Hello and thanks for stopping by the StampAction blog. Today I have a few samples to share with you, but first let me encourage you to come to class this weekend. I am teaching a very popular technique called Embossed Die Cuts. Everyone comments on the samples of this technique in the store and now’s your chance to learn how to achieve this very impressive look. It works for any die cut and any season.
Here are the details: October 27, 10am to noon and 2 to 4pm – Embossed Die Cuts – Make a Christmas card (see above) and a fall card using dies from Memory Box. We will color the dies cuts with Distress Stains or Copic markers then add the embossed shine! It’s a very easy and fun technique that’s easily transferable to a variety of other surfaces including other die cuts. Come and join us! Bring class kit and ask for a list of other supplies. Get more information here.Here are some other samples using this technique:
New Poppystamps Dies in Stock
Exciting news! The new Poppystamps dies are here and they are wonderful. Be sure to check out the Poppystamps dies on my What’s New page here. I got a chance to play with a few of these dies this weekend and here are the results:
I love poinsettias – I have a whole drawer of poinsettia stamps and dies! The new Poppystamps Blooming Poinsettia die is awesome – it has 5 separate dies including the little middle part and the leaf. Simply stack them up or spend some time shaping the petals with a stylus and you’ve got a festive Christmas season greeting.
For these two cards I die used metallic cardstock in white and red. First I embossed the backgrounds (Lifestyle Crafts and Cuttlebug embossing folders) then heat embossed the greetings (Penny Black Christmas Cheer clear stamp set) in gold. The poinsettia layers are adhered together with glue dots. I added a little gold pearl to the center.
Poppystamps has a variety of new window dies including the Grand Arched Window and the Stained Glass Window that fits inside the arched window. For the first card, I die cut the stained glass window from black glossy cardstock and the arched window from gray cardstock. You can’t hardly see it but I stamped the gray window with an old background stamp from Magenta to add a “faux stone” effect. Next I cut vellum to 2½” x 5” and covered it with Scor tape (I used the 2½” wide tape but you could also use the sheets). Remove the release sheet to expose the sticky surface and flood it with clear glitter. Using your fingertips or a bone folder, burnish the glitter vigorously to make the glitter adhere to the scor tape and remove any loose glitter. Eventually you will have a very smooth layer of glitter that will not “shed!”
Next I adhered the stained glass window to the arched window and this piece to the glitter layer using scor tape. Now color the glitter using Copic markers. Choose fairly dark makers because the colors will not be as dark on the glitter. Mount the finished window to an embossed background (Cuttlebug) and to a gray card. Round the corners.
For the second card I mounted the die cut window to an embossed background (Tim Holtz brick) and colored it with Copic makers. For some reason the Copic markers reacted to the glossy cardstock and black streaks came off in my coloring. I would advise either trying water-based markers instead or die cutting the window from non-glossy cardstock.
A Few More Ideas …
My brother’s birthday was this week so I needed a “guy” birthday card. I used the Memory Box Parker number set which also comes with several punctuation symbols including the cute little question mark. First I cut the cardstock to 5¼” x 4” and stamped the greeting (Stampendous). I laid out the number dies randomly on the cardstock, taped them down with removable tape and die cut them. If you want to make multiple cards, I discovered that rather than moving the dies with their tape from card front to card front, simply leave the die cut card in your machine and place another piece of cardstock cut to size on top and run it through again. You can make many card fronts quite easily this way. The tedious part of this card is retrieving the little punched out parts of the 6, 9, 8, 4 and 0 and popping them up inside the die cut numbers. If the card is for a young person, you can always die cut their age in place of the question mark. Be sure to place a piece of contrasting cardstock behind the question mark or age to highlight it.
I am always in need of thank you cards and it’s nice to make one that reflects the season. I die cut the green cardstock with the Modern Landscape die and the Pop-up Thanks die which remember does not cut the bottom of the letters giving the letters a pop-up effect. I wanted a multicolor effect so I used a craft knife to cut away the (green) letters, put double stick tape on the back of the green piece including right across the back of the letter openings and mounted it to orange cardstock. Then I cut the thanks die from several colors of cardstock and fit the letters into the openings backed with the double sided tape. For a final embellishment I added Candi Dots on top of the trees to give them some color too. The result is a multicolor fall thank you card!
I hope these samples inspire you. Please stop by the store soon to pick up any of these dies and supplies. Thanks!