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I had some Inside the Lines paper already coloured in ('cos it's just so much fun to colour!) with watercolour pencils and was trying to think of ways to use it. I had decided to combine it with a dragonfly and then then I saw a lovely card by Sharon Hashimoto Burkert where she placed a dragonfly over a circular, framed cutout and thought "bingo!"
|When closed, the various layers provide a lot of depth to the little scene|
This is basically a tri-fold card with holes in it! I cut an A4 piece of Old Olive cardstock to 28.5cm (because that was easily divisible by 3!) by cm and scored the long side at 9.5cm and 19cm.
|A few scattered sequins break up the expanse of Melon Mambo|
I cut Melon Mambo panels to size and adhered them to the card. I cut one a little narrower so that Icould include a small strip of Designer Series Paper on one side without adding to the thickness of the card.
|I was in a symmetrical mood, so I reversed one of the leaves!|
I then used the second largest of the Layering Circles Framelits to cut a hole in one of the side panels. I fold the card with the other panel underneath and lightly drew around the circle to help me position the framelit to cut the matching hole in the other flap.
I then closed that flap over the centre (inside) of the card with the Whisper White layer loosely but carefully in position and drew around the circle to help me position the framelit and cut out a matching circle in that layer too.
I used the same framelit to cut out my coloured piece, adhered the Whisper White panel and then glued the coloured circle inside the cutout so that it was all one level.
|The Inside The Lines paper always looks gorgeous, no matter what you do with it!|
I used the same largest circle framelit to cut Always Artichoke cardstock and then carefully aligned the second largest framelit on those circles to cut frames. I found this gave me the best result because when I tried to cut them at the same time, they overlapped a bit and gave me an uneven result.
I glued the frames into position and then added the foliage, label and dragonfly. I cut the dragonfly twice, once in Basic Black and once in Basic Gray, and glued them together partly for strength and partly for a bit of shading - they're very slightly offset.
I stamped the greeting for the front of the card in Basic Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock and then cut it out in a rectangular shape with one of the square Stitched Shapes Framelits. To achieve that look, line up the framelit but only partially cut with it. The easiest way to do that is to place the top cutting plate as shown below, so that it only covers the part you want to cut.
|This photo was taken after the first run through the Big Shot.|
Remove the framelit, turn it 180 degrees (upside down) on your project and position it carefully. If you wiggle it as you position it, you'll be able to feel when it lines up properly. Then position the top plate over the part of the framelit you want to cut and run it back through the Bigshot.
|Lined up and read to go, the cutting plate is only covering part of the die|
In my photo, you'll see that my cutting plates have seen a lot of action!
|The finished result - a rectangular label from a square framelit|
'Til next time!
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