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Monday, April 27, 2015

Jin's { Extreme } Orange Cards

I love LD's cutesy designs but every now and then they surprise me with a non-kiddie file that I must have.

I *heart* the Fruit Cocktail Cut Its as soon as I saw it. The Extreme Layers version, in particular, is very cool. I am intrigued by the multiple layers and I couldn't wait to download the set and cut the fruits out. I started with the strawberry and after cutting out the lemon, I realized that cards made with these cutouts will be bulky. I decided to make the orange using the in-lay technique so as to reduce bulk.

I modified the cutting file by reassigning the cutting lines. I was really excited when I completed my first in-laid orange. I couldn't wait to show it to my kids! They took a look at the card and asked, "That's pretty, Mom. Is that a graphic?"

Yikes! In-laying the whole design resulted in a completely flat and uninteresting card. There isn't much of a difference between my in-laid orange and a graphic image of it. My kids were right. I had to re-do the card and add more dimensions. So I went back to the craft room and made a second card using a combination of both the in-laid technique and the regular layering method.

I love the finished card so much more! I used the in-lay technique in two spots- on the orange rind and on the base. I also raised the the layers up twice - on the rind, and in the middle.

While assembling the cards, I also experimented with using different mediums to make the seeds. Glossy Accents provided the extra dimension but they looked like juice on the orange rather than seeds. Liquid Pearls worked better but in the end, I decided to make the entire card, seeds included, out of cardstock.

Here's the finished card:

File used:
LD Fruit Cocktail - Extreme Layers Cut Its (SVG)
Frame is made with a steel die-cut by Mama Elephant.

Click HERE to see my other project that applies the in-lay method.


  1. Absolutely darling!! Looks good enough to eat!!

  2. Oh another die that i need to it! That orange slice looks awesome! That's a lot of variations of orange paper! :) Very nicely done!

  3. Gorgeous card! I do prefer the layered card :)

  4. Awesome job!! So much details, I have the hardest time with little pieces like that, you're so good with it!