Sunday, April 22, 2012

Mother's Day Peony

Trying out a new technique today!  You know I love to play with my dies and today I'm trying out a layered look.  I don't know if the technique itself was successful, but I actually do like how the card turned out!  In person, the bold peony strikes you first and then you ever...so...slowly focus in on the letters.  Maybe this first try wasn't a huge success, but don't be surprised if you see this technique again in some form:) 
{This card was REALLY hard to photograph, so I apologize for so many pics at so many wonky angles.}  I started off by stamping the images onto 2 separate pieces of white cardstock.  For this technique to work, you need 2 stamped images that are exactly the same.  To achieve this, I laid all 3 stamps onto my acrylic block together (1 flower and 2 leaves).   With a little selective inking and the help of my Stamp-a-ma-jig, I was able to get 2 duplicate images.  I die cut the letters out of one of the images and layered the die cut letters onto the other image with tiny pieces of foam tape.  Although I really like the final look, next time I'll probably try this with a smaller scale design.  
Just a tip about working with really small die cuts.  I highly recommend getting some KoolTak clear "foam tape".  It's more like clear "rubber tape", but it works really well for getting some dimension on very small pieces.  They sell the roll type (pictured below) or a precut square type.  I prefer the roll tape because it's noticeably thicker than the square type.  I got it from Simon Says Stamp.     
As always, THANK YOU so, so much for stopping by!  Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend!  
{Aloha, jj}

Paper: Cover Smooth White 100 lb 188091 (International Paper), Berry Sorbet (PTI)
Stamps: Pretty Peonies (PTI), Rubber Mother's Day Stamp (for the "Happy" and "Day") ($1 bin at Michael's)
Ink: Strawberry, Basil (Fresh), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments: Satin ribbon
Tools: Block alphabet dies (PTI), Corner Chomper

38 comments:

  1. you amaze me! how did you get it to line up? I think this needs a VIDEO! see? I'm bossy too ;)

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  2. Stunning!!
    Just simply stunning!
    I'm amazed at how you got the letters to line up so perfectly centered over the image...
    just stunningly gorgeous! :)

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  3. Simply Stunning! Love how you did "mother" Very creative :) Love it, JJ!

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  4. LOVE this. You are so creative.

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  5. Way too cool, I'm going to try this but I know it won't end up as cool as yours. Wonderful technique!

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  6. Wow, this is a magnificent card! Love the design and your choice of stamps...I'm definitely going to give this technique a try!

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  7. OMBrilliant! It looks amazing in the pics too - totally see the peony & then WHOA WAIT A SECOND! Simply awesome, JJ, simply awesome. I love it :)

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  8. Love, love, LOVE! My eyes did exactly the same thing: focussed on the peony and then took in the fabulous die cut letters!
    Hugs!
    x

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  9. this is so cool. love the layered effect.

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  10. Another brilliant card JJ! So cool - love how it plays with your eyes. The flower is gorgeous and layered on the letters perfect! Thanks for the tip with working with small dies - always looking for ways to make my crafting a little easier! Hugs!

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  11. So beautiful! Love this look and it's perfectly executed!

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  12. I'm amazed. Again. Beautiful card with such a unique technique! Gotta get some of that clear dimensional adhesive soon!!!

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  13. I literally just started following this blog two weeks ago when I was in bed recovering from surgery and had nothing better to do than surf the web!
    Where have you been??? how have I not found this blog earlier?? Your work is INCREDIBLE!!! and this card just made my jaw drop. It's ABSOLUTELY gorgeous and I ABSOLUTELY need to case this!!!
    For a "newbie" stamper you definitely could have fooled me!

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  14. Definitely a success and worth your time. Caught my eye and I wanted to see exactly what you did. "Knowing" you I figured it couldn't just be a one layer card! My first assumption upon seeing the bigger card was that you dry embossed the word. Only when reading did I look again closer to see that the letters were cut out and attached! Lovely result. Lucky mom!

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  15. So awesome! It looks beautiful! I'm going to look for that clear foam. :-)

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  16. This is amazing! What a beautiful success!

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  17. Great technique. Beautiful card. Thank you

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  18. This is such a stunning card. I don't know how you got everything lined up so well. I am so impressed. I know some lucky mother will really appreciate this card.

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  19. Oh wow is this ever the most beautiful card for mothers day!!! I just adore the raised sentiment through the stamped image JJ...must have taken some skill lining up the letters when you cut them out of the other image, brilliantly executed as always :0)
    Jenny x

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  20. Holy cow!! It's a complete success in my book, JJ! Definitely worth all the fiddling it must have taken! I can't stop looking at it! LOL!

    Hope you're having a lovely day!

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  21. You are so amazingly creative! LOVE how you stamped the letter die cuts - fabulous result! TFS! Will let you know - and share - if I ever give it a try (and am pleased with the result (-; )
    Hugs Karin

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  22. Oh my.... this is one amazing card! As always- creative,innovative, beautiful color, etc.!

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  23. Gorgeous card JJ, love the die cut letters, and the pure simplicity of the look, on what must have been a very time consuming card! Fabulous!

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  24. Level of difficulty-10
    Level of brilliance-10
    You are amazing.

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  25. Level of difficulty-10
    Level of brilliance-10
    You are amazing.

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  26. This card is totally amazing. Absolutely beautiful.

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  27. What an absolutely stunning card!! Thank you for sharing!

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  28. STUNNING! I'm not sure how to describe your card--stunning may be too tame. It is amazing, awesome, wonderful--can you tell I LOVE it!

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  29. Fabulous, stunning, superb and one of the most beautiful cards I've seen…ever! I also know the recipient is one very lucky Mother. Fantabulous!

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  30. I'm still trying to figure out how you got everything to match up the way you did. This card is fresh and elegant. You're amazing!

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  31. This is stunning...absolutely love everything about it:)!!!!!

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  32. Saw this on Pinterst and had to come and check it out....so amazing!! Thank you for sharing the how-to!!

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  33. I MUST try this! Thanks so much for the detailed directions!

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