Life has been busy lately, with my filling in at the hospital again on an "as needed" basis. I received the Tonic Craft Kit 7 and was determined to find a way to put my spin on their very delicate, ornate frame dies. I did find that I needed a shim to cut all the way through my paper, but that is not unusual for such intricate dies. This kit is sold out, but Tonic does sell many other layering dies with similar delicate feel. I want to note that the die shapes do not fit kindly onto my typical A2 sized card bases. I will mention the card sizes below for the cards I am sharing. That isn't a deal breaker for me, but worth mentioning.
I fell in love with the floral stamps in the Delicate Details line. I do not use florals very often and thought they would work well with the beautiful detail with the dies from Kit 7.
I chose the following products to complete the two cards below:
Tonic Studios Craft Kit 07
Tonic Studios - 1929e Wings & Things - Fae and Pixie Die Set (Tonic)
Tonic Studios - 1658c Reach For the Stars clear stamp set (Tonic)
Small stars from my stash, but these Tonic Studios Nuvo Golden Years Pure Sheen Confetti (Tonic; Scrapbook.com) have a glass container of mirrorball stars that would be perfect (and I will likely add to my stash.) I currently have their confetti set in Peacock Feathers and love it.
I stamped each of the floral images onto watercolor paper using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and watercolored using my Distress Markers and a water brush.
At first, I thought I would use these as whole panels, but that idea changed once it came time to build the cards. So each of the images were fussy cut. I wanted these beautiful images to be the focal point of the cards, using the intricate dies in the Tonic Craft Kit 7 to accent them.
For the first card, I simply cut the larger rectangular background using the outline/border die from a beautiful foiled cardstock. To add more interest, and give the feel of lace, I layered the foiled background with a piece of vellum, cut using the very intricate die that fits within the border die previously cut, as seen to the right of the card above. I simply stamped my sentiment, from my stash, and adhered to the card front using foam tape. I want to note that I did trim about 0.25" off of the side of my top-folding A2 card base so the foiled background was centered on the card front, yielding a card that was then roughly 4" x 5.5".
The second card makes me smile. I love the bold green stripes and the fairy silhouettes. I did use the reverse of the upper right fairy so both fairies on the card were facing the center. I cut two additional fairies of the upper right and one additional of the bottom left, stacking for dimension. Again, I had to adjust my card base to accommodate the Craft Kit's dies, resulting in a card base that was 5" square (I wanted it to fit in the A7 envelopes I have on hand). I trimmed my striped background to 4.75" square and adhered to the cradles. I then cut the intricate square die in the kit from a scrap of paper in my stash--it has a somewhat heather appearance up close--and glued to the card front. The sentiment, "Have a magical day!" from the Reach For the Stars stamp set, was embossed in white on the black center diecut and glued to the center of the intricate square. The watercolor flowers were attached to the card using foam tape and the fairies with glue. To add a bit more sparkle, I found some small iridescent stars in my stash for the upper fairy to sprinkle.
I tried to show that even such intricate dies can be used in more modern, even playful, ways in projects. I would not normally reach for them, but enjoyed the challenge and really love the results. Which card is your favorite of the two?
Until next time, fairy friends.. xo
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