Hi there! Emily Midgett here with you today, and I have a trio of inspiration to share with you using the gorgeous new Fairytale Florals Stamp Set. This beautiful floral bouquet is such a large size that it's great for practicing your coloring… in any medium! My projects today show how you can achieve a seamless look using colored cardstock backgrounds and a few tricks to keep that white die-cut edge from detracting from the overall feel of your project.
Most of my projects start out with a color scheme in mind. Sometimes I gravitate towards bright, clean cards with white card bases, and sometimes I want rich, vibrant color with absolutely no white at all. When I'm trying to achieve that vibrant, color saturated vibe, I find the white die edge of colored die-cuts on the top of a vivid, colorful card base to be massively annoying. I have three different tricks for you today to show that you can color your die-cuts and still achieve that seamless look with just a few little tricks!
My first card features the stencils that coordinate with the new Fairytale Florals stamp set. I love that stencils are having their moment in the sun; there are so very many techniques that you can do with stencils! I began by stamping the main Fairytale Florals image on some deep pink cardstock using Magenta Crisp Dye Ink for a subtle, tone-on-tone look. I then used blending tools and Magenta, Purple Wine, and Midnight Violet Crisp Dye Inks with the stencils to add subtle, graphic color to the stamped image, as well as the Fine Liner Pens to add the tiny details to the centers of the flowers. I also used the coordinating die to cut out the final image.
I wanted to maintain that seamless, vibrant pink look on my card, so I trimmed a card base using the same pink cardstock that I used for my Fairytale Florals die-cut. To create a bit of an ombre feel to the card base and add a touch more color to the overall feel of the card, I blended some Midnight Violet ink on the bottom of the card base using a blending tool. The combination of this intense purple with the bright pink card base is so pretty, in my opinion!
I mounted the Fairytale Florals die-cut on the blended card base using foam adhesive for lots of dimension, and then added a greeting. I die cut a dramatic black Mega Love die-cut, and then stamped the coordinating sentiment strips from Mega Greetings 3 Stamp Set on some more strips of the hot pink cardstock used for the card base and the die-cut. I mounted them with foam adhesive as well, and then added a few metallic charcoal gems for some sparkle. So much vibrant color on this one! I love the subtle effect of the colored cardstock die-cut with the colored cardstock base.
For my second card, I again used the Fairytale Florals stamps, but this time I wanted to do some Copic coloring. I was trying to maintain a hot pink/purple/black color scheme, so I stamped the image on some white cardstock using Permanent Black Ink, and then used my Copic markers to color the flowers and leaves a deep, rich pink with light gray leaves. I again used the Fine Liner Pens to add the detail to the centers of the flowers.
I wanted to keep the color scheme as consistent as possible throughout the card, so after I'd die cut the Fairytale Florals using the coordinating die, I used a plum colored alcohol marker to color around the edges of the die cut to ensure as seamless a look as possible.
On the plum colored card base, I splattered a bit of silver pearl gouache to add some texture to the background, and then added a die-cut Hugs from the Simple Greetings Die Set. Some more metallic gems finished it off!
For my final card, I couldn't resist doing some no-line watercoloring! This time, I stamped the image from Fairytale Florals Stamp Set on some Altenew Watercolor Paper using a no-line coloring ink, and then used the Artists' Watercolor 24 Pan Set set to watercolor the images in a pretty shade of bright pink, again adding the center details using the Fine Liner Pens.
I die cut the image with the coordinating dies, and then used the brush pen in the Fine Liner Pen set to make the die-cut edges black, again to maintain that seamless look on the card front. This little extra step creates such a huge impact, I think!
For the card base, I trimmed down a black A2 card front, then added a vellum Frilly Frame die-cut to the center, hiding the adhesive for the vellum die-cut behind the floral die-cut, which I adhered using foam adhesive. Next, I added a greeting from Sentiment Strips which I heat embossed on a strip of black cardstock using silver embossing powder. Finally, the addition of a few more metallic gems added some sparkle.
Well, that's all for me today! I hope I've inspired you to take that extra little step with your die-cut edges. Such a small action, but creates such an impact! Thanks so much for reading, and have a marvelous day!