Cut file: a trio of cards

Hey guys!  I hope you all are having an amazing week so far!  Today, I have a trio of cards to share with you using this month’s cut file.  As soon as I saw the cut files, I knew they would be perfect on handmade cards.  I thought the bold sentiments would look great on a colored background.  I also used the May Take Note kit.

I enlarged the sentiment so that they would fit boldly on an A2 sized card.  Then, I cut the sentiments 3 times each.  I glued the sentiments on top of each other creating a chipboard effect, which I talked about in this Tech Tip post last year.  I created my background with watercolors; I used one color on each card, but I started out with the watercolor extremely watered down, and got more pigmented as I worked my way down.  I was actually inspired by a cardmaker, Kristina Werner, to try this technique.  Once the watercolor pieces were dry, I trimmed them down, and adhered them to a card base with foam tape to add dimension.

For my “mothers day” card, I used a teal watercolor.  I used some Distress inks and an ink blending tool to add color to the sentiment.  I think it really pops agains the background.  I fussy cut the poppy flowers from the Webster’s pages pattern paper.  I added a few pearls from my stash to complete the card.

For my “celebrate you” card, I used a purple watercolor.  I fussy cut the flowers from the Dear Lizzy pattern paper (my fave!).  My younger sister is graduating college, so I made this card keeping her in mind.

For my “happy day” card, I used a pinkish-red watercolor.  I added a few sequins from my stash.

I absolutely love how bold and graphic my cards look!  I can’t wait to hand these out.  I hope you are inspired to get crafty!  Even though I used the cut files for cards, I think they would make great titles on layouts as well!

 

 

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