Hello! Today is the first time I’m hostess for the Colour Me…! challenge and I hope to see you over at the challenge blog! Even though there’s no video today (sorry, been super busy with my upcoming vacation), I hope you’ll enjoy the card set I made for today. Yes, I said card set. Not one, not two, but three cards! (Strictly speaking I had planned on making four, but … well … ya know, things don’t always go according to plan 😉 ).
I had heard much about dies that cover an entire card, but so far had always shied away from them because of the price. But when I saw this Lil’ Inker die for a very reasonable price over at Make the Day Special I just had to have it! And it’s plain awesome. The pictures speak for themselves, but there are so many other options that came to mind that I will be reaching for this die again and again.
What I Learned When Using the Die
- You will most likely need to use a shim. I have a Sizzix Big Shot and when running regular card stock through it with the die, I did not get a clean cut. I used one to two sheets of card stock as a shim beneath my sandwich, but it was tricky because the “shim” kept shifting and I wasted some paper trying to get a good cut. So, next purchase will be a shim! (Seriously, it’s worth the money if you think how much card stock and frayed nerves it will save you.)
- When you want to adhere this to an acetate card, you need the exact same die cut on the other side. Or very creative glueing skills. Since there is so much open space, you will see glue through it if you just adhere a rectangular panel to the other side of your acetate. There went another card that I had wasted because I hadn’t through of that before.
- You really, really, really need a clean cut (see my comments about the shim) if you want to use the cut out parts to fit back into the card. If you don’t cut cleanly, you will get frayed edges (yikes!) or tear the pieces that come out so you can’t reuse them. That’s how I “lost” my fourth card 🙁
- Work cleanly! That means, keep your work surface clean from glue residues and use glue very sparingly on the die cut when adhering it. When glue seeps out the sides, it can attract dust and tiny paper pieces that float around your craft surface and then your card just doesn’t look good and your work is wasted.
|Black card stock mounted on a white card base; inlaid patterned paper and gold embossing|
|Patterned paper on white card base with sentiment stamped in Versafine black ink|
|Gold card stock on acetate card with patterned paper inlay and sentiment stamped in Versafine black ink, then sprinkled with Judikins iridescent embossing powder|
I know, I sound like a preacher here, but I’d love to save you from making the sam mistakes I did. It’s enough for one of us to waste card stock and time 😉
As for the panel in front where I stamped my sentiment: I masked off the width I needed with masking tape on the back of the die. Then I placed my die in the Big Shot and made sure the base and cover plates did not extend beyond that marked off area. It means you have to send your card through the machine twice, but it’s not a big deal and after the first time, you know how to place it so the other cards will be faster. I learned this technique over at Damask Love and I’m so happy about how it turned out 🙂
Pro Tip: Leave the masking tape on the back of the die when cutting multiple cards this way. That will make sure that they are all cut even and you can fit the pieces into each other.
If you don’t have a die as big as this, you can “easily” do this with any die you have. Sure, you’ll have to run it through your die cutting machine more often, but there’s no reason that your flower dies or geometrical shapes can’t be used to create the same effect.
I hope this inspires you to look at your dies in a different way and try something new with them!
Don’t forget to head over to the rest of the Design Team to see what these fabulously talented ladies have created:
- Lil Inker Swirls
- SU Card Stock
- Wplus9 Hand Lettered Hello