Wednesday, July 22, 2015

New Dies! New Products! New Cards!

Hi Friends!

Heartfelt Creations is having a "mini" release today - it' is a new set of dies to go with the Peacock Paisley collection!  The dies are awesome!!  They cut out the two featured Peacocks from the collection and the feather image! I've made two cards featuring two of the dies.

On my first project, I used the new feather die to embellish a card I made with the Cascading Fuchsias collection.  I had just finished attending a workshop by MercArt on metal embossing so I wanted to try out the technique on the feathers.  I stamped the feather image three times onto craft aluminum using Stazon Black Ink, then die cut them with the new coordinating feather die. I then proceeded to test out my new metal-shaping "skills" (LOL!) using tools by Ten Second Studio to impress and emboss the lines on my feather images. (I think I'm hooked, this technique is way too much fun!)  I tried a couple of different techniques on the feathers so they don't exactly match in appearance, but I used them all anyhow!

I next used a new tool I recently got called the Gyro-cut to create my front panel. This is one cool, can't-put-it-away, tool! I was amazed that it actually worked "as seen on TV (i.e., YouTube)!  I am a major klutz with an exact-o knife.  I have never been able to use one like everyone else does, and I've tried many different kinds thinking it's the tool (not the user LOL!) that is not working right. So this was one more craft knife for me to try (reluctantly) and OMG, it worked for me!

I used it to quickly cut away the center of the front panel of the card -- all around all the swirly scrolly shapes on the frame -- and it took very little effort and it came out perfect. The blade didn't skip or run off in it's own direction like all the others. I am so happy to add this guy to my arsenal!

So after creating all the flowers and die cuts and preparing the panels and parts, I assembled my card elements and tucked in the silver feathers on the side.  Please check out the Heartfelt Creations Blog today for the step by step instructions on how I made each of the elements.

Here's my list of HC products that I used for this card:
HCDP1-254 Cascading Fuchsia Paper Collection
HCPC-3672 Fuchsia Bouquet Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-763 Cascading Fuchsia Die
HCD1-762 Decorative Oval Die
HCPC-3545 Open Leaf Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-736 Classic Leaf Die
HCPC-3661 Feathery Peacock Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-771 Peacock Paisley Die
For my second card, I used the smaller peacock image and new coordinating die as the focal point.  The peacock dies are so amazingly detailed!!

I stamped the peacock image with Black Stazon ink onto a card stock scrap - I forgot to use watercolor paper but it didn't seem to be a problem!  I colored in the image with Zig Clean Water Color Brushes and they blended and colored beautifully.  I even blended multiple colors in the body of the peacock in an attempt to get an iridescent look and it was pretty easy to do.

To complete the card, I added texture to a panel of white card stock with an embossing folder, split it into two parts and added an "alley" of patterned paper between the two panels.  I adhered my peacock using dimensional foam and added a "ticket" sentiment that I cut out from the paper collection. I added some water coloring to the ticket to get it to match the colors of the peacock a little better.

All the details for this card are on the Heartfelt creations blog today also!

Here's my list of HC products that I used for this card:
HCD1-771 Peacock Paisley Die
HCDP1-252 Peacock Paisley Paper Collection
HCPC-3660 Peacock Swirls Cling Stamp Set
Check out all the samples using the new dies from HC on the blog! So many gorgeous project ideas to inspire you!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a blessed week everyone!


Regina Hamilton said...

Your cards are stunning. I love the colors.

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Oh, these are both so beautiful! I love the color palette you chose for your second card. It is vivid and warm and very appropriate for this collection. Gorgeous designs, Anne!

Olga said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!

Olga said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!

Marisa Job said...

Both cards are just beautiful!! Hugs!

Lizzie said...

Awesome projects!! Hugs xx

SussiPoppins said...

Hi, you sure brightened my world with this one! Hugs

Candy Slabaugh said...

Your feathers on the first card are amazing! Love the technique you used!