Saturday, June 10, 2017

Hugs from the Herd


Hello Scrapping Cottage friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit today. It's Mary Marsh here bringing you the Saturday edition of the Blog.

Hope you have been enjoying all the different cards from the DT using the new Expressions Plus word dies. The team has shown some really creative ways to use these dies with your existing collection. With 35 word phrases in these dies, there is so much you can do with them in your own card making.

Combining the word die phrases with a stamped sentiment is just one idea. That's the direction I am going with my card today.  I did this technique with this card and another idea popped into my head using the Baby Clothesline and Hugs Phrase dies.

I need a card of encouragement for a friend of mine who is battling cancer. And, the sweet baby animals are just too cute. And, they worked perfectly with the Hugs Phrase and sentiment I used.

So let's get started with some details on how I created my card.

Mint Card Base: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Patterned Paper: 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"

Step 1: As I was looking through my cardstock and patterned papers, I found some card bases that have the look of water coloring. This is so popular in card making right now but I never like how mine turn out. That was the reason I bought the card bases. They are 4 different color schemes in the pack and I chose the mint.  With the coral hugs word and all my animal colors, I thought this would be a good base color.
Step2: I used the Baby Clothesline die and cut all the animals. Instead of cutting in white and coloring them, I used different colored cardstock for each animal. Either way works just fine. Just depends on what you want to do. Ranger multi-matte medium is my adhesive for securing the pieces together. 
Step 3: I cut the Hugs Phrase in coral cardstock. I only show one cut in this photo but on assembly I decided to cut another one. It just gives it a bit of dimension.

Step 4: Now that everything is cut, it's time for card assembly. First, I stamped my sentiment. Although I forgot to take a photo after this step. I used a combination of glue dots and the multi-matte medium to secure the animals to the patterned paper.
Attached my hugs phrase and then used some coral twine because I wanted it to look like the animals are holding the word.
Step 5: I die cut a few hearts to add to the top of the card. This helped to balance it out for me. The stitched hearts are part of the Stitched Cupcakes dies set. They were the perfect size to fill in the open area. I cut the hearts in the coral cardstock. This color works nicely with the mint. 
Well, that completes my card for this week.  Hope I have given you another idea for a way to use the Expression Phrase dies. See you next Saturday. We are on Instagram now. Check us out here.
 
Dies I used to create card:
 
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzexpressionsplushugsphrase.aspx

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzbabyclothesline.aspx

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzstitchedcupcakes.aspx
 
 
 

8 comments:

Lois said...

How totally creative is this card, Mary! I love how you substituted the word "hugs" for the clothesline.

Anita Kejriwal said...

This is so beautiful. A perfect card.

Janja said...

I like this creative card, Mary. Nice attention for a friend.

Pam MacKay said...

Love how you showed the use of the baby die in a different type of card! Super cute design love the background!

SugarShine Designs said...

A wonderful card of encouragement Mary. So clever to use the word in lieu of the clothesline. It makes me smile and I'm sure you're friend will too.

Anja Ž. said...

I also love your idea with combining different dies. This clothesline goes so well with hugs expression. Beautiful card.

Tam said...

so cute!

Bev Polen said...

Mary, your card is spectacular!! I love your design using portions of the clothesline animals with the hugs sentiment! Very clever!