A CAS Poppy Card – Quick and Easy!

Today I am doing something a little different and am sharing a CAS poppy card that is super quick and easy, can be done in lots of different colors and simply by changing up the greeting, can be used for so many different occasions. I used Color Fuse inks to color it in and added some little tweaks to not just make it my own but to add some pretty design elements that make a simple stamped flower something a little special.  For this card I used the newly released Rubbernecker Precious Poppies clear set, Best Friends clear set and Nested Scallop with Half Holes.  Hop on over to Rubbernecker to see the Full Release of wonderful clear sets and coordinating dies.  They are perfect for spring and Easter.

 

A CAS poppy card made with stamped and hand colored images and a simple greeting

The Card Base and Sentiment 

  • Use white cardstock to cut the A2 sized card base and scalloped layer.
  • Secure the sentiment stamp and scalloped layer in the MISTI.
  • Apply Nocturne ink to the stamp and stamp the sentiment.
  • Use the heat gun to heat set the sentiment.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the scalloped layer and attach it to the card base.

The Poppy and Foliage

  • Stamp the poppy and foliage images on hot press watercolor paper using Nocturne ink.   Pro Tip:  I don’t watercolor nearly as much as I used to but when I do I love the smooth texture of hot press watercolor paper.
  • Use the heat gun to heat set the images.
  • Use Color Fuse Nectar and Fired Brick Distress inks to watercolor the poppy.  
  • Smash the Color Fuse ink pad on to a palette or a large acrylic block.
  • Pick up the ink using a wet brush and paint the whole flower image.
  • Use Fired Brick reinker to paint the darker shade of red to the flower center and along the inner edge of the second flower layer.
  • Paint the leaves using Color Fuse Mist and Clover inks.
  • Fussy cut the flower and leaves.
  • Cut a very thin strip of black cardstock to use for the flower stem.
  • Use glossy accents to attach the leaves to the back of the black strip and then attach the strip and leaves to the sentiment layer.
  • Apply a piece of mounting tape to the back of the poppy and attach it to the sentiment layer.
  • Finish the card by attaching pre made black Nuvo Crystal Drops using glossy accents.

 

This CAS poppy card was made with some simple stamped images and a few small design elements that make it a card useful for many occasions

 

Can you see yourself making this CAS poppy card in lots of different colors and with different sayings? I love cards that I can make a few of and have on hand for that last minute “gotta send a card!” moment. Try this out and let me know what you think!

 

 
5320D Nested Scallop w/ Half Holes
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3406 Precious Poppies
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3334 Best Friend Set
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Color Fuse Set #4
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Color Fuse Set #10
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Versafine Clair Nocturne Pad
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Fired Brick, Ranger Distress Ink Pad
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Clear Acrylic Block 4.25′ X 4.25’…
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Amazon.com: Transon Round Watercolor…
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Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
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Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, Black Ebony…
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Precision 5 Inch Scissors with…
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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New & Improved Mini MISTI Laser…
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How To Add Color To Paper Flowers

There are many ideas for how to add color to paper flowers and I just love using this easy and quick method of adding ink to die cut flowers that creates that random and realistic look. You can’t really make a mistake and as you can see, the variations in the layers of color really add a ton of pop to these tiny yet vibrant little blossoms. Read on for more details and for more tips on how to use one die for this multi-colored stem that is all this card needs.

To make this card I used Rubbernecker’s Nested Rectangle Scallop with Holes and Flower #3 and Kittie Says Friends.

learn how to add color to paper flowers like these brightly colored simple blossoms on a green stem

The Card Base and Sentiment

  • Use white cardstock to cut the A2 sized card base and the scalloped layer.
  • Stamp the sentiment using red ink.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the rectangle layer and attach it to the card base.

The Flower Stem

  • Cut flower stems using pink and green cardstock.

This is an easy method for how to add color to paper flowers using sponge applicators and Color Fuse ink from Rubbernecker

  • Use a mini applicator to apply light pink ink to each flower bloom.
  • Apply a darker shade of red ink to each bloom but leaving the middle top section of each bloom lighter for a natural appearance.
  • Trim the blooms off the pink stems.
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After you learn how to add color to paper flowers like these tiny ones in shades of red, you can trim your die cuts to add the blossoms

  • Trim the flower blooms of the green stem to make it easier to attach the pink blooms. 

Learn how to add color to paper flowers and then use the arranging technique shown here to add them to the same die cut stem from Rubbernecker

  • Attach the flower blooms to the green stem using glossy accents.

Learning how to add color to paper flowers is only the start - use the shaping technique shown here on the leaves for even more realism

  • Place the stem face down on the molding pad and form each leaf using the leaf tool.

Learning how to add color to paper flowers combined with shaping them as shown here makes your projects POP

  • Use a large round stylus to form each flower bloom.
  • Apply a string of rolled up double stick tape to the back of the two main stems.
  • Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of each flower bloom.
  • Attach the stem to the card base.
  • rolled double stick tape 2

Rubbernecker has several individual flower stems dies and I posted them in my LinkDeli lists.  It is amazing how striking the large stem pops on the all white card front.  The card is striking and was fast and easy to make.  You could also mix and match individual die cut flowers from other die sets and attach them to this beautiful stem.

Once you know how to add color to paper flowers like these bright and realistic looking red blossoms you can make simple cards POP 
I hope this helped you learn a little bit about how to add color to paper flowers of all sizes and shapes. The great thing about nature, especially flowers, is that the coloring is usually random and irregular so this method of adding more shades of color to your die cuts gives you great results every time! And since we are talking flowers you may want to check out my YouTube channel to see several flower videos. 

 
5175-03D Flower #3 Die Cut
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Nested Rectangle Scallop w/ Holes 5141D
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3327 Kittie Says Friends
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Color Fuse Set #4
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5175-07D Flower #7 Die Cut
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5175-01D Flower #1 Die Cut
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5175-04D Flower #4 Die Cut
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5175-02D Flower #2 Die Cut
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5175-06D Flower #6 Die Cut
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5175-05D Flower #5 Die Cut
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Tulip Red
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Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
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Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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Clear Acrylic Block, 2.5 Round w/…
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I hope this helped you learn a little bit about how to add color to paper flowers of all sizes and shapes.

Big Impact From Tiny Paper Flowers!

When I started making this card I really didn’t foresee how these tiny paper flowers were going to make such a huge design impact on this card! Their delicate and dainty look echoes the overall feel of the embossing folder and I just love how they came together!  To make this I used Rubbernecker’s Nested Scallop with Holes, Wide Terracotta Pot, Leaf Group, Small Flowers #3, Small Butterflies and Kittie Says Phrases #1. The embossing folder is unknown.

Using a grouping of tiny paper flowers like these bitty pink blossoms on greenery in a flowerpot can have loads of impact on your hand made cards

Card Base, Sentiment and Frame

  • Use white cardstock to cut an A2 sized card base and a 5.50″ x 4.25″ piece for the embossed layer.
  • Place the single layer in the embossing folder and run through the die cutting machine.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the embossed layer and attach it to the card base.
  • Use white cardstock to cut the scalloped frame.
  • Cut a 1.25″ white strip and a 1.50″ pink strip and attach them together using ATG adhesive.
  • Stamp the sentiment using black pigment ink, sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame, attach the sentiment strip to the lower portion of the frame and attach to the embossed card base.

The Terracotta Pot

  • Use yellow cardstock to cut two of the largest pots in the set.
  • Cut the top lip of the pot off of one of the pots and discard the bottom.
  • Use a mini applicators to apply light orange ink to the whole pot and the additional pot lip.
  • Add additional shading to the pots using darker orange and brown inks using mini applicators.
  • Apply a strip of mounting tape to the back of the additional pot lip and attach it to the whole pot.

These tiny paper flowers in a tiny paper flowerpot on the front of this handmade card are adorable on their own but set against this embossed background make them stand out

The Tiny Paper Flowers Arrangement

  • Cut three or four sections of the leaf group die using green cardstock.
  • Trim the individual branches off of each leaf group sections to use for the foliage background.
  • Begin attaching smaller branches to the back of the pot using glossy accents.
  • Continue adding larger branches to the pot and foliage arrangement using glossy accents.  
  • Cut a couple sections of the small flowers die using pink cardstock.
  • Attach a couple small branches with glossy accents to hang down over the top of the pot.
  • Place all the flowers face up on the molding pad and form them by pushing down in the center of each with a tiny tipped stylus.
  • Use tweezers to pick up the flowers and attach them to the foliage using glossy accents.
  • Use pink cardstock to cut a small butterfly and attach it to the card base using glossy accents.
  • Pick up the small white circles with tweezers and attach them to the flower centers and butterfly using glossy accents.  Note:  I save the die cut circle sections left over when I use an eyelet die on a project.  They come in handy for flower centers and falling snow.  

Using tiny paper flowers against an overall-embossed background gives them a ton of impact on your handmade cards

Look through your dies and see if there are any images you’ve been overlooking due to their size. Then make a little pile of tiny paper flowers and see what kinds of design inspiration strikes you. I am betting you will come up with something so sweet!

 
5300D Nested Scallop with Holes
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Wide Terracotta Pot Die Cut 5147-17D
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Leaf Group die 5118D
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5309-09D Small Flowers #3
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Small Butterflies Die 5147-08D
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3308 Kittie Says Phrases #1
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Color Fuse Set #2
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Color Fuse Set #3
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Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
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Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
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Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder,…
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
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Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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Clear Acrylic Block, 2.5 Round w/…
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Tiny paper flowers can make a big impact on a card front.

 

Paper Flower Embellishments For Cards

You all know by know I love making paper flower embellishments for my cards. From teeny tiny flowers to this single, larger dimensional paper flower, these gorgeous, often very realistic embellishments can be either a decoration OR a focal point on a card. To make this card I used Rubbernecker’s Nested Rectangle Scallop with Holes, Mixable Flower Stack, Large Ivy and Best Friend Clear Stamps.

paper flower embellishments made from Rubbernecker die cuts like this beautiful purple bloom are gorgeous enough to stand alone on your cards

The Card Base and Sentiment Layer

  • Use white cardstock to cut the A2 sized card base and the scalloped layer.
  • Cut a 1.25″ layer using purple cardstock and use the scalloped die to cut the ends to match the scalloped layer.
  • Pat the sentiment layer using the embossing magic bag on the scalloped layer to remove static cling.
  • Stamp the sentiment on the scalloped layer using  VersaMark, sprinkle with gold embossing powder and heat.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the purple strip and attach it to the scalloped layer.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the scalloped layer and attach to the card base.

 

It's easy to make paper flower embellishments like this realistic looking blossom when you start with dies from Rubbernecker

The Flower and Ivy Embellishment

  • Cut four of the largest flower in the set using purple cardstock.
  • Use green cardstock to cut four of  the large ivy sections.
  • Place the flower sections face down on the molding pad and use the small round stylus to mold each petal.
  • Turn the flower sections face up and push down in the center of each flower to push the petals up.
  • Attach the flower layers together using glossy accents and make sure to stagger each layer to create a natural looking flower.
  • Note:  Check out my Paper Shaping video tutorial if you would like to see the steps of how I form these flowers.  
  • Apply glossy accents to the back of the flower and attach it to the scalloped layer.
  • Tuck the ivy branches under the flower and attach using glossy accents.  Note:  I trimmed the ivy branches to shorten to fit well with the flowers.
  • Embellish the flower with a large white pearl.  

Using a few of my tips and tricks, you can make beautiful paper flower embellishments like this pretty purple blossom as focal features on your own handmade cards

Using a few of my tips and tricks, you can make beautiful paper flower embellishments like this pretty purple blossom as focal features on your own handmade cards.  Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great day.

 
Nested Rectangle Scallop w/ Holes 5141D
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Mixable Flower Stack Die 5106D
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5162-02D Large Ivy
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3334 Best Friend Set
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Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
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Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
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VersaMark Ink Pad
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Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder, Gold
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Embossing Magic Bag, Inkadinkado
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Clear Acrylic Block, 2.5 Round w/…
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
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Making beautiful paper flower embellishments like this pretty purple blossom is so much fun!

Friend Sentiments

The small flowers and ivy floral arrangement on this card highlights one of my favorite friend sentiments from the Rubbernecker Kittie Says Friends clear set. I created the sentiment layer using the Nested Scallop with Half Holes and I used the Small Flowers #3 and Large Ivy to create the framing floral arrangement.

The pretty floral arrangement on this card highlights one of the friend sentiments from the Rubbernecker Kittie Says Friends clear set.

The Sentiment Layer and Card Base

  • Use white cardstock to cut the A2 sized card base and the decorative sentiment layer.
  • Apply embossing magic to the decorative layer to remove static cling.
  • Stamp the sentiment using Versamark.
  • Apply gold embossing powder to the sentiment and shake off the excess powder and heat. 
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the sentiment layer and attach it to the card base.

 

I love how the floral arrangement on this card highlights one of the friend sentiments from the Rubbernecker Kittie Says Friends set.

The Small Flowers and Ivy

  • Cut the small flowers using aqua cardstock and the ivy using green cardstock.
  • Place all the flowers face up on a molding pad and push down in the center of each using a small tipped stylus.
  • Place all the ivy sections on the molding pad and use the leaf tool to push down in the center of each leaf. 
  • Note:  Shaping to the flowers and leaves adds dimension for a more realistic floral arrangement. 
  • Attach to the ivy branches to the corners of the sentiment using glossy accents.
  • Complete the arrangements by attaching the small flowers to the ivy using glossy accents.

Here’s a link to my recent Friend Card Ideas post.

 

Come see how I added tiny flowers and ivy to highlight one of the friend sentiments form the Rubbernecker Kittie Says Friend set.

I love using simple friend sentiments on cards for my friends and framing them with floral arrangements.  How do you highlight the sentiments on your projects? I’d love to know! 

 
3327 Kittie Says Friends
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5320D Nested Scallop w/ Half Holes
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5309-09D Small Flowers #3
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5162-02D Large Ivy
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Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
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Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
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VersaMark Ink Pad
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Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder, Gold
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Embossing Magic Bag, Inkadinkado
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool…
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I love using simple friend sentiments on cards for my friends and framing them with floral arrangements.

Die Cut Borders for Handmade Cards

Decorative die cut borders add so much interest and dimension to our handmade cards.  I love how my white decorative layer pops against the red card base and enhances the die cut images and sentiment.  The red, white and green floral arrangements and the black lamppost and pots look so bold on the background. Although this is such a simple card there is so much to see.

To make this card I used Rubbernecker’s  Borders #2, Lamp Post with Accessories, Tall Terracotta Pots,  Flower Buds, Flower Stems, Leaf Stems, Small Ivy, Small Flowers #1, Tiny Flower Buds and Best Friends clear set.

Decorative die cut borders look so beautiful on handmade cards.

The Die Cut Border and Card Base

  • Use red cardstock for the A2 sized card base.
  • Cut the die cut border using white cardstock.
  • Stamp the sentiment using black ink and heat set.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the die cut layer and attach to the red card base.

The Lamp Post and Flowers

  • Cut the lamp post, basket and flower pots using black cardstock.
  • Apply a thin strip of mounting tape to the back of the lamp post and attach it to the card front.
  • Cut foliage using green cardstock and small and tiny flowers using red and white cardstock.
  • Attach the foliage sections to the back of the basket and flower pots using glossy accents.
  • Form the small and tiny flowers using a small tipped stylus and molding pad.
  • Attach the flowers to the basket and flower pots of foliage using glossy accents.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of the basket and flower pots and attach them to the card front.

 

Handmade cards look so pretty with decorative die cuts borders.

Using decorative die cut borders can make a simple card layout like this one a lot more interesting.  Check out my Lamp Post and Fence card to see another version using the lamp post and flowers with a different die cut layer with decorative borders. How about you?  Do you like using die cut borders on your handmade cards? 

 
5163D Lamp Post w/ accessories
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5160-02D Boarders #2
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Tall Terracotta Pot Die Cut 5147-16D
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Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-09D
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5210-04D Small Flowers #1
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Tiny Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-10D
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Flower Stems Die 5147-05D
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5210-03D Leaf Stems Die Cut
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5162-03D Small Ivy
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3334 Best Friend Set
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Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
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Clear Acrylic Block, 2.5 Round w/…
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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3mm (1/8″), Be Creative Tape
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5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
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Handmade cards with decorative die cut borders are fun to make.