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Hi All,

Welcome back! Today’s card for OCC Rainbow maker is touching the subject of die-cuts. I personally do not own a whole lot of the steel die cuts that many crafters and card makers seem to enjoy. Although there are so many out there, I find myself enjoying using a die cutting machine (like the silhouette) to create most of my die-cut images. The one nice perk to using steel dies is that they give a nice softened edge to all your cuts. I wish that was true with the silhouette, but currently, it’s not.

Knowing that I wanted a softened edge I decided to go with one of the few dies I do have. This floral stem die is from spellbinders and is the most delicate die-cut I have ever used. I knew I wanted to keep most of it white and create a lot of white space on the card. But, this is a rainbow maker class and I had to try and create some color. I decided to just ink the edges of each flower. I used a small sponge and tapped them in some distress inks to get these colors. I did try a round of this card using color pencils, which also works great, but I didn’t like seeing all the pencil strokes on my project.

To finish off the card, I mounted the die onto a white panel and sandwiched a piece of turquoise vellum between it and the card base. The base is embossed but kept simple again to give the look of lots of white space.

This card is probably the simplest of cards I have made for this class. I think the results are subtle and liked the overall results.

I hope you join me again tomorrow for another look at a card from my experience with OCC Rainbow Maker. See you then.