Friday, 5 April 2019

Big Hugs with Large Letters & The Be Mine Framelits Dies

I love love love how this card turned out.

It does involve three different sets of dies, which is why I think it demonstrates why it is nice to have an assortment of cutting dies on hand to use as a card design evolves. 

For instance, the stitched rectangle panel to add a message to the recipient on the inside was a bit of an afterthought really, but I think it lends a nice touch.  Of course you could just cut a piece of card to fit, but the stitched detail adds some style.  I should add here, that I selected a rectangle die and extended the die cut, as none of the dies were the perfect size for my stripey panel.

This is quite simple to do. You just partially die cut the recentangle, about two thirds only as per the illustration below:-

Run it through your die-cutting machine and then remove the die and reposition it back onto the partially die cut rectangle, at a suitable point that will give you the size rectangle you require, holding it in place with some low tack washy tape:-

Run it through your machine again, remembering only to partially die cut it.   Note that the top plate is not placed over the entire die:-

This is what you will end up with.  Note the difference in size between the die and the die-cut card stock:-

This is a super technique that works with many dies.

My Large Letter Framelits Dies were a bit of an investment really.  They are not cheap, but I have made countless cards with them - eclipse cards, personalised birthday cards and cards like the one today which just makes a statement.

The Be Mine Framelits, again, are versatile.  There is a great assortment of heart shaped dies to choose from in the pack and I do love the stitched border die which I used on the front and inside.  It's a simple trick which brings the whole thing together, adding more detail to the inside of the card, an area which does tend to get overlooked quite often.  Again, I had to extend the length of border die-cuts for the inside panel and used the same technique demonstrated above for the extended rectangle.

I am really pleased with it and actually, I think this is quite versatile, in that it would be suitable for both male and female recipients.

I do hope you like it.

Thank you for looking.  Happy crafting and happy Friday everybody - its almost the weekend.  Yay !

Linda xx

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