Hey everyone! Happy Monday!
Unless you’re brand new to my work, you’ll probably already know that I tend to favour fussy cutting over using dies. I find it therapeutic and absorbing, and I prefer the result of cutting right up to the stamped line. That doesn’t mean I don’t use dies at all – but they have to be worth using for me. And if there are a few different dies that work well together without the need of stamps, that’s a major bonus.
That’s where Spellbinders come in! Have you heard or seen their Small and Large Die of The Month Kits?! They are pure awesome. Several coordinating dies in one kit for a very reasonable price (much cheaper than the price of the individual dies combined) all as part of a monthly subscription so you don’t have to scramble to buy a new release before it sells out! I had my eye on the February Large Die of The Month Kit and I hesitated – big mistake as it sold out in no time flat! I did manage to find one crafty friend willing to part with hers for me though, thankfully. *wink*
I was thrilled when Spellbinders offered to send me one of their older Small Die of The Month Kits and couldn’t wait to play with it! The one I received was the Poppy Die Set – a collection of six dies that can be used to build different types of flower, not just poppies!
I wanted to do something quite different with my card, so I opted for some bold colour blocking and a design that would play on both positive and negative die cutting:
Fun right? Not your standard flower card!
I started with a piece of white cardstock and swiped two different colours of ink over it. Where the pink and yellow overlapped I was left with a lovely orange-coral colour which looks awesome in person!
I die cut my flowers from the inked panel then set about arranging them in different ways. I liked the idea of having the negative space shine through, so I adhered my panel to my card base with dimensional glue gel for a bit of interest, then adhered my flowers in place in the same manner. I added the flower centres, using some black ink to completely colour the larger centre with all the stamen (I actually used two of them and stacked them), and a black pen to colour the round centre. The bold black goes so well with the pops of colour!
Check out that gorgeous dimension!
I decided to use all the little pieces from the leaf too – they became a sprinkling of confetti for my card – or perhaps it’s multi-coloured pollen instead? *wink*
I can fully recommend the Spellbinders Die of the Month Collections – they’re varied, fun, excellent quality, and very, very moreish. Be sure to check them out and don’t hesitate to grab a subscription so you don’t miss out!
Thanks for stopping by!