I’m really loving this wood veneer paper for making inlaid card designs. It’s amazing how well Copic markers blend on it too. My goodie box came the other day in the mail, and I was so excited to get my hands on the new dies 🙂
You know, I started out with a Cricut Expression for die cuts (still good to this day), which quickly turned into a Cricut Imagine (not so much), which then morphed into a Silhouette (SO full of win). It was only after I had cut electronically for a couple of years that I decided to get a Big Shot.
My sister-in-law Amy and I went to the CKC Scrapbooking Convention one year in San Marcos, TX. In one of the classes, they had us emboss a metal giraffe. Well, Amy bought her machine right after class, and I followed suit about a month later. There’s nothing like the clean edges you get from a metal die. It looks so polished.
When you die cut a scene like this, you always want to start with your foreground layer (what you want to be in front visually) and work your way to the background. That way you won’t accidentally cut up something you needed in one piece.
I used three dies to cut this card, which I have linked at the bottom of my post. I started with the bottom most part (the green hill) first, then ran it through the Big Shot again to cut the little house on the hill. Lastly, I used the starry background die to cut all the stars out of the sky part.
I usually buy the cheapie thin card stock from the local OfficeMax and cut the sheets into 4.25″x5.5″ pieces to use it as inside liners for my OWH cards. Or, in this case, the backing for the wood veneer. I trimmed the liner paper to 5.25″x4″ and completely covered the thing in tape from my tape gun, then I began the part I like best: putting the puzzle back together. Aside from the sky, you don’t need to color the pieces before you put them back in; the Copics tend not to bleed over the cut lines if you are careful.
I colored the sky with B91, B93, and B97 – in that order from bottom to top, blending the colors as needed. I found it wasn’t really blue enough, so I waited a bit and went over it a second time. The little house and tree silhouette part is colored with BV29, and the hill with the sentiment is done in two rounds of G46. The stars and house windows are Y15.
I heat embossed the sentiment on the wood so it would show up a little better – but you need to watch it – the powder melts quickly and will soak into the wood if you’re not careful.
I finished it off by plastering the other side of the panel with my ATG and adhering it to a cream-colored panel and then a white card base to match the undertones in the wood veneer.
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