I've been on a mad dash to create a bunch of holiday projects last weekend, in time to mail them and look like a proper crafter on top of her things.
But the truth is... every year, at this specific time, I tell myself "Okay, next year, I'll start early and create some every month!". Ladies and gent... I still haven't learned to stick to my word. BUT, I'm resourceful and I've discovered ways to be efficient. This is why I'm going to share my latest obsession, the layering dies!
I swear, if you haven't tried the Layered Poinsettia or the new Perfect Petal Layering set, you're definitely missing out! It can be intimidating at first glance, but it is actually so. much. FUN! Here's how I put together a few poinsettias for my Treillis slimline project.
Next, I started assembling the base of the flower (from darkest to lightest tones) by sparingly applying collage glue on the back of the petals of the next layer, mostly in the center. That way, no glue excess on the top part would ever show through once they are adhered together.
After that, I slowly continued building each layer, always slightly pressing in the center where everything connected, but leaving most petals 'free' to be curved for more dimension.
I typically like to have a lot of layers/dimension on flowers, so I built the poinsettias into four steps, but you could keep it to two or three with an amazing result, too!
Every time I'd select the next layer, I would keep in mind that the center of a flower is always darker than the rest, so I'd keep my last two layers both dark and light, for contrast. Remember to add leaves and stems for a more realistic look!
The final result blew my mind, as this was all down within 5 minutes, I kid you not, leaves included! Once I started, I couldn't stop and created two more flowers for my project!
To create today's card, I first used a white slimline cardbase, to which I glued a full piece of Peace & Joy patterned paper.
After that, I added a white Treillis slimline diecut to mute the background a bit and really put the focus on the three large poinsettias that framed the two sentiments made using the Wave Ribbon Stack die and the Christmas Wishes Sentiment Stack.
I hope I was able to convince you that last-minute projects don't have to lack a wow effect, especially using the layering dies in store!
See you soon with more inspiration!