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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mr Cardmaker is Dieing on the Edge

Well, if THAT isn't a provocative title, what is?

Playing with Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday Challenge again this week, and the challenge this time is to make a die cut border without using border dies.

I played around with several of my stamp and die sets, and finally came up with something that worked--

I made this--

The coloring got away from me on this baby, but I ultimately still like it.  I was able to take the flower die from the Rosie Posie die set, and maneuver it so I could get a good partial die cut just on the edge of my card base.  I cut away the remainder of the edge with my snips, and got these three flowers.  If you have this die set, you know this can be tricky, because the dies are all together on a rather sturdy sheet of metal, so separating them is not an easy task!

I stamped the flowers onto the shapes, and used markers to shade and highlight them.  That middle leaf is really bad.  I did coat everything with some clear Wink of Stella, but that doesn't help here because it doesn't photograph. Normally, I would just paste something over it, but as the sentiment is stamped right through it, I am sorta stuck with it.  Oh, well. I am going to go with, the old, "it's a handmade card, they're gonna love it anyway" idea, and just ignore that leaf.

The sentiment is from the Movers and Shakers stamp set.  Lots of fun pieces to play with and combine here.  It looks so great layering them over the flowers. And that leaf. (That LEAF! But, I'm ignoring that...)

The inside is also the right side of the card.  For that I used a piece of Crate Paper paper, and just went with it on the simple. 

Here's just a look at the opened card--

The left side of the card is some washi tape and a bit of satin ribbon.  A few clear sequins are the final touch. I like layering them just slightly over the text.  Fun, right?

So, there it is.  A leaf, with a nice card around it. (But, I'm ignoring that....)

Thanks for stopping by!
All Best-


  1. The dry embossing looks wonderful and your bordered flower opening on the left is incredible. I love when you push the envelope with creative endeavors that really make me want to flat run to my craft room. Seeing the sequins partially over the sentiment is such a great idea. Really draws your eye to the wording even more. It's a gorgeous card, definitely homemade with sheer talent and perfection!

  2. So pretty! The flowers, leaves and colors are all so happy! And that sentiment stamp set is one of my favorites!

  3. Well if that isn't a card to 'die' for!!!
    Good job!
    I really like the bright colors, makes me smile!

  4. How can any card with Rosie Posie on it not be great?! Did a darn good job IMHO, and even the leaf with the sentiment going through it looks great! :0)

  5. It's beautiful, leaf and all, just like everything you do and your spirit : ) Keep smiling.

  6. YES! Your dieing over the edge is gorgeous!!! And whew! I'm so glad you're not dying over an edge somewhere! LOL I love that sentiment with the little touch of sequins! Well of course I do! ;) Yeah....I hear ya on the coloring....your flowers are beautiful....but trust me.....ALL of us have those stubborn bits too. But you are soooo is handmade with love and truly a beauty of a card!

  7. What a beautiful card Richard! I love the die off the edge and your coloring is fabulous!

  8. Great card Richard. I actually LIKE the leaf. It makes a statement. It also anchors the middle of the flowers. So good job. Love the card.

  9. Beautiful coloring of the Rosy Posey dies AND leaves! Great job, Richard!

  10. What an WOW card! Lots of depth and colors...your attentions to details are amazing, Richard!

  11. Love your card - leaf and everything, haha!! The die on the edge technique really worked out a dream, so you are defiintely doing the RIGHT thing to ignore that leaf, if it is bothering you. I hadn't even noticed it until you drew attention to it! Who cares about the leaves when there are such beautiful flowers to enjoy, anyway? ;) Rx

  12. thanks for your visit today Richard! I loved this MIM.. but missed it. You really nailed it! It Looks great! Even with that leaf, that is not so bad at all... good thing you're ignoring it! ! I really love the sentiment stamped over images and detailed with the sequin. Its a fun look.
    have a great day!


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