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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Playing with Stamps and Dies

Design by Dawn Mcvey
When I first saw Papertrey Ink's Lovely Layers stamps and dies during the June release,  I was immediately impressed with the possibilities of layering the various images and colours. Dawn McVey's card (right) was only one of many samples that convinced me I needed this set!! You can see lots of inspiration here.

I couldn't wait until my set arrived, so last week I decided to 
see if I could use some of my supplies to create a similar look. 

The Focal Image
* I started by die cutting four of the smallest leaves from Sending You Die Collection  in Soft Moss and then stamping them with the leaf veins from Delightful Dahlia. Since they were all separate, I used a small punched circle to adhere the points in the center, creating the diagonal effect. This four leaf unit was then attached to the square card base using foam dimensionals.
* The small brown  accents were made by die cutting the branches (snowman's "arms and hands") from Shape Up Snowman Die Collection. I cut them down quite a bit so they are just "peeking" out from under the leaves. 
* The flower was created by using the 2 smallest flowers from Bloom Builder's #3 Die - each cut twice from Spring Rain card stock. A Dark Chocolate circle and a green brad finish off the center of the flower.

* The square panel was made by cutting 3 Nestabilities Classic Squares:

* The first layer (Stamper's Select White) was stamped with circles from Background Basics: Postmarks and the edges were sponged in Bashful Blue.

* The second layer is a plain white square, with blue inked edges.

* The third layer is cut from Dark Chocolate card stock.This whole panel is mounted on the card front with foam dimensionals.

Other Card Front Details

* The upper half of the card front (Spring Rain)  was embossed with Dots and Spots Embossing folder. 

* The white card base was stamped with Text Style and edged with Bashful Blue ink.

* A dark brown and white polka dot ribbon was added vertically and horizontally.

The sentiment (Mega Mixed Messages) was stamped in Rich Cocoa ink.

The inside was a quick and easy design.
 * Text Style was stamped across the center of the card. Two lines were drawn above and below the text and then a green copic marker was used to fill in. 

* The main frame from Framed Out #1 was stamped in Bashful Blue and then cut out with a small Nestabilities square die. 
* The sentiment (Mega Mixed Messages) was stamped in brown ink. I also added a thin brown line around the square sentiment panel using a brown marker.

Card Details (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Delightful Dahilia, Mega Mixed Messages, Background Basics: Postmarks, 
Text Style, Framed Out #1
Inks - Spring Moss; Memento Rich Cocoa; SU Bashful Blue;
Paper - Spring Rain, Spring Rain, Stamper's Select White, Dark Chocolate
Dies - Bloom Builder's #3, Sending You, Shape Up Snowman Die Collection,
Nestabilities Classic Squares - Large & Small
Other Supplies - Cuttlebug: Dots and Spots Embossing Folder; Zig brown marker; green brad; brown/white polka dot ribbon; copic markers;  foam dimensionals.

P.S.   I just picked up my new order today (I travel to an outlet across the U.S.- Canada border). 
         I'm looking forward to making a  "real"  Lovely Layers project.  It's a beautiful set!!

Thanks for visiting today!
Karen C.


Leah said...

Fabulous card! Just as pretty as the "real" Lovely Layers set I think and very creative!

Kara said...

Very pretty!!

Terri said...

Love your version especially the flower in the middle.

Joyce said...

How clever you are. I thought this was the 'real' thing, until I looked closely. It truly is lovely, and just proves that sometimes it is better to use what you have. Although, looks like you will have the real thing on it's way.

Michelle said...

Another beauty, Miss Karen. Love your inked edges in that blue; great idea. Have a great weekend!