Want to get more use out of your dies? Another way to get a different look is to die cut a piece of cork (in this case I used the 4 petal die from CAS-ual Fridays),
adhere the cork die-cut to an acrylic block, and stamp. Instead of a smooth, saturated image you get a soft, blotchy image. Note that the cork absorbs A LOT of ink. The good thing is that you can stamp a dozen times without re-inking. The bad thing is that it's hard to change colors, especially if you start with a dark color and want to switch to a light color. For that reason, I often just cut another piece of cork and used a fresh "stamp" for each color. You can see a third stamp on the other side of the block above.
For this wreath I used the cork stamp to make the green 4 petal flowers. Layered on top is a solid red stamp, and layered on that is a small silver-embossed 4 petal flower. The wreath is filled in with more small 4 petals and sequins. The white panel and burlap are sewn to the card base. Afterwards it looked a little too stark, so I used the cork stamp on the edges of the white panel.
Here's a tag which is designed the same way as the card ... you might be able to see the stamped layers better here.
All stamps and dies are CAS-ual Fridays:
This card and tag are over at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog today.
So, can I share my great news with you?
One of my cards is going to be on the March 2015 cover of Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking! Eeek! When I got the news yesterday I was the only one home and had no one to share it with in person. But, I'm sharing it with you all now ... whew ... I thought I would burst!
Thanks for looking!