Have you started thinking about holiday cards yet? Thanksgiving? Christmas? I have, and since I started making cards years ago, I’ve been learning the hard way to simplify as much as I possibly can during this season of card-giving. Otherwise, I end up sending out only a few – ackk! When everyone knows you’re a cardmaker, you can imagine that this can become a problem. In any case, this is a situation in which something, however simple, is better than nothing at all. And simple can be oh so very beautiful, don’t you think?
Today I have a card to share which, once again, uses up a scrap!
This is a square piece of paper that had been used to sop up mists that had pooled on my craft mat. Trust me, you don’t want to see the backside – but I’ll just say that there was a lot of… “experimentation” done on it 🙂 Good news – this piece was perfectly upcycled for my project!
The soft transitions in color would work nicely with this Thinlits “Love & Joy” die set from Sizzix. If you don’t have a Magnetic Platform yet and you are a die-cutting enthusiast, let me share with you why I adore mine.
This die fit perfectly on my scrap square – I swear this was a happy accident! But I wanted to make sure to get a perfectly centered die-cut so that I could later use the square frame leftover piece for another project. With the Magnetic Platform, you just nudge it into place with your finger and send it through your Big Shot. No tape.
Can you see the sandwich above – pretty simple with the Magnetic Platform on the bottom, one acrylic plate, your die and cardstock in the middle, and the second acrylic plate on top. I want to share with you the pic below so that you can see when acrylic plates are just about ready to be replaced. As you can see, these have been used well, over several months of heavy use. Plates heavily scratched from use should be replaced so that your cardstock doesn’t take on impressions from those scratches, and also so that your sandwich remains flat.
I love this die-cut because it has beautiful words that are appropriate for people of all different faiths as well as agnostics. While they are words which we have come to associate with the season, I think they are words we should use more throughout the year!
The typography is lovely – elegant curves and script…
I loved how the colors varied in my die-cut, and decided to leave the background white so as not to distract from any of those pretty variations.
I hope you enjoyed my card today and that you’ll check out some of the Thinlit die sets in this collection from Rachel Bright for Sizzix. They are really quite stunning.
Pro-Art Strathmore Bristol Vellum Paper Pad, 9 by 12-Inch, 20 Sheets
ColorBox® Spritzers in Pinkolicious
Smooch Spritz Pearlescent Accent Sprays, Wine Berry
Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents Precision Tip, 2-Ounce