Wednesday, January 24, 2024


When you are running low on creativity where do you typically go for your inspiration? I usually head over to Pinterest or turn to our Stampin' Up! catalogs.  Today's card was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest.  It used tone-on-tone die cuts to create texture.

I had never really thought of doing this but liked the card I saw, so thought I would try it.  My two favorite dies in this Notes of Nature Bundle are the one on the center of the card that creates a line of holes sort of like you would have in notebook paper, and the long left stem.  The long leaf stem die creates leaves with lots of texture. 

I die cut several stems and then cut some of them apart to make shorter sections.  After stamping some speckles on the Copper Clay card base, I added the stems to the top two-thirds of the card and covered the bottom of the stems with the Natures Sweetness designer series paper (DSP).

Next, I layered another design from Natures Sweetness DSP on Distressed Gold Specialty paper.  Since both the DSP and the Distressed Gold paper are rather lightweight, I adhered them to a backing of Basic White to add some stiffness.  I knew I wanted to weave some ribbon through the holes and then pop it up on the card front, so I needed some extra structure and stiffness for the decorative strip.  

I tucked some Pebbled Path die-cut stems behind the strip, added a gold embossed sentiment on top of the strip as well as a couple of flowers stamped with Blueberry Bushel ink to provide a little pop of color.

For more details and cutting dimensions, use this link to download a free tutorial.

I duplicated the decorative strip for the inside of the card.  As I wasn't sure how many stems I'd need for the front, I had die cut several, so I used a leftover to add to the inside of the card.

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