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Hey crafty friends! I am currently taking a class from OnlineCardClasses.com all about cardstock, and it has been really inspirational so far! I decided to try the technique Yana Smakula taught using the Spellbinders Color Block Slices die. I decided to step it up a little and try something different and I like the results! Do you ever just want to play with your supplies in new ways and try new looks to see if you like it?
To start, I die cut my color block slices from several colors in the Jewels paper pad. I cut each color twice using the smaller of the two color block dies. On a 4×5.25 inch panel of heavyweight, white cardstock, I covered it with tape runner and adhered my die cuts. Start with the die cut in the center and work your way out. After adhering all of my pieces, I trimmed off the excess.
Now, you could leave your trimmed panel as is, but I decided to add a few more bells and whistles. First, I stamped the small oak leaf from the Spring Sprigs set randomly with embossing ink and gold heat embossed. For each slice that I stamped on, I masked off the edges with 4 inch mint tape that I cut in half (shown below). Mint tape is great, low-tack tape for masking or die cutting. As long as I have been using it, it has never torn my paper.
Next, I cut thin, 1/8 inch strips of white cardstock and glued several of them where the slices touched. I did not like how the slices did not line up perfectly showing the white card panel beneath. I also heat embossed and fussy cut a few leaves as embellishment.
Lastly, I worked on my sentiment. I die cut the word ‘FALL’ from the SBC Classic Type alpha die set. I die cut each letter twice from white cardstock, once from the same poppy color in the Jewels paper pad, and once from cardstock I covered in embossing ink and gold heat embossed. I adhered the layers together with liquid adhesive, offsetting the poppy and gold for a little contrast. I gold heat embossed the subsentiment in the same gold embossing powder. It is from the Wordfetti- Best Day Ever stamp set. I added some gold jewels from Studio Katia for a little extra sparkle.
I mounted the finished panel, with a couple layers of cardstock for added dimension, on an A2 card base.
Even if this card isn’t your cup of coffee (my husband said it was “nice” which is never a good thing haha), I hope it inspired you to pull out your supplies and just try new combinations. You never know where you may land! Until next time, happy crafting!
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