Partial Die Cut Window Card

Today, I’m sharing a window card, based on one shown by Jennifer McGuire in the Online Card Classes Holiday Card Workshop 2014, that uses partial die cutting. My take on Jennifer’s card features the deer from the Lawn Fawn Party Animals set:


I stamped the deer on cardstock and then used its companion die to cut it out partway. I then partially cut the circle with a die. I did need to do some minor trimming at the point where the two met. It took more than one try to get this to work out to my satisfaction!

I colored the deer with Copics and cut the panel with a die from the Lawn Cuts Large Stitched Rectangle set.


On a different panel, I heat-embossed a sentiment from Chit Chat with white embossing powder and applied Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks. I attached the panel with the deer to the background panel with dimensional adhesive.


Watercolored Sunflower Die Cut Encouragement Card

Today, I’m sharing an encouragement card featuring the My Favorite Things Sunflower die set. I feel as if August is sunflower month, as the palette of flowers and foliage begins to turn to golds and oranges.


I colored the Distress watercolor cardstock with the Peerless watercolors, and once dry, I cut out the pieces. In some cases, I added more paint after die cutting. Once dry, I assembled the sunflowers with dimensional adhesive. After adhering the sunflowers, leaves and flourish to the card base, I intentionally bent the petals and leaves for more dimension.

Supplies: Stampin’ Up sentiment, Stampin’ Up ink, My Favorite Things Die-namics Leaf-Filled Flourish, My Favorite Things Die-namics Royal Leaves

Penny Black Simplicity Fronds Background

Today I’m sharing two CAS cards featuring the Penny Black #40-314 Fronds background stamp.


For both cards, I inked white cardstock with Distress Inks (Salty Ocean and Twisted Citron) directly onto the paper. I then stamped the Fronds stamp onto the inked paper with Versamark ink for a subtle tone-on-tone effect. This technique was shown by Jennifer McGuire in the Online Card Classes Background Check class. For the first card, I added a heat-embossed sentiment from the #30-286 Heartfelt set and a butterfly cut with a die in the #51-132 Flights of Fancy set.


For the second card, I added a sentiment cut with the #51-104 Hello die. I cut it three times for depth and cut off the extension of the “o.”


Avery Elle Happy Camper Van

Today, I’m sharing a card featuring the Avery Elle Surf’s Up stamp set.


I used this same set for my AEI♥U Challenge #27 – Embossing card. While I watercolored the embossed vans for that card, I decided to go in a different direction on this card pairing the paper-pieced, heat-embossed van and palms with sand dunes cut with the Dotted Borders set. All of the patterned papers (other than the trunks of the palm) are from the Avery Elle Brights and Everyday collections (links below). I finished the card with a sentiment from the Happy Camper set, heat-embossed on black cardstock.


Reverse Confetti Back-to-School Card

Today, I’m sharing a card with a back-to-school theme showcasing Reverse Confetti stamps and Confetti Cuts.


I used the Woodgrain Confetti Cuts to create a clipboard base to which I added a hinge cut with a die in the Posted Note Confetti Cuts set. The apple was cut with dies in the Class Act Confetti Cuts set, as was the notebook paper (which was stamped with the Class Act set). The “take note” stamp is in the Posted Note Sentiments set. I just love the bold font that looks as if it’s written with a Sharpie.


I’m joining the Simon Says Back To School Challenge.