Thanks for stopping by! I hope your weekend is off to a good start! Today I'm sharing a birthday card that has an art deco flair. I've given it a modern twist with lots of color that would make this one ideal for just about anyone on your list!
I confess the arches in the detailed die reminded me of peacock feathers - that's how I decided on the shades of blue and green.
My die cut machine is getting older and having trouble cutting completely through a detailed die without a metal shim. I'm using that to my advantage today by cutting the die just so I can get an imprint of the pattern on my card stock. I used the imprinted image as a guide to help me color the panel with markers. If you're machine is in tip top shape you can add some shipping tape to the back of your card stock to make it harder for the die to cut through completely.
You don't have to be too careful about coloring just as long as you don't enter another area of the design because when you're finished coloring you will top your pretty colored sheet with a detailed clean die cut panel. I keep one handy so I can make sure I didn't miss anything before I adhere the two together.
Of course you won't want to cover that pretty panel, so I stamped a sentiment on vellum with Staz On ink. I topped the sentiment with a rectangle frame die before adhering it to the assembled background panel. Vellum can be a little tricky to adhere because adhesive will show through the vellum. The frame allows you to adhere it without putting any adhesive on the vellum at all keeping it very clean.
I hope you'll try this technique to add a little color to some of your die cuts. It's much quicker than an inlay and still packs a punch!
Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"