I've been enchanted with several card-making design choices that have been very popular lately: the color grey, striped borders, text backgrounds, gesso, and die cut words. I sorta went crazy and used them all on this card . . .
. . . and on this variation . . .
I like to stack die cuts for more dimension, but gluing the layers together can get messy, especially when using skinny words and letters. Also, I often have trouble lining up images accurately. My solution is to run a layer of cardstock through my Xyron and adhere it to a second layer. Then I die cut: that gives me two well-adhered layers right off the bat, and if I wish to double those up, the gluing is easier to do with the sturdier die cuts. Even the wafer thin dies will cut easily through doubled cardstock, especially when a metal adapter plate is used. A real time-saver and a lot less mess!
Cardstock: Bazzill Rock Candy, Generic Light Grey, Strathmore
#90 watercolor paper
Stamps: Hampton Art Willowy Sunflower (first card), or East Coast
Daisy (second card), Hero Friends Definition, Impression
Obsession Thin Stripes
Inks: ColorBox Orange, Frost White, Hero Black, Copic
Toner Gray T1
Emb Powder: Judikins Opaque White, B’Muse Metallic Marmalade
Dies: Tim Holtz Handwritten Celebrate: “Happy” (first card) or
Tattered Lace Everyday Sentiments: “Happy Birthday”
Colored Pencils: Prisma Orange, Spanish Orange, Olive Green,
Limeade, Black Raspberry
Doo Dads: Faber Castell Gesso, Gamsol, Viva Pearl Pen Ice White