Simple and understated

If its a less fussy card you are after maybe this might suit. At least you will have clean fingers! Well, nearly! This card has a simple soft background and I decided to leave the die cut white. I desperately wanted to ink it but I resisted!

You will need:

  1. Watercolour card;
  2. Pale pink card;
  3. Tattered Lace ‘a little bit of love’ die;
  4. Tattered Lace pin dot oval dies;
  5. Blue satin ribbon;
  6. Paper flowers of your choice, preferably in pale complimentary colours;
  7. Versafine ink – smokey gray;
  8. Stamps with sentiment;
  9. Colour cloud inks, from cosmic shimmer in lemon meringue, clear day, cream brulee, frosty blossom and frosty heather;
  10. Smoothie sponges;
  11. Circle mask for moon.


In the centre of the right hand side of a A4 landscape piece of watercolour card stock, , run the feature die through a die cutting machine.(tip is to stick in place first with low tack tape). Fold card in half, image to front, remove waste cut card and set to one side.

Cut a large oval of watercolour card, making sure that it completely covers the background of your cut image.

Put a removable circle mask towards the top. Then starting with the yellow and pale brown colours at the bottom blend the ink in diagonal strips across the page. Add pink and purple then blue towards the top. These inks blend beautifully. They are my new favourite. Remove the mask and lightly sponge some pale yellow on the revealed area. Or leave white if you wish. You could also add a spritz of gold or silver but I resisted!

Place this inked background behind the die image and stick around the edge.

Cut an aperture in the pale pink card using two sizes of the oval dies, making sure that the inside of the aperture is large enough to frame the die cut.Carefully stick down.

Stick bow to one side with flowers the centre of the bow.

Stamp the sentiment of your choice on the bottom right hand side. I use grey. It is less harsh than black.

Finally to cover the inside workings line with blue paper and stamp sentiment inside.



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