Winnie & Walter Leading Lady – May 2015 – Take 4

Winnie & Walter Leading LadyIt’s been fabulous having you visit and leave such lovely comments on all my performances at Winnie & Walter so far this month … thank you so much!  This week, I’ve been having fun with ‘The Big, The Bold’ sets and with the ‘In A Word’ Cutaways, making some card sets for the first time … and I’m excited to bring you the results … my ‘Three Times Three’ feature …

Act 1 … a little colour goes a long way …

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 FriendsThese cards were made with just three pieces of coloured card stock and a little white … pieced together to give a slightly different look on each.   Using the ‘friends’ Cutaway (The Big, The Bold and Friends) as a size guide, I trimmed aqua, mint and buttercup card to 8 x 12.5 cm, cut the word a third the way down each, and hand cut a little ‘tail’ at the front of the ‘f’ … that way, it matched the ‘s’ at the end and meant that each panel was split into two by the word.  After I cut the ‘friends’ three times in white card, I was ready to piece and adhere the panels onto the bases … bottom section … word … letter infills … top section.  Three colours and white on each card and I still have the aqua, mint and buttercup ‘friends’ to use on other cards!  The sentiments are made up of words from various ‘The Big, The Bold’ sets   (Happy, You, Friends, Party, Comfort) and the little hearts above the ‘i’ are from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways … covered with lashings of Wink of Stella and a coat of Glossy Accents.  Here they are individually …

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 Friends 1

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 Friends 2

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 Friends 3Lots of The Big, The Bold Cutaways would be perfect for this split panel technique … just trim the card panels to the appropriate size as I did with the ‘friends’ … for the longer words, how about a landscape version?

Act 2 … white on white with a touch of colour …

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 White on WhiteMore die cutting here … this time for a faux embossed look.  I took a piece of watercolour card and made three separate pools of colour using Distress Inks, allowing the colours in each pool to blend and merge a little.  When they were dry, I die cut the words … (from ‘The Big, The Bold’ Cutaway series … ‘love’ from Happy, ‘always’ from Comfort and ‘smiles’ from Friends) … added some shimmer spray and clear embossed them so they shine, and cut all the white words.  Using a ruler as a guide, I arranged and adhered the words onto white card panels, trimmed the edges, added a stamped sentiment to each (from The Big, The Bold and Friends) and popped the panels up on foam dots onto the base cards.    Want a better look?

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 White on White 1

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 White on White 2

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 White on White 3Love how those Distress Ink colours are so vibrant amid the faux embossed white!

Act 3 – standing up in a crowd …

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 In A WordHere I used partial die cutting so the words stand up as part of the card panels … the ‘In A Word’ Cutaways (Happy, Hugs, Hello) really lend themselves well to this technique.  I drew a pencil guide a third the way down each card panel and lined the dies up against them, holding them in place with removable tape.  I placed my top cutting plate just above the pencil line so that the lower hanging letters wouldn’t be cut and ran the panels/dies through my machine.  The last step was to cut along the pencil line on each panel using a metal ruler and craft knife, making sure I didn’t slice through where the letters joined.  I sponged the card bases with Distress Inks to create an ombré look, stamped the sentiments (various The Big, The Bold sets … Happy, Friends, Comfort) in matching ink on the panels, added a Wink of Stella’d and Glossy Accented heart to each one and popped the panels up on foam dots onto the bases.  How about some solo shots …

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 In A Word 1

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 In A Word 2

W&W Leading Lady Week 4 In A Word 3 Because they were for sets, I kept my cards pretty clean and simple so that they would be easy to recreate.  Imagine, though, changing words or colours or embellishments … maybe using a watercolour background or stencilling or designer paper … what about double die cutting in a frame or shape … there are so many possibilities with these fantastic Winnie & Walter words! I’ve had tons of fun with them this week … and hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the results!

Julie and Shay have generously given me a $30 gift card to Winnie & Walter to give away this month … if you’d like to be in with a chance of winning it (you too could be playing with these Cutaways!), leave a comment on each of my Leading Lady posts … five posts during May, five chances to win!  I’ll do a random draw from all the comments and will announce the winner on Sunday 7 June!

Thanks so much to Julie and Shay for having me over to play again this week … I’ll be back next Saturday with the finale … hope you’ll join me!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

81 thoughts on “Winnie & Walter Leading Lady – May 2015 – Take 4

  1. BarbGhig

    Really fabulous cards, Anita! I love how you played with these die cuts and the color combinations are beautiful! You’ve done an amazing job as ‘Leading Lady’ with Winnie & Walter…and, they should be so proud to have you as their Guest Designer!

    If it’s ok with you, I would love to CASE the cards you created for Act 2…so pretty and something I’ve been wanting to try!

  2. Joyce M.

    Holy cow. You have been on busy girl. I adore each and every one of these. They are so simple, stunning, eye catching, you get the drift. Love that you have named them as well. I definitely think that some of these dies will be coming home to live with me very soon….making friends with my new Big Shot.

  3. Shona Chambers

    Just gorgeous Anita, I don’t think Julie and Shay will want you to leave after another brilliant post!! Love all the die-cutting and paper piecing. I tried the partial die-cutting a few months ago but didn’t really have the right die word. The W&W dies look perfect and you’ve done such a beautiful job with them, as well as all your other cards. So proud of you!!!!

  4. Claire A

    Anita you’ve absolutely outdone yourself with these…they really are fantastic! Such brilliant CAS designs…they really show the versatility of the dies

  5. Cathy R

    Fantastic cards Anita, I absolutely love the 2nd and 3rd ones, the colours are so vibrant against the lovely white. I thought your 2nd card was embossed until I realized youd cut and glued the sentiments on, love this idea! Cathy x

  6. Geri G

    …yep…you should definitely have included a ‘commission’ clause in your Leading Lady contract cuz you would be a bazillionaire based on the staggering numbers of ‘new product sales’ that your cards will be generating! I’m in awe of your creations and find myself at a loss for words other than… Wow…Incredible….Amazing…Creative…Talent…Brilliant…You rock….

  7. Daisies Girl

    SO SUPER AWESOME and fan-freaking-tastic!!! You have made cardmaking look fun and easy and showed us how to use the cutaways in such cool ways – you are amazing!!!

  8. kimheggins

    Oh my…do you ever sleep anymore???? You are on a roll with over the top fabulous and amazing cards my dear friend!

  9. marcia mroczynski

    Absolutely awesome Anita! Love how you used the dies & the super cool colors you used. I’m very impressed! Thanks for a chance to win.
    marcia m

  10. Megan

    Fabulous different techniques for diet cutting!! I’ve been intimidated by partial die cutting, but I’m going to have to go try it. What card stock do you use? I love the linen texture on your clean and simple cards!

  11. irene grau

    Such lovely clean and simple cards — although I know all that inking isn’t really “simple.” I think I need to make a set of cards!

  12. TracyM #6773

    LOVE your BOLD and BEAUTIFUL cards Anita!!!
    WOW – such EXCITING use of colour and cutaways – I am in AWE of your three-by-three feature, LOVE the ELEGANCE of your inlaid panels & mix of soft colours, LOVE your white-on-white words with the POP of colour and last, but definitely not least, I LOVE your EXCITING partial die-cutting with the ombre backgrounds!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION – I am TOTALLY INSPIRED and look forward to making more EFFECTIVE use of my time by making multiples of cards too 🙂

  13. maria f.

    Geesh, I had missed these! Color bombs! I absolutely love your design on that last set – mixing distress inking with stark white. Wonderful.

  14. Aileen

    I cant believe I missed this post. Feedly is letting me down. These are brilliant, I want to do them all. The colours and layouts just perfect.

  15. Avonlea

    Wow! These are so cool and oh so colourful! I especially love the “act 2 and 3” cards! Thanks for sharing your techniques! Your cards are inspiring!


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