Happy Friday, friends! Remember this post where I told you how inspired I’ve been? Well, I can’t seem to stop playing with my new products from Technique Tuesday! I mean, every day I wake up and I can’t wait to try this or that with them, and it has been incredibly fun!
But before we go any further, I must offer a confession. I have never–repeat–never made a card with a steel die in my life until Technique Tuesday sent these to me.
Gasp! Isn’t that unbelievable?
When I was working for Paper Crafts, literally all my creative energy went towards my job, so even though I was surrounded by beautiful cards that incorporated all kinds of amazing dies in their design, aside from a quick training w-a-y back in my early days of editorship, I hadn’t ever used them. And even though I have a fancy schmancy Silhouette Cameo, with the exception of a few digital die cuts that I’ve purchased and cut for a couple of friends, I haven’t even used it the way you might think I would. I’ve really only used it to design my own stuff, so I haven’t even begun to explore the joy of digital die cuts yet, either. (I know, gasp again!) In fact, I had to borrow the Cuttlebug I gave to my crafty niece for Christmas a couple of years ago in order to make cards for this release, and you know what? I am having a ridiculous amount of fun playing with them!
For this set of card, I really wanted to play with the big flower die using patterned papers. I selected two from my stash that I felt coordinated together well, and then I pieced them all together. When you die cut the flower from the Garden Flowers DIY Steel Die set, the pieces are really quite small, so it took a bit of time to put them all back where they belong, but it kind of felt like putting a jigsaw puzzle together, which was actually a lot of fun.
I created the stem by cutting up the leaf from the Garden Leaves DIY Steel Die set and filling them in with their corresponding patterned papers. The sentiment is from the Garden of Life stamp set. I’m not sure I love the way I matted it, but I was too excited to work on a project that uses the opposite patterns in the flower for this card, so I didn’t worry about re-working it:
The flower uses the left-over patterned paper pieces from the first card, and the sentiment is also from the Garden of Life set, as mentioned above.
As I create cards using these products, I find myself constantly drawn to that leaf, whether in the stamp or die form. It’s super versatile, fills up empty space well, and helps a lot with design flow. And I may as well just say it–my stamping skills are a bit rusty. It’s been years and years since I was stamping a lot for my handmade card business, Cards by Cath, but it’s getting better and better every time I try!
You like what you see? Well, stay tuned, because next Monday I’ll have yet another card to share, and so will a few of my favorite friends! Plus, you’ll have your first chance to win the stamps and dies from this inaugural release, so there’s lots to look forward to next week!
Have a good weekend, friends!
PS Don’t forget! Our inspiring Tuesday’s Take 3 is nearing its conclusion! You have until Monday to load up your photos to Instagram and/or Facebook. I’ll show the winning entries and introduce a new “take” next Tuesday. Sure hope to see you there!