Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Again, I started with a white card base. I layered blue, then white again, then repeated that. On top of the last white layer, I glued down a lattice frame (French Lattice Small - FRM132). I then cut two strips of Queen Anne's border (B160) and butted them up to each other in the middle of a blue strip. I added sheer blue ribbon and a double loop bow over the middle of the two border dies. The little flower under the bow is made using the Cutie 4 (B156) die. I cut the die twice and glued them end-to-end so that I would have a long strip to roll into my flower. Using a quilling tool (but you can do it with your hands or needle nose pliar), I rolled the long strip, keeping it tight in the center and then loosening it towards the end. This spread the outer (lower) petals out a little more while keeping the center tight. You can fiddle with the flower to make it to your satisfaction. I used hot glue on the bottom to keep the flower together, but I did trim off some of the bottom so that it would sit flatter on my card.
I typed the sentiment on my computer using two different fonts (sorry, I didn't write them down) and spaced the words to my liking. I then changed the color of the print to dark blue to match the card. You could, of course, use a pretty stamped image instead, but despite having way too many word/sentiment stamps, I didn't find one in my stash that fit for me. I did use my Spellbinder oval dies to cut out the sentiment and the subsequent matting. I have both sets of the ovals, so was able to cut three that fit nicely on top of each other. I cut the sentiment oval, then a blue oval and finally a white oval. Oh, the leaves for the flower are cut from a Sizzix die that I've had for over a decade. I cut them from the blue paper because I did not want to introduce another color.
Thank you for visiting me. I hope this card will inspire you to pull out any dies or punches you might have and see how you can use them. Of course, these are beautiful dies, so if I've inspired you to use them, then do email Darlene at Dutch Paper Crafts. She has just listed these dies and is giving a discount over the SRP -- really good deals. I'd love to see what you do with these dies.