Saturday, February 13, 2016

February Leading Lady Emily Leiphart | Take Two

Our February Leading Lady, Emily Leiphart is back for her sensational second performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE.  Emily takes on both the positive and negative with her incredible cards today!

Ladies and gentlemen, Emily....

Hi, everyone! It's Emily here and I'm back with my second Leading Lady post!! Every Saturday this month, I'll be sharing projects with a weekly theme. Today's theme is positive and negative die cuts. One card features the positive pieces of a die cut and the other uses the negative.

For my first card, I die cut In a Word: Love twice, placed them down on a craft sheet and smooshed distress inks on them. After they dried, I stamped words from The Big, the Bold and Friends on lower-case Ls.

On the base panel, I used my MISTI stamping tool to stamp roses from In Bloom: Elsa's Flora with Versamark ink and then heat embossed them with glitter gold embossing powder. Then I mixed grey and black distress inks with water and splattered the two corners with a brush.

My second card features the negative space created after I die cut In a Word: Hugs from a shaped panel created with Essentials: Noelle Cutaways. Before die cutting, I brushed a light wash of distress inks to create a background.

I placed acetate behind the panel and adhered all the small pieces from the die cut on the acetate using glossy accents. Then I created a shaker card by applying foam tape borders and adding three types of sequins. The silver glitter shapes were created using Big Bang Confetti Cutaways.

Here are the two cards shown side-by-side to show how die cuts can be used in two very different ways. The first card has its depth in the popped up positive die cuts, whereas the second card has its depth behind the main panel in the form of a shaker.


Winnie & Walter has given me a $30 gift card to share with my readers! All you need to do is head to my blog and comment on all four of my Leading Lady posts this month and you'll be entered to win. Good luck! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you'll join me again for Take 3 next Saturday!


True Love, Big Love:



  1. them both! Your love card is beautiful with the watercoloring and heat embossing! Super love your fun shaker!

  2. Elegant cards. Emily always impresses me with her versatility and color sense. She really looks ready for Valentine's Day.

  3. Absolutely beautiful cards! Love the use of the word dies!

  4. Wow! Absolutely stunning! I love these cards!!!

  5. Beautiful cards!! Love the shaker card!!
    Moxie Craftie

  6. Beautiful--I like the touches of gold and silver.

  7. Wow! These cards are gorgeous! What a cool look on the water colored "Love" words!

  8. Oh I love you hugs card. Lovely!

  9. These are both outstanding, love love love!!!

  10. BEAUTIFUL cards Emily!!!
    LOVE your ELEGANT designs!!!
    The In A Word Cutaways really are WONDERFUL to work with and I LOVE your CLEVER designs, impossible to choose a favourite, one second it is the inky love, the next it's the shaker hugs => THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION :)

  11. Wonderful cards the metallic touches.

  12. These are both so fantastic!! I love the reflected nature of the first card, such a cool idea. And the soft blue for your sweet shaker card is gorgeous. Looking forward to next week!!

  13. You've showcased two of my favourite words with amazing style, Emily! Your Love+Love smooshed card is gorgeous; the hugs shaker, sweet and sophisticated. Talk about ingenious...

  14. I love the first card so much!!!

  15. Great idea to stamp the little words on the die itself. Genius. ^-^

  16. Absolutely lovely! Both of them.


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