12 Dies of Clarity – day 4 April ‘countryside’ aperture

So I’m back with two cards made from the April die in Claritystamp’s 2020 New Design Club – the countryside aperture. This is one die from the 2020 club that I have actually used previously (makes me feel a bit better!) I blogged it back in September – you can find it in my previous posts as ‘birthday landscape’

Anyway, back to today’s cards. I started the first one by cutting the die into a piece of white card and then snipping around the top half to leave the trees standing free.

I then attached it to a piece of the ‘Antarctica designer card, and cut around it to leave a border. I did it this way round so that I could be sure of getting the die cut positioned exactly where I wanted it on the card, so the trees sit above what looks like a horizon on the card.

I trimmed the remaining card into a strip the same width as the mounted image, and stamped ‘Happy Christmas’ in Barbara’s Handwriting, embossing it with white WOW powder.

I finished by running a black Sharpie around the edge of each card piece, and then mounted them onto a 5×7 card blank. That’s the first of my 2021 Christmas cards done, I think!

For the second card, I cut the die into a piece of brown card, and then trimmed it down to a narrow border using one of the square nesting dies. I stuck it to a piece of the ‘Rainbow River’ designer paper, positioning it so the light was in the sky, and then recut it with the square die. I then mounted it onto a square of white card before attaching the whole image to a 6×6 kraft card blank.

I went back to my trusty ‘Barbara’s handwriting’ stamps for the sentiment, stamping it in Archival ‘potting soil. I’ve realised this week just how much I use this set – it’s definitely one of my favourites!

I have to say, I’ve got much better at using dies recently. It just takes a bit of thought to make them much more versatile.

4 thoughts on “12 Dies of Clarity – day 4 April ‘countryside’ aperture

  1. I am enjoying this series very much as I too have used only a very few of the dies and stamps (also stencils!).I did think about cancelling, but couldn’t bear the thought of missing out on any of the next year’s sets!! Thanks for your clear instructions.

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