Hi Folks - just a very quick post today as I'm packing my bags (no, I'm not leaving home....... lol) as it's our craft night tonight and I have quite a lot to take along for the two projects we are going to be completing tonight.
Clearly Besotted arrived this morning from Stephanie's May release. I've used the Just Fabulous stamps and die set. I started off by embossing a piece of white cardstock using my Cuttlebug Geometric e/f but used my Darice Easy Frames to keep a clear oval at the bottom right hand side of the embossed piece (not sure you can see it on the photo very clearly). I then stamped the stem and leaf directly into the clear oval and decided where I wanted my smaller flowers to go so I could add stems for them as well. I then stamped up my flowers using SU Tangerine Tango and die cut them. I inked up the larger vase and die cut that as well. These elements were shaped with my bone folder and added to the card using Pinflair Glue Gel. I then stamped the sentiment and punched it with my SU label punch. I also punched the same shape on the main piece of embossed card so I could place the sentiment on the base card which could be seen through the "window". The whole of the main image was then raised on d/s foam pads and added to the base card.
I have always admired Stephanie's ability to die cut her images perfectly so asked if she actually die cut the stamped image or die cut the shape and then stamped on top. She directed me to a blog who gave the best solution I have seen - and perhaps you all know about this, but it was one of those "duh" moments. Firstly you die cut each shape out of a separate piece of card. Keep these negative pieces and then when you stamp your image place the negative card over the top and pop your die into the aperture and tape down. Put through your machine and you have the perfect die cut! Simples eh?
Anyway, must get on with getting all my gear together. Have a great evening and thanks for dropping by.