Hello and happy, happy, happy first day of Spring, woo-hoo! Tulips, daffodils, robins and green growing things ... I can't wait for it all to get started.
I mentioned in my last post that I was taking an online class called 'Stretch Your Dies' and that I'd share my homework with you as I went along. The first class was on different ways to use your word dies and one technique really intrigued me. It is called 'On The Edge' (taught by Julie Ebersole) and involves cutting your word die in such a way that it acts as the place to 'tuck' your tuck and fold card. I am woefully bereft of word dies, the only ones I have are some Tim Holtz Holiday Words: Block dies, but I made a card using the word 'Believe' from that set and here it is:
I have to admit I really struggled with this, I am embarrassed to tell you how many times I tried to make this card because I kept cutting the word in the wrong spot or upside down or on the wrong flap .... and it wasn't because the instructions weren't clear, they were wonderful, I just was having a MAJOR brain cramp LOL! But it turned out pretty well in the end. Here's a side shot so you can see how the top flap of the card tucks under the word 'Believe'.
I used some $1 Store scrapbooking paper to cover the white cardstock and the butterflies were cut with an EK Success butterfly layering punch. The white hearts are actually metal studs, I just tucked the prongs underneath and glued them on. I embossed the word 'Believe' and stamped 'in you' with Tim Holtz Worn Text stamps. This technique has so many possibilities and you can change the dimensions of the card to suit the size of your word dies. I can see it also as a closure method for a small folio or journal, it would be wonderful.
I am discovering that while I do have quite a few dies, I don't have nearly as many as I need LOL! All of the wonderful techniques they are sharing in the classes involve types of dies that I don't really have in my stash (probably because I am not a card maker) so I have added a fair few things to my wish list at Simon Says Stamp :O) I do have more cards in the works though, using the dies that I have, so I'll be back in a bit to show you a few more.
Thanks as always for stopping by and have a wonderful first day of Spring (or Fall for those of you Down Under) and happy creating!