Happy Thursday friends! I'm over on the Honey Bee Stamps blog today with an autumn card that features the new Fall Bouquets Honey Cuts.
In my early card making days, one of the first types of cards I made was using die cut, shaped florals. For this card today, I pulled out my flower shaping kit (it includes several different sizes of styluses and a little paper rolling tool) and added shape and dimension to all of my die cuts. Almost all of the die cuts were made using scraps from my paper scrap drawer! I do love being able to use some of them up.
First I die cut the pumpkin from a piece of linen look paper from the Harvest Festival 6x6 paper pad. I've recently seen these adorable fabric pumpkins in stores and was inspired by those! The die adds some pretty embossed lines that add interest to the shape. I enhanced those by using a brown Micron .05 archival ink pen to follow the embossed lines. I then uses three Copic markers to add shading (the Micron pen didn't smear either--yay!) The Copics I used are E41, E42, and E43.
Next I die cut the flowers and leaves used various Distress Inks to add shading. The colors you use will depend upon the cardstock color, of course. For my pieces, I used Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge. The way I learned to shape the flowers is to very lightly mist the back of the die cut with water. Then place it onto a piece of foam and use a stylus to curve the piece on the backside. Then flip it over and use the stylus in the center of the flower to cup it upwards. I added some mini Prills to some of the flower centers with liquid glue. For the leaves I misted the back and then used a small stylus and followed the embossed line in the center of the leaves. I arranged the flowers and leaves adhering them with 3D Foam Squares and liquid adhesive.
Even though the super light misting with water doesn't seem like much, it makes the paper easy to mold. Also, when it dries, the paper will hold its shape quite well! For the card base, I used more paper from the Harvest Festival pad and added the layers to an A2 card base. I used the Thankful Honey Cuts for my sentiment. I cut the middle layer once and layered three of the die cut words on top for dimension. That was topped off with some Glossy Accents. I stamped the rest of the sentiment that's from the Grateful stamp set onto a scrap piece of the linen-look paper with Aged Mahogany Distress Oxide.
This was such a fun card to make! The Fall Bouquet Honey Cuts also comes with a Mason Jar shaped die and I can totally see using this in the spring with pinks, purples, and all the colors of spring! Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy crafting! Carol :)
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