink & Main July release. I was feeling a bit of a creative funk last weekend and didn’t know what to make. I had this feeling of wanting to create but nothing sparked my interest. When this happens I start with one of two things – create backgrounds with inks or embossing OR play with dies. This time I grabbed a couple of new dies and just started cutting things out. After just a minute of cutting and arranging the dies in different ways, I had a couple of ideas pop in my head. Here’s what I ended up with.
The new Seashells Emboss & Cut Folder is so cool, I can’t even explain it! I put a piece of white cardstock inside, ran it through my die cut machine with the embossing folder sandwich and VOILA! I opened it to find five perfectly die cut and embossed seashells! They were so cool, I didn’t want to do anything to them.
So I arranged them in a line close to 5.5 inches wide and glued them together. I adhered them to a strip of paper from the Inked Oasis paper pack and popped that up on a black cardstock panel with foam tape. To cut the harshness of the black paper, I inked the top edge with a teeny bit of white pigment ink. It makes it look chalky and I love it!
Then I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from Aloha Flowers, used the coordinating dies to cut it out and popped it up with foam squares. Such a simple card but it turned out beautifully!
For the second card, I had cut the “hello” portion of the Hello Sunshine word dies to start and then had the idea to create a die cut background.
After cutting “hello” from the whole A2 size panel, I trimmed it down to 4×5.25 inches and chose another piece of paper from Inked Oasis to layer behind it. I used EZ Squeeze liquid glue to adhere them together and popped them up on a white card base with foam tape.
I knew I wanted to draw attention to the one complete “hello” I strategically placed so I glued three layers of white die cuts together and then cut it from yellow cardstock once. I drug the bottom part of the letters through my Embossing/Watermark Ink pad and sprinkled on Ray of Sunshine embossing powder. I heat set it and glued these letters on top of the white, then added them in their place on the card front.
To finish this card off, I stamped and heat embossed another sentiment from Floral Shells and cut it into a strip. I popped it up with foam strips and then added yellow enamel dots scattered around the design.
Aren’t these cards so fun!?! Just remember that if you’re feeling crafty but don’t know what to create…choose one simple thing to start “playing” with and see if it takes you anywhere. Usually, once you get started things just fall into place.
Products used today:
Seashells Emboss & Cut Folder
Hello Sunshine word dies
Floral Shells stamps
Aloha Flowers stamps and dies
Inked Oasis paper pad
Ergonomic Blending Brush
EZ Squeeze liquid glue
Ray of Sunshine embossing powder
Magic Anti-static Tool
I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!