ID: MC Jan16 - Alpha Bkgr'd - Letters Mingle Souls - A Word Lovingly Written card
size: 5"w x 7"h

Created: January 2, 2016

Do you throw your negative die pieces away?? A lot of times I do, but then every once in a while those negatives are just too pretty and speak to me "Don't throw me away..." I'm using the negatives from Elizabeth Craft Designs "Alphabet 1 - Caps" die pieces done on Color Burst decorated 90# watercolor paper accented with Schminke gold powder and Kosher coarse salt technique.

I'm using also using a couple quote stamps from Quietfire Design  

("Letters Mingle Souls"); ("A Word Lovingly Written..."); ("I Write Your Letters - Design Elements")


I scored and folded my white  card. 

Created the background with a bunch of negative alphabet die cuts. See below for the details.

I adhered the background to a yellow textured cardstock and then on to my card front.

Die cut the ink well and feather (Sizzix Tim's Bigz "Writing Desk") from white cardstock. The feather I embossed with the embossing folder from Tim's "Feather's Duo" set. The feather is smaller than the embossed image, but I centered it so it looked natural. Sponged all over lightly with Distress "Gathered Twigs", then direct to paper more heavily hit the high points with "Fossilized Amber" and "Wild Honey". The inkwell I sponged heavily with the Twigs in the ink area, with the yellows on the lip and "Shabby Shutters in between. Then embossed (Cuttlebug "Tiny Mosaic") the bottom area using the folder on the diagonal, hitting the high points with Versamark and embossing with Pearlescent embossing powder. Added a few black screw lines with a micron pen. Adhered both elements to card front.

Stamped the quote on white cardstock using Versafine Black Onyx and clear embossed. Die cut with Spellbinders oval die set, then embossed the oval and sponged around the edges with yellow. Adhered to card front.


On the inside: Stamped the quote and inkwell with the black and clear embossed.

Stamped the letter package and flowers on book (Flourishes "From the Desk" set) with the black, clear embossed and colored with Derwent watercolor pencils.

Added the faux stitching line border using a black Zig Writer.

Background Technique:

Trim your negative pieces so they have straight and square edges/sides.

 Apply double sided adhesive to a piece of copy paper and adhere your negative pieces, butting the edges together. No gaps...

Sprinkle with glitter (Elizabeth Craft Designs micro fine glitter "Chocolate", burnish well.

Cut vertical strips. I didn't measure just eye balled the widths. Lay them on your cutting mat in a pleasing manner and butted up to each other. Using a quilt ruler, place it along the bottom of the shortest strip. Holding everything firmly down, cut the excess away. Place the cut off pieces in the empty spaces on top. (this is why you need to have crisp cut edges and side, otherwise they won't butt up properly) Now adhere all theses pieces to another piece of copy paper with double side tape - I used my ATG tool.

Do the exact same thing, but cutting horizontal strips, trimming one edge and splicing those pieces to the other side. Adhering them to another piece of copy paper.

You are now ready to trim for your card front. PS: I trimmed it so I also have a nice frame for my next project...

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