Quiet Birds over Distressed Backgrounds
by JJ Bolton
Good morning all! Happy July to everyone and a Happy (early) July 4th to everyone in the U.S.! Today I have two cards to share with you using one of the new sash dies called Quiet Bird Sash. These dies are unique in that they are open ended dies. Because the ends of the die do not cut, you can do some pretty cool techniques like the one I'm showing today.
For both of my cards today, I made a custom window die cut using the sash die and simple shape dies. The first step was to cut the sash die into a card panel. The next step was to take a shape die and slip it behind the sash. [ I did 2 versions of this card, one with an oval window (below) and one with a square window.] Now when you cut it, the sash will stay in place and only the window will be cut.
For inside the window die cuts, I created 2 distressed backgrounds using some Memory Box stencils (Garden Birch Trees and Texture Splatter). I started by blending 2 types of Distress Ink onto a piece of watercolor paper (don't use cardstock). Don't be stingy with the ink! Then I laid the stencil over the panel and gently wiped a baby wipe over the stencil removing the ink. The ink comes off pretty quickly and you do not have to apply a lot of pressure. Here's an in-process picture using the Birch stencil and blue and green ink...
And here's one using the Splatter stencil over yellow and coral ink...
The last step is to just apply the window cutout over the background with foam tape. I really love how the backgrounds turned out and how they look in the cutout windows. The distressed, muted backgrounds give a lot of texture and color without getting too busy.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful weekend!