Saturday, April 1, 2017

CAS Mix Up April Inlaid Die-Cutting

Are you ready for our April CAS Mix Up Stamping + Inlaid Die-Cutting + Your Choice Challenge?


Inlaid Die-Cutting is one of my favorite techniques.  Be sure and visit the CAS Mix Up April challenge to get fabulous samples by the DT and our Guest Designer Maria (White Mood).  There are several wonderfully creative video links if you need tutorials for inspiration.

Here is my card using Stamping + Inlaid Die-cutting + Stenciling with Clarity Brushes


I just received my Clarity Brushes using a generous SSS gift certificate from Bonnie and Loll.  Thank you again girl friends.  You are so generous, creative and the BFF :-)

The 1st thing I did after receiving my brushes was to view a YouTube Video Clarity Brushes Quick Stencil Cards by Understand Blue (Lydia) (4:32). Lydia's video was so very helpful.

I used Arches Hot Press Watercolor paper.  I then taped my ARTplorations "Bubbles" stencil over my paper using my favorite 3M masking tape.  I am using the 3 smallest brushes for the 3 color families, then all you do is wipe your brush across scratch paper before you change to the next color family.

Using Lydia's technique I loaded my brush with Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Scattered Straw and Fossilized Amber using a swiping across technique until I was happy with the look. Then did the same with Mowed Lawn using the same brush and overlapping the yellow and greens to blend. Next I used the 2nd brush using Broken China again over lapping the green and blue to blend.  The brush gives a much softer look than blending tools, sponges and sponge daubers with no lines or marks. Very soft and pretty I think.  For darker coloring blending tools are best I think to use over stencils.

I then took my stenciled layer and die cut my Memory Box "Vignette Floral Branch" Die. It is a pretty intricate die, so I used the inlaid technique of just placing the die cut image back into the stenciled layer (just like placing a puzzle piece),  turned the layer over and scotch taped the entire back to hold the die in place.

Next I used 3M foam tape to pop the piece over a layer of SU Marina Mist CS creating a very thin colored frame.  My only embellishments were tiny SU pearls in the center of each flower and a stamped and popped up sentiment from the retired SU "Kind and Caring Thoughts". I was so happy with my 1st Clarity Brushes project.  Hope you like it too.

We would love to have you join our new CAS (Clean and Simple) Mix Up Inlaid Die-Cutting Challenge.   You have until April 24th to play along.  Happy Stamping..Hugs.


Supplies: Listed in Description

NBUS Challenge #11 by Darnell..NBUS Clarity Stencil Brushes and Memory Box Vignette Floral Branch Die. No boo boo's..


STAMPlorations Anything Goes 

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes



16 comments:

Leslie Miller said...

CAS perfection and beautiful blending with the brushes! There are so many different products to try. I learn something new everyday. Your color choices are very refreshing!

Susan said...

Love the subtlety of the inlaid die just blending right in (as opposed to being a different colour). Your stenciling with the new brushes is fabulous - can't wait to get mine! (Did you notice that this week's SCS Ways to Use It challenge is get well cards?)

Loll said...

I love the softness of your colours and how they blend together, Nancy. Clarity brushes are so great for that. And your inlaid die-cutting is subtle, but so pretty. The panel colours really pop with your thin blue frame. Great job, my friend! xx

nancy littrell said...

NO I did not...thanks for the heads up Susan. P.S. you will love your stencil brushes :-)

Jo Manna said...

Your card is fabulous Nancy. Love the choice of colours and the stencilling for this inlaid die, plus you give it a classy finish with those pearls. Exquisite xxx

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Great inlaid die cuts there Nancy! lovely fresh colours! Have a great weekend! Luv n’ Hugs. Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Bonnie said...

Love the soft look of this stenciling, Nancy! The colors mixed beautifully! A wonderful, intricate die cut inlaid in there too!

Julia Aston said...

Gorgeous colors, stenciling and inlaid die cut Nancy! this is just beautiful! Great job with the painting technique - I have to go check out Lydia's video now! Julia xx

Darnell said...

This is so softly colored and lovely, Nancy! It's like getting two designs in one! The eyes capture the beautiful colors of the stencil design and then are surprised by the inlaid flowers! I think this delight will be repinned many times! I'm glad you are enjoying your new brushes! Thank you for joining in my NBUS Challenge #11!! Hugs, Darnell

Helen F. said...

Ooooh this is so pretty Nancy! The color combination is lovely. I rarely use this inlaid technique because I haven't been able to do it justice~your card is perfection!

Christine Alexander said...

gorgeous colour combo and love the softness you got with the brushes. great inlaid die.

Ros Crawford said...

Ooooh! This is gorgeous!! Love every inch of this ... I have to make time to play along with this one!

nancy littrell said...

We would love to have you join the fun this month Ros. Hugs...

Marlena M. said...

Stunning creation!

Verna Angerhofer said...

So very pretty!

Brenda in IN said...

I love the soft look of these inlaid flowers. Beautiful card. I've been eyeing those brushes so thank you for the recommendation.