Thursday, 16 January 2014

Bevelled Squares & Scallop Circles - No Stamp Required

This card is a bit of departure for me, as there is no stamping required, just some lovely patterned paper and pretty embellishments combined with simple matting and layering.

Card Recipe:

Paper and Card: Textured, Watch The Birdie, Stardream
Tools: Tonic Studios Scallop Layering Circles, Layering Squares, Everyday Sentiments, Grand Calibur
Embellishments: flat-back pearls,  zva crystal swirl, hatpins, mulberry flowers, double satin ribbon, pearl strand, crochet flower

I'd had this idea for a mosaic-style card as soon as I got my new layering dies, but instead of creating a set of mats and putting different toppers onto them, I used my dies to create a set of identical mini apertures and used different elements from some gorgeous Watch the Birdie double sided patterned papers to create the focal points.
So here's a couple of close up photos of a few of those apertures.  Here you can see where I've used just a snippet of a Zva Crystal Swirl and then echoed that with a trail of flat-back pearls leading to my Butterfly die-cut.  





I make my own hatpins (it's kind of an obsessions) and if you would like to have a go at simple ones like this but don't know where to  start, take a look at one of my most popular tutorials Creating Hatpins.  The great thing about making your own embellishments is that you can always match them to your project.










Here's my tip for making sure that your apertures are all identical, use low tack tape to secure the two dies together, and keep in place for each of the nine squares.

You don't need to die cut the backing papers to each aperture, but as I had space on my die cutting mat, I did use the next die down to cut my papers.  The advantage to this is that can position the die and centre it over the most interesting elements of the patterns.  The beautiful images on Tonic Studios Watch the Birdie double-sided card pad was perfect for this project.  



Here's one final look at this card...

This card was a Top Pick in the Simply Create Too - Anything Goes  challenge, thank you! Pin It Now!

39 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this Dips! I'm afraid I'll have to copy this idea at some point LOL!

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  2. Hi Dips, love the card, I have just read your tutorials on the hat pins. Brilliant! Can you tell me where I can buy the pearl teardrop 2.5” pins from please as I would love to give this a go.

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  3. Hi Beryl, thanks for your kind comments. You can usually find teardrop pins on Ebay, don't worry too much about the length, they normally come in 2"-2.5" and basically any pearl teardrop pin will do the trick.HTH!

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    1. Hi Dips, thanks for letting me know. Will have a look on Ebay!

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  4. Hi, Dips: Love your beautiful card---great tip--I always have problems aligning my designs within an opening. Thanks for entering our Challenge #52 – “Anything Goes” at Simply Create Too. Why not visit us again tomorrow [Friday] for our new challenge too.

    Diane
    Simply Create Too Design Team Member
    http://DianesDigitalDesigns.blogspot.com

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  5. Wow, stunning card! Clever ideas, beautiful result! Thanks so much for sharing at Simply Create Too!

    Marja
    Simply Create Too DT

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  6. WOW this is absolutely gorgeous Dips! Fabulous design and embellishments, I love that hatpins!
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week!
    Tammy x

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  7. This is really lovely. I love all the little details you've added. Thanks for joining our 'layer it up' challenge at the Clear it Out Challenge blog. Best of luck to you :)

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  8. Wow! That is fabulous, so effective and pretty, thanks for joining us at Divas By Design this week. Jac x

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  9. Very clever design, the card is fabulous, it's very inspiring.

    Warm hugs
    Maarit

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  10. wow truly amazing card dips ... anyone would love to receive such a great work of art ... well done ... just hopping over from do-craft ... hope you have a great weekend ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

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  11. This card is amazing!!! I have never thought of doing this! I've come from the blog hop.

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  12. How very pretty, love this idea, I will certainly try making hat pins.

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  13. Such a beautiful Card! Such a clever use of Dies and Papers! Thank you so much for entering the ABC- Challenge! Good Luck! Hugs Julie DT x

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  14. Stunning card, love the design. Just hopping by. Lizzie xx

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  15. This is a fab idea, I simply love this card. Just popped over from the DC blog hop. Have a great weekend. Sharon x

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  16. This is a fab idea, really love the layout.

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  17. Love this clever design will definitely be having a go at making one. If it turns out half as gorgeous as yours I will be well pleased! Pat x

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  18. What a brilliant card...just love the design....Joolsx

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  19. This is a lovely creation :) Thanks for playing at PTW this week! xxx

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  20. What a lovely idea... so different. will have to give this a try... thanks :) (just hopping over from DC ) Vic x

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  21. great idea and gives a brilliant effect
    carol x

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  22. Fab card, great to see such an unusual layout. Love all the apertures and beautiful papers you have used. Maddy x

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  23. I do like the affect, very clever :D

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  24. A beautiful card such gorgeous detail. xx

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  25. oh love this - very effective - would be lovely framed too
    Linda x

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  26. What an absolutely stunning card. So effective x

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  27. I love it. On the hop over from DC x

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  28. What a stunning card, so different and so much to look at. You have put this together beautifully xx Thanks for joining us over at Top tip Tuesday this challenge xx

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  29. Very pretty, and a unique idea! TFS your lovely card at DCD's challenge this week.

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  30. This card is stunning, love the unique design and you have used lovely papers!
    Thank you for joining us over at Crafting For All Seasons, good luck and hope to see you again.

    Hugs,
    Milnie DT

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  31. Fabulous card and idea. Thanks for getting "Bright and Beautiful" with us at CFAS this time. Carol DT x

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  32. What an unusual design. I love it! Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design.
    Hugs, Janine xx

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  33. Another great card - thanks again for joining in.
    Pamela
    DT member for Lothian Crafts

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  34. Beautiful card - a joy to look at. Thanks for joining the fun at Simply Create Too!

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  35. A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Lothian Crafts Online and good luck.
    Mags
    x

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  36. A very CLEVER Card! Looove it! Thanks for joining us at Deep Ocean!

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  37. This is gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at ABC Challenges!

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  38. So pretty! I forget that I can use my dies to make apertures. I must try this!

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