Sunday, 29 September 2019

Floating Frame #Elfie and Beautiful Boughs - a Christmas Card

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#Elfie on a floating frame of Peaceful Boughs
So, I sort of missed the boat with the "floating frame" phenomenon.  I saw a couple of cards, liked them and ordered some of the Press and Seal that I heard was essential and then my life took a bit of a turn and floating frames were forgotten!  

The other day I came across the unused Press and Seal in my cupboard and decided it was time to do something with it.  Of course, the sensible thing would have been to look for some tutorials or instructions but apparently I'm not sensible!  I winged it!  So this is probably not a true floating frame card.

I wanted to keep some of the branches looking organic (since they're cut from Copper Foil I can't really use the term "natural").  I also wanted to use a bit of the gorgeous Brightly Gleaming paper and (with the great benefit of hindsight) I've worked out a better way of achieving the look I wanted.

I should have cut a rectangle of Brightly Gleaming paper with the correct external dimensions.  Then placed that, face down, onto the sheet of Press and Seal.  Having cut the foliage from the Copper Foil, the next step should have been to arrange the foliage - using a little adhesive or sticky tape to keep the foliage attached to the frame later) and then flip it face up onto a cutting mat.  Then position the smaller rectangle die to cut.

I used little pieces of Stampin' Dimensional that I cut from the edges of the sheet and placed them in strategic places so that the foliage and frame would be elevated from the surface of the card.
TIP:  I found it easier to remove the protective layer as I worked so that I knew that all of the little bits of dimensional were ready to stick.

I added a layer of Very Vanilla cardstock to the Pretty Peacock base card and then adhered my leafy frame, having removed the Press and Seal layer.

I coloured the #Elfie images with Stampin' Blends aclochol markers and hand cut them.  The gift is adhered to the card front and the elf is adhered to the raised frame.  I put a Stampin' Dimensional under his head to keep him level.

Finally, I stamped the greeting from the peaceful Boughs stamp set to fill in the remaining white space.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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