Stretch Your Dies – Day 2
I’m revisiting Negative Die Cut Background. I like this technique and I needed to try it with something that was a) not a shamrock and b) used some pretty watercolor backgrounds that I created. I think one of my most favorite things about this OCC class is the watercolor background that Kristina created. I just love it and cannot seem to stop trying different color combos. I use Fabriano Watercolour Paper – Artistico extra white, 100% cotton, hot pressed. I LOVE THIS PAPER! It is so smooth and beautiful. It resembles velvet when it is dry! I have used both the traditional white (which is a bit off-white) and the extra white (which is really really white). Both hot pressed (which means they are really smooth) and both are 140lbs (which means they are really sturdy). I think I am ready to make a lifelong commitment to them.
So, here is my negative die cut background…
I created this using my silhouette and a shape called “Moroccan flower.” I also used PTI linen impression plate (one of my all time favorites) on the pink card base. Not too much to describe here. I used a hodgepodge of watercolors, but mostly Koi watercolors. The sentiment comes from PTI’s wonderful Words: Hello stamp set.
Success! I made something that doesn’t have a Shamrock! I deserve another pint of Guinness 🙂
Stretch Your Dies – Day 2
I wanted to try another technique presented on Day 2 – Negative Die Cut Background. I don’t know what my deal is, but everything is shamrocks lately. I needed one thank you card for St. Patrick’s Day and I end up making three different cards with shamrocks! Oh well, I guess I will just go with what motivates me! I am all set for St. Patrick’s Day 2016!
I don’t own a lot of dies, but I do own a silhouette. I designed the layout via my silhouette program a year or so ago. The first time I created a card with this layout it looked like this…
This time around, I cut the shamrocks from some Neenah Solar White 80lb card. In retrospect, I think I should have used the 110lb, but it was fine. I popped up the white panel over some random green card and matted the whole thing on a random piece of black card. The card base is 5.5×4.25 made from Neenah 110lb card. I also used my silhouette to die cut the hello and covered it in a Wink of Stella. Thank you Stella, I love you.
Here’s a look…
Personally, I like the first card. It took a bit of time to color those shamrocks and I love the dimension. However, the second card is fun. I like it well enough. Now I need to go create something that doesn’t have a shamrock.
Stretch Your Dies – Day 3
Kristina Werner had a fun technique to share on day 3 – Die cuts within larger die cuts. This technique was great in and of itself. But, what I really loved was the paper she created using distress inks as watercolors. I couldn’t wait to try this out and create some of my own paper. Here’s a close up of one of the sheets I made. I used some distress inks and some Kuratake Gansai Tambi Watercolors. I just loved it. I created two backgrounds…haven’t used the other one yet though.
So, here’s the card I created using my new watercolor background and the technique that Kristina shared…
I really liked how this card turned out. I used my silhouette to die cut the different shamrocks. I then arranged those shamrocks on some post it tape and used a circle die to cut them out as a circle shape. It was a bit tedious to put foam adhesive on all the tinier die cuts, but I think it is well worth it.
Here is a technique that may take a bit more effort, but I believe the results are fantastic!
Stretch Your Dies – Day 1
Day 1 brought us some interesting techniques for using dies. I was really interested in trying out Jennifer McGuire’s technique of shrinking fun foam. I had never tried nor heard of this technique before and I am always ready to try a new technique!
The die is the Simon Says Stamp “Big Thanks” die. I love this die, but find it too large for some projects. This is the beauty of the shrinking fun foam technique. I was able to shrink the foam down to a very workable size for my project. However, I didn’t have black fun foam (only pink). I found this part frustrating. I used a black copic marker, heat set the marker and allowed the foam to dry overnight before adhering to my card front. First, coloring the fun foam was a huge pain and really really messy. I don’t mind messy, but this was ridiculous. I ended up putting on gloves becomes my fingers were black. The copic just didn’t dry well on the foam I was using (which I found rather surprising). After the extended drying time, I tried to adhere the foam die to the card front which was tricky because, well it’s foam. It likes to bend and move and not stay where you want it. If this wasn’t frustrating enough, when I applied liquid adhesive (multi-medium) to the die cut, it reactivated the copic marker and consequently left black smudges ALL OVER THE FRONT OF MY CARD!!!! At this point I had to walk away as I was close to throwing everything out the window and declaring my kingdom craft free forever!
The next day, after mulling things over, I decided to create a new front to selvage the work. It took a relatively long time to adhere all my green sequence, so I knew I needed to try to do something with it. I also wasn’t going to allow that fun foam to get the best of me. I was going to conquer it. I still needed to use a liquid adhesive (the foam likes to move and using a dry adhesive just wasn’t working for me). The copic still smeared like crazy, but I was a bit more cautious and was able to make it work.
I have to say that it was one of the most frustrating techniques that I have tried to date. I will never do this technique again UNLESS I have the proper color of fun foam. There were some great suggestions in the forum regarding coloring the foam (like coloring the foam before die cutting it) but I think it still would be a mess as I would still need to color the edges (which I found to be the messiest part). It just isn’t worth the time and frustration to color it. I don’t think it should be called fun foam anymore. How about frustrating foam?
Day 4 of Clean & Simple 4
Continuing with day 4, I decided to try Jennifer McGuire’s technique – stitching. Another time intensive project. I really wanted to get another card finished today, but it was not meant to be. While the technique isn’t difficult, it is a bit tedious. I really lucked out with my layout. It wasn’t a well thought out plan by me, but it ended up somehow working. Yay!
This was inspired by one of my pins on Pinterest.
Day 4 of Clean & Simple 4
I am revisiting the faux embossing technique. I wanted to try this technique as a background. I used my silhouette to cut out the words “feel better” to create my background. I have to admit, for me, this was anything but simple. I thought it was quite tedious. When I try this again, I will choose something a bit simpler to adhere as my faux embossed background. Midway through I was asking myself if it was even worth all the trouble. My thought was that this could easily be done with an embossing folder or some tone on tone heat embossing. However, I really did like the final outcome. It was neat to totally customize the background with whatever die cut I choose. It’s a new to me technique, so that is a good thing 🙂
Faux Embossing Technique
Day 4 of Clean & Simple 4
Continuing on my journey through the OCC Clean and Simple 4 I found myself really really struggling to come up with something. I really wasn’t inspired to create anything, so decided to take the day off to enjoy all the other inspired designers. I am glad I did because there was a lot of great cards to look through!
Coincidentally, once the sun came out, so did my mojo. I decided to combine two of the techniques presented in class – Faux Paper Cutting and Faux Embossing. These ideas were presented on different days, but I thought they went rather well together. This card took me an unusually long time to put together. So, I only had time to make one! I am sure, once time allows, that I will try this technique again with a few changes. At any rate, I leave you with one lonely card today.
Faux Embossing and Paper Cutting Technique
Overall, I like it. I die cut all those hearts using my silhouette and arranged them inside a larger heart template before adhering the hearts down. I had never tried either technique before, so it was new to me. I thought it was cool, albeit a bit frustrating when I went to blow a piece of eraser away and inadvertently blew away all the hearts that hadn’t been adhered down yet.