Thursday, 7 February 2019

Butterfly Beauty Thinlits & Gingham Gala DSP in Balmy Blue from Stampin' Up!

Today I share another project made using one of the two large background dies from my set of Butterfly Beauty Thinlits.  I decided to use the "inlaid" die cutting technique.

It wasn't the quickest of makes, but I love the end result.

I made up my card base using Whisper White Thick and Balmy Blue card stock and added a layer of Gingham Gala DSP (Designer Series Paper).   Then I ran my die and coordinating card stock through the Big Shot.   I very very carefully removed the excess card from around the die, leaving as much of the die cut and all the intricate little pieces in place within the die.

I added little dabs of adhesive on the reverse of the card stock whilst it was still held within the die.  You will find that probably a few drop out, but I carefully retrieved those pieces and put them to one side.  When most of the reverse had adhesive on, I took my die to the card and very carefully turned it and placed it in position on the Gingham Gala layer.  I left it there in place, and used my stylus, and also my paper piercer for the smallest elements, to press down gently and poke out each element so that the whole thing transferred to the paper before lifting and removing the die.  A few pieces did shift, but I was able to reapply them.  Whilst the die was still in place I also stuck the little pieces that I had collected which had fallen out during the transfer process.  This is when I recommend you have invested in a Take Your Pick (see Product List below).  It's a fantastic and handy little tool for picking up and placing intricate die-cuts and embellishments.

Sounds complicated?  But really it wasn't ....... just a little time-consuming. There are much much easier ways to do achieve this look. 

I have seen crafters using Glad Press n Seal for the process of transferring large and intricate dies to create this "inlaid" effect and I have invested in some myself, but until it arrives I shall soldier on doing it "my way"

This brilliant video by the incredibly talented Simon Hurley over on his Inklipse Channel demonstrates how easy transferring intricate dies using Glad Press n Seal is for this type of project.  I recommend you subscribe to this guy - he demonstrates some amazing techniques. Watch at point 7.51 :-

It looks clean and simple but there is a fair amount of work involved in transferring the whole of the die-cut butterfly, and keeping all the negative bits, which would normally be discarded still in situ.  However, it was rewarding to see it all finished.

Hope you like it.

Thanks for visiting today.

Tomorrow, myself and one of my lovely team mates will be sharing a couple of Valentine projects and video tutorials, so I do hope you will pop back then.

Bye for now, and happy crafting !

Linda xx

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