Coloring die cut flowers adds SO much dimension!
I am always a little surprised at how much coloring die cut flowers can completely change how they look. In this project I just added a teeny bit of shading to specific areas on these darling little die cut tulips and you can see how it adds so much visual interest. Read on to get my tips! For this card I used the Rubbernecker Large Fence, Tulips and Stems, Stacked Butterflies, Grass and Rectangle Combo #2 OPC. Be sure to check out the What’s New section at Rubbernecker to see all the flower and garden dies are back in stock and discounted.
The Framed Card Base, Fence and Grass
- Cut an A2 sized card base, frame and fence using white cardstock.
- Use green cardstock to cut two grass sections.
- Cut a light blue layer to fit behind the scene and attach it to the card base using ATG adhesive.
- Attach one grass section to the card base using ATG adhesive.
- Attach small pieces of mounting tape to the top back fence sections and ATG adhesive to the back bottom sections and attach to the card base. Pro Tip: Applying small pieces of mounting tape to the top fence sections creates dimension. Attaching the bottom section of the fence flat to the card base alleviates bulk for the frame to fit evenly all the way around. The two side fence sections were also attached flat to the base.
- Apply double stick tape to the back bottom section of the frame and attach the grass section.
- Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attach it to the card base.
Tulips and Butterflies
- Cut the tulip tops using pink, yellow and purple cardstock and the stems using green cardstock.
- Use mini applicators and pink, purple and yellow ink to apply shading to the tulip sections before assembling them. Pro Tip: Dab off your mini applicator on scrap paper before applying light touches of ink to the flowers to avoid undesirable blotches.
- Assemble the three tulip sections together using glossy accents and attach them to the stems using glossy accents.
- Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of each tulip top and glossy accents to the back bottom of the stems and tuck them in behind the grass and attach to the fence.
- Cut the butterflies using yellow cardstock and apply shading using yellow ink and a mini applicator.
- Attach the tiny circles to the butterfly bodies using glossy accents. Note: I keep all the negative die cut circles from cutting eyelet dies to use for flower centers, butterflies, falling snow, etc.
- Gently bend the butterfly wings and then attach them in place using small pieces of mounting tape.
Now that you have some tips on coloring die cut flowers are you going to try it out? Let me know how it works for you and if there are other tips you’d like to see on dressing up die cuts on your handmade cards.