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Sat 25

Sending Happy Thoughts
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I hope you are having a great start to the weekend.  Today I want to talk about adding a little extra shading to your diecuts.

For my card today, I started with the new Brilliant Sunflower die that looks like this:


I wanted to show you the die so that you could see that it will cut a solid piece of the flower that layers behind the outline of the petals.  You don't have to do any paper piecing.  Yeah!

To make the card, I cut out the flower a couple of times using dark blue for he circle, light blue for the background, black for the floral outline and yellow for the solid flower.  The sunflower looked nice enough as is, but I wanted to add a bit of dimension.  Therefore, I colored the center of the petals with a Y13 and Y17 Copic markers.  In the picture below, you can see the regular cardstock flower on the left and the flower shaded with Copic markers on the right.  The right one definitely has more oomph.


When I assembled the card, I popped up the flower on the right with foam tape and glued the stem down with gluestick. 

When you cut out the leaves, the die will cut in the center as well as emboss veins at the same time.  You can glue it flat or fold it in the center for extra dimension.  I did both on my card.  Here are the leaves:


Here is what happens when you layer the pieces:


Have a great weekend!








Wow, what a difference! Thanks for explaining your great card.

Awesome, this bright, cheery technique made a huge difference! Happy memorial weekend to u! May the sun continue to shine!

Fabulous card, love this sunflowers die and that it don't need paper piecing! :D LOL

Love this card and die, Laura!

What a delightful die and totally adorable card!

so pretty, I love the shading in the flower and the extra dimension you gave to it

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