Saturday, 29 June 2013

A die to die for...

simply the best
Hey!

It's the weekend - yay! Murray is through to the fourth round at Wimbledon - woo hoo! Oh, and it's time for a fabulous blog hop, Uniko Studio stylee too - hurrah! Ha!

Gonna keep it short and sweet to let the hopping commence (you should have stared at the Uniko Studio blog). 

I decided to play with the awesome new dies for Pure Florals: Chrysanthemum Collection. Yup, no more insane fussy cutting when it comes to those pretty chrysanthemums! I decided for my blog hop card to use the negative of the die cut. I stamped and embossed the corresponding chrysanthemum on vellum and placed it behind.
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tips and tricks
  • Die cut the aperture before impressing a pattern over the front of your cardstock. In other words, make sure the last run through your die-cutting machine is the impressing of that pattern because if you need to run it though again for whatever reason, it can flatten the dimension of the impression.
  • Don't place the vellum behind the aperture until the card has been through the die-cutting machine for the last time. You don't want to risk damaging that pretty embossed image on the vellum!
  • Lightly sketch a flower stem in pencil, and go over it with an alcohol marker. You can then rub out the pencil lines with no smudging after! Also, be sure to do this step before impressing that pattern on the card front!
Now don't delay, there's hopping to be done and prizes to be won (including the whole June release!). Your next stop is Erika.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a fabulous weekend and happy hopping! :)


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32 comments:

shirley-bee said...

Wow, great way to use negative die cuts!

Lynn said...

Oh Aimes...this is all kinds of gorgeous! I love the embossing...the die...the way you placed the sentiment. Gorgeous...and now I'm off to watch Wimbledon too! xoxo

Sazzle Dazzle said...

This is beautiful and I love the way you've used an aperture to give extra detail. Simply stunning.

frommycraftroom said...

Gorgeous elegant card. Thank you for sharing and for posting all the details and tips.

~amy~ said...

okay...WOW

PurpleJet said...

Love how you've used a triple layer on your card, an idea I'll definitely want to try.

Dana said...

Gorgeous card!! I love the texture and the cut out!!

Sue - said...

Beautiful!

Char said...

What a great idea to use the negative of the die that way. Pretty, pretty flower.

Jean Bullock said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for the tips.

Maureen said...

so beautiful and fresh, Duchess :) Love the impression and pop of colour on the neutral :) I'm officially on holidays today and enjoying coffee in my jammies :) ox

keren said...

Just lovely- delicate and looks so simple except it's not! A fab die- just gone onto my wish list!

Kavitha Vadhri said...

so beautiful card, loved the die and thanks for the tips.

Stacey Schafer said...

so beautiful, Amy!

Pam said...

This is a gorgeous card! Love the negative die cut & the embossed vellum.

Janis said...

Such a lovely card! Vellum is perfect for this, although I would never have thought of it. Thanks, once again, for your tips and tricks. I love this feature of your blog

Natasha said...

Oh wow I absolutely love what you've done here, this cards simply beauutiful. Hugs xNx

Miriam Prantner said...

Such a gorgeous and subtle card! Love this1

Denise Bryant said...

Gorgeous flower... love that it has a coordinating die! Beautiful card!

Ruth S said...

What an elegant card - beautiful! This die set is calling my name ;) I love the little twine accent too ;)
Rx

Marlou McAlees said...

fabulous card!! and tips :) x

Carole said...

I love this card, the pastel shades and the clever embossing and die cutting - beautiful, more added to the wish list!

MsJudyC said...

Beautiful and thanks for the tips, too.

Nicki S said...

Gorgeous, Aimes! Just stunning. All the elements are just perfectly placed ;)

Laura B. said...

So beautiful!!!

Mary-Anne V said...

Wow what a pretty card...love the tips you gave for trying this technique.

Eve said...

What a beautiful soft, subtle, stunning card.
Love it. xx

Neets B said...

You embossed vellum is just gorgeous, such a beautiful card :)

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

This is so soft and beautiful! Love the tips and tricks, thank you!

Heather P. said...

This is soooooo pretty!

Caryn said...

Just stunning Aimes - I'm lost for words!!!
Hugs,
Caryn xxx

Pamela said...

So pretty.. and so soft <3 I love the details on that chrysanthemum :)

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