Today I am posting another card that I used one of the Easy Frames for the background. I used the Cuttlebug "Argyle" embossing folder. A piece of dark brown card stock was placed inside the folder then one of the oval Easy Frames was taped to the top of the closed folder. Be sure you place the Easy Frame on the top of the embossing folder, otherwise you will end up embossing the Easy Frame. After the piece was embossed, I used the second largest Spellbinders "Beaded Ovals" Nestie to emboss a frame around the unembossed area left from using the Easy Frame. You just tape the Nestie you want to use, with removeable tape, over the unembossed area, place the embossing mat over it and run it through your machine. I love how it turned out. Last time I showed you how it would look without using a Nestie to frame it. It looks beautiful either way and you have a nice smooth area to add your sentiment. I used a Heartfelt Creations sentiment and gold embossed it in the center.
My card is 6x6" square. I used a piece of design paper from the BoBunny "Zoology Collection" paper pad for my background. The brown embossed piece is 4.25 x 5" and the embossed area was a little smaller. I decided to use a VersaMark pen and ruler to draw lines around the embossed area, then it was gold embossed. I like how it finished off the dry embossed piece and it goes well with the design paper.
Now I have to tell you about the part I had so much fun doing. Don't you just love to sit and play trying out new things. Well I have some of the new Tim Holtz Distress Stains, and wanted to play with them. These bottles have a sponge top and are so easy to color larger areas. I decided to cut the flower and leaves from the Cheery Lynn Judy Blooms die using watercolor paper. Oh my gosh, this cut so well and just popped out of the die. I am going to have to start using more watercolor paper! I also thought the Cheery Lynn "Fanciful Flourish" (B117) matched this flower and leaves so cut one of those out using water color paper too. Now for the fun part. I laid these pieces out on my Teflon Craft Mat and sprayed them with a fine mist of water until they were pretty wet. (I say "them" because I cut out six sets and colored all of them.) I started with the largest petals first. I then dabbed the "Wild Honey" Distress Stain all over. How quick and easy was that! I then moved them to a dry area on the craft mat and used the heat gun to dry them. Next the smaller flowers were colored. There were beads of the "Wild Honey Stain" still on the craft mat, so I wet each of the small flowers then rubbed them down in the stain on the mat. It made them a pale yellow which which is what I wanted. I was able to use up the ink on the mat and not waste it and it gave a nice contract for the flower. Without cleaning up the left over stain, I laid down the leaves and flourish, and sprayed them with water, then dabbed them with the "Peeled Pain" Distress Stain. (The yellow and green stains blended well.) They were turned over and also inked on the back using up all the stain left on the craft pad. The flowers were layered and a punched "Sky Flake" was used for the stamen. It was punched out of brown card stock. The round tips were touched with the VersaMark pen and gold embossed to tie in with the rest of the card. It was such a quick and easy, fun project. The flower petals were shaped using the tools in the Flower Tool Kit. The layered flower, leaves, and flourish were attached to the left side of the sentiment. Square golden rhinestones were added to complete the card. As you know, all products in "bold" can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.
Now, something for you to win! Joan has added a lot of new Cheery Lynn dies on her blog that I am sure you will love. She also posted a video that introduces these new dies. I have an fun request and will reward someone for participating. I'd love it if you would go over to Joan's Gardens and check out these new Cheery Lynn dies and let me know which one(s) are your favorite. Please leave me a comment below. I'm looking forward to seeing your responses. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know which dies you like the most, so for every one who leaves me a comment on this post, about your favorite new Cheery Lynn die(s), I will do a random drawing and will send one of you the Cheery Lynn "Judy's Blooms" die (C184). This is the die I used on my card today. I will draw a winner on Monday evening, July 18. I'm sure you will love working with this beautiful flower die so be sure and leave a comment below to let me know which die(s) are your favorite for a chance to win.