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Go Wild!

Is it just me, or are masculine cards actually harder to make than feminine ones? Maybe it's a sign that I rely too heavily on kawaii and floral images, but I definitely have to think a bit harder to make an awesome "guy card". Luckily, Dare 2B Artzy's Slim Tropical Leaf Border die set makes it very easy to create a jungle setting in slimline form! 
 
I made my own selection of watercolored papers, by applying various shades of Karin Brushmarker Pros to several 4x9" panels of Canson Watercolor Paper, then misting them lightly with water and blotting off the excess color. Then I chose one shade of medium green for the leaf border, a deep olive for the large monstera leaf, and a light chartreuse for the smaller palm frond and (once they were all thoroughly dry) got to diecutting. I made a pale, slightly mottled blue background to serve as sky, then started piling my foliage all over the lower edge of the slimline rectangle, affixing them with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, which has a nice thin applicator tip and thankfully dries completely clear.
Pinkfresh Studio's Heather Uppercase Alphabet has sold out, but Pinkfresh's Heather Lowercase and Lea's Ornate Lowercase would work equally well for my lettering trick; as would any medium-sized set of solid alphabet stamps or stencils: I stamped each letter of "WILD" in a different neutral shade of Distress Oxide Ink (Antique Linen, Hickory Smoke, Forest Moss and Spiced Marmalade, for the record). Then I added animal patterns with a fine-tipped black Pitt Artist Pen and cut out neatly around each, mounting them to the card with double-stick foam adhesive. I filled in the rest of the sentiment with my trusty old-school labelmaker.
D2BA's Slim Tropical Leaf Border set also has several additional leaf shapes and two sizes of flower, so the possibilities for "going wild" and creating anything from a vase of flowers, to a pretty garden, to a full-on junglescape are limited only by your imagination!
has A LOT of foliage dies!

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