Saturday, April 18, 2015

April's Leading Lady Lydia Evans | Take Three

Our April Leading Lady, Lydia Evans is back for her third performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her inky party of a second performance CLICK HERE.  Today's post by Lydia is quite a fabulous bout full of inspiration!
Hello there and welcome to the weekend :) I'm so happy to here with you again on the Winnie & Walter blog! Today I'm really mixing it up .... and this weeks theme is... 'In A Word Cutaways: Masculine VS Feminine'. Now if you are anything like me I find making guy cards quite hard but using the In A Word Cutaways you can change up the colours of a gal card to a more macho one...

The first match is the In A Word: Cheers Cutaway ... and first into the ring is feminine...


To create the background I first added a pink watercolour to a piece of watercolour card cut with the largest Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die , before letting this dry and then adding a purple on top. I cut the 'cheers' twice out of coloured metal (pink and purple), and added these to a piece of vellum lining them up so the purple acted like a shadow to the pink. I then added some more sentiment using Sugar Rush with Stazon black ink. Some enamel dots and sparkling gems finishes the card.

On to the male version.....


I must say ... I think I like this one better, the colours I think that's what does it, right? So for this one I did the background in the same way but using turquoise first and the black. I used the same colours of craft metal as the background for the stacked 'cheers' and change the 'girl' to 'boy'.

Next match we have 'In A Word: Happy Cutaway'... again I created the female version first...


To start I cut a piece of white card using the largest of the Essentials: Katharine Cutaways , to cover the front of my card blank. I then stamped the solid balloon from The Party in lots of bright girly colours, I used dye ink and overlapped the stamped images so it would look as though you can see through the balloons and see the one behind. I added a string and bow from the same stamp set to each balloon -I love the look of the strings finishing on different levels.

Once all the stamping was done I used 'In A Word: Happy Cutaway' to cut 4 plain white 'happy's and then cut it again in place on my stamped piece. I then stacked all of these 'happy's up with the stamped one on top. I attached the stamped card layer to my card blank and then added the stacked 'happy' back into place. To finish the sentiment I stamped 'birthday' from The Big, the Bold and Party in black ink. To finish the card I added some clear sequins and some wink of stella and glossy accents the 'happy'.

Now switched up for a guy....


I cut the same card layer and used the same balloon stamp but this time I used blue and green inks. I created the stacked die-cut 'happy' n the same way and added grey enamel dots instead of sequins .

So which do you think won this round.... I'm completely on the fence for this one!

Last up In A Word: Love Cutaway... and I created the manly one first.....


To start I cut the smaller of the two frames from Essentials: Katharine Cutaways and using the large bold stripe from Scenery: Stripes I inked it with a dark red and stamped this into place about 2/3rds down my panel (which is landscape). I then stamped some more of the stripes either side of this red one with navy ink.

Once I was happy with the stripes I then took In A Word: Love Cutaway and cut this into place on the stamped panel. When it was cut I added 'you' from The Big, the Bold and You in white embossing powder into place. Then attached the stamped panel with the 'love' missing to my card blank with foam tape. While we do not need the actual 'love' that has just been die-cut this could be used on a tag (check out last weeks tags ;) ), but the landlocked areas in the 'o' and 'e' are needed and I added these into place using foam pads.

For the female version I stamped away from the nautical colours and went a little neon...


I created this in exactly the same way just swapping out the ink colours!

I think the guy one has my heart out of this duo.

Before you guys run off I would love to know what you think of my cards, your comments mean the world to me. Also as Julie and Shay are so generous they have given me a $30 gift card to the Winnie & Walter store over on my blog, so if you hope over there and leave me some love I will choose a random winner from all the comments left on my Leading Lady posts through April.


I would really love to know what you think of my cards and which ones are your favourites!

I hope you have a beautiful day and I will see you again soon.

Hugs Lydia xxx

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  1. Fabulous cards Lydia! I love how you used your dies!

  2. Lydia, your cards are wonderful! My fave: those you created with watercolors. The balloon cards and the striped ones are pretty as well. Thanks for inspiring me ♥

  3. Love the watercolor backgrounds and all of your color palettes!

  4. WOW wow WOW
    ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS cards Lydia!!!
    LOVE your designs, LOVE that you made feminine & masculine versions too - this is a great way keep on top of cardmaking needs ... it seems like I am rushing at the last minute to get my cards reading in time, so now I will try your CLEVER idea to make multiples and keeping them all unique at the same time :)
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION!!!

  5. These cards are beautiful. I love the colors of those balloons!!!!

  6. More superb cards, Lydia! Love the watercolor backgrounds you created, and the die cutting you've done on your cards!

  7. Love this technique, BEAUTIFUL cards!

  8. Lydia, you need to give us warnings that a series of AWESOME-NESS is about to unfold, because I'm sporting another 'purple chin' from the jaw-dropping delights you've shared with us here! First, creating masculine/feminine versions is brilliant; second, creating the pairings that you did...innovative and ingenious! I'm water-colour challenged, so your first set is extra impressive. Your camo sentiments in the second duo...simply dazzling. Finally, the stripes and die cut in the third...handsome for his and classy for hers! Your inspiration truly has my mind in a whirl, thinking of possibilities...Thank you for sharing 6 gems with us today! WOW!

  9. Pretty cards. I especially like the pink/purple (my favorite colors) one.

  10. Very pretty and I
    love the happy with
    the balloons!
    Carla from Utah

  11. WOW! Tons of gorgeous inspiration!

  12. gorgeous cards! I love all the color variations! I really love the awesome birthday cards with the fun balloons!

  13. Fabulous cards. The colours are spot on.

  14. Your card designs are just as the W&W products... big and bold.... Love them.

  15. Great cards. Love the idea of make feminine and masculine cards of the same design.

  16. Love them all. Especially your Idea of stacking the Happy cutaway to give depth. Gorgeously simple.

  17. My favorites are the ones with the balloons. Love the look.

  18. Fun to see your designs in different color combos, so loving the Cheers Birthday Boy card!

  19. I've always told you how much I love your cards and these right bere are no exception! Your designs are stunning!!!

  20. Well done. It's so cool to see both the masculine and feminine versions. Love the dies you used!

  21. What stunning cards!! I love how you made two of them with a masculine and feminine version. Love all of your designs!!

  22. Love the many ways you used the word creative.

  23. All of these are just fantastic! Love the different colors ♥

  24. I love them all, but if I HAD to pick a favourite it would be the balloons in the greens and blues!

  25. Love the variety of masculine and feminine cards.

  26. WOW - the way you used W & W cutaways is completely and totally awesome!! My favorite card is the red, white, and blue Love one!!! SO cool and just so well done!!


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