Holly Jolly Ombre

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Fussy cutting can be fun. I never used to think this but once you find a pair of scissors that works well for you and practice a little bit, it really opens your eyes to what can be done with a wide variety of stamps. For my card today, I handcut the K6113 Bold Jolly and Poinsettia with Berries after they were stamped with AF319 Ombré Light to Red Royal and AF320 Ombré Lime to Forever Green ombre inks, respectively:

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I love how the ombre inks give the effect of light shining on the tops of the leaves and the letters, and how these images stamp so clear and crisp! Before layering these images on the card front, I masked a rectangle and sponged it with AF246 Mint Julep Mid-tone Shadow Ink and AF146 Soft Pool Ink Pad  inks. I then splattered some white paint over the sponged ink, to give the effect of snow:

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The inside of the Snow Layering Paper card base was covered with a piece of coordinating red paper from the Blush Layering Papers.

I hope this inspires you! Do you ever fussy cut? It doesn’t have to be perfect – if you’re going to layer the cut pieces on top of white card stock, you’ll barely notice the white edges. If you’re not totally convinced, you can also check out the Not Available stamp set for a similar look – it has a coordinating die! And the H6114 Bold Peace image may be a little easier to handcut than this one.

Have a wonderful week!

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