It’s day four of my sneak peek series featuring new products from the January to April 2023 Mini Catalogue. In earlier sneak peeks I’ve done quite a bit of colouring and fussy cutting and I know they’re not everyone’s favourite techniques. Today I resolved to avoid those. So what’s a crafter to do when they want add a cute rabbit to a card front? Well for this card I simply cut an image from the Rain Or Shine Designer Series Specialty Paper (DSP) using the Playing In The Rain Dies.
RAIN OR SHINE
My regular readers know that I love cute animals and this paper has an abundance of them. What’s more it’s a specialty paper pack with parts of some of the designs featuring a glossy coating. Both sheets I used today have this feature – in the lighter coloured raindrops, as well as the rabbit’s coat.
So I began by cutting a 3″ x 4-1/4″ piece of the raindrops pattern and a 3-1/8″ x 4-3/8″ piece of Basic Black Card. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I mounted the DSP onto the card.
Next I used my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some Basic Gray Card for the card base. Then I folded the card along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. With that done I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the layered DSP to the card front (making sure the raindrops were the right way up).
Going back to the Rain Or Shine DSP I found the sheet with animals that coordinate perfectly with the Playing In The Rain Dies. In each of the characters there are several colour options, so I chose the rabbit wearing a green flowery coat. After roughly cutting the image from the rest of the sheet I die-cut it with the appropriate die. Then all I had to do was add it to the rainy panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
PLAYING WITH MORE NEW DIES
Now I needed a sentiment and for that I turned to the new Playing In The Rain Stamp Set. I chose “Rainy days are better with you” and stamped it onto some Basic Black Card using VersaMark ink. Then I sprinkled the sticky ink with white powder from the Basics Embossing Powders pack and tapped off the excess. Finally, after removing a few strayl specks, I melted the remaining powder with my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
To cut out my sentiment I reached for another new product, the Something Fancy Dies. This is a great set with a variety of nesting shapes as well as some additional smaller pieces. From the rectangle dies with fancy corners I chose the smallest and used it to cut out my sentiment. Then I simply added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
All I needed now was to create a liner for the card base and decorate a Basic White Medium Envelope. I could have cut another rabbit or two from the DSP but instead went back to the Playing In The Rain Stamp Set. Using Tuxedo Black ink I stamped the rabbit in the bottom left corner on the front of the envelope.
Then I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card and stamped the rabbit in the bottom left corner of that. Finally I fixed the white layer inside the card with liquid glue and my sweet card was complete.
You have to admit that this rabbit is very cute. What’s more, when I look at the image I’d die-cut from the DSP I’m struck by how simple the colouring is. I may have to copy that idea when stamping the rabbit for future projects. What do you think?
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Playing In The Rain Stamp Set and coordinating Playing In The Rain Dies using the single ‘bundle’ item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. Also available in a discounted bundle is the Something Fancy Dies with the Something Fancy Stamp Set (not used today). I’ve included links for both options so you can explore these if you wish.