It's Natalie here from One Scrappy Doctor. This week I challenged myself to make a card without delving into my embellishments drawer. Only armed with my stash of patterned paper and adhesive, I mixed and matched my favourite dies to make this fun and funky layered card. Let me show you how I did it...

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Firstly I used my favourite tag die (Tim Holtz Framelits Tag Collection #658784) to cut out the second biggest tag from both grey patterned paper as well as a sheet of vellum. I love that it comes with a separate die to cut out the hole reinforcer bit because it makes the tags look so legit! Layering the vellum tag over the top just softens the grey a bit and gives the card extra dimension.

Tag

For the title or sentiment on my card I went with something a little bit quirky and wanted to use the lyrics of the popular Jackson 5 song "ABC".... it was totally stuck in my head for days! I wanted a big and bold font to really stand out, so I used the 1" tall Marquee set (#661177).

Letters

I didn't want to use any kind of wet glue to stick the letters onto the vellum because I find that it tends to wrinkle and warp the vellum as it dries, so I simply held them in place whilst I ran the whole thing through my sewing machine. They ended up a little wonky (which is what I was afraid of) but I've learned to embrace it as part of the funky vibe of this whole card ;-)

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So the card is looking fairly bold and graphic at this point but I want to bring in some more details and a few more colours as well. I'm using the Mood Board Challenge at Jot Magazine this month to guide my colour choices so I know I need to get a little splash of green in there at some point.

Foam-Leaves

I decided that not only did I want a simple green piece of patterned paper but I would add another element of texture by using glitter foam to cut one of the fronds from the Garden Greens (#661206) set from.

Flowers-and-Leaves

And lastly I added a finishing touch with a couple of little flowers and leaves. I searched through my stash of dies for just the right size flower to sit on top of the card without dominating the whole thing, and one that came in layers so I could build it up for more dimension. I found just the right ones in the new Woodland set #661235 (and I'm just loving all the other options for cute forest creatures in this set too!)

ABC-card-leaf-by-Natalie-Elphinstone

You can see how I clustered all these elements in the top corner of my card. Clustering is such a good trick to add lots and lots of elements and layers without overwhelming the whole project by still allowing plenty of 'empty' or 'white' space in other areas of your card.

So it actually turned out pretty easy to make a whole project with only my dies. Have you ever tried something like this? Give it a go and see what you can come up with!

Supplies:
Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Grey and White) #660020
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8Pk: Tag Collection #658784
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 108Pk: Alphanumeric Marquee #661177
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9Pk: Garden Greeens #661206
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 12Pk: Woodland #661235

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