Happiness is Distress Ink + Die Cutting

I made something. A card. With my own hands! This is big news for me this week. I’ve been dreading cleaning my office in order to get to my craft table for about two months now, but I knew it was time to crack down and get to business. Five hours later, I was sitting at my desk playing with all the things I  finally found a place for. Cleaning is one of my biggest inspirations. I find things I forgot I loved or discover things I forgot I bought.

When I saw the Stitched Leaves die set from Lawn Fawn, I knew I couldn’t put it away without making something but didn’t want to make a fall card. So I went as far away from fall colors as I could and went straight for spring: bright, fresh green leaves with touches of yellow, blue and white accents.

Stitched Leaves Lawn Fawn Dies + Distress Ink Spring Wreath Thank You Card by Britta Swiderski

See below for a step-by-step explanation of how to go from white cardstock to these very pretty leaves using Distress Ink. Oh Distress Ink, my love! It’s so amazing what you can do with three colors and a blending tool. I decorated the wreath with the Into the Woods Mixed Sequins from Lawn Fawn (adhered with my fave adhesive for sequins, Multi Matte Medium) along with some adhesive pearls and gems from Hero Arts.

Stitched Leaves Lawn Fawn Dies + Distress Ink Spring Wreath Thank You Card by Britta Swiderski

The sentiment had to stand up to the blinged-out rest of the card without taking focus away from the focal point of the card, so I went with clean and simple black ink on a white banner. The alpha is Milo’s ABCs from Lawn Fawn. This set is the absolute best for making sentiments that are longer without going onto two lines.

Stitched Leaves Lawn Fawn Dies + Distress Ink Spring Wreath Thank You Card by Britta Swiderski

Steps to bring the leaves to life:

  1. Cover a piece of thick, white cardstock (I use Neenah Solar White) with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink using a blending tool.
  2. Die cut a bunch of leaves out of the now-colored paper – I did 10 passes to create 10 of each of the large and small smooth leaves. (Use a Craft Pick to pop the leaves out of the die if they’re being stubborn.)
  3. Separate the leaves into two piles (5 large, 5 small in each pile). One pile is for darker or “base layer” leaves and the other is for lighter or “top layer” leaves.
  4. Use a blending tool to apply Peeled Paint to all the leaves, focusing on the edges and adding more ink to the base layer leaves than the top layer leaves.
  5. Repeat step 4 with Mowed Lawn ink, focusing on the edges.
  6. Adhere the leaves to the card, starting with large base layer leaves, then small base layer leaves, then large top layer leaves and finishing with small top layer leaves. Work constantly to create a circle with each added layer of leaves. Apply leaves with glue dots, thin foam adhesive and thick foam adhesive to extra depth and dimension
  7. Embellish with sequins, rhinestones and pearls to add color and texture.

Supplies used on this project: Click below to see where you can buy the products used on this project. Click on “Simon” for the product at Simon Says Stamp and “Ellen” for the product at Ellen Hutson. I only link to products and shops that I know and love. Thank you for your support!

Stitched Leaves Lawn Cuts Dies – Lawn Fawn
Milo’s ABCs clear stamps – Lawn Fawn
Ink Blending Tool – Ranger
Ink Blending Tool Foams – Ranger
Shabby Shutters Distress Ink – Ranger
Peeled Paint Distress Ink- Ranger
Mowed Lawn Distress Ink – Tim Holtz for Ranger
Non-Stick Craft Sheet – Ranger
Big Shot Die Cutting Machine – Sizzix
Tim Holtz Vagabond – Sizzix 
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink – Tsukineko
Solar White Cardstock Ream 250 Sheets – Neenah Paper
Solar White 80 LB Cardstock 25 sheets – Neenah Paper
Smooth Desert Storm Kraft Cardstock Ream – Neenah
Smooth Desert Storm Kraft Cardstock 25 sheets- Neenah Paper
Matte Multi Medium Mini – Ranger
Into the Woods Mixed Sequins – Lawn Fawn
Tim Holtz Craft Pick – Tonic

On a personal note, this past week has been tough. I’m transitioning into my transitional life style of working (very) part time, making to do lists, crossing things off those lists and bringing together my portfolio. My focus is not only on my career path but also my health. Health is a little more of a random series of events for me. I’ve had a really hard time getting my anxiety under control since switching one of my medications around last November, and it’s causing everything to be so much more stressful than it could be.

That being said, I’m still planning on two CHA blog posts: stamping and embellishments/tools. I have the draft posts already in the works and hope to have them up sometime this week.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. It feels good to feel creative again, and I plan on letting this creativity take me wherever it wants to go. :)



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5 Responses to Happiness is Distress Ink + Die Cutting

  1. Such a pretty card, Britta! I love the soft color palette and the sequins are such a lovely touch!
    I hope the coming week is better for you…so sorry you’re having a rough time! Sending hugs and good wishes!

  2. Love your fresh and springy card. Very cheerful with those fun Lawn ornaments. Hugs to you and prayers for good health!

  3. Natalie Winterstein

    Britta, Such a lovely card! Very fresh and springy! :) I hope you get things on track with your health. My hubby seems to have more anxiety and depression in the winter – lack of outdoors and sunshine, I think. It’s not fun. Hang in there! :)

  4. conil

    Card is a happy one…beautifully done.

  5. Hamutal Shafrir

    Beautiful card! your distressing is so perfect! All the best to you.

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