Sunday, January 29, 2017

I love you rainbow card - NBUS Challenge #9

Hi there :)

I decided to do a second card for Darnell's NBUS challenge #9.  You can see my first card HERE.  You'll probably remember that NBUS stands for Never Before Used Schtuff... basically it means to use schtuff never before used (virginal) on your creation. It can be something you've had for years or something you got yesterday.

My NBUS item is this really cool die that arrived in the mail on Thursday:
My Favorite Things - Stitched Rainbow Die-namics
An optional extra challenge was to do a bit of CASEing... (Copy And Share Everything).  I copied this next piece straight from Darnell's blog:

  • Note: The most essential element to CASEing is that you give the original artist credit. If you don't know the artist because you found the card you are CASEing on Pinterest, etc., then include a link to your source.
I had seen a card on pinterest using a rainbow die similar to this which I really liked.  This card was made by Toni.  I quite like her blog and recommend it if you're a card maker.

So... with my new rainbow die in hand and a photo for inspiration I got ready to create.  Toni used a cloud embossing folder to create her background but I did something a little different.  In my Lawn Fawn - Blue Skies die set there are a couple of puffy cloud dies that I thought would be perfect for the background.  

I die cut lots of the clouds from watercolour paper and made sure that I had some going off the edges.

Then I got to work on my rainbow.  I started off by die cutting the rainbow from watercolour paper:

Then I separated each arch from the rainbow and coloured them using my Peerless Watercolours.  My rainbow die cuts one less arch than Toni's so I just combined the indigo/violet into one.

I dried the pieces with my heat gun and then reassembled the rainbow... love how it turned out.

Since I had the stitched lines in the rainbow I decided to use my Lawn Fawn - small stitched rectangles die to die cut the cloud background.  (Sorry I forgot to get a photo of this stage).  Then of course I wanted the edge of the rainbow to have the same stitching so I lined it up carefully and used some Micropore tape to hold the rainbow in place so that I could run it through my Big Shot.

Before I adhered my rainbow to the cloud background I did the colour runs using the same colours I'd used to watercolour my rainbow.  Peerless Watercolours: Red (Scarlet Lake), Orange (Deep Yellow), Yellow (Daffodil Yellow), Green (Grass Green), Blue (Alice Blue) and Purple (Amethyst)

Then I lined up my rainbow and adhered it using foam dots to give it a bit of height.

Next I layered my card front onto some black leather-textured cardstock and die cut a sentiment using Lawn Fawn - I Love You Border die from the same black cardstock.

For the finishing touch I adhered a tiny red rhinestone for the 'tittle'... yep that's the fancy name for the dot above the i!

Side note: My mum came over for a visit on Friday/Saturday and I was showing her the Quick Stick tool.  She was totally amazed at how easy it was to use... especially when she saw me stick down a tiny rhinestone with no issues at all... so off we went to Warehouse Stationery and now she has her own Quick Stick... I'm such an enabler LOL

Here is my finished card for Darnell's challenge:

Thanks so much for stopping by today xx


  1. I love your dripping rainbow! It looks wonderful against all that delicous white! Great work.

    1. Thank you so much... it was fun to make :)

  2. I love it Shell! You have made a great job of this card. Ya gettin' good Girl!

    1. Thanks Esther :) I'm having lots of fun with cardmaking at the moment!

  3. That dripping rainbow is such a cool idea!! I love this! :)

  4. Your card caught my eye in the NBUS gallery & had to come get a good look--FABULOUS!

  5. Hi Shell! Thanks for CASEing my card--I love your take!

  6. Shell what a wonderful CASE and a great result!!

  7. Usually, my words flow pretty easy, but I'm kina speechless about this creation, Shell. Gob-smacked even! Thank you so much for the detailed step-by-step! That was so cool and you made it look so fun and easy! I'm pretty sure I have an arch die in my dies and the thing has always flummoxed me. Sort of a "why did I buy this" die. Well, oh boy, now I HOPE I have the die because I cannot wait to CASE YOU and I have a feeling I'm not going to be the only one once this starts going around on Pinterest!! Just brilliant!! Thanks for entering a second card and joining in the optional theme!! Hugs, Darnell


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