13 August 2017

Bicycle - Die cutting and stenciling with Clarity brush

Bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like

Let's take a summer adventure on a bicycle. Don't forget to enjoy the journey.

This card features die cuts and stenciling: Dovecraft and Spellbinders dies, Unity Stamps sentiment, My Favorite Things stencil, and Distress ink stenciling with Clarity brush.


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Putting It Together

I found this bicycle paper a few months ago on sale and was smitten. I picked up a couple sheets and added it to my stash for a future day. I got the die recently, also on a sale, and thought this would be a great way to put them together.

I die cut the bicycle and 'adventure' and dry fit them with the bicycle paper and some light turquoise metallic cardstock. I cut the strip from the part of the matte hidden by the patterned paper.

For the inside, I stenciled a sun. Using the Clarity brush with Distress ink, I start from the bottom, the sun and then brush up along the rays. This puts darker colour at the bottom while fading in the rays.

I use a wet wipe to clean my brush between use since I only have one set and like to use the brushes with different colours.

To add dimension, I snipped small strips of foam mounting tape to add to the bicycle.

 I didn't cut a single strip long enough so have a seam in the middle.

But.. the bicycle covers the seam perfectly, with the upright under the seat positioned over the seam.

To give "adventure" some dimension, I die cut it twice more and ran it through the Xyron.

I stacked the die cuts.

After putting things on the card, I used scissors to trim the excess on the strip.

I stamped the sentiment in a dark wine to match the bicycle.


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  1. This is awesome! Love that bicycle background paper and your design is just perfect! Great job! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Summertime Fun’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

  2. Awesome card! Thanks for linking up and playing along with us at Happy Little Stampers August Anything Goes With Dies Challenge.

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  4. Love your bike card! Thanks for linking up to HLS ATG w/ dies August Challenge!

  5. Beautiful card, great background with the bike die. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Crafty Friends, we hope to see you back again.

  6. Hello… Thanks for joining our ‘Anything Goes’ challenge with your lovely bicycle card… Please join us again next time at Crafty Friends Challenge Blog. Good luck!

    Diane Louise
    [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]


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