This last month I worked on a card design and video for Hero Arts from their Holiday Collection. I had so much fun doing this card and using the layering die in a new way. When I saw the Holiday Collection I was completely inspired to get my holiday cards started early. I have to do a lot of cards (usually about 40-60) so I like to be able to produce a few different designs from one set of supplies. I wanted to create a collage of a tree from all of the beautiful tiny stamps in a few of the Lia Griffith sets. I love that you can find a new way to combine and use all the super cute little detail stamps in these or any sets that you have. The finished card used the small stamp sets from Lia Griffith and I used them to create a collage of a tree and then put it behind a negative shape die cut.
The idea is to pick a nice negative shape that you will fill with the small stamped images.
It could be as simple as a circle, in this case a tree and compose your small stamps together into that shape. Once you have that collage created on a stamp press or Misti, you can use it to create a very detailed card or you can easily mass produce one layer clean & simple cards for all of your family and friends.
So lets get started!
You will need a top folding A2 card 5.5 x 4.25 and two overlay cards ( I use Neenah Solar White 100#) that will be cut small enough to show enough of the background on the base.
I cut mine to 4.75 x 3.5, so there was about 1/2 inch around the center layers.
If you wanted a sentiment you could make it square and position it up higher on the card I put mine on the inside for this card. One of the overlay panels will be die cut with the paper layering tree die and the other will be embossed with the gold to sit behind it. Both of those layers will sit on top of the top folding base card that will be embossed with the background branches stamp.
I used the Hero Arts Brass Embossing Powder for this one tone on tone gold and white card and I have to say that it is actually a really beautiful gold, it may have stolen my heart from my usual favorite platinum one.
After I cut the tree out with the layering die, (Remembering to flip the cardstock over and align it to the center of the already cut side, so it is perfectly symmetrical- See the video for a demo of this here) I carefully traced the tree onto a piece of paper and then arranged my stamps within the outline of the tree. In this instance I also wanted it to look like tree without the die cut so that I could also use the collage for a simpler mass produced card.
After positioning the small stamps in a tree you can pick them up with the Misti stamp press, a large acrylic block or Fiskars stamp press. You now have a complete design that can be used in multiple ways.
You can now adjust anything you want, fill in any gaps and then test for quality on a piece of scrap paper. You can also place the die cut piece on top so that you can see what it would look like. You want enough of the little stamped images to define the outline of the die cut for you. And they are close enough together to be seen all over the tree.
After that I used VersaMark to stamp and emboss the pieces and add a golden border around the edge of the assembled overlay cards. Then I assembled them together using the folded center of the tree layering die for dimension (this will fold flat in an envelope and then pop back up when opened) and a copic colored Hero Arts gem to for a last bit of sparkle.
Using Holiday Collection stamps together. I made a couple of different styles and here and here is one using just the shaped stamp collage without the die and a different color palette. I really am happy with the vellum greeting on top so you can still see the entire tree. Hopefully, this is a small additional peak into how you can use the same supplies in new ways. The inks I used for this card were the Lia Griffith Mini’s from Hero Arts only from their site as far as I can tell, you can see them here >
Thank you to Hero Arts for having me as a guest. I love working with your products!
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Cheers, Lee Ann