Shiny, shiny! This card really shines in real life, and I love the way it all came together. I can't believe how easy it all came together, mostly because I was playing around and not really thinking about it.
I recently got a background thin cut die from Close To My Heart - the olive branches - and was playing around with it to see what it would do. I know that olives are green, so I took a piece of New England Ivy that was slightly larger than 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" and covered it with Moondust Glitter Gel and set it aside to dry.
I made a card base out of French Vanilla Cardstock, and took a matching piece that was slightly larger than 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" and ran it through my die cut machine (I have a cuttlebug). I popped out the extra pieces and using a liquid glue attached it to the front of the card base.
After the piece of New England Ivy was dry, I sandwiched it under a piece of wax paper and ran it through my die cut machine. The wax paper makes the smaller pieces release so much easier from the die, I cut a bunch of pieces of wax paper to have on-hand to keep by my cuttlebug for anything intricate since it helps the die release so much easier. I discarded the wax paper cutouts and then I put the two die cut pieces together and popped them together almost like a puzzle - I left the olive holes empty but filled in the negative space with the New England Ivy pieces.
Once that was done, I used the calligraphy sentiment set from Melissa Esplin and stamped in the middle of the card with New England Ivy. I really find that set useful - it adds a touch of calligraphy to any card without having to get any calligraphy pens or take any classes! It's so easy and I love how it looks. The sentiment set has a ton of different sentiments that are perfect for many different occasions. For a final touch I filled in the olive holes with black onyx Liquid Pearls and set the card aside to dry.
Here's a list of the products used, please do reach out and let me know if you have any questions! Thanks & stay crafty!
Stamp Sets: D1866 Sentiments (Melissa Esplin)
Tools: Olive Branches Thin Cut Die (Z3679) 3-D Foam Tape or Dots or Squares Adhesive Wax paper