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Snow in March (???) cards

Having snow fall during March in the South is a rare thing, so I decided to pull out some arctic stamp sets that I recently purchased.  Julie Ebersole designs adorable stamp & die sets for Ellen Hutson; her recent additions are just super cute & whimsical.

First I cut an alcohol ink stained background and silver adhesive cardstock with a gorgeous background die from Lil’ Inkers.  Piecing them together like a puzzle was fun and not as time consuming as I thought and creates a stunning background.

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I fussy cut all the stamped images from the Arctic Pals stamp set and used a light grey copic marker to create shadows & a little depth. Snowy hills, cut with a Lawn Fawn hillside background die, pulls all the elements (background, critters) together.

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Hope that Spring will be here soon, but in the meantime, I totally enjoyed working with this stamp set- it is one of my absolute favorites that I own!

Stamps: Arctic Pals by Ellen Hutson

Dies: Faceted cover plate from Lil’ Inkers, Stitched Hillside from Lawn Fawn

Cardstock: Neenah 110 lb Solar White, Papertrey Ink silver adhesive cardstock, Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock

 

 

 

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Easter Cards

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Isn’t the Easter egg die from Pretty Pink Posh adorable?  The font is beautiful and the flowers and leaves paired with an egg frame, make it divine!

I love cardmaking, but I love it even more when you can use one die cut to make 2 different cards.  In the cards above, I used the negative and positive cuts from a die to make the center piece of each card.

First make sure to add a double-sided adhesive sheet to the back of the cardstock you wish to cut with the die (in this case I used a gold foil and a plain white cardstock sheet.  This makes it infinitely easier to assemble each card! For 2 of the cards shown above, I wanted to highlight the egg even more, so I first used oxide inks from Tim Holtz to create a soft background prior to adding the final die cut.

There are a number of ways you can do this, but I chose to first lightly adhere the positive die cut so that I could place all the negative die cuts in place.  I cut out an egg shape from masking paper and then proceeded blend oxide ink on the card:

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Once I finished adding a light handed oxide ink layer around the egg, I peeled off the masking paper. Finally, I adhered the positive die cut, added flower sequins & some crystal and VOILA- done!

It might seem like a lot of work, I truly enjoyed fitting the pieces in like a puzzle!

Supplies:

Inks: Tim Holtz oxide ink in broken china and squeezed lemonade.

Die: Pretty Pink Posh- Easter Shaker die

Cardstock: Green Shimmer from SSS,  My Favorite Things gold foil,

Crystals:  Lucy’s jewels in pool & Studio Katia- Cupid’s Kiss crystals