I thought another trip to Portugal was in order however this time I had to make the trip in, what is fast becoming, my signature colour of Periwinkle blue! I started by die cutting the filigree largest die from the set and added in the inset in the blue. I then cut the next largest filigree die in the coconut white and placed the blue on top so that the white popped through the blue. I love this background as it has a real art deco look to it and is so versatile!
To make the main element I selected the Lisbon die set from the range and started cutting the dies, in sequence using alternate layers of the blue and white. The series goes Largest outline and next size with filigree, largest outline and second size filigree, second outline and smallest filigree and finally largest outline in white onto which I had stamped the sentiment, from my Tulip stamp set, in blue archival ink in the centre . I then foam mounted these to make this complex looking set of layers. I know this sounds complex however when I demo it it seams really easy, guess its one you have to watch!
To decorate I cut a series of the new Perfect Peony Open Petals Open dies in white and the matching Complete petals dies in the blue and layered them together adding a large(8mm) pearl in the middle. I also added some of the leaves form the set to balance the flowers and just pop out naturally as they would in nature, although I don't remember seeing flowers in this colour combination in any garden.
To finish the card I pierced a layer of the blue and added my usual series of mats, layers and steps. The technique and sizes `I use for the layering of my cards is something else I usually demo this week I am at Daisies jewels and crafts in Coventry on Friday demonstrating the techniques used with this card and the other stunning dies in the new Sue Wilson collection for Creative Expressions. On Saturday I will be at That's crafty in Romford with a mix of demonstrations and make and takes so that's a fair selection of places covered lol!
Links will take you to the products in Julia Watts new on line store!
Creative Expressions Craft dies by Sue Wilson
Portugal collection Background
Lisbon die set
Perfect Peony Open Petals
Perfect Peony Complete Petals
Periwinkle and Coconut White foundation Card