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In today’s post I’d like to share some techniques for adding more punch to your die cuts, this time using dimension.

You Will Need

  • Die Cuts
  • Scissors
  • Bone Folder

Method

Choose a design of die cut that will layer or has areas you can cut into. Start with bolder designs while you practice and work up to the more detailed designs. The flower in the video was cut using a Making Memories Slice Elite machine and the Vintage Findings Design Card

  • If you wish to colour and stamp onto your die cut, do that before moving on. Alternatively if you want an overall pattern you could use decorative pre printed papers or create your own inked papers, before cutting out your die cut.
  • If the underside of your finished design will be visible, colour the back of your die cut to co-ordinate with the front.

When you have your die cut as you would like it, to create dimension;

  • Cut into areas of the design.
  • Roll the edges of your die cut over your finger, or curve it using a bone folder.
  • You can curve your design in more than one dimension, for variety.

For extra depth cut a series of images either in the same size or getting progressivly smaller. Shape them as mentioned above and layer them up.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and it has given you some ideas for how you can get more from your die cuts. There are so many beautiful designs out there, why use them flat, when they could be  much more exciting with some depth.

Have fun, and I’d love to see your finished projects.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I would like to share some pictures of the cover that I painted for my art journal. My Journal is A6 in size and made by Daler~Rowney. Originally the cover was black, the paints used were Golden Fluid Acrylic, Ranger Acrylic Dabbers, Daler~Rowney White gesso.

 

Here is my art journal with painted cover

Here is my art journal with painted cover

 

Decided to add some dimension using grunge paper die cut from a Cuttlebug snowflake die.

 

Adding dimension with Grunge Paper snowflake

Adding dimension with Grunge Paper snowflake

 

 

Here is a close up of the painted snowflake.

 

Here is a close up of the Grunge Paper snowflake.

Here is a close up of the Grunge Paper snowflake.

 

At some point I will add a title, probably using die cut letters. Not yet decided on a title, so I’m leaving my options open at this stage.  So what do you think? Do you like my snowflake? Let me know your thoughts, a tutorial on how to achieve that painted effect on the snowflake could be arranged ;)

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

 

Billie :)

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Well that title needs some explaining doesn’t it! I have found a wonderful bookbinding community over on www.bookartsforum.com and at the end of last year one of the members suggested a swap based on the medieval book style of Nag Hammadi. These books were found burried in pots in the Egyptian dessert.

Here are some pictures of the book and the embellishments I made for it;

Front Cover of Nag Hammadi Book

Front Cover of Nag Hammadi Book

 

Inside the Nag Hammadi book

Inside the Nag Hammadi book

 

 After failed attempts to make my book with a board cover I reverted to leather and got on much better. Being a newish bookbinder, I do not have the tools or skills for some of the finer points of this bind. To make up for this I played to my streangths and used my papercrafting skills instead.

 

Detail of the boards lining the leather cover

Detail of the boards lining the leather cover

 

I used Cuttlebug embossing folder D’vine Swirls to create the texture on the inside of the covers and applied Perfect Pearls patina set for the colouring. I wanted to keep the tie closure to the book and to make it a neater finish I used a die cut from the Cuttlebug Harlequin  die for the front embelsihment, which I coloured with the same Patina set as the inside covers. This embellishment was attached with an eyelet which gave the ribbon tie a way of threading through the cover to the outside and be wrapped around the book to keep it closed.

 

Detail of handmade embellishments used on the cover of Nag Hammadi book

Detail of handmade embellishments used on the cover of Nag Hammadi book

 

Links

The Nag Hammadi library is a collection of early christian gnostic texts, found at the town of Nag Hammadi in Egypt in 1945.  Here is a link to the Nag Hammadi description over on Wikkapedia as they will do a much better job of explaining it all than me!

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nag_Hammadi

The volumes of the collection have been bound in a special and interesting way of coptic binding.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

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Do you remember one of my goals for 2009 was to invest in some dies and embossing folders for my Cuttlebug and find out what I can do with this handy tool? Well there just happened to be a sale on so I spent rather more than I intended but have now got a healthy collection of embossing folders and a few interesting dies.

Dies, Embossing folders, more dies and sample cards made from the Embossing folders

Dies, Embossing folders, more dies and sample cards made from the Embossing folders

The first thing I do when I buy some more supplies is to make samples from them. I cut some cardstock to A6 and ran each piece through an embossing folder to see how it came out. As I tend to do swaps and also post finished work on here, I also marked the details of the folder on the card too, that way I have the details to hand when someone asks me what I used.

I cut samples for all the dies too and labeled them on the back as well. All of these things are now in the Design Box so when I am looking to create a new card/ATC I can have a rummage through that box and play with layouts till I find something I like. The good thing about samples like this is that you then have more time to play and create. If I don’t have time to get all the supplies out to create a finished piece I simple jot down the ideas and details of stamps/folders/dies etc that I want to use in a note book so when I have the time it is quicker to create.

My favorite discovery having made said samples is that it is great to use the embossing folders not just whole but in part for smaller projects like ATCs, I have used the Bird Call embossing folder for this month’s ATC swap card over on Stamping Mad Forum. I placed the small card into the folder, moved it till I had the area of interest in the right place then embossed. I was very pleased with the result. You can do this with all kinds of shapes, tags etc as well. Don’t think that you have to use the entire folder, try them out on your die cuts and punched shapes too.

I have even had a go with my perfect pearls over the top of embossing which looks just fab.

 

Have fun, its good to play

Best wishes and thanks for reading

 

Billie :)

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