Top of the morning to you! I am excited to be bring you my first post as a Spellblogger - I am blessed to be living my dream, how amazing it is to be able to say that. The theme this week at Spellbinders Paper Arts is the 'Luck of the Irish' in conjunction with St Patricks Day, if you didn't see Beate's card you need to click here to see it - it is divine!
Who doesn't love a celebration - having a little bit of Irish blood in my background, this project seemed the perfect place to start. I created a card featuring layering and masking with the Die Templates...two of my favourite techniques.
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As I did not have an image or sentiment for suitable, I typed up and printed a Traditional Irish Blessing onto white card stock and lightly stamped an image from Layers of Color™ Art Stamps
over it. This was then cut out using the Grand Calibur® Die Cutting Machine and the largest Die from the S4-348 Spellbinders Postage Stamps Shapeabilities. The next layer is cut with the S5-035 Parisian Motifs Shapeabilities, I have used My Mind's Eye™ paper for this layer and the third layer with S4-346 Labels Twenty-Two Nestibilities, using the largest die - one of the things I love about the Grand Calibur is the ability to cut more than one die at once, it certainly makes it easier and quicker.
Before removing the Designer Paper from the die template, sponge around the edges of the Postage Stamp and Parisian Motifs with ink, using the die templates as a mask - start lightly and build up the depth of colour closer to the edge, to give you a crisp white border. And- don't forget to give your Dies a clean before putting them away, to so they are ready for next time!
Now it is time to build your card...using foam tape/squares on each Die for that added dimension. I use a thinner foam tape as this gives the desired dimension without the bulk that can make cards hard to post. Start with Labels Twenty Two as your base, adhere the Parisian Motifs and finish with the Postage Stamps Die. You can see the depth the layering gives, in the photos below.
This is then added to the base card and My Mind's Eye™ paper, adding pleated seam binding, along with a bow, bauble trim, stick pin and bling and a charm. Decorating your card makes it unique, it takes on your own flavour - you are only limited by your imagination.
Thank you for joining me today on my first post as a Spellblogger. I hope that I have inspired you to layer and use your Dies as a Mask - the possibilities are endless!