Sunset Cruise - Xcut Photo Tutorial | Creativity Issue 58

Posted by BeckyJ, 18 Jun, 2015

One of the wonderful things about Xcut dies is that the sets can be mixed and matched together to create fabulous scenes and projects with an extra special touch, all with extreme ease. Taking elements of each die in this way, an endless variety of designs suitable for almost every occasion can be created. For this project I chose a selection of frames, shadow box dies, build-a-scene dies and other decorative sets to create a view with an oriental feel. To add perspective, use 3D foam tape between each layer as the project is constructed. Add this lovely scene to a card blank, hang as it is on a wall, or simply add a cardstock stand to the back to make a stand-alone picture. Follow the steps below to recreate this design or adapt the same techniques to make your own unique project.

1. Layer acetate, an aperture frame die cut with an ornate frame die in Nature’s Gallery paper, and a grey die-cut ornate frame.

2. Die cut the top woodland die in green paper and the top forest scene in green cardstock. Layer behind the acetate.

3. Add a panel of patterned Eau de Nil paper to pale blue cardstock. Die cut a cream cardstock sun, ink and attach.

4. Die cut a Chinese boat from brown cardstock and another from lined paper. Trim the sails from the lined paper die-cut boat and add to the brown boat. Attach to the background layer below the sun.

5. Cut varying heights of pale blue cardstock panels. Die cut two with a scalloped wave border and one with a curly wave border using the nautical build-a-scene dies. Arrange on the background layer.

6. Doodle the edges of the waves with white gel pen and embellish the scalloped sea layers with silver adhesive gems.

7. Attach the acetate frame using four layers of 3D foam tape at the top of the picture frame and one layer at the bottom.

8. Finish the design by adding a pair of die-cut lanterns, a die-cut Chinese house, a sentiment and a petal posy rose.

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