At work, I think it’s a treat to be able to see the sunset as I go either to or from my break. (Winter = first break, of course, and Summer = second break. Hah, the implication is that we don’t have windows…)
I love seeing sponged backgrounds, especially color gradients. Why not combine the two in a project, right? Oh, and throw in a die set that I’ve been struggling with which to make a decent project.
Ink: Petal Pink, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point
Paper: Gray Granite, Pacific Point, Petal Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Botanical Tags, Stampin’ sponges, Subtle 3D embossing folder, Rectangles Stitched dies, Multipurpose adhesive sheets (retired), 2″ circle punch.
To die cut the botanical tag, I added an adhesive sheet to the top of the strip that would be cut out. The strip is 2-1/4″ wide. I drew a line about 1/8″ in along each long side, and tried to center the die between those lines. After cutting with the die, I trimmed off the edges from the bottom of the strip along those lines, meeting up with the bottom of the die image. Oh, and erased any remaining pencil marks.
I cut the bottom into a flag shape. I measured 1/2″ in from the edge, at the middle. I cut from the corners to this mark. I wanted a shaped bottom, so it doesn’t look like a headstone, but a tag.
For the background visible through the die cut, I cut a strip of Whisper White just a bit narrower than 2″. I could then slide this into a 2″ circle punch from the center of the punch, to round one end of the strip. (You will probably need a piece of thin scrap paper to help you slide the cardstock partially into the punch. Don’t forget to remove your scrap paper before punching!)
I then sponged color where it would show through the die cut. I started with Petal Pink, since that was the bottom “boundary” needed for inking. I added a bit of Bermuda Bay, then finished with Pacific Point. I really wanted to use Pacific Point, because it’s a pretty blue that hasn’t been used much in DSP lately.
The adhesive sheet on the back of the detailed die cut allowed me to easily add the sponged background.
I added stitched rectangles in Pacific Point and Petal Pink to coordinate with the ink I used.
Although my card base is Gray Granite, I decided to add an embossed mat of Gray Granite for texture. I like adding the embossing as a mat, rather directly on the card base, so that the embossing isn’t there when you open the card.