Monday 9 October 2023

Dragonfly Aperture

Hi everyone.  I made this card using these Crafter's Companion Dies which came with Die Cutting Essentials Issue 104 and this is it's first outing.  It consists of the ornate dragonfly portion and a second die which has three cut out sections and you can mix and match, and there is also a sentiment die.  I also used a piece of patterned floral paper which was a freebie set which came with another magazine fairly recently, but am not sure which one.  I'm afraid papers get a bit neglected by me as I am not in the habit of using them, and they would have been an extra on top of any stamps or stencils etc. which were the main items of the gift.  This one I thought would go well and I did need to make a relatively quick card for an upcoming birthday.

I started with a 6" square card and cut the aperture layer to allow for the paper to extend beyond it.  I cut the dragonfly part twice so I could cut them out and layer them for a bit of added interest and dimension.  I decided to add colour to the three flower sprays which were visible through the aperture using a new set of colouring pencils by Lyra, their Graduate set of 36 and which I have found to be really pretty colours and very good to use, and also reasonably priced.  I finished the card with a sentiment stamped using Versafine Majestic Blue and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

Thank you for visiting me here today and I'll see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:-

NBUS Challenge - No. 55 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
Happy Little Stampers October Birthday Challenge - Anything Goes.
AAA Birthday Challenge - No. 54 Favourite Colours (blue is one of my favourites).
The Flower Challenge - No. 85 Anything Goes with Flowers (celebrating their 7th Birthday).


Aquarius said...

A very pretty card using some of your recent freebies

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card with a beautiful die…love it!
Grtz Ellen
Ellen’s Greetingcards

Marjan said...

Most of the time papers are a bit neglected by me too, so I understand! But sometimes it's nice to be able to make a quick card. This one with the pretty dies and paper is lovely and very elegant! I think the sentiment must shine prettily too!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

I love how you have designed this Pat, love the paper, (I neglect them too) and you used it as a border around your butterfly frame, just so beautiful.
Faith x

HilaryJane said...

This is so pretty. What lovely dies. I don't think I have seen them before xx

Christine Alexander said...

such pretty dies, and a perfect way to use designer paper♥

Aimeslee Winans said...

A beautiful way to create an aperture, xoxo

Loll said...

Pretty card Pat. LOVE that gorgeous aperature shape and those sweet dragonflies. The white dies pop off your pretty floral background paper. Great card! xx

Sarn said...

Very pretty card and a great way of using pretty papers with the die cut aperture xxx

Darnell said...

This is so feminine and light, Pat! I love the airiness of the pattern of the aperture and the dragonflies! The pretty blue flowers are dainty and perfect as a background. Thank you for inspiring everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell (Sorry to be so late. Just getting back to Blogland after all our company and traveling ... feels good to be home!)

Catie Cuddles said...

That aperture is lovely x
Thank you for joining us at Happy Little Stampers anything goes with dies challenge.
Happy crafting!
Catherine x DT

Liz said...

What a lovely die, Pat. The patterned paper makes a great background and I love how you’ve made it larger to create a frame. Great card. xx

Helen said...

Beautiful - love the aperture die you've used.

Thanks for joining us at the AAA Birthday Challenge.

Helen x