Ok, I have some fantastic news to share with you: Today I have the incredible honor to be a guest designer for CAS-ual Fridays! When I read Michele’s (the owner’s email) I started squealing and flapping my arms like a crazy bird because I was so happy!
CAS-ual Fridays have some pretty amazing stamps and dies that are unique and allow you create cards that stand out from the rest. For today’s project (and I will have another one for you in a few days) I choose a rather intricated die and worked with the negative space:
On this card, I combined three techniques that I absolutely love and which I think make every card stand out:
First, the negative die cut technique. As you can see, I am not using the actual die cut (the branch) but I’m using the space that is left on the card front after I did my die cutting. It’s a little unusual and using negative spaces lets you explore so many more creative options.
Second, the panel behind the card technique. Ok, so that’s not a very original name, I give you that. What I mean is that I cut a piece of card stock that is either the same size as the front of my card (A2 = 4.25“x5.5”) and adhere it to the inside of my card front. As you can see, it allowed for two things here: I could create a nice background with Distress Ink and also create contrast with colored card stock. And from the front, it still looks super clean and almost like a one layer card.
Third, and last, I just love using a white gel pen for accents. Here, I used to add a few dots on the green card stock. I thought I was already done with the card, but something was missing and the few dots I drew with my Signo gel pen just add the right touch of movement and interest without distracting from the entire card.
I hope you like the card and the video. Let me know in the comments what you think! Thanks for stopping by, your feedback makes my day!
I’m sending this card off to the Simon Says “Anything Goes” challenge.