I have several dies in my stash that have been feeling neglected, and I thought this would be a great time to bring some of them out to use for a little layering. The particular dies I had in mind come from the Spellbinders "Mix & Match Classic Edges and Inserts" collection, and my idea was to use them to layer papers for my card front. I had lots of fun looking for different green papers; it was really hard not to go too crazy choosing papers - I stopped at ten plus one for the base. I was aiming for a fun mix of solids and patterns in a nice range of green hues. Here is your first look at the front:
This picture is a close-up to show the different cuts of the dies. Each edge was used twice because I have six different inserts and only three edges (There are more in the Spellbinders collection.). After I die cut the papers, using my Cuttlebug, and decided on the placement, I mounted them on a mat, and then cut that piece to size for the card front. To finish it off nicely I used a scallop punch on the top edge. (The mat is the very light green at the bottom.) I compared several greens for the card base to choose the one that would best frame the colors used in the front piece. Here is the full front view:
Since the front piece was already quite busy, I didn't want to clutter it up with embellishments, so I simply threaded a thin ribbon through one of the die cut patterns before mounting to the base. I have left the card without a sentiment because, as you will see, it can be used for many occasions with an appropriate sentiment being added when needed.
In this angled photo you get a hint of the surprise inside the card. Yes, there is a gift card pocket inside.
I inserted a piece cut from the front to bring some interest to the inside of the card. The mat supports the gift card pocket and provides a light space for a signature. The pocket is simply cut and folded to size with the top punched using the same scallop punch used earlier. Everything was affixed using my ATG.
If I had been thinking more quickly I would have made the decorative strip into a bookmark, thereby making the card two gifts in one!! Ah well, perhaps next time.
Here is your list of supplies:
Papers: Solids=Stampin' Up for card base, DCWV Lemon Flower, Sizzix Little Sizzles Pastels, Bazzill Pastels, Recollections Colored Core. Patterns=My Mind's Eye Quite Contrary, Sizzix Little Sizzlets Pastels, K&Company Watercolor Bouquet
Dies: Spellbinders Edgeabilities Mix & Match Classic Edges One and Classic Decorative Inserts One and Two
Paper Punch: EK Success Scalloped Scallops
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