Dies Cut Inlay Framed Tree Background

Hello!  Today's project is how to create an inlay background with die cut.  For the images, I am using this very cute owl image calls Kawaii Ms. Potts Owl from Kitty Bee Designs with my own hand sketched pine tree digi Kindness Tree that I drew back in December. Pink owl and pine tree.  They do make a perfect pair don't you think?

Supplies List:
Digi image: Kawaii Ms. Potts Owl from Kitty Bee Designs
Digi image: Tree of Kindness from Digi Arts of Healing (that's ME!)
Digi sentiment: from Digi Arts of Healing (that's ME!)
Dies frame: Spellbinder classic rectangle dies frame
Accessories: Copic markers, Copic blending paper, paper trimmer, 
Big Shot machine, cardstock, pearl bead embellishment

To begin my card, I first
  • Opened up Microsoft Word and dragged in the Kawaii Ms. Potts Owl image. Then I did a RIGHT click on the image again and select TIGHT. This allows me to move the image anywhere on the page. Click on the image again, hold and drag to the left side of the page. Finally, one final click on the image to resize.
  • Next, I dragged in the precolored version of my pine tree, reformat to TIGHT, moved to the right side of the page and resize to almost the size of the 4.25x5.50 size folded card.
Tip - To create a fuller tree and richer in color 
I click on the tree again and did a COPY and PASTE. Then I overlapped the copied tree over the original. Apply this tip to any images you work on, just keep copied, paste and overlap until you get the desired deepness of the color/ink. For clear/rubber stamp,you will need a MISTI tool to help you stamp repeatedly on the exact spot.
  • Print both the owl and pine tree images onto 1 single Copic blending paper and cut the paper in half. Set aside the pine tree and colored the owl with the following Copics combo.  Then fussy cut it out.  Kawaii Ms. Potts Owl: RV000, RV13, RV11, RV10; flower/beak: Y13, Y15, Y17; dirt: E31, E35; flower pot: E31, E33, E35, E57

To create the in-lay framed background pine tree

I placed different sizes rectangle die frames on the tree all at once and cranked through the Big Shot machine. Then, to create the 3D effect of the tree, I cut out additional frames with my scrap papers and adhesive to the back of each layer, increasing the number of added layer by 1 as I go from the outer frame to the inner frame. This is the cheapest alternative method to using foam tape and allowing your card to safely mail out flat to the recipient. 

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Rannah Romps said...

Oh I like how you did that with the rectangles! I wish I would have thought of that! :)

Helen Gullett said...

Awwww this is so cute, Christina! Love your coloring, too :)

Sue Reynolds said...

Wow, I like the layering. I often use the CTMH Thin Foam Tape which is probably equivalent to the double cardstock, and images I many times add that second layer because it gives it dimension without necessarily adding the tape. But I never thought of doing this with layering the panels...great idea and you will see it in my future cards. And, I received my blog candy for the Coffee Loving Holiday BlogHop today and maybe I can incorporate a tree in one of these stamp sets...gotta get it started. Thank you so much for your selection of stamp sets and paper and embossing powder, so much appreciated, and seemed like a second Christmas. Back to card, never would have thought to use your tree this way, and love the owl and sentiment.

Lisa said...

This is adorable. LOVE it! Love how you layered it and just LOVE that cute owl image... the tree is beautiful as well!

Mel C said...

Wonderful card Christina, love your tree! I used your tree and sentiment for the Monday Challenge also, thanks so much!

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