Are you participating in the current Stay Crafty with Hero Challenge? I love participating in card challenges as I like the idea of using a given theme, provided by someone else, as inspiration. This month’s theme, Fun in the Sun, is a perfect opportunity to use your favorite summer supplies, anything that reminds you of fun and sunshine.
Today I’m sharing a pair of sun-inspired cards that I made using a few of my favorite stamps and dies from the new Summer 2021 Catalog.
For my first card, I started by stamping the beautiful Sun Ray Bold Prints background with Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink onto a piece of Peony cardstock that I die cut with the largest Nesting Rectangle Infinity Die. Before securing the background to a Peony card base, I die cut a smaller rectangle from the center of the panel with another Nesting Rectangle Infinity Die. I secured the rectangle frame to the card with Precision Glue and then secured the die-cut center to the card with foam tape, creating an elevated area for a focal point.
Keeping in mind the challenge theme, I decided to use the new Looking Glass Day or Night die set on my card as it contains a sun die. Although these dies can be used in combination to create pretty, layered scenes, I only used the sun die for this card. I started by cutting the die from a piece of Dove White cardstock, trimming around the die-cut design with a Nesting Square Infinity Die, and then gluing the trimmed, die-cut sun to the card’s raised panel. For fun, I inlaid the die-cut rays with some of my favorite cardstock colors. I simply found eight different colors of scrap cardstock, die cut each piece with the same sun die, and then thoughtfully selected two cut pieces from each color, gluing them to the card in the the corresponding spaces of the white die-cut sun.
For extra interest, I stamped and embossed, with White Embossing Powder, some small clouds and waves from the You Lift Me Up set onto varied cardstock pieces. I used the coordinating die set to cut around the clouds. I also embossed a “hello” sentiment from the wonderful Message Strips Stamp & Cut XL set onto Mustard cardstock. Then, I die cut it with a Nesting Circle Infinity Die and secured it to the center of the sun with foam tape. I finished the card with a trio of Pink Enamel Dots.
For my second card, I stamped the Happiness Waves Bold Prints background onto a panel of Mist cardstock. Before die cutting a rectangle from the panel, I embossed a sentiment from the Barrel Wave HeroScape set onto Adriatic cardstock. I used a message die from the Message Strips Stamp & Cut XL set to easily cut a sentiment strip the width of my card. I also used the same die to cut a strip of Paradise cardstock. I secured both strips to the lower part of the background and then die cut a rectangle from the panel. I secured both pieces to a Mist card base.
I was able to use the extra pieces of the previously die-cut, colored suns to inlay pieces of colored cardstock into the white sun on my second card. This time, I embellished the card with an embossed sailboat from the Graphic Reef set that I die cut with the coordinating die. For a final detail, I added three Aqua Enamel Dots.
I had so much fun making these summery cards, I hope that you’re inspired to use this month’s theme to create a card or two. We’d love to see the creative ways that you use Fun in the Sun as a starting point for your cards. There’s still time to join the current challenge. Entries can be submitted until Thursday, June 10th at 5:00 pm PT to be eligible for the $50 gift card giveaway.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Wishing you a wonderful, crafty day!
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