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Thursday, March 07, 2019

Touches of Texture, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Love What You Do, Birthday Card

Today I thought I would play with a simple technique.  It's just called a "Window" card.  I wanted to play with the new Stitched Rectangle dies.  

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Berry Burst card stock. I chose that color because I still have quite a bit left and it will be retiring in a couple more months.  It went well with the "Love What You Do" Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP).  

The inside of the card is a half-sheet of Whisper White card stock cut to 8" x 5-1/4" and then folded in half.

The size rectangle you need depends on the image you are wanting to display.  Here I used the flowers from the "Touches of Texture" set.  I think they are SO sweet looking plus they went well with the SDSP.  I cut the  SDSP first.  I centered the die and stuck it in place using a couple of sticky notes.  I die cut it and saved the center. I may use it on another project in the near future.  The SDSP measured 5-1/8" x 3-7/8".  

Next I cut the front of the Berry Burst base.  I had set the SDSP piece on top and eyed where the next die should be. I also set it in place with sticky notes.  I die cut it and saved the center for another day.  

I lined up the Whisper White inside piece but I didn't tape it in place.  I took a pencil and lightly drew around the rectangle so I knew where to stamp my image.

I stamped the flower from the "Touches of Texture" set using black Memento ink.  I colored them in using Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo and Petal Pink markers.  I colored the center part of the larger flowers with Petal Pink again to give them a deeper color. 

After I was done coloring I erased the pencil marks.  I have a kneadable art gum eraser. I LOVE using these erasers and will us nothing else.  They remove the graphite without removing or marking up the surface at all. You can get these in the drawing section at your local craft store.  They last for many years and they are reasonably priced.  Use your coupons and get even a better deal on it.  I prefer Faber-Castell because it's a brand I have used for a very long time. I even take small pieces off of it, about the size of a large pea and put them in the end of my mechanical pencils.  Because they are kneadable you are able to mold them.  We used to flatten them out and press them against our lips and blow through them and make a bubble that actually popped.  The art teachers didn't appreciate it at all!! LOL

Okay, where was I?  After erasing, I stamped the words from the "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" set using black Memento ink. I punched them out using the "Classic Label" punch and I set them in place using Dimensionals. 

I added very tiny pearls to the center of the flowers and the card was done.

I think the most difficult part of this was lining up the rectangles.  If I were to do this again, and I probably will, I will die cut them out of copier paper first so I can fold and measure and get things centered more.  

This was a fun card and a pretty easy technique.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

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