Thursday, September 16, 2021

How To Add Depth & Contrast to Die Cut Layers with the Summer Shadows Dies & Shaded Summer Stamps

For today’s card I wanted to showcase more Sale-a-bration items. Time is running out and I really have saved the best for last. I love the Summer Shadows Dies! I love that they coordinate with the Shaded Summer Stamp Set, which is in the annual catalog and available until May 2, 2022. But really they can also stand alone like in these cards. Here is a little tip: by adding a little extra color to the bottom layer of cardstock you can get more depth and color into the die cut flowers. Check out the steps below for more.

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Here are the dimensions and pieces you will need to create this card:

Soft Sea Foam Cardstock – cardbase 4 ¼” x 11” scored at 5 ½” | 4” x 5 ¼”

So Saffron Cardstock – 2 ¾” x 4 ¼”

Blushing Bride Cardstock – 2 ¾” x 4 ¼”

Just Jade Cardstock – 2 ¾” x 4 ¼”

Flirty Flamingo Cardstock – 2 ¾” x 4 ¼”

Basic White Cardstock – ¾” x 3 ¾”

Cork Specialty Paper – 1” x 3 ½”

Here is a list of the supplies I used to make the cards:

Summer Shadows Dies 156618 SAB item - FREE with $100 order

Shaded Summer Stamp Set 155783 $23.00

Soft Sea Foam Cardstock 146988 $8.75

Soft Sea Foam Ink Pad 147102 $7.50

Blushing Bride Cardstock 131198 $8.75

Blushing Bride Ink Pad 147100 $7.50

Just Jade Cardstock 153079 $8.75

Just Jade Ink Pad 153115 $7.50

Flirty Flamingo Cardstock 141416 $8.75

Flirty Flamingo Ink Pad 147052 $7.50

Cork Specialty Paper 156393 $7.50

Memento Black Ink Pad 132708 $6.00

Blending Brushes 153611 $12.00

Linen Thread 104199 $5.00

Pearl Basic Jewels 144219 $5.00

Silicone Craft Sheet 127853 $6.00

Basic White Cardstock 159276 $9.75

Paper Trimmer 152392 $25.00

Clear Block D 118485 $8.50

Simply Shammy 147042 $8.00

Stampin’ Seal Adhesive 152813 $8.00

Multipurpose Liquid Glue 110755 $4.00

Tear & Tape Adhesive 138995 $7.00

Dimensionals 104430 $4.00

Mini Dimensionals 144108 $4.00

Foam Adhesive Strips 141825 $8.00

Paper Snips 103579 $10.00

Bone Folder 102300 $7.00

Take Your Pick Tool 144107 $10.00

Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine 149653 $120.00

1- Use the dies and cut out your flowers. Cut both the top and bottom layer for each flower. I did three, one full flower in So Saffron, and the half flowers one in each; Blushing Bride & Flirty Flamingo. Cut out one top & one bottom leaf in Just Jade.

2- Use the same color ink pad as cardstock and a Blending Brush to add more color to the bottom layer of each flower & leaf. I did turn the leaf over to change the direction of the curve. You can add as much color to the bottom layer and you want. More ink creates a darker layer and more contrast to the top layer. Then adhere the top layer of each flower to the bottom layer.

3- Stamp the flowers from the Shaded Summer Stamp Set in Soft Sea Foam on the 4” x 5 ¼” Soft Sea Foam Cardstock. The larger flower in the center and the smaller in the bottom left corner. Add this to the center of the cardbase.

4- Add the 1” Cork Strip with dimensionals to the center of the card about 1” from the bottom. I didn’t remove the paper backing from the dimensional on the right so I could tuck the flowers behind it.

5- Adhere the flowers on the right side of the card and under the Cork strip. Then remove the paper backing from the dimensional on the strip.

6- Wrap Linen Thread back and forth to create a double faux bow on the Cork strip. Then stamp your greeting in Memento Black in on the ¾” Basic White strip. I place the greeting to the right of the strip. Adhere to the center of the Cork strip.

7- Add some Pearl Basic Jewels and all Done!

Follow the same steps to create the second card. Change placement of flowers to the other side and use a fun pattern for the background like the Beautifully Penned Designer Series Paper (156630 SAB item – FREE with $50 order). Soft Sea Foam Cardstock is 2 ¾” x 4”. The Cork strip is 3/8” x 12” and wrapped back and forth like a ribbon behind the greeting.

Here is the same project as a video tutorial.

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Here are a couple other cards made with the Summer Shadows Dies.

Have a creative day,


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