For the Love of Irresistibly Floral Paper
I have been loving Irresistibly Floral Paper from Stampin’ Up! It is white with embossed white flowers on it. It’s incredibly easy to add a little ink with a sponge and get gorgeous colorful backgrounds. It’s the perfect paper, because it can can be any color and can coordinate with anything!
In today’s card, I combined this new favorite paper with one of my all time favorite stamp sets: Foxy Friends. In doing so, I also tried out a new technique!
A New Die Cut Technique
Sometimes with cute little critters like this fox, their body parts don’t fit nicely into geometric shapes like circles. One option is to fussy cut out the entire animal and pop it up on dimensionals. Another options is what Tracy May did in her adorable Love You Lots elephant card. She also included some in-progress photos using the giraffe stamp from Zoo Babies to show you how she did it.
I had to give this a try!
Here’s how I made my fox in a circle:
- For this little fox, I measured the stamped fox inside the circle die I would use.
- I added a light pencil just inside the edge ot the circle to show where I would need to cut.
- I removed the die, then cut out the tail up to the pencil marks. I found that the next step was a little easier if I cut just past where the edge of the circle would be.
- I placed the circle die around the fox, but this time made sure his tail was sticking out on top of the die rather than under the cutting edge.
- I ran everything through my die cutting machine.
It worked perfectly! You cannot tell once everything is assembled that the tail is cut just a little past the exact edge of the circle.
Bewitching Color Combination
I tend to go on color streaks that last about a week at a time. This entire week has been filled with pinks and purples and oranges. This particular trend started because my younger sister (the middle of three) requested that I make a happy colored card, “You know, with pinks and purples and stuff.” So I made one, then I made another one. And so on!
Today’s color combination features Calypso Coral and Rich Razzleberry. I love how these two look next to each other, but you have to be a little careful when blending them together. Calypso Coral has orange in it and Rich Razzleberry has blue in it. Orange and blue make brown when you blend them. It’s a nice rich, warm brown, but it is still brown. When I blend these two colors, I try to make the change over from one to the other in a relatively short space so there is lots of Coral, lots of Razzleberry, and just a hint of that nice warm brown where they overlap so it doesn’t overpower the brighter colors and look like mud.
Sometimes it is easier to use an intermediate color when blending. I could have, for example, put Melon Mambo or Blushing Bride between these two colors and it would have looked nice, too. Since I had a fairly small piece of paper to work with this time, I chose not to include an intermediate color this time.
Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!
Paper: Irresistibly Floral (c) Stampin’ Up!
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry (c) Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: Foxy Friends (c) Stampin’ Up!
Dies: circle dies
Other: sponge, dimensionals, Solid Black Baker’s Twine (c) Stampin’ Up!
I’d like to give a special thanks today to Tracy May for sharing her technique for cutting out cut critters with punches and dies. Thanks!
As always, thanks to you all for visiting and happy stamping!