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If you're anything like me, you love having different looks for the same product! The Be-YOU-tiful die is a favorite of mine because I love that the letters are joined together to create one "unit", and the lettering style itself is thicker, providing some super fun options! Each of the ideas shown could be done with any die cut word of similar styling.
I wanted to create a bold statement with this design, but also wanted the coloring work to be quick and easy. A large image, like this Stampendous butterfly and Distress Stains made this one of the speediest watercolor projects I have ever done--like, EVER!!! I did pre-clean this stamp to "season" it; initially, it was repelling the water-based Distress Stains. A quick scrub with some stamp cleaner and patting it dry had it primed and ready to go. Another large scale butterfly that would be awesome with this watercolor method is one by Tim Holtz, HERE.
The beauty of using the Distress Stains for this watercolor method, is that the scrubby top made it easy to apply the color to the stamp surface, and there is no need to worry about spritzing the stamp with water! The Stains have just the perfect wetness and consistency to just apply color and stamp! BOOYAH! *fist pump*
Stacking multiple die cuts of black card stock into the negative space before gluing the watercolored die cut layer on top, pops it up just enough to define it and yet still retain that crazy cool almost "camouflaged" look--the one that makes the person you give it to wonder just how in the world you did that... But, of course, we know the easy-peasy secret! *wink*
- Layer your paper and die on top of 4 thicknesses of unused dryer sheets (I typically fold two in half and then stack them together) before running through the Big Shot and you will be able to eject the die from the paper without a pokey tool, and all the bits and pieces will also stick to the dryer sheet without getting lost.
- The gold foil accent dots on the butterfly card were achieved using the same method described below on the next card (Hint: This Two Way Glue Pen is your friend and one of my most favorite tools... Just sayin'...)
Ombré + glitter is a marvelous combo! Here it is highlighted by a gold foil background that was created by swiping a Two Way Glue Pen, allowing the glue to dry; it will become tacky to the touch when dry and allows you to press transfer foil sheets to it--a super fun and super easy way to quickly add foil accents to your projects! Gotta love that!
Be-YOU-tiful was die cut from iCraft double-sided adhesive foam; with the sticky on both sides you can mount it, and then remove the liner from the front side to add glitter or anything else that will stick! Be sure to watch the video to see how I mounted the die cut foam piece to the card without distorting its shape--it's a lot easier to see how it's done than try to understand a written description. :)
- To apply glitter in an ombré fashion, choose 2-3 colors that blend well from one to the next, and keep your project tilted so glitter lands as much as possible on one area at a time.
- I like to use disposable cereal bowls lined with coffee filters, one per glitter color. It allows me to keep the glitters from cross-contaminating, and it's easy to then funnel the glitter back into the jar when I'm finished. It also helps keep the mess at bay. Ask me how I know... *wink*
This final design is an example of "repeat impressions". The die was "debossed" using the Silicone Rubber Sheet with the Big Shot multiple times across the surface of Letterpress Paper. (Debossed = pressed down into the surface; embossed = the pattern is "reliefed" or raised from the surface)
I made a thick, chipboard like embellishment by die cutting the shape 3x from Neenah Solar White 110# card stock and a pretty floral patterned paper, layering and gluing them all together. It was then mounted over one of the debossed images.
- I adore the debossed look on Letterpress Paper in particular, but you can also try watercolor paper or heavy weight card stocks; be aware that too much pressure can cause the paper surface to crack sometimes, so you will have to play with the amount of pressure/shims necessary with the type of paper you are using.
- I did not have the Impressions pad handy, only the Silicone Rubber Sheet. So, I had to modify my sandwich as follows for the above results:
- Multipurpose Platform Open to Tab 1
- Cutting Pad
- Silicone pad
- Cutting Pad
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I hope you enjoy experimenting with these different looks with your dies!
Thanks for joining me again this month!