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Designer Inspiration with Heather: Day 2

May 26, 2015

Click HERE to view today’s new SIMPLICITY creation. 


And now scroll down for more of Heather’s fantastic stamping!


As the temps outside begin to rise, here on the blog we are also heating up with designer inspiration! Over the next several weeks our designers will be bringing you inspiration and design ideas featuring their trademark styles and produts from our new collection, Sunshine and Smiles.  This week Heather Telford joins us with her artistic stamping!


Heather has us a’flutter with her gorgeous inlaid die technique featuring our new Creative Die, 51-139 Butterflies.



Here’s how Heather achieved the look of elegance on her card above.

Step 1 Spritz or paint water onto a piece of cold pressed watercolor paper then add watercolor paint in three or four colors. Let it blend, tilt the paper, move it around with a paintbrush if it is not going where you want it to. Let it dry.

DSC_7841 Butterflies step 1

Step 2 Add more paint to deepen the colors which will have dried paler than when you painted them. Add some metallic gold paint and some splatters. Let panel dry​,​ then trim to desired size.

DSC_7842 Butterflies step 2

Step 3 With the ‘Butterflies’ die​,​ cut a panel from your watercolored piece and a piece of metallic gold cardstock. Press both panels onto some ‘Cling film-Press & Seal’ to keep all the pieces together.

DSC_7843 Butterflies step 3

Step 4 Attach a piece of double sided adhesive sheet (eg. ‘stick it’) to a piece of cardstock larger than your die-cut panel.

DSC_7844 Butterflies step 4

Step 5 Remove the liner paper from the adhesive and press the gold ‘frame’ part of the butterflies die onto the adhesive covered cardstock.

DSC_7845 Butterflies step 5

Step 6 Transfer the ‘inside’ pieces from the die-cut watercolored panel into the gold frame pressing each one firmly onto the adhesive backing.

DSC_7846 Butterflies step 6

Step 7 Attach the remaining border piece of watercolored cardstock around the inlaid die-cut panel. Trim excess cardstock from the completed inlaid die cut panel. Mat with gold card then attach to co-ordinating card base.

DSC_7847 Butterflies step 7


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13 Comments leave one →
  1. judka permalink
    May 26, 2015 7:19 am

    Incredible! Beautiful result.

  2. May 26, 2015 7:21 am

    HOW BEAUTIFUL!!! Don’t forget to use the negative piece too!!!! 😉

    • May 26, 2015 8:11 pm

      Thanks Becky,
      I have a plan for the negative piece so hopefully you will see it soon.

  3. barbara lassiter permalink
    May 26, 2015 7:38 am

    Unique and lovely.

  4. mjmarmo permalink
    May 26, 2015 7:38 am

    Simply amazing!

  5. knurse22 permalink
    May 26, 2015 8:30 am

    Lovely look using the die and watercolors!

  6. May 26, 2015 9:08 am

    Beautiful inlay technique. Stunning outcome.

  7. May 26, 2015 10:24 am

    Wow–what an amazing look you achieved, Heather!

  8. Carla Hundley permalink
    May 26, 2015 11:21 am

    Oh this is so pretty and
    the gorgeous background
    really makes the die stand out!
    Carla from Utah

  9. BJY permalink
    May 26, 2015 11:26 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! Looks very tedious. Can you do the same techniques with the negative pieces?

    • May 27, 2015 1:25 pm

      Yes, absolutely. When you use the die to cut your watercolor piece and your solid piece you have two of everything.

  10. May 26, 2015 9:00 pm

    Such an eye catching card, I love it. Love love the look of watercolour with gold in it ten die cut, always looks fantastic.

  11. Susan Roberts permalink
    May 27, 2015 6:09 am


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