Inlaid Holly & Berries Cover Plate with Melissa

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Holiday

Hi everyone! It's Melissa here and I'm thrilled to be guest posting for Catherine today. I wanted to share a project I made using the amazing Holly and Berries Cover Plate Die from the recent All the Trimmings release.
For this duo of cards, I started by taking two pieces of Catherine's Premium White Card Stock and used the direct-to-paper inking technique to create two pieces of colored card stock. I applied Samba ink to one panel and Mardi Gras ink to the other, then let them dry completely.
Once dry, I die cut each panel using the Holly and Berries Cover Plate Die. I carefully removed each piece from the die after die cutting it to ensure all the small pieces stayed in place. I removed the outer border from each panel and placed them on the opposite color panel. I then used a pick up tool to swap out all the small negative die cut pieces between the two panels.
After all the pieces were swapped, I covered both panels with a piece of Glad Press ‘n Seal ensuring all the pieces were stuck well to it. This allowed me to pick up the entire piece and flip it over which made it much easier to adhere to move around without fear of losing any of the pieces.
I created a top-folding card base using Premium White Card Stock. I covered the entire front panel with 1″ wide Scor-Tape then adhered the die cut panel to it. I firmly pressed down on the Press n' Seal to ensure all the small pieces were adhered before carefully peeling it off the card.
For the sentiment, I used a sentiment from the Candy Cane Lane stamp set. I masked off the word “sweetest” and then inked the holiday wishes words with VersaMark ink. I stamped it on a 1/2″ wide piece of white cardstock then heat embossed it using gold embossing powder. I trimmed one end at an angle then adhered it to the card using some foam tape.
I really hope you've enjoyed my cards today. It was a bit of a time-consuming process, so this isn't a card you would want to mass produce, but I think the final results are just stunning.

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