Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Something completely different!

I'm leaving the fussy dies in their packets for the moment and making a bold graphic card to celebrate a birthday.

I absolutely love these word dies - they are snappy and simple - and lots of firms are making different versions of the more popular words like "congratulations" or "thanks" or "love", and I've found them very useful,  particularly for cards for younger people or men! You only have to look in the High Street card shops to see how fashionable cards are featuring different fonts.

This particular die is by a hero of mine - Heidi Swapp - and is a bit larger than most and so it can take centre stage on a card with very little additional elements.

I covered a blank base card with a piece of grey striped paper and then die cut three copies of the word "happy" from bright fuchsia pink pearlescent card from The Paperbox Company. Three copies because I wanted to stick them one on top of each other to create more depth and a greater 3D effect than usual. It's a little tricky but worth it sometimes.

The small flower motif was hand stamped with elements from the Simon Says Stamp set   "Roses for You" and hand coloured with watercolour paints. I tried to keep it simple in line with the modern look of the card.

I laser printed the word "birthday" onto some black Canson paper and foiled it with gold Heidi Swapp foil and a Minc machine. 

Very simple but very effective, I think, and to show you the same die but in a totally different colour, here is one I made for my son's birthday tomorrow.

Basic black card base which I have stamped with versamark and heat embossed with clear transparent embossing powder. I used a wonderful background stamp from Hero Arts called Pearl Strings and when this is embossed, it gives the paper an almost snakeskin look.  I've tried to take another photo to show this but it really doesn't do it justice because it gleams like patent leather.

This time I've cut the same die out of beautiful copper pearlescent card from The Paperbox Company, added a strip of black card laser printed and foiled with gold Heidi Swapp foil and added a punched out gold foil star and gold pearl. It looks very snazzy.

Thanks for dropping by


1 comment:

  1. I love your "Something Completely Different". Fresh and modern. Particular love that pop of pink !!


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