Monday, December 26, 2022


Well, I have already figured out that this week my challenge is going to be to type "Desert" and not "Dessert".  With so many Christmas goodies everywhere I think I have Dessert on my brain!

I've called today's card "The Desert Framed".

I had fun experimenting (that's another way of saying I goofed.) with the frames dies that are part of the Desert Details Bundle.  The coordinating dies that come with this bundle have two different frame dies.  I also used the Delicate Desert 12" x 12 Designer Series Paper (DSP) that is part of the Suite.

I first used both the largest outer frame die and the smaller inner frame die nested together to cut the single piece of DSP.  Then I realized that I should have used only the largest die because I really just wanted that scene as my background.  The plan in my head didn't have two separate pieces for the background.  

Well, my boo-boo, led me to rethink my card.  I decided to die-cut a couple more pieces of just the "frame" from Thick Basic White cardstock to add some thickness to the frame portion, so it was raised up a bit from the rest of the DSP. 

After cutting an additional two frames, I got tired of die-cutting, so, decided to adhere the two Thick Basic White and the DSP frames together to see how it looked.  When I laid the center DSP piece within the frame I wasn't really satisfied with the variation of height between the frame and the background.  It still seemed too flat. 

Rather than die cut more frames (did I mention, I was tired of die cutting at this point?), I wondered what it would look like if I used a sponge dauber and added a little shading around the edge of the inner background DSP piece.  I used Soft Succulent Ink on the Soft Succulent part of the pattern and Pale Papaya on the Pale Papaya portion of the pattern.  That did the trick!  It made it look like the frame is thicker than it really is!  And it was faster than die cutting and gluing more layers together.  

Next, I went to adhere my frame assembly to the front of the Basic White card base.  Hmmm...  I wasn't very happy with that either!  It looked like it was sitting out in the desert all by itself and it didn't look like it belonged.  It looked lonely!

So that meant more thinking and experimenting.  I wondered how a color wash on the front of the Basic White Card Base would look.  But I wanted it to look like it was an extension of the scene, so I made a couple of pencil marks on the Basic White front panel to show me where the color change needed to occur.  Then I used my Water Painter to color wash Soft Succulent and Pale Papaya ink on the front Basic White Panel in approximately the same area as those colors on the DSP.  I liked that better.  What do you think?

The Large Flower was stamped with Pale Papaya ink and the "bush" was die cut from a piece of patterned Soft Succulent DSP.  I used the inside scraps from those Thick Basic White frames for the flower and also to cut an extra bush to give the DSP bush a little more substance.

I didn't put too much thought into the inside of the card.  I was "thought-out".  I simply stamped a Pale Papaya flower and double matted it.

As you can see, this card evolved as it went.  Sometimes our original "plan" just doesn't work, or like me, I "goofed" and had to figure out how to salvage what I'd done.  It's always a pleasant surprise and I love it when a mistake results in something better than the original plan.  It was a bit of a journey getting there, but in the end, I am very pleased with my evolution card.  What do you think?

If you would like a tutorial for this card, you can download a copy at this link.

The information on the Sneak Peak Products is as follows.  A complete list of currently available products that I used for today's card is listed at the end of this post.

  • Delicate Desert Suite - Item #160537
    • Includes the Desert Details Bundle, 2 Designer Series Paper Collections, Faux Velvet Pale Papaya Ribbon & Gold Faceted Sequins
  • Delicate Desert DSP - Item 160521
  • Desert Details Bundle - Item #160532
    • Includes the Stamp Set and Coordinating Dies

The above products will be available on January 5, 2023.

Product List
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1/4" Copper Trim

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