Tuesday, August 31, 2021

New Release Day #2 at Kat Scrappiness

Hello Friends!  It's Day 2 of the New Release Party at Kat Scrappiness.  Today, the products being featured on the blog are Autumn and Christmas Themes.  For my card today however, I'm sharing another Halloween card I created using some of the new release products that were featured yesterday.




There is a giveaway on the Kat Scrappiness Blog so be sure and stop by for details on how to win the ENTIRE RELEASE!  Pretty Fantastic huh?




Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

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Monday, August 30, 2021

New Release Day #1 at Kat Scrappiness!

Hello Crafty Friends!  Are you ready for some Autumn and Halloween crafting?  I am and have been busy creating some fun designs.  That brings me to announcing a new product release at Kat Scrappiness!  The release features some fun Autumn and Halloween products just perfect for your crafting this season.


For my card today, I created a cute and spooky Mini Slimline Cemetary scene using Dress Up Quokkas Stamp SetDress Up Quokkas Coordinating DiesHalloween Costume Add On Stamp SetCrafter's Essentials Halloween Dies and the Happy Mail Mini Slimline Envelope Die Set.


The images and costumes were colored with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, the background was inked using Distress Oxide inks and the die cuts were cut from colored cardstock and hilighted with complimentary distress inks. 


These two spooktacular characters are out for a stroll through the Cemetary!  For some reason, the scene is spookier than these adorable Quokkas!

Please stop by the Kat Scrappiness Blog because there's a Giveaway!  Details on a chance to win the Entire Release is listed on the blog so visit and enter for your chance to win!

Tomorrow is Release Day #2 and will feature some sweet Autumn themed projects so remember to visit again!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

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A Place to Start - I love lots of vibrant color and creating Scenes
Cardz TV

Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge - Anything Goes

Hello Friends and Happy Monday!  Today begins a new challenge week at Pammie's Inky Pinkies with a theme of CAS (Clean and Simple).  The sponsor this week is Bugaboo Stamps and I'm certain by now you've hard they have closed shop.  The prize will still be awarded and will be the images the Design Team used to create their projects.

For my team project, I used a Halloween Frame image to create a wee 5" note card perfect for posting or including in a Trick or Treat Sack.  The sentiment was included with the image so it made for fun and fast cardmaking.


I've colored the images with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers and mounted flat to a card base of 110 lb. Neenah Solar White Classic Crest cardstock.


Stop by the challenge this week and join us in the fun!  I am thinking we may see loads of Autumn and Halloween creations, we are getting close to that time of year!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna



Friday, August 27, 2021

Lil Witchy Poo

Hi Friends and Happy Fri-YAY!  Today I'm sharing another cute Halloween Card featuring an adorable little Witch from Recollections.


The images are part of a cling stamp set from Recollections that I purchased through FB Marketplace a few years ago.  It was new in package and this card is the fist time using these images.  I'm constantly amazing myself at the things I'm finding when digging deep into the stash!


I've colored the images with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers and the designer papers are from the Echo Park "Trick or Treat" 6x6 paper pad.  I went a bit "Old Skool" with design elements such as a corner punch and Crop-a-Dile Corner Rounder, Distressing Edger, Ribbon and Nuvo Drops.  The sentiment is a cut out from the paper pad.

This card style may not be Trendy but I still like to create this way from time to time.  Have a Great Weekend and Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Harvest Love

Hi Crafty Friends!  I'm back with another Autumn themed card using the Memory Box "Harvest Love" Stamp and Coordinating Die Set.  Autumn and the Christmas Season are my favorite crafty time of year.


I started by stamping and heat embossing the image with Copper Fine Detail Embossing Powder, then watercolored the floral image and cut out using the coordinating die.  The Watercolors I always use are the Gansai Tambi Watercolors; which I love!  The sentiment is also part of the stamp set and I've stamped using Icing on the Cake Dark Brown Ink by Catherine Pooler.  

The image is large and lovely; I did not want to trim any of it away and did not want to create a slimline card so I mounted it on a die cut panel for an A2 sized card.  


Before adhering to the brown card mat and Kraft Card base, I splattered with Gansai Tambi Metallic Gold Watercolor paint.  I added a piece of craft foam behind the focal panel and floral, adhering to the card base with liquid adhesive.  To give the brown mat a bit of interest, I scored 1/8th inch on all sides and lastly, I've added Chocolate Jewels Embellishments from Kat Scrappiness.  

That's my card finished for today and I hope you've enjoyed your visit.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

**Challenges Entered:
Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Thankful, Grateful and Blessed with Sunspot Background Die

Hello Crafty Friends.  Today, I'm on the Kat Scrappiness Blog with an Autumn themed card featuring ink blending, the Kat Scrappiness Sunspot Background Die, new Embellishment Spoon and Gold Mine Rhinestones.


To start, I blended an A2 sized panel of Kraft Card with Dusty Concord, Fired Brick and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Inks.  After allowing the inks to dry completely, I die cut the blended panel with the Kat Scrappiness Sunspot Cover Die and adhered to a Kraft Card base using liquid adhesive.

The cover die cuts a circle in the middle and I wanted to place a sentiment there and needed a larger area to stamp on, so I stamped and die cut a larger circle.  For dimension, I mounted the sentiment circle on craft foam and adhered to the card.


Lastly, I wanted sparkle and shine on my project so using the new embellishment spoon by Kat Scrappiness, I scooped some Gold Mine Rhinestones and adhered the medium sized gems around the sentiment circle.  

That completes my card for today. Below, please find affiliate links to the Kat Scrappiness Products I've used and thanks for visiting.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna 

Affiliate Links (if used, they are at no cost to you and provide me a small commission that enables me to stay crafty).
Sun Spot Background Die by Kat Scrappiness
from: Kat Scrappiness, Inc Gold Mine Rhinestone Mix - New Release
from: Kat Scrappiness, Inc Embellishment Spoon by Kat Scrappiness - New Release
from: Kat Scrappiness, Inc

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Sunday, August 22, 2021

Lil Vampire and Friend

Hello Crafty Friends!  We are quickly approaching Autumn and I love creating Autumn projects; it's my favorite crafting time of the year.  Today I'm sharing my 1st Halloween card for 2021 and this Lil Vampire is not too spooky.


This cling stamp set is an older one from Recollections that I purchased through FB Marketplace a few years ago.  It was new in package and I've never used prior to this card.  Funny the things you find in your craft space when tidying up!

The image has been colored with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, the designer papers are from the DCWV "Witches Brew" 6x6 mat stack and the embellishements are the Plum Pearl Mix from Kat Scrappiness.  I've added doodling to the images with Black and White Gelly Roll Pens by Sakura.

Thanks for visiting today and until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

Affiliate Link:
Plum Pearl Mix by Kat Scrappiness - New Release
from: Kat Scrappiness, Inc

Challenges Entered:
Di's Digi Designs:  Plum Pearls and Die Cut Banners, Mats

Friday, August 20, 2021

Red Dahlia Happy Birthday

Hello Friends!  Today I'm sharing a card created using the Altenew Fashion Monger Dahlia Layering Stamp and Coordinating Die Set and Stenciling.

This card started as an idea for my final Altenew Level 1 Course assignment but I did not photo the instruction steps so it has now become a card for my Birthday Stash.

Using the Fizzy Art Stencil by Gina K. Designs, I lightly stenciled on a panel using Catherine Pooler Ink.  It's a very subtle pink, which is what I was going for.  I proceeded to stamp the blooms and leaves using Catherine Pooler Inks, die cut them and layed out my arrangement.  To keep it all in place, I placed Press and Seal plastic wrap over top, picked up the arrangement and set aside to finish off the panel.


I die cut an aperture in the middle of the stenciled card, matted the stenciled panel with black card and adhered to a cardbase of Neenah Solar White 110 lb. card.  I mounted the oval die cut piece on craft foam and replaced in the aperture.  I placed the floral arrangment on the panel and added a hot foiled sentiment strip.  Lastly, clear sequins were added for a touch of sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time, Happy Crafting.

Donna

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Monochrome Seasonal Blooms

Hello Friends!  Today I have a short post sharing a quick and easy monochome card created using cardstock, an embossing folder and ink blending.


Using the Seasonal Blooms 3-D Embossing folder from Altenew, which was part of the Craft Your Life Kit for July , I embossed a 6" square panel of black card and trimmed it slightly to fit on a 6" cardbase.  I blended Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink over top to enhance the raised areas as well as create a ethereal background.    


To finish, I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment, which is from the stamp set included in the kit and mounted on craft foam.  Before adhering the strip to the card front, I splattered the panel with Dina Wakley White Acrylic Gloss Spray.  I quite like the look of this card, it reminds me of a garden in Twilight, under a star filled sky.  

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

**Challenges Entered:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Monday, August 16, 2021

Rainbow Dreams Slimline Shaker

Hello and Good Day Crafty Friends!  I'm on the Kat Scrappiness Blog today sharing a Slimline Shaker Card I've created using the new Rainbow Dreams Slimline Paper Pad and the Almandine Garnet Rhinstone Mix.




My card base is 110 lb. Neenah Solar White Classic Crest card and the rainbow panel was cut using the Stitched Rectangle Dies from Kat Scrappiness. 

The shaker elements are various sequins and Kat Scrappiness Almandine Garnet Rhinestone Gems.  I die cut the sentiment 3 times, stacked one on top of another for dimension and adhered flat to the card front.  I then stamped and heat embossed the remaining sentiment strips, then adhered flat as well.



I chose the die cut and stamped sentiment because you can shake the card and do a Happy Dance!  Please visit the Kat Scrappiness Shop to view all the new release items.  I've listed the Product Affiliate Links below.  If used, I will earn a small commission which will help me stay creative and bring you content.

Thanks so much for visitng and until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

Products:
Rainbow Dreams Slimline Paper Pad by Kat Scrappiness - New Release
from: Kat Scrappiness, Inc

Cross Stitched Nesting Slimline Dies by Kat Scrappiness
from: Kat Scrappiness, Inc 


**Challenges Entered:
As You Like It - Fav Color is Purple and I really don't know why.  It's been my fav color all my life.

Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge - Jan's Digi Stamps

Hello Friends!  Today begins a new challenge at Pammie's Inky Pinkies with a theme of Anything Goes.  The sponsor this week is Jan's Digi Stamps and for my design team project, I created an A2 sized card using images from the Botanical Orchids digital stamp set.


I felt the flowers looked more like Daffodils so I decided to color them as Daffodils using my Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers.  I embossed a panel of Neenah Solar White 80 lb. card using a Vines embossing folder from Darice.  I inked lightly over the panel with Catherine Pooler Aquatini Ink.

I matted the embossed panel with black card and adhered to a 110 lb. card base.  I fussy cut the flowers and arranged, popping up the large floral on craft foam.  Lastly, added sequins and a sentiment strip from the Tim Holtz Small Talk strip pack; I cut the strip in 2 pieces and popped on craft foam for dimension. 


That completed my card for this week.  I invite you to join us at the Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge Blog, we would love to see your projects and hope to inspire you with ours.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

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Outlawz Festive Fridays

Inspiration Station Challenge #12 - Sweet Treat!

Hello!  It's time for a new fortnightly challenge at The Inspiration Station and the theme is Sweet Treat!  Now that's a "delicious" theme....see what I did there?  LOL

The Inspiration Photo for this round is:


For my design team project, I went with a Cupcake Birthday theme and used an "old school" stamp..you know, one that's mounted on a block, that I purchased from the Dollar Bin at Hobby Lobby.  It caught my eye because it was a $1 but I also liked the whimsical cupcake.

I've colord the image with Sepctrum Noir Alcohol Markers, created a mat with Rainbow Confetti Slimline paper from Kat Scrappiness and another old school block stamp for the sentiment; found during the same Hobby Lobby trip for a $1.


I die cut the focal image using a circle die and mounted on craft foam for dimension.  Everything was assemblied on a 110 lb. cardbase of Neenah Solar White Classic Crest.  For the finishing touch, I've added Mermaid Tail Pearls from Kat Scrappiness.  

Please stop by the challenge blog at The Inspiration Station and join the fun.  We would love to see how the photo inspires you.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

Affiliate Links:

Mermaid Tail Dual Color Pearl Mix by Kat Scrappiness - New Release 

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Sunday, August 15, 2021

Seasonal Blooms

Hello Crafty Friends,  I hope the Sun is shining you today.  I recently received a parcel from Altenew containing some gorgeous products and this floral stamp was one of the items.


This image is part of the Seasonal Blooms Craft Your Life Project Kit and this kit was so popular when it was released, it literally sold out within minutes.  I had to sign up for email notifications and still had to wait for the second wave before I could get my hands on it.

The kit contains a stamp and coordinating die set, 3-D embossing folder and a 3 part layering stencil.  For my card, I stamped the image, applied Catherine Pooler Inks through the stencil and embossed a panel with the Altenew Enchanting Vines Embossing Folder.  Enchanting Vines is not in the kit, the folder in the kit matches the floral image and I will feature a card soon that uses the folder in the kit.


I used an embossing pen and fine detail gold embossing powder to add shine to the sunflowers.  Instead if using an anti-static power tool before embossing, I let the embossing power go where it wanted and got some gold flecks here and there.  Lastly, I've added Fire Flame Pearl Mix Gems from Kat Scrappiness for additional interest.  

Products Used:

from: ALTENEW

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Saturday, August 14, 2021

Pumpkin Blessings - Jan's Digi Stamps

Hello Crafty Friends!  Are you ready for Pumpkin Spice Season?  I am and today I want to share a card I created using the new Pumpkin Blessings Digital Stamp Set from Jan's Digi Stamps



This set contains 5 Pre-Colored images in both JPG and PNG formats, 5 Black and White Line images in JPG and PNG formats and 6 sentiments in PNG formats.

I've colored the image with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, matted the image and mounted on card base with craft foam for dimension.  For a final touch, I've added Gold Mine Rhinestones from Kat Scrappiness and Wink of Stella to the Pumpkins. 


This set, along with many others are on SALE through the month of August.  Jan has also created a vintage themed Pumpkin People Set that I featured on Jan's Challenge Blog a few weeks ago, which is also on SALE.  

So, get in the Pumpkin Spice mood and start crafting up some Autumn themed projects with the newest additions to Jan's Digi Stamps! 

Until nex time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

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Friday, August 13, 2021

Happy Mail

Hello Crafty Friends!  Today may be Friday the 13th but have no fear, I'm sharing a gorgeous new digital image I've received from Alex Syberia Design.   The image is Happy Mail and this set comes with both a JPEG and PNG images with 1 sentiment.


To start, I've colored the image with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers and fussy cut.  The background is actually a piece of fabric that I've adhered to card using a cut piece of double sided sticky sheet.  I was inspired to try this fabric technique by Ann Melvin of Positively Papercraft and her You Tube Video 10 Insane Ways to create Backgrounds.  


I was experimenting with the fabric technique and after adhering to the sticky sheet, I embossed the panel with a 3-D embossing folder.  You can't see the embossing because the background was busy,  I decided to tone it down by placing Vellum over top before adhering the focal image with craft foam.  I do plan on trying this technique again with a less busy fabric piece.

For a finishing touch, I've added a die cut sentiment, white and black dots with Gelly Roll Pens and Aqua Rhinestones from Kat Scrappiness

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Quokka 'N Up - Kat Scrappiness

Hello Crafty Friends!  The fun continues on the Kat Scrappiness Blog with the New August Product releases and a Giveaway.  Be sure and visit the blog to see all the crafty goodness contained inside.

Today I'm sharing a card created with the Quokka 'N Up Stamp and Coordinating Die Set from Kat Scrappiness along with the new Rainbow Confetti Slimline paper pad.


I stamped and colored the cute Quokka using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, die cut the critter and frame using the coordinating dies.  I layered Rainbow Confetti paper on a black mat and adhered all to a cardbase of Neenah Solar White 110 lb. card.  

I wanted to separate the focal image from the designer paper so I cut and rounded the corners of a Vellum square.  I added the focal image with Vellum attached to craft foam for dimension, adhering
 to the card using liquid adhesive.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment on a banner tag cut using My Favorite Things banenr dies, added staples with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and Majestic Blue Pearls from Kat Scrappiness.  

I want to mention the sale on embellishments and alcohol ink products at Kat Scrappiness!





Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

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Monday, August 9, 2021

New Release Day at Kat Scrappiness!

Hello and Happy Monday Crafty Friends!  I'm Guest Designing with the team from Kat Scrappiness and today is new product release day!  There are loads of inspiration on the Kat Scrappiness Blog today so head over there, check out the team projects and instruction on how you can win Two new Slimline paper pads, A Set of the new Kat Scrappiness Detail Blending Brushes, new Kat Scrappiness Spoons and Embellishments. 

For my project today, I'm featuring the new Rainbow Dreams Slimline Paper Pad, Summer Quokkas Stamp Set with new Coordinating Dies and new Peach Pearl Embellishments.


I've colored the images with alcohol markers, and created a standard sized slimline card using the Stitched Slimline Dies from Kat Scrappiness. 

If you don't know what a Quokka is, here's a bit of information: Also known as a short-tailed scrub wallaby, about the size of a domestic cat and have a perpetual smile on their cute faces.  I'm also told that when frightened, they will throw their babies at you...what?!?

Please stop by the blog today for inspiration and a chance to win some prizes.  More inspiration tomorrow with another card featuring a cute Quokka.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

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Sunday, August 8, 2021

Happy Birthday Watercolor Roses

Hi Crafty Friends!  Today's mini slimline card features Watercolor Roses from Hot Off the Press/Paper Wishes and watercoloring using Gansai Tambi watercolor paints.


To start, I stamped and heat embossed the image on Canson multi media paper primarily because it's thinner than watercolor paper, can take the water and is lighter in color.  Also, this stamp set is silicone and not photopolymer so I was pleasantly pleased at how well it stamped.  My experience with most silicone stamps are they do not stamp well, spread out with pressure and the image is not crisp.  This stamp was non of that.


I've painted the image and background with Gansai Tambi watercolors, stamped and heat embossed the sentiment adhering to the card panel with craft foam.  The panel and mat are adhered to a 110 lb. card base of Neenah Solar White Classic Crest card.

Lastly, I've added splattered of Gold paint, White Acrylic Gloss Spray and Ivory Pearl Mix Gems from Kat Scrappiness.  While creating the card, the Yellow Rose of Texas tune kept popping in my head.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

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Saturday, August 7, 2021

Altenew Academy Level 1 Course: Irresistible Inking Techniques

Hello Crafty Friends!  Today, I'm sharing a card created for the Altenew Educator Certification Program, Level 1 Course:  Irresistible Inking Techniques.  This class shared great ideas for using inks in creative ways and I was inspired to dust off my Gelli Plate for some ink printing.

For my card, I've used the July Paint-A-Flower Fashion Monger Dahlia Stamp Set from Altenew for the focal on the card.  


To start my project, I inked up my Gelli Plate with various shades of greens, using a brayer for blending the inks.  After inking the Gelli plate, I laid my 8.5" x11" card over top and rubbed.  I did this process 3 times, building up the color.  I wanted pattern, so for the last press, I placed a vintage screen stencil on the inky gelli plate, laid my paper on, rubbed and the pattern was left.  I set this aside to dry thoroughly to work on the focal image.

I stamped the image with alcohol marker friendly ink and colored with alcohol makers.  The ink smeared in areas around the flower centers, which made me sad.  After looking at it and thinking I should toss it in the bin, I decided I could save it but using my embossing pen and gold fine detail embossing powder.  Tip:  Before tossing your project in the Bin, think of ways to save it.  


For assembly, I lightly inked an the area on the card base where the focal image would sit lightly with pink ink.  I fussy cut the floral image and adhered craft foam behind.  I splattered the inked card with White Acrylic Gloss Spray Ink and cut a banner panel, then adhered flat to the card base.  I placed the focal image and sentiment and lastly, added sequins for shine.  

This is the last class in the AECP Level 1 set of courses.  I now wait for my final assignment for Level 1 and if I'm fortunate, I will pass and be allowed to proceed to Level 2.  Fingers crossed please!

Take care and until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

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Friday, August 6, 2021

Colour Crazy Challenge - Scribbles Designs

Hello Crafty Friends!  Today begins a new challenge week at the Colour Crazy Challenges with a theme of Anything Goes.  The sponsor this week is Scribbles Designs and for my design team project, I created an A2 sized card using the BBQ Apron digital stamp.


The image was colored with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, the designer papers are from a Simon Says Stamp Kit of the Month from Summer 2020, the dimensional stickers are from my local Dollar Store and the card base is Neenah Solar White Classic Crest 110 lb. card.


This is a cute image and great for any occasion. I created a Birthday Card but I also think it would be great for a Cookout / BBQ Invitation.  Please join us this week at the Colour Crazy Challenge, hope to see you there!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

**Challenges Entered:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Altenew Academy Level 1 Course: Easy Die Cutting Techniques

Hello Friends!  Today I'm sharing my project for the Altenew Educator Certification Program Level 1 Course:  Easy Die Cutting Techniques.  This is a great course, loaded with ideas and tips for easy but effective die-cutting.  My card features layered die cuts and ink blending.

I've used the Altenew Craft-A-Flower Morning Glory Die Set to create 4 Morning Glories and leaves in shades of Purples and Greens.  This is a lovely set and appears intimidating, but actually it was enjoyable and therapuetic putting the pieces together.


To start, I ink blended 80 lb. white card in the shades I wanted for the flowers and leaves.  I'll admit I have colored card to use but I was in the crafting zone, home alone, candle lit and ink blending just sounded relaxing.

After allowing the inked card to dry completely, I proceeded to die cut the pieces and here's a Tip:  I used small tin trays to keep all the die cuts separated; organizing by color.  Once all pieces were cut, I started adhering the pieces together with liquid adhesive.  The die set has a guide to assist you in putting the elements together so it was not intimidating at all.  Once the die pieces are together, they become dimensional, chipboard-like embellishments, which I like a lot!


Naturally, no card of mine would be complete without sparkle and/or shine so I brought out some gold foil Washi tape I've had in my stash for several holidays but why wait for the Christmas Season?  I applied the Washi to a 2" panel in a diagonal pattern and adhered to the 110 lb. card base.  

I did a dry run layout for the floral and leaves and once I was pleased with the look, using Press and Seal Plastic Wrap, I picked up the die cuts and applied liquid adhesive to the backs.  The Press and Seal keeps everything together and makes adhering the layout to the card quick and easy.

I stamped the sentiment, which is from the Altenew Amaryllis Layering Stamp and Coordinating Die Bundle, die cut with a circle die and mounted on craft foam before adhering to the card front.  Lastly, I applied enamel glitter dots for additional interest.

I enjoyed the process of creating this card and the course was very informative and inspiring.  This is the first layering die set I've put together and probably wouldn't have tried using these types of sets had it not been for the course.  I'm glad I took that step...now I do believe I'm hooked!

Thanks for visiting today and until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

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