You can tell from looking back through my recent cards that this piece of sunflower paper from the Flowers for Every Season paper pack is my FAVORITE!
Just Jade card base: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″ (it opens from the bottom)
Just Jade embossed: 2-3/4″ x 5-1/4″
Sunflower paper: 1-1/4″ x 5-1/4″
Oval Size: 1-7/8″ x 2-3/4″
Tips for Making this Sunflower Card:
Look at a big stamp and find a small image you can cut out!
I’m usually not one to fussy-cut like this, but if you don’t mind taking scissors to paper, you can really stretch the use of your stamps by looking at your bigger stamps and finding a smaller image that you can cut out.
The sunflower cut-out on this card came from a larger bouquet stamp in the Jar of Flowers stamp set. I stamped it in Cinnamon Cider ink and then carefully colored it in with a blender pen that I dipped into the ink in the lid of my Bumble Bee ink pad. While your ink pad is closed, squeeze the lid down and you’ll transfer just enough ink from the pad to the lid. (watch a video here on how to do this)
Small scissors, like Paper Snips, that are made for paper cutting and have sharp tips make fussy cutting like this so much easier.
Lining Up Your Paper
I think the hardest part of this particular card design is lining up your patterned paper and embossed paper evenly across your card.
If you are new to card making or unsure of your lining up skills, I would recommend adding one more layer of card stock to your card that is 4″ x 5-1/4″. Then you can tape your patterned paper and your embossed paper to that, making sure they butt up against each other where they meet. You can trim off any excess paper to straighten things up around the edges if needed before you glue it to your card base.
Die-Cutting & Embossing
While you could make a similar card in this layout without doing any die-cutting or embossing, I think that they both really “step up” a card.
My most-used set of dies is the Stitched Shapes dies because all of the dies are perfect for cutting out greetings to add to my cards, plus they cut out the shape AND add the stitching all at the same time! I think I hear angels singing Hallelujah.
The Scripty 3-D embossing folder adds just the right texture and interest to a plain piece of card stock. What does it say? I have no idea! But looking closely I see the words “blossom”, “basket”, “sheet of paper” and “flowers” so I know it’s appropriate to use.
Try embossing a smaller piece of card stock for your next card instead of a full background, which is what I usually do. There are so many possibilities!
P.S. Want to learn more die-cutting and embossing tips and tricks? Don’t forget to sign up for my Step Up Your Cards with Die-Cutting & Embossing Class!
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