Hi there! Today, I’m joining the Spellbinders April Blog Hop. You should have arrived from the fantastic Miriam Prantner’s blog, and your next stop is the incredible Yana Smakula’s blog. This month, Spellbinders is releasing 4 beautiful die collections: Blooming Garden by Marisa Job, Little Loves by Sharyn Sowell, Wine Country by Stacey Caron, and Folk Art by Lene Lok. I recently had the opportunity to be a guest on the Spellbinders blog using the Lene Lok Folk Art Collection, using three different techniques with these dies. (You can see my projects here, here, and here.) For my projects today, I wanted to show you some simple, but elegant ways to add coloring to the beautiful, intricate die cuts from the Lene Lok Folk Art Collection.
For my first project, I used the stunning Rosemal Heart die. I again wanted to add color with my Copic markers, so I die cut the image from Copic friendly white card stock, then used a variety of blue and green Copic markers to add color and shading to the image. I added color to several of the sections in the image, but not all of them, leaving some white. I knew I wanted to put this piece on a panel of colored card stock, so leaving some sections white would help the beautiful details stand out even further!
I die cut the image twice more and adhered them all together to add some dimension, but no bulk! I adhered the dimensional die cut to an A2 panel of bright blue card stock using liquid adhesive. The sentiment was stamped on a strip of white card stock, then heat embossed in silver and popped up in the center using some dimensional adhesive.
For my last card today, I chose to go way back in my design inspiration. I have always loved Delft china. In fact, it was the inspiration for my wedding colors, nearly 9 years ago. Those beautiful blue and white patterns were the start of my obsession with color and design, so I wanted to pay homage to those beautiful pieces with my next project. I started by die cutting the Kurbits 2 die from plain white card stock. I then placed the Rosemal Flowers die in the corner of a white panel of cardstock, secured it with washi tape, and ran it through my die cut machine so as to simply die cut a corner flourish that would nestle perfectly in the corners of my card front. I repeated the process a total of four times, one for each corner. Folk art usually contains lots of symmetry, so I tried to add plenty of balance to this card by adding the flourishes to the corners.
After die cutting, I again added color to all five of the die cuts using my Copic markers in shades of brilliant blue. I adhered them to my A2 card front using liquid adhesive. Then, to carry on the Delft china illusion, I covered the die cuts in Crystal Lacquer to give them a stunning shine, similar to the shine on my inspirational tableware. I thought this one was so pretty that it didn’t need a greeting! Just a pretty note to drop to a friend or to include with a “just because” gift.
Well, that’s all for me today! Now, for the GIVEAWAY! Spellbinders has generously offered a $25 gift certificate to my blog subscribers who leave a comment. To be entered to win, simply subscribe to my blog on the left hand side of the blog, then leave a comment here! The winner will be chosen on Sunday, April 22, and announced Monday, April 23. (The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.) Spellbinders also is having a $50 giveaway on their blog!! So many chances to win! Here’s the full hop list, in case you’ve missed any of the stops:
Emily Midgett<— you are here!
So so beautiful!
Terrie D. says
Both of your cards are beautiful!
Karen Hale says
Beautiful projects, great design and colors.
Nandini Karmarkar says
Very beautiful cards. The colors are absolutely gorgeous! Love the new dies.
Sabrina Radican says
Very beautiful and I just love the shades of blue that you picked out!!
Elegant and lovely cards! Thank you!
Dee Earnshaw says
delightful cards – love how you have created such elegant cards with these new dies:)
Joy Meadows says
Blue and white are my favorite color combo! Love your cards using the Spellbinders dies.
Christine Johnson says
Beautiful cards and beautiful coloring! Tfs Hugs, Christine Johnson
Monica Vasquez says
The many shades of blue it makes the other inks pop with radiance. So stunning!
Anne Sturgeon says
Emily these are truly lovely. That blue you used is something else… I love these folk art designs by Lene. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.
Jeanne Beam says
Very lovely cards. Thanks so much for sharing…
Sharon Gullikson says
I especially love the ombre look of the second card. SO PRETTY
Cynthia Cole says
Love your cards!
Cheryl Rigney says
Such gorgeous cards! Thank you for sharing 🙂
Deborah Wilson says
Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards,
Linda K says
I especially love the all blue card
Beautiful cards! I love these dies!
Mary L Makinen says
These Are gorgeous cards
Susan Kaiser says
I love the delicate color washing, as well as the bold contrasts! Lovely!
Charlotte Deerborn says
Love how stunning the blue background looks with the way you colored.
Iris M Soscia says
So pretty – love all that blue.
Donna Goggin says
I love your comic coloring. You did a great job.
Donna Goggin says
HOLLEY DOWNS says
Omg! I love your cards! These new dies from Spellbinders are great, too. TFS!
You must have been in a “blue” mood. 😉 Well done!
maria f. says
Just beautiful, Emily. I love your Delft interpretation.
Both cards are just beautiful! I have always loved that china also. There is just something so rich and pure about that shade of blue. And your coloring on the first one is just perfect for the look you were going for. Just enough white to pop off the bold background. Thank you.
Teri S. says
Both your cards are oh, so very pretty! Love the blues you’ve used.
I love how you colored your die cuts, lovely!
I’m just loving how everyone is creating such cool patterns from the flok art products. Thanks for sharing.
Dorothy S says
How pretty – the birds are gorgeous.
Eva N says
Deft china! Who knew these dies were so versitile! Great cards.
Laura Casselman says
Your colors are perfect!
Wow! Love the colors and the design you did! Thanks for the inspiration!
So pretty! That’s it. I Need to get these dies. They are so versatile!
Sue Smith says
Stunning cards. I love the beautiful blue colors you used. TFS
Marisela Delgado says
Emily, what a beautiful card. What a beautiful shade of blue.
Dana M says
Beautiful cards! The blues are so striking and immediately made me think of delft china, which is what you were going for as I read your post – success!
Carol Jones says
I love the blues you used on your beautiful cards and the delft one is just stunning!
Kelsey Thomas says
Sheila Bacon says
Impressive shading of the die cuts – very rich looking!
Wendy Lambert says
Love, love, love the blues! Amazing cards!
Lovely cards Emily. I love the pretty blue hues and the fantastic blending! Great designs with these folk art images.
These are fabulous! I especially live what you did with the Copics on the Rosemal Heart!!
Kirsty Vittetoe says
Beautiful work with such sweet details!
Cathy Lillie says
Beautiful coloring on the Rosemal Heart. It’s such a pretty die to begin with! Your second card would look lovely framed!
Larissa Heskett says
SQUEAL!! AMAZING New Release!! LOVING the Inspiration and THANKS for the chance to WIN!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)
Patt H. says
Absolutely beautiful creations, Emily!
These new dies look like so much fun to create with. Love being able to make a card using primarily dies.. Thankyou!
Sue D says
Very pretty cards. I like how you added color to the die cuts.
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Denise Bryant says
Gorgeous color combos on your beautiful cards! Love the dies you used!
F. Andre says
These die cuts are just so elegant. Love these gorgeous cards.