Four Ways With Floral Frames

Four Ways With Floral Frames

 

I really adored the new In Focus Floral Frames Dies from MFT as soon as I saw the first peek of them, simple classy designs that I can see so many uses for.   So I had my first play with them this weekend and thought I'd challenge myself to use all 4 dies but with a different technique for each one.   Here's what I came up with.

 

Technique 1 - Inlaid Piecing

 

 

I used the double floral die and cut it from black card, peach card and green card and then simply inlaide the coloured pieces into the back outline.  I thought the simplicity of this look was perfect for a sympathy card so added a simple sentiment (MFT Essential Sentiments) and drew a simple black border with a fine liner using the edge of a circle die for the rounded corners.

 

Technique 2 - Vellum Shaker

 

 

I thought a shaker would be a great use for the dies given the circular outline but I wanted a softer look so used vellum instead of acetate.  I used two circle dies to create my stacks of white card to create the depth needed for the sequins (I used Hero Arts Circles dies but any circle die you have should work - just pick the closest to the floral frame and then the next smallest and tape together to cut the rings)  I used 6 rings for the depth but you could use foam to make it quicker.   Finished with a sentiment from the Essential Sentiments again and a double line drawn with pencils in the shades closest to the card and the sequins.

 

Technique 3 - Embossed

 

 

I've not done this technique for years but I thought it would be effective with these dies.   I selected the simple leave shape and just ran it through my die cut machine with a rubber embossed mat on top of the card.  This gives you embossed on one side and debossed on the other so plenty of options to play. I added a happy anniversary sentiment from Colorado Craft Companies Lovely Legs and used the same ink to add a rustic edge to the green panel of card.

I actually tried a couple of add-on techniques - rubbing metallic was on the debossed side to bring out the lines and glue foiling the embossed side.   In the end though I decided I didn't like either so did it again and left it plain!  

 

Technique 4 - Colouring Die Cuts

 

 

For the final card I die cut it from thick white card and left the "inner bits" in the die and then used copics to colour it including the frame.   I die cut a larger circle of white card and ink blended salvaged patina abd peacock feather oxides inks  before mounting on a strip of white I'd coloured with the same yellow marker to tie it all together.  The sentiment comes from Citrus Berry Cupcake from Colorado Craft Company.

 

I hope that inspired you to look at ways you can do different technques with your dies.

 

NEWS FROM THE STORE

 

We just added 70 new items and lots of restocks from Purple Onion Designs

 

We are expecting the following:

  • MFT stamps latest release and some restocks this week

  • Waffle Flower Crafts latest release later this week

  • Mama Elephant restocks with the new release live on the 15th June

  • Anita Jeram release from CCC around the 13th(ish)

  • The lastest 3 releases from Altenew is coming soon - just waiting on it to ship

  • Concord and 9th are NOT releasing this month as they are moving premises so we won't have anything new or restocks until July.

  • Lawn Fawn have another release at the end of June which will be in store on release day.

 

See you next week

 

Tara