Wednesday, April 8, 2015

It's All About the Die Cuts

Hello and welcome!  I'm so glad you have stopped by today to see my contribution to the design team's line up for the new challenge over at Frilly and Funkie.  It's the Frillies' week to post.  Nicole is our hostess this time and she wants us to showcase spring die cuts.  Well, of course, for me that means flowers - YAY!

For no rhyme nor reason, I got started with Cracked Pistachio and went completely monochromatic with it.  I loved the way the crisp white die cuts looked against the CP green.  A couple of months ago, we got some new Spellbinders fancy layers dies in the shop and I've been looking for an excuse to grab a pack for my own.  This set cuts four different edges plus two intricate inserts.  Instead of cutting just one edge, I decided to cut opposing edges.  They are really gorgeous.  They don't show great in the photo, but IRL they are really lovely.

All my CS started out white, the green was sprayed with Cracked Pistachio Distress Spray Stain. I also gave it all a couple of shots of Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain to, just to give it some variation.  The Picket Fence came out on blotches and blobs rather than in a mist, which I really liked.   I used Cracked Pistachio paint for one layer, but it didn't match exactly with the spray so i chucked it and created the same layer again with the spray.

For the center layer, I cut a vase shaped panel from white CS, then sprayed it with CP spray stain.  After dry it with my heat gun, I stamped the Wend Vecchi script stamp in Jet Black archival.  Then I applied embossing ink through the Tim Holtz Wildflower stencil and the embossed using white EP.

The butterfly was cut from vellum and embossed using the new Butterfly Duo Bigz die.  I flipped it over and colored in the recessed areas with a Cracked Pistachio marker.  I edged the butterfly just slightly with Vintage Photo DI to give the edges some definition and make it stand out a bit.

My flowers were also cut from white CS using the Tattered Flowers Garland decorative strip die, always my go to die for making flowers.  It cuts a lot at one time in all different sizes.  The smaller sizes of the flowers on the strip are perfect for card and tag making.  The sticks and ivy were cut from the Spring Greenery decorative strip die.  I colored white fatback pearls with a Cracked Pistacho marker for the flower centers.

That's about it.  Lots and lots of die cuts on this card.  I hope it inspires you to pull out your dies and create a vintage style springtime card with us.  The challenge is open for the next two weeks.  Hope to see you playing along.  Please do stop over at Frilly and Funkie and see the yummy eye candy our Frilly gals have shipped up for your inspiration.

Just a reminder that all my cards and tags are for sale.  If you would like to purchase this card (it needs a good home :), please email me at   The price for this card is $10, which includes the postage for mailing it to an address within the USA.  You will receive it in a 6x6x1 mailing box so you can mail it again without it being crushed.  

These products were used to make the above card and are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Ranger/Tim Holtz/Wendy Vecchi and most other name brand products are always 20% below MSRP.


Karen B. said...

Wow ... such a beautiful card!
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Suzanne C said...

So elegant and beautiful!

Cec said...

I am so glad you found time to play in your craft room because this is wonderful. I love the colour palette and the beautiful die cuts. The flowers remind me of apple blossoms and hopefully Mother Nature will soon realize that the calendar says Spring and we will actually get to see some of those.

Maryanne said...

This is so lovely, Linda! I love those Spellbinders edge dies. I've been looking at them since you got them in. Using the CP and the white CS is so spring-like. It made a perfectly beautiful card!

Pamellia said...

Wow Linda, this is spectacular!! So many beautiful flowers and I just love what you did with the Spellbinders borders! Loving the Cracked Pistachio!! So gorgeous! hugs :)

Fabiola said...

superbe, j'adore, biz

Unknown said...

Seriously loving how you just went for it with the Cracked Pistachio - this is beautiful!! I have this in the stain but I haven't had a chance to play but now I'm desperate to, the colour is divine!!
Georgie xx

Patty O'Malley said...

What a delicately beautiful card!

mamablitger said...

Linda what an awesome card. LOVE all the flowers. The butterfly and your die cut edges. Wawwww .. So impressing !!!!
Thank you so much for sharing this for inspiration.
Hugs from Monica... Spain

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh wow Linda, this is truly beautiful! Such great use of those dies, and so beautifully coloured. Love this big time!!

Jenny Marples said...

This really is beautiful Linda. I love the fabulous Cracked Pistachio altered background with those wavy edges and it all really sets off the cherry blossom branches. Jenny x

Deb Riddell said...

Just gorgeous Linda, your butterfly is stunning! Beautiful layers and techniques, thanks so much for sharing them all.

Lisa Minckler said...

I love this!! That's the perfect way to marry stencils and die cuts together. What a beautiful card Linda. :)
That pistachio color is huge knock out!

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