This video shows another example of “watercolor” die cuts. I am very addicted to these techniques! And who said Distress Inks couldn’t be used for “cutesy” cards?
(Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.)
I am a big fan of dies that not only cut but add the what-looks-like-perforated finishing touch, such as the Lawn Fawn Spring Showers dies. Those little dashed lines absorb ink a bit better and therefore give great results.
The background? Well I did that with the very cool Memory Box Swirling Snowflakes Die. Instead of cutting with the die, I sandwiched my paper between the die and a Tan Embossing Mat and ran it through my die cut machine as if I was doing an embossing folder. This results in the die leaving a cool impression on the paper instead of cutting it. Embossing folders cannot achieve impressions of such detail! (You can do this with any die cut machine! To see this technique in action, check the video HERE.)
I love this time of year! With the CHA show right around the corner, companies are releasing lots of new products. Just a little warning – you may want to start saving your pennies!
Want proof? My friends at Lawn Fawn are showing off their newest products. And – OH MY – are they adorable. Be sure to stop by their blog and comment on all their CHA Sneak Week posts for chances to win new products! (Giveaways are open until 7/23/13.)
I picked up my favorite sets and started playing. A tree for stamping carved initials? Yes, please. Here is a peek – I will show the finished card in August when they start shipping all the new stamps…
Leave a comment here by 7/23/13 at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win the Lawn Fawn Woodgrain Backdrops and Milo’s ABCs stamp sets I peeked above. Good luck! (Prizes will not be shipped until they are available.)
See you soon. Will be back with giveaway winners soon. And I will be back to also share some new Hero Arts stamps. What new products are you seeing and loving?
Sometimes you just need to surprise your kids and make them smile.
And that is what I was going for when I put this into my son’s lunch. (He never has a treat in there, so I am sure he was thrilled.)
The best part? This was so easy to make. (For more information on it, you can head over the the Paper Crafts Connections blog. There are some other kids ideas there, too.)
Start with a 10 ¼” x 4” piece of cardstock (I used Bazzill) and add score lines at 2”, 2 ¼”, 6 ¼”, and 6 ½”. That is it! Just fold it up and you have a cookie holder. I also added a die cut window with the new Lawn Fawn Puffy Star die to the front panel so you could see the cookie inside. Here is what it looks like unfolded…
After I put a cookie in, I used an old Thicker letter sticker to hold it closed.
And one of my favorites? That would be Kelly Marie – the owner of Lawn Fawn. I was happy when she came to town to be part of a retreat with friends. Her energy is amazing.
She also brought with her some of her newest designs. When I saw her teacher set, I had to create something right away. So I have been holding on to this card for a few weeks… just waiting until she released the set…
Aren’t those images fabulous? And perfect for Colin’s teacher. She just rocks.
I heat embossed everything with white embossing powder and colored it in…
Lawn Fawn has recently released lots of great stamps and dies. Head over to their blog HERE to catch all the release party fun. (You can also get their newest products at Lawn Fawn directly or at Simon Says StampHERE.)
Oh… and I thought it would be fun to share this photo. Kelly and I were laughing so hard… and I have no idea why. Ha! It makes me smile.