Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful, blessed weekend! This week, for our Product Review post, we're giving you a little sneak peek of some of the July New Releases! Stay tuned on Friday for the full New Release post and July Blog Hop, where you will see all of the new sets in action, plus have a chance to win some!
Today I will be sharing with you some tips on how to use the Spellbinders Blossoms 3 die set with our fabulous new Sweet William stamp sets. The photo below shows all five of the cutting dies from the Blossoms 3 die cut set which will cut out all five of the Sweet William images. Each of the blossoms are gorgeous to use alone, but if you're like me, the layered 3D flower is the way to go!!!
Since the stamped images fit so closely to the edge of the die, it is not easy to "eyeball" the cutting dies over the image before cutting them out. The easiest way is to create a template for each die. For the next photo, I have already cut out square pieces of cardstock for each of the cutting dies....make sure that your pieces are quite a bit larger than your die, so that your template won't be flimsy...you'll understand this later. Please note: due to the awesome size of the Grand Calibur's cutting plates, I was able to cut out all five in one shot......yay!!!
Once you've run your cardstock through your die-cut machine, pop out the cut-out piece (save the cut-out in your scrap bin for a future project!), but leave the dies in place in the cardstock "frame"......these are now your templates.
Next, you want to create a "hinge" by placing a piece of scotch tape over the edge of one petal, on the smooth side of the die. Tape one petal only or you won't be able to open the "hinge".
The next photo shows what the "hinge" looks like when you lift the die from the cardstock....the tape holds it in place so that it can be closed perfectly again with ease.
To keep this post as short as possible, I have already heat embossed all five of the Sweet William flowers with white embossing powder and have colored them with sponge daubers and ink. The next photo shows the template being placed over the flower image to line it up for cutting.
When you have the opening of the template lined up perfectly over the image, place several pieces of repositionable scotch tape to hold the template in place over the image, so that it doesn't move during the cutting process. If you do not have repositionable scotch tape, you may want to cut your image panel larger than the template so that you can tape the edges of the papers together, instead of taping over the image.
After the template is lined up and taped in place, close the hinged die and let's get ready to cut!!
Run it through your Grand Calibur, Wizard, Cuttlebug, Big Shot, or die cut machine of choice, and here is the result.....a perfectly cut flower!!!
Since I will be layering all five of the Sweet William flowers for my sample, I thought I would give it a little extra dimension, so I cut in between each petal on each flower in order to create more flexibility for bending the petals. I love being able to create different looks just by "tweaking" here and there!
After cutting in between the petals, I sponged the newly exposed edges, which is why the back looks a bit messy. I used one layer of foam tape on the outside of each petal, but stacked two layers in the center for more lift. Once the bottom layer of the blossom is attached to the card, there will be a slight rounding effect. All of the other blossoms had one layer of foam tape.....each layer followed the shape of the lower level.
And here we have it.....the finished blossom!!!!
The two bottom layers are rounded down ( with the help of foam tape and cutting in between the petals), the center layer is even, and the top two layers are turned up a bit for a more realistic effect.
Once the blossom was finished, this is the card which was built around it!
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs 'Sweet William - Large', 'Sweet William - Small' and 'Large Scrapbook Words'.......I know, I'm teasing you here, but you will just have to tune in on Friday to learn more about the New Releases!
Cardstock: SU Melon Mambo and Whisper White;
Designer Paper: Prima 'Madeline';
Ink: Versamark, SU Melon Mambo;
Accessories: Spellbinders Blossoms 3 dies, Zva Creative Pearls, May Arts Faux Suede Leaves and Crocheted Lace, 'Pearl' Glimmer Mist, White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Stamp-a-ma-jig stamp positioner (to stamp the sentiment straight), paper piercer and template, sponge daubers, foam tape, scotch tape.
Start working on your wish-list now.....Friday is only a few days away!!!! You'll be able to create one of these gorgeous Sweet William blossoms for yourself!!! Here is another sneak-peek tidbit you may be interested in.....the Spellbinders Blossoms 3 dies will be included in the July Bread-basket Bundle, which is the entire July release at a 15% savings by purchasing at once!!!
Thanks for hanging out with me today! Stay tuned tomorrow for week 4 of our monthly Let Your Light Shine Scrapbook Challenge!
Have a very blessed week!
Product Review/Tutorial Writer