Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Die Cutting Techniques with DT Waleska

Hello Friends, Waleska from craftinglovew here to share with you a very easy way to use your dies to create backgrounds! For my card today I used the flowers that come with the Inside Scalloped Circle Dies, they have a great size, you will find 2 flowers a large and a small.  They are very versatile and you can use this design also for spring cards.


I started with a kraft cardstock card base that I die cut with the two flowers alternatinating the two sizes, with a pencil I marked on a white piece the edges of all the flowers to know where I needed to add color.  On the white piece I added color with Distress Ink Candid Apple and splash a little water mixed with gold watercolor.  I adhere the colored piece to the back of the flower die cut kraft cardstock for a colorful background.

To finish my card I gold embossed the edges of my card base and added gold sequins to the center of my poinsettias.  I also added the word Christmas to with gold embossing powder to finish the Christmas look.

I hope you like my card and can give this idea a try, have a wonderful day friends!

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Die Cutting Techniques with DT Nancy

Hi there friends!! This is Nancy from the design team. Today we are talking about die cutting techniques.

In all honesty, I am fairly new to die cutting. Way back in the day when I was an avid scrapbooker and cardmaker, die cut machines were only located in public schools and larger scrapbook/stamping stores. The dies were wood-mounted and heavy!! Later, Sizzix came out with their first personal die cutting machine. This was much smaller and lighter weight. However, the dies were still very thick but now mounted to plastic.
 This was the first die cut machine I ever used.

The first personal die cut machine from Sizzix.

Fast forward many years (more than I will admit), and it seems like everyone has their own die cut machine and every company has dies. Today's wafer thin dies are purely amazing. Even though they are light weight, they still pack a big punch and can die cut all the same materials that those monster machines did. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to store. A crafter's dream!!!

Now, as I am primarily a "pretty planner", this trend of die cutting was still pretty foreign to me. In my mind, die cuts are like those from days of old. They are cut from cardstock or watercolor paper, and they are THICK!! As a planner, that is a serious down side for me. So, I had to learn how to make them work in my planner while not creating much bulk.

My solution? Sticker paper. Probably my favorite crafting supply, next to stamps and die cuts themselves, they allow me to manipulate my planner pages while keeping things fairly flat. Now sticker paper has it's strengths, but it also has some challenges. Strengths: there are many types of sticker paper just as there are many types of cardstock. I prefer very thin and smooth sticker paper, as I'd rather color images using colored pencils. Also, most sticker paper is removable. At least in the short term. So I don't have to worry about making a placement mistake. Challenges: colors of sticker paper are very limited. White is the standard, kraft color is available but hard to find.

I typically use white sticker paper for all of my stamping and die cutting. Which means I am constantly looking for ways of dressing up my die cuts. The method that I use most often for coloring my die cuts is inking. I typically cut my sticker paper into 2" strips using white sticker paper. Another benefit to this is that if you are using a hill, wave, mountain, etc. you get two die cuts per strip.

I can then easily store any of the die cuts that I don't use at that time, and they are a great size for planner borders. I color my die cuts with a variety of stamping ink, but my favorites are the Distress Inks and Distress Oxide Inks.

Here I used a combination of Black Soot Distress Ink and Brilliance Starlite Black Pigment Ink.  It may take a little extra effort to color your entire piece with ink like I did here because of the quality of the sticker paper. It is super absorbent and sucks the dye ink right up. That is in part why I added the metallic pigment ink. Also the Starlite Black gave a nice shimmer.

A couple variations of the spooky house die before and after inking.

Now on to the rest of the project. I love inking backgrounds! Galaxy backgrounds are my favorite because they come out different every time. For this background, I wanted a galaxy feel but I wanted it to be spookier for the zombies.

 I started with a variety of Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, and Black Soot. Picked Raspberry is pictured in the above photo, but unfortunately I put the wrong lid on the ink and the color was actually Abandoned Coral.

 For every galaxy background, you begin by layering colors. I typically start with the lightest and work toward the darkest. Starting with Mustard Seed.

 Next adding Twisted Citron in random areas.

Moving on to Abandoned Coral. The first spot of ink added is the ONLY time I have ever had bleed through with Distress Inks in my planner. The bleed through is limited to that tiny spot where the page attaches to the discs.

 Moving on to Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire.

Finally adding Black Soot to tie the spooky galaxy together. 

I finished the pages by splattering water and immediately blotting it up with a paper towel to avoid bleed through and warping.  Then I mixed some white acrylic paint with water and splattered that on top. 

Finally, it is time to assemble the pages. I cut 2 of the spooky house scenes from the Harvest Border Dies out of black card stock.  I cut the house off the 2nd strip so that the spooky house would look like it was all alone in this field of rising zombies.

I adhered the strips to the middle of my pages so I could build the zombie field in the foreground. 

Then, I began layering my inked hill strips along the bottom until I came up with a landscape that I liked. I added a couple of hills cut from black cardstock to give interest.

And finally, I added the zombies!  I love the idea that the zombie apocalypse is just beginning and the zombies are starting to rise. They are being watched by a senior zombie who looks pretty hungry!

 I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did!! Have a Happy Halloween (if you celebrate), and I will be back with you soon. As always feel free to reach out with questions or comments here, on the CDD gallery page on Facebook or on my Instagram: @nancy_finch.
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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Die Cutting Techniques with DT Jan

Hello everyone!
It's Jan from handcrafthobby with you today.  Im so glad to be on Craftin Desert Divas' blog sharing my project with you featuring our this week topic "Die Cutting Techniques".  I also combined my card for our October Mood Board Challenge.  Few more days left to enter the challenge at our CDD Facebook Gallery.  Hope you're playing along with us because we do have some prizes for you to win.  Here is the link to our challenge at CDD Facebook Gallery

This is what I made for you.

October Mood Board photo inspiration.
October Mood Board Challenge

And here is the closer look at my card

I love Inlay die cutting technique because I love doing one layer card.  I was debating between doing the water splatter on the background or leave it as it is but I think either way it will look nice and I wanted to capture the beautiful colors from the mood board photo.

Here is how I prepared my card using Inlay die cutting technique.

From white cardstock, I started by did my inking background using Distress Oxide wild honey and fired brick for the sky and peeled paint for the hill.
I then used a smaller Urn die and branch die from Urn dies to cut out on the positions that I planed.  After I cut those I also used the hill die from Outdoor Landscape dies to cut the hill.

On a sperate white card stock, I cut the same Urn die and colored it with copic markers.  For the branch I cut it out again from texture brown card stock.  For the hill I used the same piece of card stock from my main background and inked it up with peel paint distress oxide and it covered all the light yellow from wild honey ink.

Time to assembly all of the elements together.  I puzzled piece all of them together and used washi tape to attached them from the back.  I also stamped the stentiment directly on the hill panel.   I used the cutie birdie, crow and sentiment from Harvest Happiness stamp.  Fussy cut the birds and glued them directly to my card front.

I then attached it to thin typing paper and cut my panel using Crazy Stitched Frame dies and mounted onto black card base.  I also sprinkled Pumpkin Spice Sequins here and there and I particularly put the sea beads on the branch.

I hope you like it and joining us for the challenge.  And Thank you for stopping by today.


Here are CDD products that I used in this card

Harvest Happiness
Urn Dies
Outdoor Landscape 
Crazy Stitched Frame
Pumpkin Spice Sequins
fired brick Oxide ink
wild honey Oxide ink
peeled paint

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Mirror Stamping Planner Clips with DT Cheryl

Hello Divas! It's Cheryl with the DT sharing a tutorial on making planner clips using the Mirror Stamping Technique! What's really cool about using mirror stamping is that you can create a planner clip that's gorgeous from the front and back!

What you'll need:
  • Stamp press (preferably with magnets)
  • Acetate
  • Mirror stamp
  • Clear stamp 
  • Ink
  • Cardstock
  • Coloring media
  • Jumbo paper clip
  • Glue
  • Foam Tape
  • Scissors 
First I placed the clear stamp onto a sheet of acetate and placed it where I'd normally put paper in the stamp press and secure with magnets. Then I place the mirror stamp on the top of the stamp press (where I'd normally put the clear stamp).

Then I ink up the clear stamp and then close the press and tap lightly to transfer the ink to the mirror stamp, repeat the process one more time but be cautious that the acetate and clear stamp did not move! If you only ink up your image once, the mirror image will look a little light like a second generation stamp image.

Now that the image is on the mirror stamp, quickly remove the acetate and clear stamp from the stamp press and replace with a sheet of card stock. Close the stamp press and press firmly. Now you have a nice mirrored stamp image!

Next I stamped out the clear stamp like normal and then fussy cut the two images. Because I used Versafine ink, I used a water-based marker to color in the angels. After coloring I glued a jumbo paper clip onto the back side of one of the angels, make sure that the side of the clip you glue down is the side with just one loop!

Then I added foam tape on the edges of the die cut and then place the mirrored image die cut carefully so that it aligns with the other die cut image.

There you have it! A super cute planner clip that looks adorable all around!

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