I'm very excited to show you today's projects. They are part of the latest release over at STAMPlorations which consists of some absolutely fabulous dies. You may have seen Shery's Bloomtangled colouring book last year. I had so much fun colouring the gorgeous flowers and created several layouts in last year's Bullet Journal using the images. Today, I'm so happy to show you three projects created with plate dies Shery created using her gorgeous flowery doodles - and there are so many ways of using these dies. You can see more inspiration from the other ladies of the DT over on the STAMPlorations blog. In addition to to the gorgeous plate dies Shery is also releasing new sentiment dies so you can die cut to your heart's content!!
For my first card, I cut white card using the Bloomtangled plate die and removed all the pieces. Then I used foam applicators to ink the die cut in various colours, blending as I went along. Then I sprinkled water onto the inked die cut to oxidise the inks. Then I adhered the die cut to some black card, added Ice Stickles to some of the flower petals. I die cut the sentiment from gold glitter card and added a few super cute heart shaped sequins as a finishing touch.
My two other cards are mirror images of each other. First a word of warning, you should only undertake paper piecing using intricate die cuts if you find fiddly things relaxing. I absolutely loved putting these cards together but it took many hours and lots of dexterity with my beautiful pink craft tweezers (you absolutely need them to handle the tiny little pieces). If chasing tiny, lost pieces of card is not your idea of a relaxing craft sesh, you may want to look into other ways of using these dies. I started by die cutting the "frame" for the image once in white and once in black. I adhered the white frame to black card, and the black frame to white card. Then I die cut the plate twice, once using a purple and pink ombre card and another time in a blue/green ombre card. I really carefully slid both the coloured die cuts only scrap pieces of paper, trying to keep as many of the die cut pieces in their place as possible. Then it was just a case of starting to adhere the die cut pieces to the frames I had created, varying the colours. You need to be quite careful not to have an open window, a fan, sneeze or even breathe heavily close to the die cut pieces as I don't think you really would be able to find the right places for the pieces if they got severely scrambled. I absolutely love the look of these cards and they gave me several hours of great craft therapy time! I decided to leave the cards really plain to let the fun piecing be the star of the show and I only added the shimmery sentiments with no other embellishments.
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Ink and colouring: Distress Oxides
Dies: STAMPlorations Bloomtangled plate dies, Feel Better Soon phrase die, Thinking of You phrase die, Celebrate word die
Other: Ranger Ice Stickles, Heart sequins from my stash
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Had to come see if you had a trick to managing those negative pieces (like dryer sheets) or if this was truly a labor of love. They are beautiful Karola.
Gorgeous cards to show off these new dies! Love the bold colors against the dark background! Pretty effect! And the paper pieced cards are amazing! That must take much patience!
These are fabtastic. Well worth the effort. Hugz
I knew at least one of us would paper piece -- and I also knew it would be fabulous!! Me... no patience for it [but I did think about it :)] I'm glad you had the patience - as stated, it looks incredible!
Great colors and I like that the two are mirror images of each other.
Beautiful inking, love these cover plates!
Great inspirations. Lovely cards :)
Your cards are all gorgeous!
That is some serious paper
piecing-and thank you for the
warning about how long and
how fiddly a process it was.
I think I will just have to admire
Wow! Your cards are totally gorgeous!!! Love the colors!!!
So very pretty! These new dies are really
Absolutely adore all of these - love the contrast of light and dark - beautiful! xxx
love your creativity in creating these beautiful pieces of art work - great ideas:)
Gorgeous!!! Both of them, really, but that second is my favorite. The pastel colors are so pretty.
Wow, I love all 4 of these! I need one of these Bloomtangled Cover Plates for sure! So many creative options!
I love them so much want to CASE 'em all! I can't wait to be able to get these fabulous dies!!
All are so magnificent and beautiful! You really put lots of time into piecing in all those little puzzle elements.
love the dramatic look on black, and the pretty sparkles!
These are gorgeous. I love the dies and the colours you used.
Both cards are gorgeous but I really love the colors in your second one!
Such lovely cards - I think the first one is my favorite with it's brilliant colors and black background!
floral beauties!! love these :)
Beautiful work, putting back those pieces must've been a labour of love, like a complicated jigsaw. I'd be sure to lose a piece in my messy craft space, they look amazing! Cathy x
this is stunning!
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