hanging garden

In a recent post I shared the simple card from the Essex stamp club meeting, and told you I would share why I designed that card to be super-quick. Well… this card is the reason why. There is sooooo much coloring on this card, but I think that the final result is totally worth it. I designed an Easter card a few months ago for this group that required some coloring and one of the members shared then that she absolutely loves coloring. So, I decided that I would do another card that requires coloring to make her day. Also, with the addition of all of the new Stampin’ Blends that came out in the new catalog, I didn’t think that there would be any problem with people sharing the markers because there would always be some color available. With all the coloring, it did take us a while to finish this card, but it turned out that I was the slowest one of the bunch!

This card is made using the “Eclipse” technique. I first started seeing cards featuring this type of design about a year ago, and it has taken me a while to create one of my own. The technique is really pretty easy, but it is visually interesting and definitely not something that you’ll find in the Hallmark store. Most of the samples that I’ve seen feature doing the technique with a word, but it isn’t required. The biggest challenge for me was figuring out a word that was short enough that I could fit it on a normal card front. Since it isn’t Valentine’s season, I didn’t want to do a card featuring “Love”. And who doesn’t need lots of hugs? I modified the stamped sentiment from this set – leaving off the last word so that the die-cut word completes the sentiment. Here is how you can create your own “Eclipse” card:

  1. Stamp an image on your art layer (or you can make it super easy by using patterned paper)
  2. Once the image is complete (in my case lots of coloring was needed), use dies to cut out the shapes that will be popped up. I used the Large Letters Framelits dies for my card.
  3. Adhere the main part of the art layer to a mat that is dark – I used Basic Black cardstock.
  4. Adhere the mat/art layer to the card base.
  5. Pop up the die cuts using Stampin’ Dimensionals or Foam Adhesive Strips. The Foam strips are a bit thicker, so the die cut will be popped up more if you use those (that is what I did here).
  6. Add any other elements that you want to finish the card.

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