Sunday, July 26, 2015

Happy Birthday from Dusty Attic

Hi there, it's Ann here today with a birthday card for you featuring a laser cut design from Dusty Attic -

 and some more pics trying to catch that elusive shine!

This was, for me, the first time I had used these interesting shapes, and I wasn't sure exactly what treatment they required.  They are cut from very sturdy card (rather than chipboard) and are a natural colour.  I decided to coat them in Gesso, as a way of sealing the surface, so this was done long before I put the card together.  I then smooshed Versamark over the front surface, and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I did this more than once, to ensure a good even coverage.  Once this was done, I could concentrate on my card design as per the following steps:

1.  The 'dandelion/agapanthus' shape is quite large, and I wanted to keep it intact, so I made my own card base from cardstock 24cm x 15cm, scored and folded in half.

2.  Cut the smaller die cuts from shiny black paper, as a contrast to the shiny gold centrepiece, first adhering double-sided adhesive sheet to the back of it.

3.  Cover the card front with coordinating paper, using a shaped edge to complement the shape of the die cuts.

4.  Adhere the die cuts, using a strong adhesive glue for the laser cut flower, and allow to dry.

5.  Cut the 'happy' script word from the same shiny black paper, and stamp the 'birthday' in Versafine Onyx Black and heat emboss with clear powder to keep the shine consistent throughout the design.

6.  Finally, decorate with made or bought small flowers and enamel dots.

Do you think you'd like to try one of the many laser cut shapes by Dusty Attic?  There are so many beautiful designs to choose from!

Thanks for visiting, and happy crafting!


  1. That looks great- I love the gold

  2. Love the shine Ann and those beautiful bold black flowers.

  3. Fabulous card Ann, your gold embossing is so wonderful!


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