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Dream Catcher

Tia's Tips: Scissors sharpened? At the ready-and go! Fussy cutting is a marvelous way to get more mileage from your images, sentiments and pattern papers. I have fussy cut out large water-colored flowers from a piece of design paper. Cut out funky fun printed strips from a piece of pattern paper. Before "dies" became common place-you would cut out focal images and embellishments. And when you don't have flat space to stamp a sentiment or real estate on your card for a word strip-fussy cut around your sentiment!

Image: Dream Catcher

Image Obtained From: All Dressed Up Stamps (etsy)

The Project:

I printed out the image "Dream Catcher" and cut out with a small deckle rectangle from Waffleflower. I selected my background papers, which helps me then select my colors for the image. Obviously I had red cherries to color and the color wheel shows that green is complimentary and purple a split complimentary color. Then it's about using complimentary shades if those colors!

I have my cardstock and the majority of my design paper broken out by color. I found the striped design paper (DP) above in my "red" file. WHY red? When I first look at a sheet of DP, I ask myself what predominate color did I see first? Although there are stipes of lime, lavender, orange and white. My eye see's the red 1st, so that's where I filed it. The deep red cardstock draws your eye into the red images on the page and helps to make the blue-green sky POP.

Knowing I would mat my focal image with the red cardstock, I immediately used the large deckle die and cut it out.

Remember-green is also a complimentary color for this card, and I also found the DP paper in my file of green-DP. I NEVER buy a single sheet of DP, I usually buy 4 sheets and will split it into the 2 predominate colors I see when filing away. It is also why I chose granny-apple green cardstock to stamp my sentiment on. I then embossed with black ink so the words would standout.

The red-polka-dot ribbon was an after thought to add more dimension and interest to the card.

I play around with all my pieces, color and then assemble.

  • First, I adhered the DP to my card base, a brown piece of 5x7" cardstock.

  • I glued down my polka-dot ribbon.

  • I adhered the focal card to the red deckle cut cardstock.

  • I ran foam tape under the red deckle cut cardstock and attached to the card.

  • I attached foam squares to the fussy cut sentiment. I lined it up so the cherry in the girls hand would dot the "i" in friend.

  • Lastly I attached the bow by the girls head-to draw the eye to her.

The inside of my card is blank, but I did tape a cream colored deckle cut piece of cardstock so I am ready to stamp any additional sentiment needed inside or can write a handwritten note.


Sky:BG000; BG01; B00

Tree: E15; E77; YR27

Cheeries: R21; R22; R35; YG05; G07

Girl: E59; E79; 100; YR27; E33; E35; E23; R35; R39; RV29; R22; YG05; Y11

Hammock: BV01; BV02; BV13

Dreamcatcher: Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens: Brown/Lt. & Dk Purple

Cat: T0; T2

Grass: YG03; G24

Thanks for following! Happy summer dreaming-


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