Monday, 23 July 2012

Ladies' Diary Stepper Card 2

Another in the Ladies' Diary Collection stepper card series today. All these cards use sentiments heat-embossed onto foamboard diecuts. I've discovered that you can cut the foamboard with Spellbinders label dies and Sizzix framelits if you put it through 3 or 4 times - it wouldn't work on anything intricate, but the plain outlines cut well enough to pop out simple shapes.

"Thank You Ladies"

I love this flowery background paper and thought it would make a nice setting for a garden, so we have our ladies walking around taking the air :-)

"Morning Ladies!"

The sepia coloured figures are placed towards the back of the scene with the foreground ladies seeming closer to us by being so brightly coloured.

"Oh I say!"

One of the secrets to getting cutouts to look more realistic is not to leave any white edges. The double-sided papers are great so they don't look too silly from the back, but I also colour any edges with distress ink on cut n dry foam or with marker pens. A neutral colour like brushed corduroy works well.


The edge on this foamboard diecut was coloured with a gold aquamarker to match the sentiment. The simple flowers were made by punching small 6-petal flower shapes, making a small slit to the centre, and sticking one edge petal on top of the other to make a more 3d shape. Tiny pink gems are added to the flower centres, and also to the centres of some of the flowers on the patterned paper.

"Mind the gap"
Mind the gap. Sorry, those closing doors just reminded me of the tube train announcements for a moment :-) One of the good things about stepper cards is that if you are careful with your embellishments, they fold completely flat and can be sent in a normal envelope. I love this Heartfelt Creations gate die with the folding doors and have decorated the doors with matching papers. The matching stamps are great for scenes, but you could hide a secret message in behind there if you wanted.

Graphic45 8" x 8" paper pad: Ladies' Diary Collection
Justrite stamp set Thank You Labels Twenty
Heartfelt Creations Chateau Gate die set
Heartfelt Creations stamp set: Scenic Vista
Sizzix Framelits Circles
Marianne fence die
Versamark clear ink pad
distress inks
gold embossing powder
cardstock: brown, 300gsm
adhesives: PVA, Pinflair, glossy accents

Entered for the following challenge:
Craft a Scene - In the Garden
Samuel Taylor - diecuts


  1. Oh, your stair step card is rich with detail and overall beauty. So nice that you used an image from our sponsor. Your scenic creation is perfect for our "Inside the Garden" challenge at Craft a Scene. NancyD

  2. Good morning Izzwizz,

    What a totally adorable card, really great use of the heartfelt die and so imaginative way you've used the elegant ladies on your steppers. Total inspirational.

    Thank you so much the joining us in the garden at Craft a Scene this month.

    B x

  3. Wonderful card! Love the great shape and all the details. Thank you so much for joining us at Craft a Scene!

  4. Stunning, absolutely beautiful. You are fairly getting the use out of that paper, its so great to see it used in different also shows me how far it can you are slowly talking me around to buying it, teehee. Not that I need much convincing or arm twisting, lol. Beautiful card Maddy. Lee x

  5. Such a lovely card love the design and details:)

  6. I saw your entries on JustRite Stampers, which by the way, are gorgeous! I just wanted to say hello, introduce myself, and invite you to visit and play along at my challenge blog (we would LOVE to have you play with us). Thanks for sharing these great projects, and best of luck to you.
    Karen L - my personal blog - my challenge blog


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