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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Two very different cards...

Today I want to share two very different cards with you. I made them at essentially the same time, so I'm not sure what that says about how my mind works.

My first card features a pretty hibiscus die-cut. The die is from In Love Arts. I cut it out of mixed media cardstock and then colored it with alcohol markers. I love the exotic look of the hibiscus flower, so I think I'll use this one quite a lot.

My background panel was dry embossed, and I used a deckle-edged rectangle die to cut the small white panel that my flower is on.

I cut a folded banner from pink vellum and heat-embossed my sentiment on it.

While they're hard to see, I did adhere a few translucent sequins to my embossed panel. I didn't want them to detract from my focal image, but I did want the added sparkle.

If you want to order this die, you'll find it here, and you can get a 15% discount by using this code:


I really LOVED making my second card. The gorgeous snowflake corner die is also from In Love Arts. You'll find it here.

I started making this card by cutting a medium blue square panel and inking around the edges with navy blue ink so that the center of my panel remained lighter in color. Then I cut four of the snowflake corners and adhered them. Finally, I die-cut my sentiment, applied some spray adhesive to it and then put it face-down in ultra fine glitter. It sparkles beautifully IRL. To finish off my card front, I added a few flat-backed gems.

I just love the effect of inking around the edges with a darker ink. 

Now I know that square cards cost more to mail if they're sent in a square envelope. I avoid the extra cost by making rectangular envelopes for my square cards.

On the inside of my card I added a navy blue mat and a stamped sentiment.  

After I had finished taking my photos, I realized that my card didn't say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" anywhere, so I added it beneath this sentiment.

Once again, you can order this die here, and receive a 15% discount by using this code:


I'll have some more projects featuring In Love Arts products in the future. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoy making them!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.



Lynette said...

So pretty, Cheryl. A very lovely hibiscus, and I LOVE the vellum. It really looks like ribbon! I love sparkle, and I bet that second card is so very sparkly in real life. Nicely done.

designbydonna said...

That hibiscus just pops off the page. Love the embossing and deckle edging. The sentiment is pretty on the vellum banner. The snow flakes card is just spectacular. The darkening of the edges does draw the eye into the sparkly words. Great job.

Darnell said...

You're a natural twoferist, Cheryl! Especially now that Christmas is rushing towards us like a locomotive! We almost have to make a Christmas card for every other kind of card we make if we hope to get a start on it! I love both your non-Christmas design and your Christmas design! Awesome use of die cuts!! Keep well! Hugs, Darnell

Glittered Paws said...

Two very different cards two very beautiful cards. Going to be a HOT one here today so I have my day planned in my room.

Lynne in NI said...

Well those were two very different cards! The first is so pretty and your pink vellum was the perfect choice for it! And I absolutely LOVE your Christmas card - I reckon if I was using spray adhesive and glitter half the house and the dog would all be sparkling ;)