Just Breathe

Ever since Hero Arts added an outer frame die to the Paper Layering die collection I can’t stop playing with the new designs, the Palm Tree die in particular. There are two main ways I like to use these dies in my cardmaking and I’d like to share both in this blog post, so keep on reading if you’d like to learn more!

Just Breathe Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

The first one is the traditional way – die cut both the inner and outer die to create a stand-alone die cut. This is how I created a large palm tree you see on my card above – I used white cardstock and blended lightest brown color from the Brown Ombre ink pad and Green Hills ink over it to color this piece.

Just Breathe Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

My second palm tree, the one you can see in the background, was created by die cutting only the inner die in a background panel. Before die cutting I created an ink blended sky with the help of Tide Pool to Navy ombre ink pad. To keep the colors of both of the palm trees consistent, I used the negative die cut from the first palm tree, placed it over the one die cut in a background panel and blended the same ink to color. I ended up having two almost identical looking trees on my card.

Just Breathe Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

To emphasize the beach scene I was going for I also created a hill using a die from my stash and sand-colored cardstock. I used the same cardstock to heat emboss You Are Amazing from the Thanks Stamp & Cut set in White Embossing Powder. My main sentiment, Just Breathe, came from a different set – Hello Gorgeous and was stamped using the same Tide Pool to Ombre ink pad used to create the sky. I also stamped several sea gulls to fill in the background and if you look closely and can notice a few are stamped upside down, this happened completely by accident, but I think they look okay. Sea gulls came from another set, Park Essentials.

Just Breathe Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

The coconuts on my card were emphasized with the help of clear droplets, I didn’t want to introduce a dark brown color on this project, so I went with creative clear and I have to say – I like the way this turned out.

I have another card idea using this same die up on my blog, be sure to check it out here if you are looking for more creative inspiration.

Have fun die cutting!


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