Here’s how I created this card…
Step 1: Get Jiggy
As I often do, I started out by creating a stamping jig. Luckily, the “Night in Flight” die set comes as one piece with only one little swoop shape needing to be snipped out before I was able to run it through my die cutting machine.
Once I had the jig template made, I placed it into my stamping platform and secured each stamp image so it would line up with the openings. Then I was able to stamp and emboss all the images as one and die cut each panel in one quick pass. I was able to crank out over 50 pieces in just a few minutes with this method, and was then ready to get playing.
Step 2: Create the Card Base
For the base of my card I chose a top folding mini slimline (3.5″x6″). I then chose a piece of floral paper and trimmed it to 3″x5.5″, so I would have a quarter inch border around the card front. An oval die was used to create a centered window through the patterned paper and the front layer of the card base.
Decorative stitching was added around the border of the patterned paper piece. I then trimmed a piece of adhesive foam 1/4″ smaller. I didn’t have a die slightly larger than the opening, so I used the same oval die as before to cut a window through the foam adhesive. To ensure the foam edges wouldn’t be seen, I cut the piece into quarters and secured them slightly away from each edge.
Step 3: Stamp the Sentiment
I played with the placement of the elements a bit, then stamped the sentiment on the inside of the card, so it would show centered when the card was closed.
Step 4: Watercolor
Next, I squished my mini ink pads onto a large acrylic block to create a watercolor palette, and painted a pair of moths to coordinate with the patterned paper. (If you have re-inkers, you might consider using them for this technique as well.)
Step 5: Finishing Touches
After securing the dragonflies (or moths?), I then stamped a couple of ‘swoops’ in a slightly lighter shade than the sentiment. Several sequins were added as well as loads of sparkly ink splatter.
Okay, there it is! What do you think of these colors? Which one is your favorite?
Until next time… stay crafty!
– Laura Evangeline