Not only is today Release Day for all of Taylored Expressions' May products, it's also TO DIE FOR! What do I mean? That I'm going to go all Nicole-Kidman-as-Suzanne-Stone-and-persuade-some-thuggie-teenagers-to-kill-my-husband?1 No, silly. TO DIE FOR means all of us in the Baker's Dozen (and our fabby guest designer, Joan Ervin) are featuring a particular die being released this month, and showing you two different ways to use it. Fun-fun-fun!
I'm thrilled to be able to show you a couple of things I made with the new BIRCH TREE CUTTING PLATE. I believe I've made mention of the fact that I ADORE TE's cutting plates, and that's not mere DT puffery on my part. They are just so dang cool and EASY to work with; instant elegance with the crank of your insert name of your particular die cutting machine or a push of the ol' Vagabond button. The BIRCH TREE CUTTING PLATE (BTCP) is no exception, except for the fact that it's exceptionally beautiful.2
Here's one way to use the BTCP, as a woodsy background for a masculine card:
I chopped up all of the sentiments from the new GRAPHIC GREETINGS DAD stamp, popped them up on foam boosters, and spread them out, ransom-note-style, all over the card front. I added a little rustic twine for visual interest. Easy-peasy!
Now, for a different look, I created a little winter scene using the BTCP:
Using white cardstock for the BTCP layer automatically made me think of snow. I added a trio of cool blues for my other card elements (including an owl, bird, and the deer from the BIRCH TREE ACCESSORIES die set, and a panel from the BAND IT dies for the sentiment), then took a white colored pencil to add snowflakes.3 The sentiment is from the From My Window set.
And lookie: nice and flat for easy mailing! Love when that happens.
Shall we visit the rest of the Baker's Dozen to see their TO DIE FOR projects? Let's go!
1. Have you ever seen To Die For? It is SUCH a great movie - by far and away my favorite Nicole Kidman performance. She won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for it, you know. It's loosely based on the Pamela Smart case, and is a dark comedy (my favorite kind of movie).
2. See how I did that? Used some form of 'except' three times within the course of one fairly short sentence. Why one would want to do that, I don't know, but it amuses me. I'm easy! Like Sunday morning. (Now, you know I have to do this, but you don't have to watch it unless you want to...)
3. Hmmm... I got a little heavy-handed with the snowflakes; would probably look better with fewer. Oh well - wabi sabi! Let's just pretend it's a blizzard scene...