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Easter Bunny Cards

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Today I’m using another really fun Die-Versions die – this time to make Easter Bunny Cards.  The bunnies are also perfect for other Spring or Easter decorations.  This is a single die that makes either a standing or sitting bunny along with accessories.  I love how they put a little scalloped edge around the bunny to make it look more fuzzy and cuddly.

brown bunny  white bunny

sitting bunny

The Die-Versions dies are thin metal dies, so you can use them with almost any die cutting machine.  I chose my Sizzix Big Kick because it is well-suited to this type of cutting.  Although it could cut at least two layers of the heaviest papers, this time I cut one layer at a time to make sure I retained all of the detail.  Since this die focuses on a single animal, you can pretty much cut all of the pieces that you need with just one pass (there are a couple of exceptions – for example, if you want the sitting version you’ll need to cut another foot with foot pads).   The animal parts are conveniently grouped together at the bottom of the die, so you can use a scrap that is approximately 4” x 4.25” to cut the body parts.  You’ll also need a scrap this size (or a group of smaller scraps) to cut the parts that are pink.

Once the pieces are cut, I find it helpful to lay them out on a sheet of contrasting paper to make sure I have everything I need.  Then I used a little Memento ink to “edge” each of the pieces to enhance that cute scalloped cut.  I used London Fog ink for the white bunny and Toffee Crunch ink for the tan bunny.  I added the ink with a Darice foam marshmallow, sponging ink around the edges of each piece (main color only – I did not sponge the pink pieces).   For the main body, I added a little sponged ink to the slit area in the center.  For the face, I used a little Angel Pink to enhance the cheeks, and used a Cool Gray Copic Multiliner to enhance the nose/mouth detail.  Please see this short video for more detail.

Video pending

My preference is to assemble the bunny as a stand-alone object – then it can be attached to a card or used elsewhere for a decoration.  The adhesive that I find works best for this is the Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Glue.  It bonds paper to paper very quickly, and that keeps parts from slipping out of place, etc.   I began by attaching the arms to the main body, and then adding the face.  Then I add the feet, the paws, the ears, nose, etc.  Note that the ears end up in two pieces, the main color outside and the pink inside.  If you’re assembling a stand-alone bunny, you’ll need something to hold the pink piece in the center of the main body color.  I just use a small strip of paper – making sure to glue it to the pink center as well as each side of the main color.  You can see this in the back view of the bunny below.  Also for the eyes, instead of wrangling the tiny little pupils (and cutting them from black, etc.), I find it easier to just cut a small strip of black paper and glue it to the back of the head.  Cheating?  Maybe. . . but why not?  I did the same thing for the feet on the sitting bunny.  It just seemed so much easier.

To assemble the card, I first selected a patterned paper to place the bunny on, and a coordinating base layer.  I cut the base layer 4.25” x 5.5” (A-2 size), and the patterned paper 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”.  I used Scor-Tape to attach the patterned layer to the base layer.   I also attached the completed bunny with Scor-Tape.  I stamped the sentiment on a small piece of white cardstock, and added it to the card with Scor-Tape.  The purple bow on the white bunny is one of the accessories on the die.  The carrots with the tan bunnies were also cut using the “Easter Bunny” die.  The accessory pieces were glued in place.

I thought the sitting bunny would also make a cute table decoration for Easter dinner – perhaps as a place holder or as a napkin ring.  It is really easy to add a triangle of paper to make the bunny sit up straight, or a circle to make a napkin ring, etc.  There are just so many options – especially when you add in all of the accessories.  Too much fun!  Here are a couple of pictures of the “support” for the sitting bunny.

back view  holder

Supply List:

Die-Versions die “Easter Bunny

Die cutting machine – I used my Big Kick by Sizzix

Assorted cardstock for the bunny – scraps will work fine

Assorted cardstock for the card layers

Adhesives – ¼” Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal, Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Glue

Sentiments – I used a set from Impression Obsession called “Easter Seals”

Ink – I used Memento London Fog, Angel Pink, Toffee Crunch, Bahama Blue, and Grape Jelly

Darice craft marshmallow

Copic multiliner pen – Cool Gray

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

Children’s Cards featuring Die-Versions I {Heart} You Animals

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Today I’m using a super-fun die by Die-Versions, “I {Heart} You Animals”.  This single die can be used to make at least eight different animals – a lion, a dog, a cat, a bear, a pig, an owl, a monkey and a cow.  How fun is that! I really think that with a little creativity, you can probably come up with even more animals by mixing and matching the parts, changing colors, etc.   Any of the animals would make a really cute children’s card for a birthday or any occasion – even an “I love you.

dog  bear

lion  owl

pig

The Die-Versions dies are  thin metal dies, so you can use them with almost any die cutting machine.  I chose my Sizzix Big Kick because it is well-suited to heavy-duty cutting.  With even my heaviest papers, I was able to cut at least two layers at a time (so I could cut both feet at the same time by stacking the two scraps together, etc.).  This saves a little time, and gets me to the fun of assembling the animal faster.

There are a couple of ways you can approach using the die.  You can select an animal and the colors of cardstock needed to make it.  You might then cut a full sheet of “parts” for each of the colors needed (for some of the colors you would have to cut two full sheets to get enough parts), and then only use the parts you need for the selected animal.  The left over parts can be held and used on another card.  I think the better way to approach it is to just use your scraps to cut only the pieces that you need for the selected animal.  For example, a 2-1/4” x 3” scrap is an appropriate size for the heart, a 2” square for the head, 1” squares for the feet, etc.  If you use this method, it really takes very little paper to assemble any of the animals.  If you lay the scraps on the die carefully, you can cut most of the parts needed for an animal in one pass through the die cutting machine.

If little pieces tend to make you crazy, note that the eyes and the paw pads, etc. are made from small circles.  If you have small circle hole punches (1/8”, ¼”, 3/16”, etc.) you may find it easier to just punch out the shapes needed rather than trying to wrangle the little circles on the die.  You may also prefer to cut the larger white circle for the eyes and draw in the pupil with a black marker (a black Glaze pen would give a nice result).   Markers can also be used if you want to create an animal with stripes (for example, a tiger cat, etc.).  This is all optional – everything that you need is included on the die.  Please see the short video for more tips on using the I {Heart} You Animals die.

To assemble the card, I first selected a patterned paper to place the animal on, and a coordinating base layer.  I cut the base layer 4.25” x 5.5” (A-2 size), and the patterned paper 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”.  I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal to attach the patterned layer to the base layer.   The next thing I did was to lay the animal pieces on the card front to see how everything fits.  When I was happy with the placement, I began to glue the pieces in place.  I used Scotch Quick Drying Tacky Glue for the larger pieces.  For the smaller pieces, a glue pen or a product called “Sticky Dots” will work best.  Of course, you could also run the pieces through a Xyron before attaching them.  For ears and tails, I also used some low dimensional adhesive to add a little dimension.  Note that I added the sentiments to the hearts before I assembled the animals.  Instead of the sentiments you could use stickers or other die cuts, etc.

There are many other fun ways that you can use this die.  If you don’t want so much emphasis on the heart, you can cut the heart  in the main body color, or replace the heart with an appropriate sized circle or oval.  You could also assemble the animal separate from the card base and mount it using a wobble spring (imagine the “giggles” that will bring!).  It is a very versatile die.

 

Supply List:

Die-Versions die “I {Heart} You Animals

Die cutting machine – I used my Big Kick by Sizzix

Assorted cardstock for the animals – scraps will work fine

Assorted  cardstock for the card layers

Adhesives – ¼” Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal, Scotch Quick Drying Tacky Glue, glue pen, Therm O Web Sticky Dots, etc.  You may also want a low dimensional adhesive such as Darice foam squares.

Sentiments or stickers – I used several of the new small stamp sets and bars by Heidi Swapp.

Ink – I used Versafine Onyx Black ink.

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

 

Glittered “Heart Pops” Card

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Today my card is a Valentine featuring the “Heart Pops” die by Die-Versions.  This is a new die, and when I saw it I knew it was a must have.  It is just so much fun, and depending on how you use it makes a great Valentine for all ages.   It can also be used for a variety of projects other than those for Valentines Day.

love in air

I used a glittering technique for this card that features Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal.  It is a simple technique, although it may take a little practice on something as intricate as this die.

I started out with a 6”x6” sheet of Scor-Tape.  These sheets have liners on both sides, making it possible to die cut the Scor-Tape.  I cut the heart balloons from the Scor-Tape.  The Die-Versions dies cut very nicely, and I didn’t have any problems with “no cut” areas, etc.  Just do whatever you normally do with your die cutting machine for intricate dies (run it through a second time, add a shim, etc.) and it will be fine. When it comes to removing the shape from the die, just be careful and remember that you have a layer of tape and two layers of liner, so you don’t want to rip, etc.  Work gently to free the image from the die.

Next I prepared the layers for my card.  I cut a 4.25” x 5.5” piece of red cardstock as the background layer.  Then I cut a patterned cardstock to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8” (my pink hearts are from a 6×6 paper pad by Pebbles called “Yours Truly”).  I embossed the background layer using “Ornate Swirls” by Sizzix.

This next step is the one that can be a little tricky — placing the Scor-Tape balloons on the patterned paper.  This is not difficult, but does take a little patience.   First I carefully removed the brown liner from the balloons.  I find it easiest to take one balloon at a time – remove the liner to the string and carefully trim off the liner (leaving the liner on the strings and other balloons intact).  Then I placed that balloon on the cardstock before moving on to the next one.  The tricky part is that sometimes the Scor-Tape comes up with the brown liner, and then it is very easy for it to get out of its intended shape, etc.  I used my tools, etc. – tweezers, picks (like you use to get the small pieces out of dies), etc. – adding fingers to the mix just makes things worse.  Again, it’s important to just work slowly and calmly through this, one balloon at a time.  Once the liner was removed from all three balloons and all were in place on the cardstock, I removed the liner from the strings and set those into place.  The strings also consist of some fairly thin pieces of Scor-Tape that may not exactly go where you want them to go – just have patience and use your tools (picks, tweezers, etc.) to guide them into place.  Once the liner was fully removed, I pressed all of the pieces into the cardstock so that there was a strong bond (if it hasn’t fully adhered, glitter will get underneath, and the image may try to lift up off of the paper).

The hard part is over now – the rest is pure fun!  I placed my card layer on a thin piece of paper (copier-weight paper, for example).   I opened the jar of glitter and set it to the side of the paper.  Then I removed the top Scor-Tape liner from the image.  This should be fairly easy, although you’ll want to be a little careful here to make sure that you don’t pull up the Scor-Tape also.  Once the Scor-Tape was exposed, I added glitter to cover the tape image.  I used a microfine glitter for my project, and that can get everywhere – so I always try to only shake out a little more than is needed, keeping most of it in the bottle.  When the image was covered, I used my finger to lightly press the glitter onto the tape.   Then I tapped off the excess glitter onto the lightweight paper, and used a soft bristled brush to continue removing the excess glitter from the card front.  (You can easily fold the lightweight paper and guide the unused glitter back into the jar.)

The next step is to burnish the image.  I simply rubbed my finger over the glittered area.  This loosens any excess glitter that remains, and also revitalizes the glitter that adheres to the Scor-Tape to bring back the “sparkle”.  This is a very important step, but clearly the easiest.  Once the entire image was burnished, I used my brush again to remove any excess glitter from the project.  Please see this short video for a demonstration of the glittering technique.

To finish the card,  I used ¼” Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal to attach the glittered layer to the back layer.  I also used the Scor-Tape to attach the ribbon and bow.  I cut a red heart (same paper as the background) using one of the “Rustic HeartsDie-namics dies by My Favorite Things.  I stamped the sentiment on the heart.  I used my Quickie glue pen to draw a small heart next to the sentiment, and covered the glue with Warm  Highlight glitter by Glitter Ritz.  It takes just a short time for the glue to dry (about 5 minutes), and when it’s dry you can brush off the excess glitter and burnish the little heart.  I attached the sentiment using a low dimensional adhesive.  That’s it – the card front is finished!

love in air

Tip – When you’ve die cut as much as possible from your 6″ x 6″ Scor-Tape sheet, don’t throw it away or recycle it as you would with paper.  It’s Scor-Tape, and is still a fabulous adhesive!  You just need to cut those remaining pieces as needed, and use them on other projects.  The pieces aren’t always very uniform, etc. but that won’t matter.  The only difference is that you need to remove the liner from both sides, etc.  No waste . . . how cool is that!

Supply List:

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal – 6”x6” squares

Die-Versions Die – “Heart Pops

My Favorite ThingsRustic HeartsDie-Namics die -  (for the sentiment)

Microfine glitter – I used Glitter Ritz cranberry  and warm highlight

Glue pen – I used a quickie glue pen

Soft paintbrush – to brush away excess glitter

Picks (to remove small pieces from a die) and tweezers

Cardstock – lightly patterned and coordinating backing layer

Embossing folder – I used “Ornate Swirls” by Sizzix

Several sheets of thin paper (copier paper) to catch excess glitter

Die cutting machine – I used my Grand Calibur by Spellbinders

Sentiment stamp – I used “Love is in the Air” by Impression Obsession

Black Versafine ink

Adhesive – I used ¼” Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal and a low dimensional adhesive

Ribbon

For those that are interested in the supplies on the video – I used one of the dies from the Marianne Creatables Die Hearts set.  They are just too cute, and the perfect size for many projects!  The glitter that I used was Peony Pink microfine glitter by Elizabeth Crafts.  I’ve included pictures of the glittered heart from the video, and the Marianne dies below.

glittered heart  marianne heart die

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

Cristmas Gift Idea

Friday, December 20th, 2013

So in case you didn’t realize, Christmas is almost here and I have a gift idea that you can throw together to give to any friend or family member. Just grab a can, we used a can of Pirroettes and some cute paper and begin by covering it, If you are looking for some really cute Christmas paper we used Elf Magic from BoBunny. Next, we cut out these really ornate doilies which we though were great for snowflakes from Spellbinders and fancied them up with some bling. Last but not least the top was simply the the die cut backed with corrugated paper.

It is fun to give a gift a personal touch and it really does not take all that long. As you give those gifts, get creative, get out your crafting stuff, and make a gift one to remember.

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Recipe:

14916921: Bo Bunny-Elf Magic Collection Pack

DVW-244: Die-Version-On The Trail Wispers

S5-205: Spellbinders-Delicate Dolies

MS-019-00002: DCWV- The Courigated Stack

7524: Want2Scrap-Baby Bling

2057:Want2Scrap: Royal Blue Rhinestones

Score Tape

Ribbon

Can

Hot Glue

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Doug and Heather

Quick Holiday Cards

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

joy  candy cane

poinsettia holly  seasons greet

 

We’re very near Christmas, so I wanted to share some Quick Holiday Cards.  Several of the cards feature stamps from the beautiful Heartfelt CreationsSeason of Joy” collection, and most use a background stamp.

Background stamps and other large stamps used to make me “cringe” because I often had trouble getting the stamp to work consistently and give a nice clear image.   I’ve learned two methods that help with background stamps (or other large stamps), and I want to share those with you today.  The first method is to use a “Mega Mount” acrylic block by Impression Obsession.  This is a large clear stamping block with a handle.  It has a very gentle curve on it, and really helps to facilitate stamping.  To use it, you adhere your clear or cling stamp to the Mega Mount, and then be sure to cover the stamp fully with ink.   This can be another problem in using large stamps — it is very important to keep checking and adding ink until all parts of the stamp appear “wet”.  Then you turn over the Mega Mount and begin stamping at one end of your image, following the gentle curve of the block to the other end.  You want to apply a firm consistent pressure, and this is usually easiest if you stand.  Don’t rock the mega mount back and forth as this might result in a double-stamped image.  One pass is sufficient if you keep the firm, even pressure.

The second background stamp technique is a brayer technique.  Here you’ll place the cling or clear stamp on a large flat stamp block (if you don’t have a large enough stamp block, you can use one of the cutting plates from your Sizzix or Cuttlebug or Grand Calibur.  The acrylic block should be placed on a flat, solid surface like a counter top or table.  (Some people even feel comfortable placing the stamp face up on a work table with no block underneath.)  The second step is to ink the stamp.  Again you’ll want to be careful to add plenty of ink.  Next, you’ll lay the paper you want to stamp face down on the inked surface.  You can run a brayer over the paper, or run your fingers over the back of the paper — either with a firm, even pressure.  The key is to make sure that the paper doesn’t move, so you have to hold it firmly in place with one hand while you use the brayer or your fingers to transfer the image.

I usually am able to get a good impression with large wood-mounted background stamps.  (If you have problems, you can use the brayer technique described above.)  I do have a problem lifting the stamp without dropping it, and spoiling the stamped image.  To prevent this, I add a “handle” to the large wood mount stamp.  This is done with packing or shipping tape.  You’ll start the tape at one end of the wood stamp and run it to the center.   Fold over the tape there to create a handle, and then run the tape to the other end.  The tape handle is secure and you can use it to lift your stamp off of the stamped image — much easier than trying to get a good grip on a large stamp.  Please see this short video for a demonstration of the two background stamp techniques and the stamp handle.

joy  joy closeup

I began this card by stamping a snowflake background by Our Daily Bread in a very light blue ink (Memento Summer Sky).  Next, I stamped a few larger snowflakes over the top of the background to add some dimension.  The larger snowflakes are a stamp by Impression Obsession, and are stamped in Memento Danube Blue ink.  (This technique shows very well on the card, but is somewhat hard to photograph.  I tried to zoom in a little with the corner photo to try to capture an image of the light blue background.)   I also stamped the featured quote (stamp by Impression Obsession) in Danube Blue ink.  I chose a coordinating blue paper, and cut a 4.25” x 5.5” piece for the background, and a 2.75” x 3.75” piece to frame the sentiment.  I trimmed the snowflake background to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”, and the sentiment to 2.5” x 3.5”.  I added a little 3/8” white velvet ribbon along the left side and bottom of the snowflake background paper, and then attached the background paper.  I attached the sentiment to the smaller piece of blue background paper using Scor-Tape, and then to the snowflake background using dimensional adhesive.  To finish, I added a silver snowflake (cut from a piece of May Arts satin cutouts ribbon), and a blue rhinestone in the center.

candy cane

I began this card by stamping the “Christmas Story” background by Penny Black using Black Versafine ink on red paper. Then I used two stamps from the Heartfelt Creations “Season of Joy” collection – Striped Candy Cane and Christmas Poinsettia.  I used Versafine Smokey Gray ink to stamp these to keep the images soft.  I colored the candy cane image using colored pencils, and also colored three of the smaller poinsettias (you can select the right sizes based on the size of the poinsettia in the center of the candy canes).   I hand cut the candy canes.  The poinsettias can be hand cut or cut using a die (a Spellbinders die made for Heartfelt Creations, called “Sun Kissed Fleur”.  To assemble the card, I cut a piece of black background paper 4.25” x 5.5”.  I trimmed the stamped background paper to 4” x 5.25”, and attached the candy canes to it.  I ran a narrow white satin ribbon across this layer, and added a bow slightly off-center, just beneath the poinsettia.  I then attached the top layer to the black base.  To finish the card, I added the top poinsettia layers, and curved the edges of the petals slightly to give the flower a little dimension.

poinsettia holly

This card also features stamps from the Heartfelt Creations “Season of Joy” collection.  I used Christmas Poinsettia and Delicate Holly Swirls.  I stamped the poinsettia with Versafine Smokey Gray ink, and the holly with Memento Northern Pine ink.  I colored the three largest poinsettia images using Faber Castell Pitt pastel pencils, and I also colored the largest leaf set.  I cut these out using the Spellbinders Sun Kissed Fleur die.  I hand cut two of the holly images, and colored the leaves using colored pencil.  My background papers for this project were both hand-made papers (by Jolees).  The gold is cut to 4.25” x 5.5”, and the red is cut to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”.  I placed the two holly pieces on the paper first (they kind of “lock” together in the center), and then placed the poinsettia on top.  I added red rhinestones to the holly to represent berries – it doesn’t show well in the photo, but I actually used two different colors of rhinestones to add some interest.  Finally, I built the poinsettia by alternating the three layers of petals and then adding the leaves.  I used yellow rhinestones to enhance the center of the poinsettia.  Then I curved the edges of the petals slightly to give the flower some dimension, and I used a small piece of Scor-Tape to attach the poinsettia to the card front.

seasons greet

I began this card by stamping the background using an Our Daily Bread poinsettia background stamp.  It is stamped with Crimson Versafine ink on kraft paper.  I cut the sentiment from a set of holiday words from Die-Versions called “Holiday 1 Complements”.  The poinsettia is cut using the Blooming Poinsettia die from Poppy Stamps.  To assemble the card, I cut a background piece of deep red paper 4.25” x 5.5”.  I trimmed the background poinsettia kraft paper to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”, and attached the red mesh ribbon.  I used Scor-Tape to adhere the poinsettia layer to the deep red background.  I attached the “Seasons Greetings” using “Sticky Dots” by Therm-o-Web.  I built the poinsettia, attaching the various layers with a glue dot, and curving the edges of the petal slightly to give some dimension.  I finished with a small red rhinestone in the center.  I attached it to the card front using a small piece of Scor-Tape.

 

Supply List

Heartfelt Creations stamps – Striped Candy Cane, Christmas Poinsettia, Delicate Holly Swirls

Impression Obsession Stamps – Joy to the World, Crochet Snowflake 2

Our Daily Bread Stamps – poinsettia background, snowflake background

Spellbinders / Heartfelt Creations – Sun Kissed Fleur Die

Poinsettia die – I used Poppy Stamps Blooming Poinsettia

Colored pencils / Faber Castell Pitt pastel pencils

Ink – I used Versafine black and crimson; and Memento Summer Sky, Blue Danube and Northern Pine

Miscellaneous ribbon and rhinestones

Assorted cardstock 

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Glue dots

Sticky dots by Therm-o-Web

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

How to Use Die-Versions Express Edges Dies

Monday, July 29th, 2013

How to Use Die-Versions Express Edges Dies is what we will be talking about today in this post. What are Express Edges Dies you might ask? Well…. Die-Versions has come out with this latest line of dies that will go into any Die-Cutting Machine you already have that are word phrases or expressions if you will of theme to fit that card or scrapbook layout.

Die-Versions Express Edges

Here is a video on how you can use the Die-Versions Express Edges Dies on cards or scrapbooking pages or any paper crafting project. These die will work in practically every die cutting machines.

Die-Version dies are chemically etched with holes and without ejection foam. These DIES CUT ONLY, they do not emboss. They are made in the USA.

Want to know a little more about Die Versions ? CLICK HERE!

About the Die-Versions Brand:

Die-Versions is a small, fast growing company located in Miami Florida, USA. Owned and operated by Danny Dalfin, he noticed how fast the die market industry was growing and wanted to provide customers with fun and easy dies, a pleasant “die-version” from complicated crafting. He opened his doors in October 2011, and officially launched his dies in January 2012 at the Craft Hobby Association (CHA) Los Angeles California show. Receiving a huge response, he knew his dies were Universally Crafty!

Thanks and as I saw at CHA…. Stay Crafty My Friends!!! Love that line.

 

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