Saturday, May 23, 2015

May Leading Lady Anita in France | Take Four

Our May Leading Lady, Anita in France is back for a fabulous fourth performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or second performance showing her softer, floral side CLICK HERE or third performance showing her range and versatility with one product CLICK HERE.  For today's performance Anita multiplies her talent times 3!

And now we present Anita in France!

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady

It’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 Friends

These 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 3

Lots 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 White

More 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 3

Love 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 Word

Here 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, 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 over on my blog (My Papercraft World) every week … 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 :)



  1. Such beautiful cards! I love the way you used those dies, so clever. I have the In a Word dies, and will definitely be giving your idea a try soon.

  2. Knock-it-out-of-the-park STUNNING, Anita! A trio of trios that are incredibly creative, incredibly beautiful, incredibly inspiring. Love the inlaid die-cuts of the first, the pop-of-colour faux embossed effect of the second (must try that technique soon!) and the partial die cutting/vivid backgrounds of the third. What marvelous gifts sets these would make...ideas sparked! Once again, your innovative approaches have me dazzled!

  3. I love your cards...all of them Anita but the last three really POP! Awesome job gil..TFS!

  4. Every single one of these cards are beautiful! I love the techniques that were used!

  5. I'm constantly amazed by Anita's ability to make CAS look so chic!

  6. SO impressed with Anita's cards! I love all of these but particularly the last set with the partial die cutting, I must try this!

  7. Your cards are gorgeous! I'd really like to know what kind of paper you used for your card bases. That textured white paper is incredible!

  8. The right colors on the white really give a pop statement!!

  9. Love Anita and her work! Thanks for having her, W&W!

  10. Wow! Fabulous techniques! Gorgeous cards!

  11. Anita, every single one of your cards are absolutely AMAZING! You are extremely talented. I will be subscribing to your blog to see more of your beautiful work. Thanks so much for sharing what you do so well!

  12. Awesome cards with these dies.

  13. Oh my gosh fabulous inspiration - thanks so much!

  14. Oh Wow !! what a gorgeous gorgeous set of cards ...Love them.. especially the last trio :)

  15. Great cards, I love the white words one and the last set! Super cool!

  16. I love your cards; they are absolutely gorgeous. I really need to get some of these dies and stamps.

  17. wow!! such clever ways of using the die cuts!! awesome cards...

  18. These are awesome cards! I love the dies and Anita has certainly shown us their versatility brilliantly! xxx

  19. I can hardly believe this is part four...such a wonderful month of Anita cards, loved each and every one! The vast array of techniques shared was a gift! Thanks you Anita and Winnie and Walter ❤️

  20. Anita is a genius!! I think you shouldn't let her go and have her as part of your Design Team!!!

  21. Wow i just love the various techniques on these cards...awesome job.

  22. What fab sets! Love them all, especially the gorgeous colors!!

  23. 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!!!

  24. 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 :)


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