One Die – Three Ways : Ohio
Hello friends and welcome to the middle of the week! Hard to believe that October is almost over – this year is FLYING by!
I’m switching it up a bit again today with my Wednesday Feature of One Stamp – Three Ways and focusing on a particular die-cut on three different cards with three different results.
A few months back, Papertrey Ink released die-cuts of each of the 50 states along with an adorable stamp set. I knew right away that I had to have Ohio [and Texas as well for my mister!] and today I’ll be showcasing a few cards I’ve made with said stamp set and the Ohio die.
First up is this gem:
I chose to make the front panel of the card black with a red Ohio and I stamped the coordinating sentiment along with some arrows in white ink. I love the way this looks in real life and I have to be honest and say that the photos don’t do it justice. The die-cut is small – about an inch by an inch but it packs a punch that makes this card so clean and so classy. The black panel is mounted onto a white cardstock base. I felt like black, red and white were just the right colors for this card – they even play off of Ohio State colors a little. [Side note : even admitting that is a little rough. Yes, I was born in Ohio. Yes, I’ve lived here my whole life. Yes, I am a huge Michigan fan. No, I’m not crazy!] Here’s a view of the entire card.
The next card also uses the Ohio die-cut, but this time with a different sentiment. I also changed up the orientation of this card so it is portrait style instead of landscape. Once again I opted for the color red [I’m not sure why, but I just feel like it’s patriotic and fitting] for the state. The sentiment is stamped in black ink on a soft stone [light grey] colored panel which is mounted to a white cardstock base.
The sentiment reads “I keep you in my heart so you’re never far away” and I think it is so fitting for a card designed to send to a loved one or a friend. It’s not really an “I miss you” card but still lets someone know that you’re thinking of them.
The combination of font choices in this particular stamp set make me so happy! I think the mix of cursive and regular type is just perfect.
The third card focuses on a red die-cut Ohio just like the first two cards, but the sentiment has been heat embossed in a kraft brown color. It matches the card base perfectly! The two shades of brown that join the red provide a warm feeling which is just perfect for the sentiment, “Home is where the heart is”. For added detail I chose to raise the die-cut off of the brown panel with the use of pop dots for additional dimension.
The shadow seen below is just due to non-fantastic lighting conditions while I was photographing the cards, but it does provide a nice look at the shiny embossing of the sentiment.
While I did use the same color for the die-cut on all three cards, they all have different feels to them. I think the possibilities are endless when it comes to available color choices, especially combined with the numerous sentiments provided in the stamp set. The ideas just keep coming, I can’t wait to play some more!
One thing that I was really excited about when I ordered these products was being able to customize some cards for friends and to create sets to sell in the store in Columbus [the heart of Ohio State]. I’ll share a bonus card as an example:
Based on colors used alone, this card is themed towards Ohio University rather than Ohio State. With just the simple die-cut and a one word stamp, this card speaks volumes. Hand-drawn, crisp white lines outline the perimeter of the card. The sentiment is embossed with white ink to match the color of the die-cut. It would be perfect to use for a variety of reasons; sending a thank you, saying hello, catching up with an old roommate, – the list goes on and on!
Like I mentioned, I can hardly wait to make some more of these cards in a variety of colors. I think a bundle of them would be a perfect gift, don’t you? It’s another example of how one supply product can help create so many different options for finished works of art.
I’ll soon be adding these to the Etsy Shop as well as sending some down to Simply Vague in Columbus. If you’ve got a particular color request or sentiment wish, let me know. I’d be happy to create a bundle just for you!
Speaking of the Etsy Shop, I’ll be back tomorrow to recap a few more recently listed items. Hope you enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, and thanks for stopping by!