Video: Dahlia Clusters

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Hello and welcome to my weekly video and post! Today, I created a gorgeous dahlia cluster along a gold heat embossed panel using our Fresh Cut Dahlias set, Haute Stripes Cling Background stamp and Timeless Icons set.  This card involved a little bit of everything – stamping, heat embossing die cutting. My cards are not very simple but the results are always worth it!  Please enjoy the video 🙂

I started off by stamping my dahlias in our Peony Collection Couture Inks. I stamped a total of seven dahlias.  I used the three blooming dahlias that come in the set.  I love the variation you get when you combine the different facing dahlias together.  They look more natural and that is why I always include different angled florals in my designs.  After the florals, I stamped many leaves in our Minted Collection Couture Inks.  I show you two ways   I stamped the layered dahlias and leaves in the video.

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For the dahlias, I stamped the layers in chronological order. However, I stamped the darkest third layer of the leaf first. Then I went in with the first solid layer. Then lastly, I stamped the second layer.  I don’t like to stamp totally backwards from layers 3, 2, 1 because I find that stamping layer 1 over layer 2 changes the color of the second layer.

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After I stamped the dahlias and leaves, I die cut each of them using our new coordinating dies.  Next I heat embossed our Haute Stripes on an A2 sized card panel with some gold embossing powder.  Then I trimmed a vertical curved line on a separate A2 sized card panel which I used as a guide for my floral arrangement.  I wanted the embossed Haute Stripes to be in the background but I also wanted some white space on the other side of my floral line.  I also used that white area to stamp my sentiment in Cosmopolitan Pink Hybrid Ink.  After I stamped my sentiment, I adhered the trimmed panel onto my striped panel.

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Then I began the process of arranging my dahlias and leaves. For my first line of dahlias, I used one layer of foam tape.  For my second line of florals, I popped up the dahlias with a double layer of foam tape so that they were raised higher than the first line. This gave the card just a little more depth with the differing levels of dahlias.

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As promised (if you watched the video), here is a side by side look at the dahlias stamped in our Ruby Collection inks (left) and Peony Collection inks (right).

Thank you all for stopping by today! I’ll be back next week with another video and post!

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