Framed Fern Birthday Cards

Framed Fern Birthday Cards


(inside: Hope you have a wonderful day!)

I recently created a bunch of panels with my Kuretake GANSAI TAMBI Water Colors.  These paints are very intense, and I’m still learning to use them.  I was going for a light wash of colors, but some of the panels got pretty dark and didn’t seem usable as intended.  However, when I die cut the “Framed Fern” by Penny Black from them, I ended up with beautiful die cuts and their negative pieces that made great card elements.


In addition to die cutting the fern from the painted panel, I also die cut the fern from a piece of plain water color paper.  I then “swapped” the negative pieces and inlaid them around the die cuts resulting in two cards from each painted panel.

I had so much fun with this technique and made “a  few” more cards – lol!  Even with the same paint colors, there is so much variation, and each panel is slightly different.

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Careful placement of the die on the painted panel allows you to use the “trash” for another card panel.


Here is another set in browns and gold.  (You can see the beautiful shimmer if you click on the photos to enlarge them.)

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I’m now thinking of other dies I have in my stash that I can use for this inlay technique!

The embossed frame was made with the “Stately” embossing folder from Craft Concepts.  The greeting was from “The Wetlands” set by Gina K Designs.  The inside sentiment is from the “Happy Birthday to You” stamp set by (#sbc-ds19-23).  The “Courage is…” stamp is from the “French Memories” set by Tim Holtz.  The paint colors used for the blue/green samples were No 54, 58, 62, 64, and 10; the brown samples were No 47, 44, and 90.  Water color paper was used for the painted panels from which the die cuts came as well as the card front panels.

Thanks for checking out my card projects!

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10 thoughts on “Framed Fern Birthday Cards

  1. So many lovely cards! So neat that you were able to create so many cards with the same die and using positive and negative portions of your watercolor. Thanks for the inspiration.


  2. WOW you got a lot of beautiful cards from those panel. How great that you were able to use the positive and negative as well as scraps.


  3. WOW, is an understatement. The colors are intense but really carry the show with this CAS design. Love the ef and placement of sentiment. Creates symmetry and balance. Well done.


  4. These are just beautiful. I love the variation of colour and doing an inlay technique makes them very special. I also really like the embossed frames. CAS with lots of interest and very cleverly designed.


  5. Lisa, all of these are beautiful! I love how you got so many different panels and shades using the same colors. Great job on all of these. I love how you used the “waste”, too!


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