Love really is still in the air-literally!

I wanted to carry on with die cutting but also felt that the Tattered Lace embossing edging folders and dies were worth a mention. I’ve created a frame here using them to highlight the main image. I’ve stuck to a basic colour palette of black red and gold. This is a simple card using a little die cutting and embossing.Nothing too complicated but looks effective I hope. No ink in sight.

What will we need?- Here’s my suggestions:

  1. Black and red card;
  2. Red and gold glitter card;
  3. Tattered Lace ‘love is in the air’ die;
  4. Tattered lace edging embossing folder- swirly pattern, not too wide;
  5. Edging die small scallop;
  6. Heart punch;
  7. Gilding wax- empire gold;
  8. Gold gem stones;
  9. Red satin ribbon;
  10. Black alcohol marker;
  11. Black double sided foam tape and small white square double sided foam pads;
  12. wet glue.

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How is it put together?

Run the die through a die cutting machine, once using gold glitter card and once in black card.

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Take the black die cut and punch away the loose bits. Lift out the tiny ‘love’ and leave to one side. Then carefully take scissors or a craft knife and cut away the black bindings on the balloon, the figures, basket and trailing ropes. This is the trickiest bit and takes a little careful snipping.

Next, using a wet, acrylic glue, preferably with a fine tip or a small applicator stick the black bits on to the gold die cut, lining up all of the parts apart from the ropes where I decided to offset it slightly. Then carefully stick in the ‘love’ in gold so it stands out against the black. I then edged it in black using an alcohol marker.IMG_2332

Next stick this on to a rectangle of red card ,placed towards the top. I then took my gold self adhesive gold stones and placed them randomly around the main image to depict stars on the top two thirds of the red card. I mounted all of this on to a black C5 card blank. You could stop there. This will still look striking. However, I decided to add a frame.

To make the frame I took four black strips and the strip edger embossing folder. To emboss them I used the Tattered Lace baby blue machine and the long plates. For this technique two B plates are required.

Once the strips have been embossed I changed the plates to the A cutting plate and B plate. I lined up the strip edge die against the embossed pattern, lightly taping it in place and ran it through the baby blue on each side so that I achieved a small scallop down each side. I repeated this technique on all four black card strips.

To add a vintage metallic look I decided to enhance the raised pattern by using gilding wax. Top tip!…use your finger with a tiny amount to rub gently over the top. You barely touch the card! Also wipe your fingers because it goes everywhere! The surface can then be buffed with a tissue to create more shine.

 

Cut the strips to size to create a frame around your die image. Then place double sided foam on them, I’ve used black, to create dimension.IMG_2340

Finally, it was time to add the hearts….of course! I punched them out of red glitter card and edged them in black so they would stand out. I  placed small square foam pads on the back so that they would be raised up. I then placed them in a ‘swoosh’ shape! I wanted to create the effect of hearts on the breeze to fit in with the idea of the rising balloon.

 

Finally, add a red satin bow in the corner because we can !!….. what do you think?IMG_2326

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