Big & Bold Greetings with Natasha Valkovskaya
As the holidays approach, we wanted to provide some advance notice of our office and boutique hours:
Now onto today’s post! We’re excited to welcome one of our 2017 Card Design Superstars to the blog for the first in a trio of guest posts for us this month. Welcome, Natasha!
I am over-the-moon happy and excited to be a guest on the MFT blog. I’m looking forward to sharing some of the projects I made with some of my favourite MFT goodies!
I love the bold word dies that MFT offers. They have quite a range and these words are perfect for inlays, spotlight die cutting, and making a perfect focal point on your card.
Today I would like to share with you one more way to use them — partial die cutting.
For this technique, I made three cards, different in style but similar in design. Also, I’ll be sharing with you three ways to create backgrounds along the way — let’s jump right in!
For the first card, I used the Huge Love Die-namics and made a card which is not my usual style and colour combo, but I love how it turned out. I think the contrast of the bold letters and delicate pink lace is striking!
I white heat embossed the Lace Background and used my blending tool to colour the panel with Spun Sugar Distress Oxide ink. I also coloured both sides of a scrap piece of paper with the same ink to make the rolled roses. I used an oldie-but-goodie die from MFT to make them, but you can certainly make them by cutting a spiral from a circle and then rolling it, securing it with a glue dot or glue gun.
I partially die cut the Huge Love die-namics from a piece of grey card stock I had in my stash, and the Layered Leaves from Grout Gray Card Stock. I also used Grout Gray for the base to bring the card together. I added Clear Droplets to finish off the card.
For my second card, I used Double the Smiles Die-namics and one of my all-time favourite sets, Ewe Are the Best. I coloured the cute sheep with my Zig Clean Real Brush markers and stamped a sentiment from More Essential Sentiments — love it! So many great sentiments for so many occasions.
This time I created the background with the Homespun Gingham Paper Pack. Quick and easy, but sometimes that’s exactly what we need (or have time for,) right? I also added some clouds to balance the upper half of the card.
For my last card, I used solid images from the Ocean Fun stamp set to create the background and the Friend Die-namics for the partial die cutting.
I hope I gave you some inspiration for using your word dies. Have a great day and find time to make something pretty today!
Thank you, My Favorite Things, for inviting me! This is any crafters dream indeed!