The story behind this card begins with the lovely Tracey from 'Dies to Die For'. A small order arrived here last week and, as always, Tracey had enclosed some die cuts. Two of them were obviously made to team up together so I left them on the desk within view until inspiration struck.
I knew I wanted to enter Happy Little Stampers May CAS challenge, where the theme is 'inlaid die cutting' and then also spotted that the theme over at AAA Cards Game #64 is also 'inlaid dies'! Both challenges are looking for Clean and Simple designs so I hope my card is deemed CAS enough - the ornate edging on the craft card oval could be my undoing, but I had fun anyway. To hedge my bets, I'm also entering this into the new Happy Little Stampers May Anything Goes With Dies challenge:
- 4" x 6" kraft card blank, tent style
- next I played with the die cuts sent by Tracey, the scrolled kraft one was the reason I picked a kraft card blank
- after trying various dies for size I settled on the very simple 'In a Word: Friend Cutaway' die by Winnie and Walter die, positioned it on the white oval and die cut it - keeping the small pieces which fell out for later. I only had one shot at this of course so there was a good bit of measuring and use of removable tape involved
- then glued the white oval onto the fancy edged kraft oval
- next I die cut the word friend again, this time using a snippet of pink card from the Teresa Collins 'Sweet Afternoon' designer pad (which I'd backed with a piece of Stick It adhesive sheet)
- removed the adhesive backing sheet and put the pink die cut into the aperture then filled in any gaps with the saved white die cut 'fallout' (the Woodware Ultra Fine Tipped glue applicator containing Collall glue worked like a dream - I can't believe it took me so long to buy these!)
- now I had the 'bones' of the card I realised that my plan to just have a white main background straight onto the kraft card needed the edge defining so I cut a piece of slightly smaller pink card from the same designer pad and glued it in place
- then embossed a piece of white card using the Couture Creations 'Compassionate' embossing folder, trimmed it just just a little smaller than the pink layer and added it to the card
- I'd been keeping a close eye on measurements and was so pleased that the scrolled oval fitted exactly - so I glued it in place and called done
Writing this post has taken longer than it took to make the card - although Tracey did give me a good kick start! And what fun to enter three challenges at once, not often I manage to do that!