Snowflakes with Inlaid Die Cutting

I created this card the other night, and I like how it turned out.

The colored card stock is from My Favorite Things:

I used these dies from WPlus9 to die cut the snowflakes and the word Joy from this set from Penny Black.  The technique is called inlaid die cutting.  First, I cut the snowflakes out of Neenah Solar White 80 pound card stock.  This I arranged them on the Nightshift blue card stock the way I wanted them to look.  I replaced the paper snowflakes with the dies, and cut them out of the blue card stock.  I used the negative space of the blue card stock for the card.

I ran adhesive all along a piece of thin copy paper cut slightly smaller than the blue card stock, and then adhered it to the back of the card stock.  This meant that the snowflake "holes" had adhesive behind them.  I placed the white snowflakes into their spots, like a puzzle.  Once that was done, I cut the word Joy out of both the aqua paper (either this one or this one, I can't remember) and the blue panel.  I used a second piece of copy paper, cut larger than the word joy, applied adhesive (using a tape runner) across it, and adhered it to the back of the blue panel.  I popped in the aqua joy, and that completed the panel.

To make sure everything was well "stuck," I burnished the card panel with my bone folder.  I then adhered the panel to an A2 Neenah solar white 110 pound card base.

The sentiment inside says "Thinking of You."

I like this card because I like blue ( a whole lot) and I love how it feels once its complete.  The technique yields a smooth card - just a little bit of texture where the inlaid die cuts meet the card.