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I Love Dies!!

By: Debbie Ebat, Artistic Guide

Finished card size:  5" x 6.5"

Let me say I Love dies! I love the look of dies! I love all the wonderful new dies coming out!  I am excited by so many new companies jumping in to make the dies and stamps that  match them. You have JustRite stamps, Heartfelt Creations, Hero Arts has even started.  I just love the images when the dies and images are made to match.   Needless to say when I came up with this idea for the watering hole I was going to research all the companies and such and write a nice article, but because I had problems finding the information I wanted,  you will have to settle for a card, that I  made, with as many different dies as I could design  onto a card.

Shabby Chic Set  (Just Rite Stamps)
White card blank 5 X  6.5 inches  (Recollections)

Orange (Bazzil)
Light green  (Paper Temptress)
Black  from my stash
Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)

--Labels 4 (Spellbinders)

--Petite ovals Small (Spellbinders)
--Labels Trio (Spellbinders)
--Swedish Spring Oval Frame (Cheery Lynn)
--Dancing Doily Lace Border (Cheery Lynn)
--Mini Flourish one (Cheery Lynn)
--Lace Corners (Cheery Lynn)
Designer dries clear adhesive (Art Institute)

Detail tip for Art Glitter adhesive (Art Institute)
CuttleBug (Provo Craft)
Cuttle  Hug ( Cheery Lynn)
Double-stick tape
Clear gems
Copic markers  (.too corp.)
--G14, G00, R46, R22, R21, Y08, E81, YR16, 110


I started by choosing a stamp from JustRite stamps, Shabby Chic set. This set matches with Spellbinders Labels 4. I colored the image with copic markers

Sometimes when I am using a die, I tape it in place with removable tape, but since this set lines up so easily I did not .

 When I am using Cuttle Bug I also use a product called a Cuttle hug.  This is a small thin metal plate that is shaped like the cuttlebug  plates are and replaces the shim everyone uses. Since using this, I do not notice my plates warping as much.

I outlined the image with a marker then  moved on to the next die. The next one I cut was  Swedish spring oval frame.  For people who have not used Cheery Lynn dies they are the ones who recommend the cuttle hug for their dies.  The sandwich to cut these out  is A plate , B plate, Die cut side up, paper, Cuttle Hug, C plate. To emboss you do A plate, B plate, die, embossing mat, cuttle hug, B plate.

As you can see when these come out of the die you have a lot of small pieces that do not pop out of the die.  To take care of this problem I keep a small T pin with my stuff and use this to remove all the extra pieces. It also comes in handy to unplug bottles of glue.

The next die was the petite oval from Spellbinders. After that I cut the Dancing doily border die in  black and the  mini flourish in green.  Then I cut the corners in black.

 Now the fun part -  putting all the pieces together.  I started by  layering the orange piece onto the white card blank.  When I use these detailed dies I like to use a glue that dries clear and fast; and that has a tip that will allow you to just get a small amount out at a time

What I do is just put small dots of the glue on the wider parts of the cut paper.

After the border piece is on I added the corner pieces.  At this point, I should have added the birthday label piece.. but I forgot about it; so do that before you do the Swedish Frame.  Then I added the Petite oval and the labels 4 with the colored stamped image.

Then I decided the card need some bling and I added that on the corners and on the oval and on the flourish.. and last but not least the happy birthday.

Let me say.. again I love dies... and may they keep making all these fun detailed dies for us to play with and to have fun creating with!

I hope you enjoyed this card as much as I did making it.

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4 Responses »

  1. What pretty results, Debbie!

  2. It should say not a ten minute or less card. Sorry.

  3. I Love the card--it looks like it would take some time in preparing, but the outcome is beautiful. It definitely is a ten minutes or less card.

  4. Very pretty card love the look of the dies too