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Inlay Die Cutting – You Mean the World to Me

Just about everyone is raving about some new technique. I’m probably pretty late to the inlay die technique, but I decided to make this video anyway! I have been doing the technique for awhile and I think I even did a video on it. But, since I really like it, I thought that I would do this video.

One of the reasons that it’s such a good technique for you to use is that if you mail your cards, this will cut down on the bulk. Since it’s pretty much one layer (minus the very thin copy paper you lay the piece down onto), it doesn’t add weight and expense to your cards! Another great feature is that ability to do two or more colors with little to no fuss!

The die that I used for this is one that I have had for awhile. It is from My Favorite Things and it was one that was free with a $60 purchase. I loved it, but I just never really had the right occasion to use it. The die is a globe with the words “You Mean The World To Me” underneath of it.

I knew that I wanted to do two colors with this cutout, so I took a piece of white card stock and I used two shades of green distress ink to color the paper. Those were Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn. I then taped the die down and cut it out. When I took the pieces out of the card stock, I realized I made a big mistake. I was left with the ocean from the die that was attached to the piece, not the greenery.

Originally my plan was NOT to do this technique – I was actually just going to color a piece of card stock with shades of blue distress ink and glue it behind the cut out. Well, since I made that mistake, that plan went out the window! I inked up another piece of white card stock with some tumbled glass and salty ocean distress inks and then ran the piece through my Cuttlebug with the die. When I was looking at the waste, I then realized that these “mistakes” could be used in the piece!

First, I adhered a scrap piece of paper (you can use copy paper because it’s thin and inexpensive versus card stock!). Then I took my Lifestyle Crafts Quick Stick and started placing the pieces into the cutouts. I used my Zig Two Way glue pen to put the pieces into their spots. It fits together like a puzzle, so it comes together very quickly. Luckily I found all the letters (since I wasn’t planning on keeping them I wasn’t too careful with where they went after I pulled them from the die). My suggestion is that if you have a lot of small pieces, put them in a pile together or a plastic bag so they don’t get lost. Especially if you aren’t going to finish the project at that time. (Can you tell that I am saying this from experience??? LOL)

Now you have an almost one layer piece for the front of a card or for a scrapbook project! I love the way these inlay die cuts turn out because they have multiple colors, which adds interest.

Here is the video on how I made this piece:

http://youtu.be/7sv8wPys8o4

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Michele

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Sketch Sunday 23

For this week’s Sketch Sunday, I went with a sketch from the My Favorite Things’ sketch challenge (which can be found here – http://www.cardchallenges.com/search/label/sketchchallenge). Since I organized my stamps (but didn’t bring them upstairs to the craft room yet!), I went though them as I sat and watched tv tonight. I found a couple of sets that hadn’t ever been used or had only been used once. I then looked at the sketch and realized that I needed some paper for the background.

For the 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ white card base, I used some white Recollections 65 lb card stock. I knew I wanted to use the cassette tape die from MFT that has been in my stash for so long, unused! I cut the bottom layer out of black card stock from Recollections and the label from the same white as the base. I also stamped the label from the MFT Journal It Playlist in Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Pale Tomato.

For the background of the card, I thought I wanted something with hearts because I wanted to create a love/Valentine’s day card. I was looking for some vellum that was leftover from the wedding invitations that I did for my friend Alicia and came across something under my desk that changed the theme of the card. When I saw that the Crate Paper Party Day paper had music notes with “Happy Birthday”, I changed focus. I now needed a new sentiment, so I dug through my stamp sets. I couldn’t find any ready made sentiments that I liked, so I made my own!

First, I saw the word “EPIC” in the Journal It Playlist stamp set from My Favorite Things and decided I wanted it to say “Wishing You an epic birthday”. Next I found the “Wishing You” from the MFT Merry Messages stamp set and the “Birthday” from the MFT Delicious Birthday stamp set. The “an” was more difficult to get, but I finally found the sentiment “You Are an” in the MFT Be Original set. Lastly, I stamped these all in Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Pale Tomato on some white Recollections card stock. I then mounted that on some of the same Crate Paper that I used for the front of the card.

To finish off the front of the card I used the MFT Jumbo Squiggle Border die with some vellum to make the scallop design that is at the bottom of the sketch. I also cut a piece of vellum that was a little bit smaller than the cassette tape die cut so that there was a backing to the tape.

Here is what the card looks like:photo-49image-2

Here is the link to the YouTube video of the card being made: http://youtu.be/pCVV6t3FuJE

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Michele

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Sketch from: http://www.cardchallenges.com/search/label/sketchchallenge

Supplies:

Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pale Tomato

MFT Stamp Sets:

LLD Delicious Birthday (Birthday)

LLD Journal It Playlist (EPIC and label for cassette tape)

CS 57 Merry Messages (Wishing You)

LLD Accent It (Cassette Tape dies)

LLD Be Original (You are an)

Jumbo squiggle border die

Recollections:

65 lb white and black cardstock

white vellum

Zig 2 way glue pen

Learning to interpret a sketch

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These Sketch Sunday videos have been very fun for me. I enjoy looking at designs that other people came up with (and giving them credit in my video of course!!) and interpreting their design. I think I am getting better with each passing video and am learning what it means to interpret a sketch.
Since I am a Type A, I (sometimes) like to follow the rules and to me that means if there’s an oval shape on the card, my card must have an oval. If there are six circles on the sketch, my card will have six circles on it. But the sketch I used today helped me break free of that rule following aspect of my personality!! Below the sketch were several different card designer’s interpretations of the sketch. Some used squares instead of the ovals. Others used a tag in place of them. Some didn’t feature the exact layout of the bottom part of the card – no one said that it had to be the exact same – you just use the sketch as a guide.
And that’s what I did with this card! It turned out to be a lot less stressful because I didn’t have to look for ovals when I really wanted to use my wafer thin deckled edge dies. So I did! I also used some scarps from another project to make two of the elements.
The project turned out pretty well I think. I like it! It will be going up on Etsy soon (hopefully!). There won’t be a Sketch Sunday next week, but I should be back the following week. I have meetings for work and won’t be able to create, sadly.
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Michele
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