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Today I have a mini slimline card featuring the Privet Branch die from Simon Says Stamp DIEcember release! I have created an ink smooshed background using some soft, muted Oxide Ink colors as a backdrop for this die. When oxide inks were first released the ink smooshing technique was most popular as these inks layer on top of one another for a beautiful effect. I forget how simple and fun ink smooshing can be and do not use it enough! The Privet Branch die has a beautiful, delicate design with etched details in the leaves. I knew I wanted to create something keeping the die cut piece white over and inked background. I was drawn to the soft, muted colors as I felt they would add to the delicate look of the die cut. Let’s get started!!
I will be doing all of my work today on my Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat.
To start I take the largest stitched rectangle die from the Master Layouts 7 Die Set and cut out of Watercolor Cardstock, running them through my Big Shot Die Cut Machine. Next, press Victorian Velvet Distress Oxide Ink, Milled Lavender Distress Oxide Ink and Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Ink onto my silicone mat that comes with the Glass Media Mat. I then take my Distress Sprayer filled with clean water and spray over the ink colors spraying enough water to make the color bead up.
Taking my die cut panel, I press it into the ink colors then lift the panel to reveal the ink blend. To dry each layer after pressing into the ink I use my Craft Tool to dry the ink. I then press the panel back into the ink droplets for another layer and again, dry with my Craft Tool. To bring in a lighter shade of pink I add Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Ink to the mat and spritz with water. I continue pressing my panel onto the ink colors, drying in between until I am satisfied with the look. *To avoid muddy colors and to get those defined color droplets it is important to dry each ink layer. If colors muddy and combine on my mat, I clean the mat off and apply fresh colors and again spritz with water.
Now that the ink coverage is finished, I want to add some water marks to my panel. To do this I clean off my silicone mat then lightly spritz it using my Distress Sprayer filled with clean water. I then gently tap my panel over the water droplets and dry with my Craft Tool. I repeat this process over the entire panel until I have the look I want. *Adding water droplets can also be done by flicking water onto the panel with your fingers or a small paintbrush. However, I wanted not only water droplets but also the tiny, fine clusters of water that are picked up from the mat.
Next, I take the largest layering rectangle die from the Master Layouts 7 Die Set and cut out of White Cardstock, running them through my Big Shot. To color coordinate with my ink smooshed panel I take my Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Ink Pad and run it across all four sides of my panel then dry it with my Craft Tool. Using Double Sided Adhesive Tape I adhere my two panels together. I now have a layered piece that matches the ink on my ink smooshed panel.
Next, I place a 6 1/4″ x 6 1/2″ piece of White Cardstock into my Scor Buddy and score it at 3 1/4″ creating a side folding mini slimline card base. To add some dimension, I use Liquid Glue to attach a piece of Fun Foam to the back of my panel then glue it onto my card base.
Taking the Privet Branch Die I cut out of White Cardstock three times, running them through my Big Shot. Using Liquid Glue I stack and glue the die cuts together. To help my die cut stand out more from the background I add Foam Squares (that I cut in half) to the back of most of the leaves. I remove the release papers then adhere to the center of my panel allowing some of the leaves to hang off a bit.
For a sentiment I use my Sentiment Strips Dies to cut out a sentiment from the Sentiment Strips Reverse Union Of Love, running them through my Big Shot. I add Liquid Glue to the back of my sentiment and mount it over the die cut on my card.
I hope you enjoyed today’s card. I love using die cuts as a simple focal image on a card with a sentiment strip and this die is just perfect for that! What makes this die so versatile is that it can be used as a stand alone die over any created background and can also be used as added foliage behind die cut floral images. I chose to go with a mini slimline size card today, however, this same layout would look beautiful on a regular A2 size card as well. With a simple design like this, by changing the sentiment this card would work for any occasion!
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