Friday, April 17, 2015

Behind the Designs - Lily, Ginkgo and Mom meet Art Nouveau

This week's cutting files are pretty straight forward, no tricky folds or assembling.  You can find them all over at the Silhouette Design Store. The two floral cards hold fond memories of things we had in our garden before we moved and I miss dearly!

The first one is a Calla Lily Card.  Calla Lilies are so beautiful. This card is perfect for anyone who loves flowers! When assembling the flower, mist the cardstock very lightly with water after it has been cut and it will begin curling all on its own. To give your leaves texture, use a ball stylus to add veins to the surface of the leaf. You can just do a single lily as I have done here, or make a whole bouquet. Along with the flower, you get a garden lattice frame! Assemble with foam adhesive for dimension.

We’ve given you a sweet butterfly to add to these unique Ginkgo leaves. To give your leaves texture, use a ball stylus to create veins on the surface of the leaf – there are lots on a Gingko, almost like stripes! In the spring the leaves are pale green, in the fall a golden yellow. I miss my Gingko! I bought it at Mandeville Gardens in Burnaby before we moved to the Island.  It stayed in a pot for 6 years before we planted it in the ground.  And then we moved.
Along with the Ginkgo leaves and lettering, you get an interesting frame which can be used in lots of other projects. This card measures 5x7 inches.

This is the cutting version of the calligraphic rubber stamp!  (You won't be able to cut this design as small as the rubber stamp, though!)
The original Foundational lettering was done with a Mitchell Roundhand nib and Higgins Eternal Ink.  Each of these words and the crown are separate so you may re-arrange them any way you wish.  This will fit on a 5x7" card front.

And last, but not least (in fact, watch for more items coming featuring this motif), is a design that was inspired by the glass in the door to our deck.... 

I've started to look at motifs and designs in a whole new way.  This motif is now the art nouveau flower card and envelope card and matching envelope with the same motif on the flap. You may want to make a coordinating insert to go inside the card for your message.

Thanks for taking a look!
Happy creating, Suzanne

Monday, April 6, 2015

Winner From My Blog for Die-ing for Spring Blog Hop!

I have a winner in our Die-ing for Spring Blog Hop!

Congratulations Evelyn! chose the very first person to comment!

Send me off a quick email with your snailmail address - although I think I can look it up!

Thanks to everyone who left such wonderful comments.  See you on the next blog hop!
Thanks for joining us.  Suzanne

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Quietfire Die-ing for Spring Blog Hop

Welcome to Day 4 of our hop!  Thanks for stopping in!

So far, I don't think any of us have done this with a Quietfire die....  I thought I'd do a partial die cut.

What that means is that when I die cut the Hello, I didn't cover the entire die with the top plate, so some of it remained uncut.  Click here to go to the tutorial for this!

Supplies needed for this card:
Quietfire: Hello die
Graphic 45:  Botanical Tea cardstock collection, 12x12 and 8x8"
Staples: Ivory 110# cardstock
Core-dinations: Aquarium cardstock
Spellbinders: Grand Calibur
Tombow: Stamp Runner and 3D Foam Tabs

  1. Form a tentfold card base measuring 7-1/2" x 6" from blue.  
  2. Cut panels 7 x 5" and 6 x 4-1/2" from ivory.  Cut a blue panel about 1/16" smaller than the smaller ivory panel.  Cut a panel of the toile wallpaper patterned paper about 1/16" smaller than the blue panel and layer them as shown in the sample photo. 
  3. Cut the strip of Hello Friend from the 12x12 patterned paper and mount it on a strip of ivory cardstock measuring 6-1/4 x 5/8".  
  4. Cut the striped cardstock to 6-3/4 x 4-3/4" and mount it on the larger ivory panel.
  5. Make a partial die cut of Hello (see tutorial on partial die cutting) using blue cardstock.  Trim the diecut panel to approximately 5-1/4 2-3/4" with the word in the middle.
  6. Use 3D Foam Tabs to layer the card as shown to the right. All other layers are attached using the Stamp Runner and are non-dimensional. You may have to trim one of the small foam tabs to very small to attach (optional) the little piece of flourish that may have been cut off.  I used tweezers!


I think this is a really fun technique!  I hope you try it!
Thanks for stopping by, Suzanne

Here is our Blog Hop Schedule and the dates each designer will be posting (Click on each person's name to go to their blog):

March 30 - Kathy Jo and Yogi
March 31 - Wanda
April 2 - Diana and Teresa
April 1 - Sherry and Suzanne (you're here!)
April 3 - Yvonne and Robyn

For a chance to win a Quietfire rubber stamp or die (Don’t be shy!) leave a comment below before midnight Sunday April 5th, 2015. A winner will be randomly chosen from my list of comments and the winner's name will be posted on Quietfire Creations shortly afterwards. If you haven't done so already, go back and leave comments on all the designers Die-ing for Spring blog posts!

Good Luck!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Partial Die Cutting Tutorial - Hello

Partial die cutting is when you cut with a die, part of the design remains uncut.  You can see here how the bottom of the word is still attached to the cardstock it was cut from.

1. Use removable tape to hold the Hello die cutting edge down onto the cardstock. (I used Core-dinations for this example.)

2. Position the cardstock where you can easily see the die. I used the Spellbinders Grand Calibur  with the Junior Plates for this demonstration. (And yes, technically this should be on the Spellbinders Cutting plate, not the Base Plate!  I was more worried about the photos turning out than which plate was where!  No matter, the sandwich is the same!)

3. Cover the die with the other plate, leaving the bottom edge of the die uncovered, and holding the sandwich tightly, feed it into the machine.  (For those of you who can tell which die outlines are on the top of my cutting plate, there is a special place in Spellbinders heaven for you!  The bottom side of this plate is positively embarrassing and not for public consumption!)

4. Run this sandwich through the machine. You can see how the plates are offset.  One pass and it's done!

5. Sometimes the cut is not always perfect.  You can see here the right side of the H and the bottom of the e have been cut right through.  But the other parts aren't, so it will be fine.  Weed out the counterspaces. (They'll pretty much fall out.)

6. Use a soapstone pencil to draw a line across the baseline of the word at either end and inside the H and the little flourish. I've marked it in red here.  Use an xacto blade to cut along that line and gently remove the cardstock from around the top of the word.  Brush off the soapstone pencil line (although if you're clever and avoid extra work, you'll have cut the pencil mark off with the cardstock you're discarding!).

7. Place your partial die cut into position and create your masterpiece! You can see this completed card HERE.

Happy partial die cutting!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Behind the Design: Heartfelt Creations Papers and Digital Die Cuts

I have this real love for Heartfelt Creations papers when I'm working on my samples for Silhouette America's Design Store!  It's definitely my go-to paper when I'm looking for something more interesting than plain cardstock, yet doesn't overpower the focal point of the design.  What prompted me to do this blog post was that all three designs I submitted this week used Heartfelt's Burst of Splendor Collection as well as the little lantern I did last week.

Easter Bookmark Tags
Easter Critters Votive Wrap

Pansy Card

I love their subtlety embedded images and how the colour fades to a lighter shade.  And of course how the colours within a collection coordinate.  I add in some solid cardstock (usually American Crafts smooth cardstock and Core'dinations cardstock) and I get the effect I want.

My favourite collection is Daphne and I did carry it for a while on the Quietfire site and it sold right out.  Unfortunately with the Canadian dollar doing what it is, I can't see carrying it again for a while.  *sigh*

Here is an Easter Bunny Flip card using Daphne papers.

Easter and Bunny Flip Card

Using the Posy Patch Collection and some plain cardstock:

Faux Gatefold Card
Always Card
Sometimes there is a bold design along the edges of the paper (which is perfectly normal seeing these are scrapbooking sized papers!), so I will move away from the edge to make use of the gentle designs.

From the Delicate Asters Collection:

Hello card with a bracket closure

Many of these papers work very well when you need a duplex paper (double-sided) with contrasting colours like in this card design.  I was one happy camper when I flipped it over. The Bunny Flip Card above is another example of a duplex paper that is very striking.  I've designed quite a few of those flip cards and it's a real treat to find patterned paper that works well with them. 

 All the above designs are available on the Silhouette Design store under my profile.

Here is a sample using the new Quietfire Believe metal die and quote.  This paper is from their Balmy Breeze collection and I loved that it coordinated with both American Crafts cardstock and Coredinations cardstock.

I don't have any affiliation with Heartfelt Creations other than liking what they do, but I wouldn't complain if I did!  Their papers are awesome!  And they work well with the Silhouette Cameo - but I'll think you've already guessed that!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Drop Shadow Tutorial - Using the New Quietfire Dies

I used this technique in a recent card and I just wanted to expand on it a bit.  Here is the card:

A drop shadow is a visual effect that gives the impression of a shadow behind an object. Use the Hello die and cut two coordinating cardstocks. The one which will be a shadow should be a darker colour.  Decide which direction you want the light to be "shining" and attach the shadow by slightly offsetting it from the "raised" Hello die cut.  Make sure it's showing equally around all letters and attach them together.  Don't offset it too much or it becomes a distraction!  Use a colour that will coordinate with some other element in your creation, but don't use something too wild and crazy.  After all, this is a shadow, something that ties the overall design together and accents the main word, not a feature element!

 Thanks for drop shadowing by!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Washi Tape Hello and Document Corners

This project started out with me wanting to utilize some of my washi tape stash....  It evolved into the need to design a  digital cutting embellishment!

Quietfire Hello Metal die
This card was very simple!  When I had just Hello on the card, it looked a bit too simple but I didn't want to overwhelm the card with too much embellishing.  Years ago, my Mom was cleaning out her
stash and found these things called Document Corners.  So I pulled one apart to see how it was made.  The template for it has been on my website (somewhere!) for years. It's the basic template and was crying out for embellishment.  Now that I have this incredibly cool and amazingly accurate tool called the Silhouette Cameo, I converted the template into a cutting file and added some pizzaz to the plain jane document corners!

I could have make these with the same cardstock as the card base if I wanted to be *really* subtle, but I don't think the turquoise corners overwhelmed the Hello.  Hope you think the same!

Quietfire Hello Die
Washi Tape
Quietfire Decorative Document cutting file
Co'ordinations Bermuda cardstock
American Crafts Blush cardstock
Recollections turquoise cardstock
Pop Dots
Kooltack 3D Clear Foam Tape

Decorative Corners - Quietfire at Silhouette Design Store

  1. Cut a card base from Bermuda to 7 x 5".  Cut a panel of the same colour to 6 x 4".  Cut a Blush panel to 6.25 x 4.25". Adhere the 6 x4" panel on top.
  2. Lay strips of washi tape side by side on a piece of white cardstock.  Diecut Hello through the strips of washi tape.
  3. Cut decorative corners from turquoise and slide them on the Blush/Bermuda panel and adhere at the back.
  4. Adhere die cut Hello to center of panel and use Pop Dots to adhere the panel to the card base.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Believe in Magical Butterflies

I was looking to make something a bit more elegant this time, so to complement the new Quietfire Metal Die, I chose a Spellbinders die plus some of my favourite Kanban paper.

Once I made the hard choices, this card went together quickly!


Supply List:
Quietfire Metal Die: Believe
Kanban: Farfalla
Spellbinders: Grand Calibur, A2 Valiant Honor
Co'ordinations: French Roast cardstock
Fancy Pants: 12x12"Gold Foiled cardstock
Tombow: Stamp Runner and 3D Foam Tabs

  1. Form a 7" x 5" card from French Roast cardstock.  Die cut Believe from gold paper. Die cut small Spellbinders' Valiant Honor panel from French Roast.
  2. Cut three panels (bottom to top): Gold to 6-3/8" x 4-3/8":: French Roast to 1/8" smaller all around:: Kanban Farfalla to 1/8" smaller than the French Roast.
  3. Attach Believe to Spellbinders panel with 3D Foam Tabs (you will have to cut the foam tabs to a smaller size) and Spellbinders panel to Kanban paper with 3D Foam Tabs. Use Stamp Runner to assemble other layers as shown.  Attach Gold panel to card base with 3D Foam Tabs.

Thanks for stopping by to have a look!
Happy creating, Suzanne

Friday, March 13, 2015

Hello - Springy Die Cut Inlay

I wanted a happy little Hello card in springy colours, so using the new Quietfire Hello Die, I cut and assembled this card!

Quietfire Hello Cutting Die
Michaels Recollections cardstock
Co'ordinations cardstock
Tombow Stamp Runner
Tombow Foam Squares

  1. Form a 7" x 5" card base using Co'ordinations cardstock. Cut a turquoise panel to 6.5" x 4-3/8". Die cut Hello from light and dark turquoise cardstock.  Keep track of the counterspaces!  You'll use them.
  2. Cut 2 panels measuring approximately 7 x 5" from light and dark purple smooth cardstocks. Die cut Hello from the center of both panels one at a time and stack the cut out panels so the die cuts line up exactly. Don't worry, these will be trimmed later so the outside edges don't need to line up. 
  3. Hold or use removable tape to keep these two pieces together and cut with an xacto knife across where the middle of the word would be. Set the bottom of the light purple and the top of the dark purple aside. (You can make another card with these!)
  4. Cut a piece of lightweight cardstock (any colour, as it will be hidden) to approximately 8" x 6" and apply adhesive across the middle portion where you will piece the word and counterspaces.
  5. Lay down Hello in the middle of the adhesive and fit in the counterspaces from the dark turquoise Hello. (A pair of tweezers might help with the counterspace of the e.) Apply adhesive to the backs of the purple cardstock cuts and position them around the outside of Hello.
  6. Trim this purple panel and backing to 6.25" x 4".  Mount with stamp runner to the turquoise panel and attach all layers to the card base with foam squares as shown.
Thanks for visiting!
Happy die cutting! Suzanne

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Believe - Die Cut Inlay

Well, I had so much fun doing this!  The hardest part is choosing the colours - and knowing when enough is enough!

I used the new Quietfire Believe die and filled all the counterspaces with different coloured cardstock.  It's amazing how well they fit together.

Papers used in this project were:
Co'ordinations cardstock and
the patterned paper is Heartfelt Creations: Delicate Asters Collection.

Thanks for visiting!