12 Dies of Clarity – day 10 October’s ‘leafy stag’ aperture die

It’s Sunday evening and I’m now sharing the card I’ve made with the ‘leafy stag die that was November’s New Design Club from Claritystamp. One of my friends was sharing photos of the deer in Richmond Park over New Year, which inspired this card of a wintry morning, although it’s not gone entirely according to plan…

I started with a piece of the ‘Shenandoah’ designer paper and cut it down so it was just smaller than a 6×6 card blank. I wanted to get the lake effect in the centre of the picture. I then stamped a couple of the trees from the ‘Trees and their mantles’ set, just using the images with the bare branches, and added the grassy strip in black Archival a few times to give some depth to the foreground. On reflection, I probably overcooked it with the upper one at the edge of the lake, as it’s made it a bit dark for the deer to stand out as well as I’d hoped

Next was to die cut the stag. I cut it twice in black card, trimming the first one out of the frame with the full set of antlers, and the second one without the antlers for the doe. I then glued them both onto the lower part of the designer paper. I die cut a square aperture in the front of a black card blank, and then attached the designer paper behind it.

Works well, doesn’t it? That’s what I thought until I picked up my finished masterpiece and…

‘Oh dear’ I said (well, something like that…!) Problem solved by cutting off the card front and attaching it to a new card blank. That will teach me to double check before sticking things together! I haven’t added a sentiment, as I’m not sure what occasion I want to use it for, but there’s space for one in the upper right corner – always useful to have cards in your stash that you can just finish off quickly.

This is another die that I used for a 2019 Christmas card (I’m getting better at this). here’s the link to my post with the details: Christmas stag (part 1)

3 thoughts on “12 Dies of Clarity – day 10 October’s ‘leafy stag’ aperture die

  1. That’s lovely – so glad to see I’m not the only one who sometimes makes Australian (upside down) cards but at least they are quickly put right. Xxx

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