Today I’m going to share with a few techniques I learnt from browsing around the web. My main source of inspiration and information is Jennifer Mcguire.
This particular stamp+die set from Simon Says Stamp has been on my wishlist for a while now
The reason I am so smitten with the above Stamp+Die combo is not because of the sentiment, but the stunning effect that the combo gives to a card. You can find Jennifer’s card using the above combo here. Awesome right?
I have a family friend who gets me stuff through SSS, and I was so ready to ask him to get me the stamp and die, when an idea came to my mind. My today’s card is the result of that idea.
Things you will need, for this tutorial to work:
1. Alphabet Dies – medium size – I have used Lawn Fawn Quinn’s ABc from Priya’s Craft shop
2. Post it notes/Washi Tape/Masking Tape – Any removable adhesive that can hold things in place without damaging the paper/cardstock
3. Cardstock, Pattern paper
4. Self-healing cutting mat with gridlines
5. Craft Knife
6. Paper Trimmer (optional)
7. Stamps (optional)
Take the letters you want to form the sentiment with. This type of technique works best with words that aren’t too long. Say
thanks, love, you, smile, congrats, etc. You can try with longer words like “birthday” and “absolutely”. You just have to make sure that you increase the size of the card from a standard A2 to bigger dimensions.
Ok, for this card, I chose the sentiment “love”. Mostly because I wanted to give this to my husband so much. I also wanted to do a miss you card. Perhaps tomorrow.
Take your acrylic cutting pad, and line it up with the bottom of your self-healing cutting mat(anything with gridlines should do) Take a strip of washi tape long enough to cover the length of the word(here “love”). Take your washi tape and hold it at both ends so that the sticky side is facing you, now stick this onto the cutting pad near the two edges with the sticky side still facing you. Make sure to line up the bottom end of the washi tape to a grid line on the mat. This will ensure that your sentiment is straight and not crooked.
Place the alphabets starting from the left corner i.e. “e” first and “l” last. This will help you get your placement with respect to the edge of the card perfect. Make sure the letters are are lined up right on the edge of the washi tape. Again to make sure the die-cut is straight.
Take a piece of washi tape and adhere to the edge of the cutting pad just a couple of millimetres above the level at which you have stuck down your sentiment. This is mark the place where you will partial die-cut.
Place your pattern paper/cardstock, in a manner in which you have left enough space below the sentiment. You don’t have to be exact, just leave enough space. If there is too much space you can always trim it down. But the vice versa is not possible, so be careful.
Tape your pattern paper/cardstock into place with washi tape, so that it doesn’t move on the cutting pad.
Place your other cutting pad on top of the arrangement so that the bottom edge of this cutting pad lines up with the marked washi tape on the edge. Hold it securely, and run the sandwich through the Bigshot.
You should get something like this.
Carefully trim the pattern paper/cardstock upto the edge of the sentiment using your paper trimmer or craft knife. Use your craft knife to trim off the extras. And we are done!! You’ve got yourself an On-the-Edge sentiment 🙂
Here’s the result
Sorry for the additional pieces of PP.
Hope some of you find the tutorial useful.
I then embellished the card to my heart’s content. Ofcourse I had to use Hero Arts Soft Granite Ink. I absolutely love all HA shadow inks, but if I had to choose one it would be “Soft Granite”[whispers:”Sorry, Pale Tomato. I love you too.] The color so lovely and versatile.
I used the sentiment “thank you so much” from Simon Says Stamp – Flower Friends. Masked off the “thank” part with washi tape. Inked it up with HS Soft Granite removed the washi tape, and stamped “you so much” just below the love.
Then I took my another crush out, Clearly Besotted Butterflies! I stamped it again in Soft granite, and added it to the card. I think it was the perfect embellishment to choose. I think I have to say it here. I have used so many company stamps, and they all needed a bit of conditioning before they stamped well but Clearly Besotted, stamps awesome right away! Awesome right? I have a lot of CB stamps on my wishlist. In case you haven’t tried their stamp, you should. They are awesome. I personally recommend the Butterfly Wishes Set.
Please leave me a comment, if you like this tutorial. Also, leave me suggestions/improvements if you are so inclined. I will be so so happy!
Entering my card into
A blog named hero – Inspired by a Hero Artist. Not only was I inspired by Jennifer’s card, but also her love for techniques. I am a total Jennifer Mcguire Fan-girl 😀
Itsy Bitsy – Sizzix tutorial Challenge – My Sizix product is the Bigshot. Rather than explain how to make a card, I chose to highlight a technique. In this case “On the Edge Die-Cutting”
Priya’s Craft Shop – http://www.thecraftshop.in
Lawn Fawn Quinn’s ABC
Shalini’s Crafter’s Corner – http://www.crafterscorner.in
MME Howdy Doody PP
Simon Says Stamp
Simon Says Stamp – flower friends
HA Shadow Ink – Soft Granite
Clearly Besotted Stamps
Clearly Besotted Butterfly Wishes