Friday, March 30, 2012

Think outside the box (or framelit, as the case may be)

I was recently reminded of this technique -- where you have a portion of your stamped image (in this case the rose leaves) extending beyond the borders of your focal frame.  I used my awesome Labels framelits again here.  Start by stamping the rose stem from the Fabulous Florets stamp set, in Wild Wasabi ink on a scrap of Vanilla card stock.  Lay the framelit size of choice over your image and use a pencil to trace along the inside edge of the framelit at the top around where the leaf is going to extend.  Use paper snips to carefully cut the paper on either side of the leaf, down to where your pencil line is -- you don't have to cut exactly around the leaf, as you'll do that later.  Now, put your stamped image and framelit into your Big Shot, lifting up the extended leaf part, and putting it over the TOP of your framelit so that part doesn't get cut, and lining up the framelit with the pencil lines you drew earlier.  Put a sticky note over the extended leaf part before putting it through the Big Shot, as it gives it a bit more protection and keeps it from getting accidentally severed. :) After putting it through the Big Shot, you can carefully trim out the leaves that are extending.  A little trick to keep from seeing a white border around your cut leaves -- use a marker (in the same color of ink you used) and just use the side of the brush end to add ink to the edges of your leaf.  It erases the white border and makes it look like you're a cutting genius -- which I am so NOT!

I embossed the rose with Versamark ink and black embossing powder on water color paper, and water colored it with my water color crayons.  Then, cut it out and popped it up on stampin' dimensionals.  I colored a Basic Rhinestone black with a Sharpie, and added it to the center of my rose.  Makes it look so elegant!  Of course, I embossed the Pool Party panel with the Elegant Lines embossing folder, and added some scalloped, polka dotted Cherry Cobbler ribbon.  How can you possibly go wrong with that! :)  and that's pretty much it!   This is another card we will make in our water coloring techniques club in May. 

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