Hello crafty friends! It’s Jean here sharing three cards created with the Be Bold Collection at Spellbinders. This distinctive collection of and floral and foliage dies, lower- and uppercase alphabet sets, punctuation dies, embossing folders, and casual script sentiments lends itself to endless creative possibilities. I took an organic approach to designing my creations like assembling a floral bouquet. Let’s take a look as I share the cards from start to finish.
To begin, I selected three dark cardstock backgrounds. I started die-cutting the letters, sentiments, florals, and foliage from a variety of cardstock colors. Usually, I decide my colors ahead of time, rather than take this more playful approach. After placing the die-cut pieces on the dark-colored backgrounds, I eliminated colors that did not work.
I die cut the Lemon Zest and Be Bold Blooms elements from the chosen colors. At this point, I didn’t know how many I would use, instead, I focused on creating more than enough so that I could play with the elements. Using the analogy of assembling a floral bouquet, I built an inventory of flowers and foliage.
With a variety of flowers and foliage on the backgrounds, I decided which items would be in which colors. I began building paper bouquets, without adhering anything. Like a floral bouquet, I used the largest shapes as the focal and supporting flowers, foliage pieces for structure, and the airy accents as delicate details.
After determining the card base sizes, I adhered the elements to the bases. For the card showcasing the Lemon Zest set, I adhered the large leaf element and Smooth Lines “Congrats” first and built from there.
For the Mini Slimline card with the tongue-in-cheek “How Old?” sentiment, cut with the Uppercase, Lowercase, and Punctuation sets, I adhered the sentiment to the center and built the clusters of flowers above and below.
For the card with the Smooth Lines “Thank You” sentiment, I constructed the upper-left and lower-right floral clusters, adhered the sentiment at an angle, and filled in with smaller florals.
Note: I used the circle from the Be Bold Punctuation & More set (the exclamation and question mark dots) for a few of the flower centers. While my cards did not use the collection’s embossing folders, doing so would “step up” the designs.
Thanks so much for dropping by today. I hope you are inspired to take a playful approach in your own creations with the Be Bold Collection!
Assorted colored cardstock; dimensional adhesive; glue