January 10, 2014

Love Is In The Air - Week 1: Die Cutting (Card 3 of 3)

A whole month to share all the love that is in the air!  

During January, I will be featuring posts celebrating hugs, kisses, and Valentine wishes.

This week's focus is on die cuts. 

Be Mine Everday

For this card, I wanted to use Penny Black's new "Love Buds" die cut in a different orientation.  Instead of positioning the stem vertically, I rotated it horizontally.  They were also sent through the die cutting machine a second time with a rubber mat to give them an embossed design.  I colored them with the same approach as the card posted on Monday, which first added a soft hue of Copic color to the white cardstock and then were highlighted with Faber-Castell Pitt Pastel Pencils.

To create the flower head, the heart (From the Heart - Penny Black) was stamped in Onyx Black VersaFine and heat embossed with clear powder. After trimming the element, Love Letter Memento was sponged around the outer edges leaving a bit of white in the center for a soft glow.

The shading in Peanut Brittle Memento was done first before the sentiment (From the Heart - Penny Black) was stamped in black.  I like to stamp the sentiments last so they are nice and crisp and to eliminate the possibility of smearing when I am adding highlighting.

I will be back on Monday with the start of Week 2 of Love Is In The Air.

Have a great weekend,

Penny Black Creative Dies: Love Buds 51-024
Penny Black Stamps: From the Heart 30-207
Penny Black Mix & Match Cardstock: Blue Lagoon 09-001
3M Scotch Dimensional Foam Tape
Faber-Castell: Pitt Pastel Pencils
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Love Letter Memento, Peanut Brittle Memento, Jumbo Sponge Dauber, Clear Embossing Powder
Other: Pearl Beads