Hello Friends, How was your weekend? Let me introduce myself. My name is Kathy Racoosin, and I have been blogging for 7 years at The Daily Marker. I am so delighted to be here today for Inspire Me Monday. I must admit I am a feeling some stage fright. I would like to show you that adding dimension to your cards with just a little fussy cutting can add some impact to your card.
Die-cutting a few circles, you can create a wreath. It’s the perfect “frame” to add dimension and set off the beautiful images from Power Poppy, like this vignette from the Bottlebrush Holiday clear stamp set.
I have a collection of bottlebrush trees except they aren't the yummy vintage ones. I have long admired the beige “antique” trees so that was the look I was going for today.
If you want to see a few tips on creating my card, watching the video might be helpful. :)
Check out your stash for two circles that will work together create a round open wreath.
Stamp the bottlebrush tree onto the wreath repeatedly with some Bamboo Leaves ink from Memento (Copic-friendly) The great thing is you can place the tree on the thick or the thin part to fill in the gap. No need for measuring.
Color your wreath with some vintage-looking colors. The gaps between the stamped trees looks like wrapped ribbon so don't be shy adding some color here.
Sometimes it’s a good thing to stamp a few extra images just in case. At this point I wasn’t sure how strong I wanted the lines to be for the center of my wreath.
I settled on the soft lines of the Memento Ink called London Fog. Not shown is another bottlebrush tree that I stamped and colored so that I can pop up later on my card.
Cutting into and around the images make it easy to cut out. Stamp the sentiment in the grey ink. A large blob of Glossy Accents were added to the small ornaments on the tree and Wink of Stella was added to the large ornaments and the banners.
For the background I chose a stencil with a geometric pattern. Using a light and relaxed hand when inking up the stencil will give you a softer color. Once the stencil is removed add more distress ink to the corners to draw the eye into the center of the card where your focal point is.
Foam on top of foam gives you dimension galore. It’s best to select only one of the images to have double foam tape. The bottlebrush tree is the lucky one :)
Making a layered card for someone special is worth the extra effort when you have a little extra time. Thanks for your visit today it’s always appreciated.