Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Die-ing For Spring

Welcome to the Quietfire Design Die-ing for Spring Blog Hop


My card features the Hello die and I've cut it from colored cardstock (the deepest teal color in the Roy G. Biv Assortment) and white cardstock layering them together to create a shadow and allowing the ends of the flourishes to flip - that is the color moves to being on top of the white instead of under.  It wasn't planned but just happened and I thought it looked nice so made sure they all did that.

For the background I've used Specialty Stamping Paper, a 3" x 4" acrylic block, Distress Stains (tumbled glass, pine needles, mustard seed), and water from a spray bottle.  I dabbed the stain colors onto the acrylic block, sprayed on a little water, carefully turned it over, and pressed it to the paper.  The Specialty stamping paper has a matte coating so it takes a little work to lift the block back off without it sliding around or dripping excess stain but it can be done.  If you were to do this technique on a more absorbent paper, the results would be different.  I dried the piece and then added some splatters of tumbled glass by putting some stain on my craft sheet, dipping a paint brush in it and flicking it onto the paper.  Friend is stamped with jet black Archival Ink.  I used a white gel pen in the little hearts to make them pop more.  The butterfly is stamped on a scrap of Specialty Stamping paper with broken china Distress Ink, dried and cut out.  It is glued on just under the body area so the wings can pop up and there are white pearls glued on top the body area.  The edges of the piece are distressed and it is layered to a piece of cardstock the same color as the cut Hello.  The edges are distressed on this panel also and everything layered to a folded white card.







Here is our Blog Hop Schedule and the dates each designer will be posting (Click on each person's name to go to their blog):

March 30 - Kathy Jo and Yogi
March 31 - Wanda
April 1 - Diana and Teresa
April 2 - Sherry and Suzanne
April 3 - Yvonne and Robyn




For a chance to win a Quietfire rubber stamp or die (Don’t be shy!) leave a comment below before midnight Sunday April 5th, 2015. A winner will be randomly chosen from my list of comments and the winner's name will be posted on Quietfire Creations shortly afterwards. If you haven't done so already, go back and leave comments on all the designers Die-ing for Spring blog posts, there will be a winner drawn from each blog!

86 comments:

Bibi, Rubber Dance Stamps said...

Your card is gorgeous, Wanda! Love the vibrant backgroud, and of course the Quietfire die cut word (I have the Thanks one, and LOVE it!). Good luck with the blog hop! ♥

nattyboots said...

Such a lovely card, i must say i am loving these Dies , thank you for sharing )

Colleen Howell said...

Love the card and all the details

Becky said...

This is stunning! Gorgeous background.

christi said...

such a pretty card. I love the background and tip about shadowing the dies. beautiful card.

Yogi said...

very nice. always love your backgrounds. cool with flipping the shadow BIG GRIN, artistic accidents are usually very nice stepping stones...
Have a great day

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the background.
The lettering really stands out.
thanks for sharing a great card.

Mickey Drake said...

Love the colors in your card, I'm going to have to try making that background. I don't have the specialty c/s, but even normal c/s will be fun to play with the technique! Thanks for sharing your detailed description of how to make this card. :)

Nan G said...

Beautiful card, Wanda! Love the background with this technique.

I'm a Little Teapot said...

Oh my, Wanda. This is beautiful. I really like the colors!! Swoon!

SuzieJ said...

Great look to the card. Love the script.

D.Ann said...

Gorgeous! I love the way the colors seem to burst from the 'friend' and those little white hears are a FAB touch!

CraftyJo said...

I love the fact you've described your steps so wonderfully, thanks for that. The result is beautiful.

loceanjo said...

I love this card - especially the background!

Teresa said...

Wanda this is so pretty!! Love the watercolor backround that you did with the sentiment. Yay!

Diana Nguyen said...

Huge fan of anything watercolor and I just love the color combos you used on this! Perfection! Great idea with the white gel pen for the hearts too!

BarbaraW said...

Your card is gorgeous. Love the die cut words against the fabulous background.

artbyjolis said...

Wanda, this is so pretty. I love how you made your background, it's so awesome. Love this card!

Shirley said...

A splash of watercolour to say "hello". Very nice card!

Denise Bryant said...

Love how you shadowed the Hello with the darker color! Gorgeous card and a beautiful die!

Ina Good said...

lovely card like the yellow green combo and butterfly

KVencel said...

Haven't heard of your background technique before, but will give it a try. Sure makes a lovely BG! Am so loving the new dies & enjoying all the creativity on this hop.

Maureen Ellis said...

Beautiful creations!

Karenladd said...

Wow! That die cut in white against the gorgeous background is so striking. Love the fresh spring colors and butterfly embellishment.

Gina Furman said...

Gorgeous card Wanda! I love the "flipping" you talked about. It makes a lovely shadow for the die cut. Sometimes our best card techniques happen by accident. Stunning!

SHartl said...

Your card is beautiful in every way! That sentiment is so pretty against your card background and I love how you created it!

cghundley said...

Very pretty! Love
the butterfly and
the watercoloring!
Carla from Utah

donna sherman said...

Lovely card, Wanda!!! The colors are beautiful! I love the HELLO die!!

Kathy Eddy said...

This is just gorgeous Wanda! I love the background you created and the colors are wonderful together. So spring-time like.

barbara macaskill said...

What a stunning card! I absolutely LOVE your amazing background! Awesome colors and overall spectacular card! Anyone would be proud to receive this beauty! TFS!

fourchocolate said...

I really like the shadowing of the word. It is so beautiful!

McStamper said...

Beautiful card.

Rebecca Billard said...

Love the background on your card and the new Dies, so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

This is a gorgeous card. I love the colours you've used. Thank you for sharing. Ginny from Guelph ON.

Saundra A. said...

I love the beautiful colors on this card. Inspiring!

Froggietalks said...

This is a stunning card. I keep debating about buying the specialty cardstock, I am wondering if it's similar enough to glossy cardstock to use the glossy for this technique.

Deborah Jennings said...

Thank you for sharing your steps in making such a glorious card! Everything works so well together and gives a fresh, clean spring like feeling. Love it.

Janice said...

Great card, and I love how the 'friend' just pops. Thanks for sharing

C. M. Taylor said...

Beautiful artistic work Wanda. You are such an inspiration, no matter the technique, I always learn something. Thank you for sharing.

Crafty Aunt Dee said...

This card is gorgeous. Love your tutorial on creating the beautiful background on this great card. Thanks for sharing the fun and all the great tips.

Sue D said...

Very pretty. I like the colors and the shadowed Hello.

peaches234 said...

I like your shadow effect. Thank-you.

Alison said...

Great card Wanda, the colours are beautiful!
Alison x

Dawn S. said...

Love the background - such a pretty colour and effect. Also like the shadow on the die cut.

newfiecrafter(Marilyn) said...

Beautiful card love the vibrant colors on the background goes so nice with the Hello die

TracyM #6773 said...

GORGEOUS card Wanda!!!
LOVE your ELEGANT shadowed "Hello" and BEAUTIFUL background!!!
THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION!!!

SherylH said...

What a great card! Love the colours of the background and the pop of the diecut with the teal.

Felicia Aaron said...

Ok, Wanda, you KNOW I love this card! I really like the technique you used to do it and I am going to see if I can give it a go as well!! I know you said it works differently on different kinds of paper, so we shall see what happens!! LOL Love that die and just the color combo and composition of this card! Cute butterfly as well! Wonderful my friends, really! Blessings to you!

Carmen G. said...

I love the teal colour. A beautful card.

Anne said...

I love the colours you have used, teal is a beautiful warm, rich colour! Such a beautiful background and design, thank you for the inspiration!

Turid said...

Totalt Nice! Love the die and ehayvuou have done!

Nikki C said...

Such a beautiful bg you have there really makes the hello just pop hugs Nikki

Christi Conley said...

So Springy! Love your use of the Distress Colors :)

Beach Girl 115 said...

I love everything about this card - the colorful background, the flicked dots, the butterfly with the pearls, and the little hearts on the "friend." Great job.

Denise Castonguay said...

Very nice.

Evelyn said...

A truly lovely card. Liking the colours!

Beverly Perdue said...

Wow! So pretty! I love how you created the background with the distress inks. I need to try that! Thanks for the inspiration.

Lynn c said...

I always LOVE your talent Wanda! Your use of colors are always what I want to use! I really need to learn how to use my distress inks more. Thanks for the techniques. :-)

Marg said...

What a beautiful background. I love the bright colours.

Jen Rey said...

Gorgeous card, love that background and the shadow effect with the die! Distress Inks are so much fun! Loving the butterfly! Thanks for sharing!

Jackie said...

These new die cuts are a "must have" Your card is gorgeous! I love the shadow technique and will try it on my next projects.

Yvonne said...

I absolutely love your project...and...in my favourite colors too :-))

Joyce M said...

Your project is wonderful and I love these die cuts. I have never worked withDistress Inks but this inspires me to try.

Robyn said...

this card is Spring! inspirational! thanks!

Janet L. said...

Love your card! The background is terrific! I just tried one like it recently and will be doing more of the technique again!

Jean Bullock said...

Wonderful background and great matting. The die cut looks awesome. Well done.

Heather Thompson said...

oh my what a beautiful card, Just a splendid background!

stamper said...

Very 'Springy' card Wanda! Love the ink technique you used.

Lady Sharlyne (Charlene 'White Deer' Heathwood) said...

Butterflies and Sweet Hellos. Lovely at any season.

Bidgebug2002 said...

Stunning Design!! Love what you have created :)
Norma N

donna sherman said...

GREAT card Wanda! Love the colors and the beautiful die!!!

Holly's Hobbies said...

Beautiful colors! Great card!!

Sheila said...

Yes, very beautiful colors combined with a great die = very creative card. Really love the background that you created with the Distress inks..makes the die cut pop.

Sheila said...

Yes, very beautiful colors combined with a great die = very creative card. Really love the background that you created with the Distress inks..makes the die cut pop.

Anonymous said...

This is an awesome card. The colors are beautiful.

Christina said...

Totally awesome card! Love the color choices :)

Charmaine Stack said...

Positively exquisite, Wanda! So fresh and vibrant. The flipping tails is a grand idea, too.

Bonnie Fadden said...

Beautiful water color background!

Mary Morgan said...

YOU INSPIRE ME! MARY

Tutor said...

The hearts in the die for "friend" add a special touch. Love your spring colour scheme

Sheila said...

Beautiful back ground. I love the colors that you used.

Jan Castle said...

Totally wonderful design work...love the look of the new dies!!! TFS and for a chance to win!
Paper Hugs,
Jan

Judy said...

Your card is amazing! I love the design and the colors you used along with that great hello die.
Thanks for sharing.

c smith said...

Love your use of the quietfire diecut and shadow. such details on your card. The watercolor background is perfectly perfect.

Chrisd said...

Such a creative background to enhance the great Quietfire dies. Thanks so much!

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

So pretty! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com