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Saturday, September 16, 2017

LEAF SILHOUETTE

The challenge this month at CAS Watercolour is to use a silhouette.  I finally thought of something that wasn't just a black or white silhouette in the regular sense of the word.  So I went back to my new Altenew striped leaf cover die and tried to work out what I was originally trying to do in this post.



I wanted just the die cuts bits all back on my card (without going mad) and finally figured out how to accomplish this.  First I die cut the leaves on a piece of watercolor paper using 3 layers of dryer sheets on the back so all the bits would stay in place.  Then I did a watercolor wash mixing my paints so I would get this peachy color.  After it was dry I covered it on the front with a piece of Press' n Seal.  Then I carefully removed the dryer sheets from the back making sure the bits of the die cut stayed stuck on the Press 'n Seal.

So now all the little pieces are stuck in place.  The other piece is warped from being wet and peeling it off.  Added dots of glue to the back side, positioned it over my card base and pressed all in place. Let it dry for a few minutes with an acrylic block on top. Again, gently and carefully, I peeled off the Press 'n Seal.  The larger pieces adhered really well, but did have to add more glue (used a glue pen) to get the bitty dots on the top and bottom and also some of the skinny pieces to stay in place.  Finished it all off with a simple sentiment on copper metallic paper and some copper Nuvo drops. I didn't time myself doing all this (am used to putzing around on a card) but would guess it  took about an hour.  Hope all this makes sense.

I ironed the other piece between two sheets of copy paper to flatten it, and made a shaker card which took no time at all.  


 Thanks for visiting and maybe reading all that description.






13 comments:

  1. Wow!!! Great use of both positive and negative of a die cut panel! Love the coral-peachy color you achieved with watercolor! You did an amazing job to place the little pieces together on the card!!!

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  2. Clever way to keep your die cut bits in place, Betty...thanks for sharing your tips with us! I love both cards and I really love that you used peach for your silhouette...so pretty!

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  3. Oh my word--amazing shaker, Betty! Love your custom color, too!

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  4. So pretty, your leaf die has made such a beautiful silhouette background. Thanks for joining us at CAS Watercolour

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  5. Wow! What patience you have, Betty! I love the outcome of both cards! A lovely idea for a silhouette! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

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  6. Quite a process - thanks for sharing your tips, Betty! Just love both cards - so inspired to use the frame for a shaker card!!

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  7. WOW...Gorgeous silhouette leaves with a million intricate die cut pieces that you managed to keep together with your clever dryer sheet technique and then ended up with a bonus shaker card...Wow! TFS your cards and your steps my friend. Hugs..

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  8. Great twofer! Love the pretty colour you did and how you managed to keep all those little pieces together was amazing!

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  9. That sounds like a lot of work, but so happy you persevered because you have made two beautiful cards, Betty. Love the soft peach and white combination ... so fresh. The copper accents are perfect! And I LOVE that shaker card. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour! xx

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  10. Such a great job you have done with these cards....love the colour and how you made them....they are beautiful

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  11. Hi Betty, your cards are so beautiful and perfect for the start of the season! Happy Fall!

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  12. Clever girl both on the silhouette and the shaker for the left overs. Lovely peachy color too.

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