Hello stampers, crafters, and friends; I hope that you are having a wonderful day.  In today’s project I am going to be sharing with you a die-cut inlay technique.  This is a wonderful technique that can add a wow factor without a lot of work.  Here’s a look at my card for today.

Dragonfly Dreams Bundle Stampin' Up! Celebrations Catalog 2017 Inlaid Card #rickadkins #rckinsmonstudio

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To create the inlay I actually cut out the die-cut of the dragonflies first in the 3″ x 5 1/2″ whisper white cardstock.  This die-cut was put to the side for another card.  I next die cut the dragonflies again in basic black.   All the little pieces that came out of the in betweens I had to keep because I needed them later.  For, those of you wondering what the in betweens are, well they are the little pieces that are cut out from the different areas of the dragonflies.


The colorful dragonflies are created by adding color underneath the panel with the watercolor pencils. I created this by marking the area that I wanted to have my panel on and stayed inside the lines with the watercolor pencils. I started with the warm colors and came down to the cool colors. To increase the intensity of the color you have to add a little more pressure, to that area. Once all the coloring was complete I used my aqua painter dragonfly-dream-detailed-imagewith very little water, just enough to move the paint around.  I then dried it and layered my 3″ panel down.  Once that was secured I glued down the basic black dragonflies.  After that I glued in the between pieces in whisper white, to make it look as they are made in the card.  In March this will be one of the coloring techniques that I will be teaching in an upcoming How To Color Workshop.

To stamp the dragonfly wings I used the Rock & Roll Technique.  I used Emerald Envy and Bermuda Bay to ink up the base stamp of the dragonfly’s wings in this style.  This technique allows you to add two different colors one darker and one lighter to the stamp and create some shadows or create a little interest to card without a lot of effort or work.   We all love a technique that creates a wow factor without a lot of work, these types of techniques makes for a more impressive card.  We all should have a few of these techniques in our arsenal to pull out from time to time.

dragonfly-dream-close-up After I did the Rock & Roll stamping I stamped the base body of the dragonfly in Emerald Envy.  Once this was completed I stamped the detailed dragonfly image in Basic Black.  This is a two step stamp set that allows you to create some awesome stamped images, you just have to make sure you stamp the images in the correct way.  By that I mean that you have to take your time to line everything up right on top of the pervious stamped image.  When the Basic Black Archival ink was completely dry I added some glitter to it with the Clear Wink of Stella Brush pen.   This adds just enough glitter to your project that can add to but not take away from the focal image.  I adore the Wink of Stella brush pen because I can add glitter to my project without it getting everywhere, and when it’s dry it doesn’t come off on me or everything else.   Once I had the stamping complete I used the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits dies to cut out the dragonfly.   I sat this aside to put on my card a little later.   I keep things like this in a little bowl on my desk so that I don’t lose them.  Because I am that person, I can put something on the desk and lose it in a matter of seconds.  I spent a month searching for one of my layering circle framelits, before I finally searched through my garbage can piece by piece until I found it.   This was after I had already searched, and cleaned every other works surface.   So the bowl was my solution, and it has worked wonderfully.   The sequins on the cards are from a past Paper Pumpkin kit, which were attached by glue dots.

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I am so in love with the Stampin'Up! Dragonfly Dreams Bundle! It is fun, makes a simple card a wow, and is a real workhorse in my stamp studio! Thanks for dropping by today:  I hope that you have enjoyed my project for today.   I know that I had a wonderful time creating it to share.  If you need any of the products that you’ve seen in today’s project you can pick them in my online store by clicking here, or by clicking on the Shop tab above or by clicking on the product in the product list below.


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