Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits for GDP075

I mostly make cards and don’t often use Stampin’ Up! products to make 3-D projects or home decor, but I always have a lot of fun when I do.  For this week’s Global Design Project, I used the “winged things” theme to fill a frame with an inspirational saying, a gorgeous backdrop of paper and a bold, beautiful dragonfly.  Here’s my project:

Layering Love, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper, 6 x 6 Glimmer Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP075, DIY home decorAnd here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

GDP075This picture frame is one I picked up at Target some years ago. The base of the project is sandwiched between two pieces of glass that slide right into the frame.  I rolled the wings of the dragonfly with the rounded handle of a large paint brush and added the dragonfly to the outside of the frame with a glue dot.

Here’s a closer look at how the dragonfly pops off the glass of the frame:

Layering Love, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper, 6 x 6 Glimmer Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP075, DIY home decorTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Dragonfly Dreams Bundle.  Dragonflies were always a part of our South Carolina summers.  They don’t bite, and they aren’t a nuisance, so I’ve always liked the fluttering insects.  I also adore the Dragonfly Dreams bundle.  While I only used the large dragonfly die from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, there are so many great images and sentiments in the stamp set and so many other dies in the Thinlits set.  If you can believe it, this is only the second project I’ve made with this great bundle – you can see the first one here.

    Dragonfly Dreams Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Dragonfly Dreams Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Three New Sale-a-Bration Selections.  Starting tomorrow (February 21), Stampin’ Up! is releasing three new Sale-a-Bration items that you are sure to want.  If you want to see all three new items, check back tomorrow OR click here.  I’ve featured the 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper Selection Pack on this project (the pack includes pages of Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron and Sweet Sugarplum pages) – the large dragonfly was cut perfectly from the Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper.  QUICK TIP:  When cutting a piece of Glimmer Paper with a Thinlits die, it’s easiest to place the cutting side of the die on the flat paper side of the glimmer paper.  Since the dragonfly can be cut backwards, I was able to get a good, clean cut on the backside of the paper.6" x 6" Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack, Stampin' Up!
  • Colors.  Mint Macaron pairs with almost anything – as does Basic Gray.  While making this project, I thought it would be fun to pair the two of them together.  What a great combination!  Mint Macaron is a soft shade, but it’s also a bit dusty (that’s why it’s perfect for the succulents).  Basic Gray pulls out the dustiness of the beautiful shade.  Whisper White lightens it all up perfectly.  If you like this combination, too, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Mint Macaron, Basic Gray, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Layering Love  Papers:  Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper, 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper Assortment, Basic Gray, Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Gray  Accessories:  Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Precision Base Plate, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Such a striking card and a nice way to make a it become a keepsake! Great idea

  2. 3-D to go with your snazzy home decor. Such a pretty color combination!

  3. Pretty ! How smart to put the Dragonfly on the outside so it would still fit into your picture. Can`t believe you actually cut it out of GLIMMER paper !!
    Hope SU keeps Mint Macaron . It is such a nice soft color . Don`t know what they would retire to make room for it though???

  4. My first thought upon seeing this was “OMG, Brian used the glimmer paper”. After the initial shock wore off I was able to fully appreciate how lovely your project is. Awesome job Brian.

  5. Beautiful project Brian. Knew you had a little glimmer in you!

  6. What a wonderful project! That big ole’ dragonfly looks great featured on the outside of the glass:-). Brilliant! I imagined you in a hazmat suit as you cut him out- LOL!

  7. WOW! That is absolutely gorgeous. I love that you made the dragonfly 3-D by putting it on top the glass. And it is so perfect in glimmer paper. Sometimes you just have to get out of the box.

  8. so very cute! Love that you put the glimmery dragonfly on the outside of the frame…great effect!!! Happy day, love

  9. Stunning project, Brian! I have yet to make one like this…I love the sparkly dragonfly on top of the glass. Kudos, my friend!

  10. What a beautiful decorative accent you’ve made here Brian. Hmmmm I wonder if you had Mary cut the butterfly out for you? OR maybe you were testing yourself to see if you could survive a glittery cut? You are sooooo brave. Congratulations. Now look at the gorgeous creation you have completed. Enjoy!

  11. Really lovely Brian, I am moving in a new flat and I will make me a nice frame as well, for sure! Great work!

  12. That dragonfly is a little big for me but you have found a perfect use. Great job!

  13. As soon as I saw the photo I thought, okay this is how he can stand to use Glimmer Paper, trapped in a frame between two layers of glass. I was shocked to find that you put the Glimmer dragonfly on the outside of the glass! It’s really beautiful. We all appreciate how you suffer for your art.

  14. Great work Brian, the frame looks awesome!

  15. Oh wow!! I saw this on the Global Design Project and had to pop by. I LOVE the 3D project. The simplicity paired with that fabulous sparkle dragonfly-totally AMAZING!!!

  16. Nice! Love this – so pretty and definitely frame worthy.

  17. So pretty ! I love how you have used the glimmer paper with the dragonfly die. A perfect pairing.

  18. As always, just gorgeous Brian! The 3D project that is! Oh okay, don’t pout! You are gorgeous too! 😉

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