Kites Rise Highest | Shadow Layering

How to do Shadow Layering by Becca Feeken using Amazing Paper Grace Dies by Spellbinders - A2 Swirl Background, Swirl Tag - see full post and supplies at
Good morning sweet friends!  I’ve been traveling again and this morning I am getting ready to take to the road that takes me home.  All good things!!  Before I left, I had a chance to sit down and make a card – I feel more of those days ahead.  This is my first time using A2 Background Swirl die from the  Romancing the Swirl Collection and I just love it.  When you pair it up with a shadow layer of gold behind your colored die cut, the Shadow Layering just sets it off. I’m using a new sentiment from Quietfire Design that is sweet and true –  Kites Rise Highest.  The sentiment is set on Swirl Tags.

Shadow Layering

Curious about shadow layering?  It’s easy.  All you do is cut two of any die you want to shadow layer.  Place your focal die cut on top and adhere by using dots, here and there, of Ranger Glossy Accents on the back.  You simply lay your focal die cut on top of the shadow die cut.  If you work quickly, even after you have all the glossy accents down, you’ll have a moment to move things around.  Offset the shadow layer slightly from the focal die cut – but not too much.  Your offset should be left to right and you can also offset a little from top to bottom.  That’s all there is to shadow layering.  Think about the possibilities…it functions as a color accent, to add a glimmer with metallic sheets or just to add a little bit of shadow for depth!


Stamps: Quietfire Design – Kites Rise Highest
Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest – Natural White – Cover – 80lb smooth, Coredinations, Gold Mirror Board – Hobby Lobby
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  Amazing Paper Grace Dies by SpellbindersA2 Background SwirlSwirl TagsRomancing the Swirl Collectionpost-header-bottom

Okay, just a personal tidbit.  Recently I fell headlong into Amazon and signed up for Audible Books and purchased several.  I have a long drive head and today I’ll be listening to Shauna Niequest – Present over Perfect.  I purchased the hardcover book some time ago and not surprisingly haven’t had a chance to read it yet so I’m looking forward to checking this off my list.  Since I’m stuck in the car – I’ll have to think about what I’m hearing.  Oh, and after Present Over Perfect, I’m going to learn French with an audible book.  So if you’re driving and you look over and see an animated lady mouthing Bon jour – that’s me, lol!   :-)



  • Christine SpringmanJuly 28, 2018 - 11:40 am

    Beautiful card just stunning like the layering and sentiment. Hope you have a good trip home . Quinty girlReplyCancel

  • KathymJuly 28, 2018 - 11:41 am

    I try not to buy all of you design dies, but, your card example are so beautiful, easy to make, and versatile for any occasion that I can no up buying the die/s and making the card. You are too amazing!!! Thank you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda Mellor aka Loopy LyndaJuly 28, 2018 - 12:09 pm

    Good morning Becca, just love shadow drop technique!!! Sentiment is really cute too!!!
    Happy listening and safe drive home?
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy LyndaxxxReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenJuly 28, 2018 - 12:39 pm

    LOL Your card is BEAUTIFUL, as usual Becca! LOVE the sentiment! I’ve wondered where you’ve been & figured you were working on something! ;) It is NICE to have a name for this technique of layering dies, Becca! THANK YOU!!!! HAVE A SAFE TRIP HOME!!!! You SHOULD BE quite relaxed when you reach it! LOLReplyCancel

  • Kristine VencelJuly 28, 2018 - 2:25 pm

    Such a beautiful card design….and soft, soothing colors. Becca, You make the most gorgeous cards. I always feel inspired by your work. Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • ANN ROBBINSJuly 28, 2018 - 2:29 pm

    We been missing your wonderful creations and happy to have you back. Be safe on that highway. We will be heading out soon the 1st weekend in August. Maybe coming around your way and if we do, you better be ready for lunch.
    Beautiful card today as usual and love this technque! Happily you are on your way home and we will see more of you!!!!!

  • Chelsea JohnsonJuly 28, 2018 - 4:37 pm

    Such a pretty – and elegant! – card. Absolutely lovely. Thanks for thinking of us and sharing your beautiful cards with us!ReplyCancel

  • RosemaryJuly 28, 2018 - 5:25 pm

    I have been watching and so happy to see that you finally posted in July this card is so you and beautifulReplyCancel

  • CraftyCruiserJuly 28, 2018 - 5:33 pm

    Bon jour! Really lovely, elegant card. Enjoy your listening drive!
    Doreen RReplyCancel

  • Anne(UK)July 28, 2018 - 5:55 pm

    Bon soir, Becca, et bon voyage!
    Lovely to see another of your fabulous creations!
    Anne(UK) xReplyCancel

  • Sheila WeberJuly 28, 2018 - 6:20 pm

    You make me laugh! And you make the most beautiful cards.ReplyCancel

  • SuzzieQJuly 28, 2018 - 7:12 pm

    Oh, so glad to hear from you. I have been missing you on your blog. You have been in my thoughts for sometime now. So pleased you are okay. Your card design is lovely. Have a safe trip back home. Looking forward to hearing about your adventure.ReplyCancel

  • Jan Symonds AustraliaJuly 28, 2018 - 7:26 pm

    Hi Becca. Firstly glad you are well, was beginning to be concerned. Another beautiful card as always. Very pretty and elegant. Will definitely be having a try
    Blessings to youReplyCancel

  • Sandy ArtmanJuly 28, 2018 - 7:47 pm

    Hi, Sweet Friend,
    It’s always a good day when we hear from you and you bless us with a gorgeous creation. I will definitely give this layering a try, so much richness!
    The internet is my classroom these days-such a wealth of information. Have a safe and enlightening journey home!
    Love & blessings, SandyReplyCancel

  • joy meadowsJuly 28, 2018 - 8:12 pm

    Love this beautiful card! The drop shadow is such a pretty layering technique.ReplyCancel

  • Denice with a "c"July 28, 2018 - 8:28 pm

    Hi there Becca, So glad to hear you are getting to travel and enjoy life seeing some of God’s amazing handiwork. I enjoy hearing about all the adventures you have and ride along with you in my mind. LOL…. I have heard french is a tricky language to learn but then I have heard english is one of the hardest to master. Guess it is good to have been born learning one of the hardest… course I do it with a southern drawl, LOL… Take care and by the way another beautiful card. You make it look so easy. God bless…Denice with a “c”ReplyCancel

  • Sandra SmithJuly 28, 2018 - 8:47 pm

    A lovely card! So glad life is being good to you. Sending thoughts and prayers for a safe journey!ReplyCancel

  • Beverly JordanJuly 28, 2018 - 8:55 pm

    Looks wonderful and am loving that you are wanting to learn french! You do everything wonderfully and I know you will be speaking it perfectly and fast!!! Bon Jour!ReplyCancel

  • Pam TASJuly 28, 2018 - 10:43 pm

    Bonjour Becca enchante’ it’s G’day here lol
    Happy you are back we all miss you and worry when
    you go quiet …….
    Guess we imagine you are up to something crafty (that maybe does
    not sound right lol)
    Love this technique especially Christmas cards have been doing
    a bit of it lately just used these dies yummy.
    Take care stay safe hugs Pam XXXReplyCancel

  • BELLA FELLJuly 29, 2018 - 3:43 am

    Blimey, I read that as you fell headlong into ‘the’ Amazon! You did say you had been travelling. Thankfully I read the rest of the sentence and glad to see you haven’t had a nasty accident.


  • Melanie KilbornJuly 29, 2018 - 1:31 pm

    Very pretty…waiting for your next dies to appear Becca…you know I can’t resist buying them xReplyCancel

  • Carol RossouwAugust 4, 2018 - 5:42 am

    Lovely! And safe travels :)ReplyCancel

  • Joy MossAugust 4, 2018 - 11:24 am

    Love the colors of this card! Also love how your sentiments often are not specific to an event, so that we can stamp them in advance and have the card ready for any occasion.ReplyCancel

  • RosemaryAugust 17, 2018 - 9:47 pm

    I have been missing you been away for a while but so love all the new cardsReplyCancel

  • Joy HoweAugust 20, 2018 - 7:44 am

    Love your site do you have product brochure s or only the webb site.
    Many thanks
    Joy HoweReplyCancel