Happy Friday, crafty friends! Blog Team Member Amy Sheffer is sharing a stunningly gorgeous die-cut card that shows how you can really be inspired by the most everyday things, and we can’t wait to share it with you!

And now, here’s Amy to tell us all about her project…

I’m really loving the southwestern trend that’s popping up
everywhere! A lot of what I see features rich colors — deep terra-cotta
orange and turquoise, plus dark shades of brown — but sometimes, I’ll
spot a more muted, even pastel version. Today’s card was inspired by an
article of clothing. I was
drawn to the Southwest feel of the fabric pattern as well as the
refreshing color combo (peach, mint/aqua, and a light and dark purple)
and have been wanting to translate it into a card ever since.
I started by die-cutting a Sugar Cube panel with the Southwest Cutting Plate. Next, I used an assortment of Distress Inks and an ink
blending tool to add color to the die-cut. Because the die-cut is so
intricate, use a light hand when doing the ink blending. (Or, do the ink
blending first, and then die-cut.) I used a bunch of colors, but
primarily Cracked Pistachio, Tumbled Glass, Evergreen Bough, Tattered
Rose, Dried Marigold, Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord. I adhered the
die-cut to a Sugar Cube top-fold card base using liquid glue.
The feathers are die-cut using the Fine Feathers die set. I cut
them out of Sugar Cube card stock and used an ink blending tool and
Distress Inks to add color. I’ve always loved the look of the
gold-dipped feathers, and thought that look would be perfect here. To do
that I just pressed my VersaMark pad onto the die-cut at an angle and
then heat embossed in gold.
The sentiment, from Free Spirit, is stamped on vellum in VersaMark
ink and heat embossed in white. I adhered it to the Southwest die-cut
using tiny glue dots underneath the white embossing and a large glue dot
underneath the feather trio.
I adhered the Fine Feathers using foam tape for some extra
dimension and embellished with gold sequins and white linen thread. And
that completes my clothing-inspired card! Do you get card-making
inspiration from your clothing too?

Thank you, Amy, for sharing your story and this beautiful card. You can find more of Amy’s beautiful work on her blog, Pickled Paper Designs. Have a joyful day!