Floral Mandala Inlaid Look


I hope you all had a great week last week.  It’s spring,  which means work gets a little crazy and creative time gets limited.  But I managed to squeeze some in.


For today’s card I used Spellbinders Shapeabilities Floral Mandala Etched Dies Folk Art by Lene Lok.  I really love using products that remind me of Nordic folk art. This die looks great just cut from white card stock with an inked background, but I decided to make the die colorful and the background off white.


I started by using my embossing pad with my die cutting machine so that the die just left an impression in my white cardstock. I then cut around the impression so that the shape of the image stayed the same.   I then cut the die out in the usual way to add dimension to the card.


I started by coloring the background with my B29 Copic marker.  It made it easier to discern where the flowers were by starting with the background. Once that was complete, I started coloring the interior portions of the flowers and leaves. I layed down a base layer of the lightest color, then flicked on the medium color and lightly touched the dark color to the flowers and leaves.

I then colored the die cut image with the same colors. If the interior colors were light, I used a dark border around the image and vice versa.  I love lavender and yellow together so I decided to combine those color groups together on the same flower. I then added Gina K Connect glue to the back of the die cut and adhered it on to my embossed, colored floral shape. It looks like inlaid die cutting, but it is so much easier and faster than the inlay technique.


My Pink combo was RV21, RV23 and RV25.  My red combo was R24, R27 and R29.  The blue combo is B23, B24 and B16.  Purple is V12, V15 and V17.  The yellow combo is Y13, Y15 and Y17.  Finally, my green combo is YG05, YG17 and YG23. I did not try and blend the colors, I wanted to keep the folk art look. The coloring took less than an hour.


I cut a square of cream colored shimmery cardstock from Joanne’s. I made a square red cardbase from school house red cardstock from Simon Says Stamp. I added foam tape to the back of the floral shape and adhered it to my shimmery card square.  I then added the shimmery square to the red card base.  I added a couple of left over die cuts from a project I did over a year ago to the corners.  I then stamped “Hi” in the corner .  I added a white panel to the interior of the card so I can write a note. That completed my card.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed today’s cardshare!





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