Rainbow Of Colour And Texture – Altering And Using Die-Cuts.

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So I have a die-cut and want to use it on several different projects – but how do I make it look different each time, so that it doesn’t all look the same?
Well today I am sharing another 2 of my ideas on how to alter your die-cuts for a different look.shadow-card_main

Create a shadow

I like combining the same die-cut to create a shadow effect. This is achieved by using the same die-cut and slightly off-set them to create a shadow effect.
Step 1 – Die-cut your title twice using plain white cardstock. Use a light blue ink pad and add colour to the die-cut.
Tap the ink pad lightly onto the die-cut until it is covered in a solid layer of ink.
shadow_step1Step 2 – Use a second die-cut title and ink it in the same way using a darker shade of blue ink. Leave them to dry.
shadow_step2Step 3 – Adhere the darker die-cut to the lighter die-cut slightly off-set so that it creates a light coloured shadow underneath.
shadow_step3This looks amazing when the bottom die-cut is a lighter shade of grey as well. Experiment and find interesting colour combinations for a fun look on cards and layouts.

Colour and shine

For this die-cut word I used the amazing new Kaisercraft gel pens to colour my word.
This is such a fun and informal way of adding amazing colour to anything and looks great on a single die-cut word.

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step 1 – Die-cut your word out of smooth or textured white cardstock.

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step 2 – Use your gel pens to add colour. I just scribbled different colours onto my word using one colour at a time for a fun rainbow look.
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step 3 – Once done, I added a layer of dimensional glaze to my word to finish it off with a glossy layer. Then it is ready to be adhered to your card or layout.
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What a fun way of adding colour, texture and dimension to your die-cuts in a few easy steps.

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Couture Creations | Sea Breeze generic card.

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I am honored to be guest designing over at Couture Creations this month. And what better way than to be using their stunning range of Sea Breeze papers and elements.
I also got to play with the new release of the Anna Griffin Mixed Media products.
For this card I used some of the Sea Breeze elements but turned it into something a little more generic – it just goes to show that you don’t have to create something beach-y
with this range of papers. But instead I created a beautiful card in shades of blue and green.
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step 1 – Create a background for your card using acrylic paint in blue, green and brown. I added the paint in layers using a rubber brayer.
step1step 2 – Once the background is dry, trim i8t smaller and adhere it to the center of a folded card.
Use the Anna Griffin Secret Garden Stencil and white embossing paste and add a design to the front of your card.
I added some sand to the paste to create a textured paste for variety.
Leave the paste to dry.
step2step 3 – Use 3 shades of blue ink to add colour to your textured design.
Cut out the boy image from the On the rocks patterned paper.
Adhere the chipboard element to the card, and add the boy using foam tape overlapping the chipboard element.
Tuck some blue thread under the boy and add some flowers and diamante to finish it off.
detail2step 4 – Cut the frame from the On the rocks paper and separate the edge. Adhere the strips to the front of the card to form a corner.
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Add some fake sewing around the edges of your card using a sewing wheel and a black fine liner pen.detail1
I love how this card turned out – a cute boyish card that can be used for any special occasion.
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Products used:
Anna Griffin Secret Garden Stencil
Anna Griffin Embossing Paste
The Sea Breeze Collection

Basically Textured Range – NOT just another brick…

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Lady Pattern Paper does it again with her new Basically Textured range. Each time a new release hits the printing press I get more and more excited. But this time around I am ecstatic. This basic range is so full of possibility that it literally jumps at you with ideas.Basically Textured layout1LPP

When I first saw the brick paper I knew what I wanted to create. I had the perfect photos of my niece in front of a graffiti wall and I kept humming that tune of Pink Floyd in my head…

I used the papers cut down into smaller bits. I wanted to create my own graffiti wall but ended up going a bit more classic. For the bricks, instead of writing on them I created a background with some layering on top. I simply cut some additional bricks out and raised them on foam tape for dimension.

The little heart was printed straight onto the brick paper – from my initial graffiti idea, cut out and then added to the wall.
detail3A few ink splats add to the imperfect graffiti look and feel. The flowers and leaves are growing up the side of the brick wall – and make me think of an old British homestead complete with a perfect vintage garden filled with old roses and lots of bees and butterflies.
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On the opposite side of my layout I combined the Fency woodgrain paper in both So Buff and Dazzling Blue. It forms the perfect background and neutral base for my photos. I love the texture it creates without being bulky and overwhelming. Even with its texture and pattern it perfectly matches my classic graffiti look.

The beautiful barcode strip was die-cut using a scallop die – don’t you just LOVE that splattered look?
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With the Basically Textured papers you get two for one. Not only do you have this amazing pattern, but the plain side on the back enables you to get the perfect colouring to complete the look.

I matted my photos on the back of my paper, as well as die-cut my title out of it. This way it perfectly complements my textured papers and colours throughout my layout.
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The Basically Textured range is really beautifully classic basic and will go a long-long way in your stash. And I am so excited to see how well it works with other paper ranges – classic, feminine and boisterous boy projects alike!

Couture Creations Cutting Dies An Altered Book Cover.

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I love using old book paper in my projects. But what to do with those book covers can be tricky for those of us that are hoarders. So I have started using them as canvasses to create some interesting art works on. One such a piece came together using some of my favourite Couture Creations die cuts. They are so beautifully delicate and no matter what you choose to do with them, they are sure to be a show stopper. detail 3
In preparation for the #SecretScrapbookEvent I am sharing just one of the easy ways of how to use your die cuts creatively, grouped together and layered for dimension, to create beautiful works of art.
altered book coverI cut my shapes out of white cardstock and added colour to them using my painted background as a starting point. So shades of blue and green won at the end of the day.
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Step 1 – Die cut two different dies out of white cardstock – I used a flower and a leaf design.
step 1step 2 – Add colour to the die-cuts using Memento dye inks.
step 2step 3 – Add shades of blue ink to the flowers and let them dry. Then dip the stems and leaves into green ink to add colour.
step 3step 4 – Use 3 different acrylic paint colours and paint a book cover. Let dry completely and then add walnut ink crystal splats.
step 4step 5 – Use walnut ink mist to colour a manilla tag.
step 5step 6 – Once all your elements are dry, arrange them onto your cover to determine placement. Adhere the elements overlapping each other, layered together to create dimension. TIP: Use a glue gun, Tombow mono-multi glue or foam tape to add dimension to your elements. Or simply leave some parts of the elements loose to add dimension and movement.
step 6step 7 – Add glitter glue to the coloured flowers.
step 7step 8 – Use a grey dye ink to highlight the textured edge on the cover. Ink the edges and then blend the ink using your finger or a sponge dauber.
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And this is just one of the ways to use your wonderful Couture Creations cutting dies.
No matter what the project – these cutting dies are perfectly versatile.

Prima – stamped frame of mind – the artist within me.

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I love my stamps – and a good design can be so versatile! The thing about stamps is that you can use them over and over again and they never go to waste. Using the same stamp in different ways combining them with different products and techniques is what makes stamps so versatile. So for this week’s project I took to the new artistic stamps from Prima – don’t you just love the “girls”.

stamping frame jnjpgSo once I decided on the image I wanted to use I thought it would be fun to do a bit of a masking technique and combine the image with different stamps and stencils to create a background effect. So here’s how I did it

Step 1
stamp the Karlie image twice. Once on the white cardstock you will use for your project and again on a scrap piece of paper.

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cut out the image stamped onto the scrap piece of paper. You want to cut on the line as opposed to just outside the line on the outer edge.

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use sticky squares to adhere the cut out image on top of the image stamped onto your cardstock. Then ink your second stamp and over stamp onto the background where you want your design to be.

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When you lift your stamp you can see that you stamped onto the background as well as onto the cut out image only. When you remove the cut out image from your project the second stamped image will appear as if it is in the background behind the original stamped image – pretty cool!

TIP – the cut out image also prevents you from messing up your original image – this is a great way of adding stamping to a project after you have finished it and if you think it needs a little something!
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Use your artiste markers and water to colour in your image. Once you are done colouring add some gold glitter glue to dress up your image and add some sparkle to it.

I cut my image smaller and added some stencil ling and ink splats to the background. My stamped images created a corner effect to frame the center image. I then added flowers and other decorative elements to finish off my art work before popping it inside of an empty gift box lid. In the end I had a funky little artwork to use in my studio.

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I added gold glitter glue to my coloured image and love how that turned out. I hardly ever use glitter glue out of the bottle, I always squeeze it onto my finger tip and then apply it – this way you don’t get those unsightly glue streaks and marks left by the tip of the bottle, but rather a clean glittered look.

stamping painted jnI also added some more Prima embellishments and pieces cut from their paper pads to decorate my image
stampingjnand no Prima project is complete without their beautiful blooms

stamping flowers jnI hope this inspired you to pull out those stamps and utilize them even more! Happy stamping!

Products used
PM 980023 Cling Stamp – Karlie
PM 990114 Cartographer Cling Stamp
DDOA851303 Artiste Dual Tip Pens – Brush & Marker – Watercolour
ADCO 721981 Couture Creations Glitzin Glamour – Aztec Gold
PM 814144 Seashore Collection Kit
TVF-82 VersaFine Ink Pad – Onyx Black

Secret Treasures dies by Couture Creations

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I am a paper scrapper at heart – so there’s something really special about being able to create elements using just paper for cards and layouts. Above anything else I choose to use paper on my layouts with a few smaller embellishments, but ultimately paper rules my creativity. So naturally when I create dies is one of my favourite elements to include. I can use small scraps of paper and cardstock to cut different elements out of to add as accents on my layouts, I can add different techniques to plain pieces of cardstock and I can dress them up or down as much as I like to. For my layout I chose to emboss my die-cuts – this enabled me to pick up on the beautiful and dramatic turquoise-green in the patterned paper I used, and also the neutral brown I used as my matting to ground the elements. I used three different dies on this layout to add to my outdoorsy feel. I used the beautiful rocking horse die, tiny birdies and the beautiful large leafy die – all of them perfectly fitting into the design in their own unique way dressed up in a shiny new coat of heat embossing.

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Die-cut your elements out of plain white cardstock of medium weight

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Cover the entire element with a layer of Versamark ink. Press the ink pad repeatedly onto the
die-cut for an even cover of ink. Work on a sheet of scrap paper for the inking part

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Move the die-cut onto a clean sheet of paper. Cover the die-cut with a layer of embossing
powder and shake off the excess powder

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Heat the element using your heat gun until the powder is fully melted. Leave to cool down
before handling the die-cut. You can add another layer of embossing for a smooth finish

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Tips and hints

  • Embossing two or more layers will give you a really smooth finish
  • You can decant your embossing powders into small plastic tubs with a plastic spoon making it easier to use. I store my powders this way so that I can easily return the excess powder into the container. Spooning the powder onto your elements over the tub also makes for less waste
  • The golden rule of embossing can be applied to most embossing powders – when it goes shiny, it is done heating.
  • Once an element has been embossed, the embossing powder needs to cool down before handling. If you touch it while the embossing is still hot, you will leave your finger print behind with a really unpleasant burn
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