(click on the pics to enbiggan)
I'll be the first to admit that I'm really not a technique girl; I tend to view techniques from the perspective of, #1. Is it messy? #2. Do I like the resulting effect enough to attempt it? and #3. How long is it gonna take???
I mean, I don't mind practicing to get something right, if I really like it. And it doesn't take too long. And it's not messy. I have a distinct aversion to anything messy. In case you didn't know that about me. *insert cheeky grin*
Anyway, after having this technique bookmarked in a magazine for 2 years, I finally got around to giving it a go, since it met all my requirements. LOL!
Here are some tips for this fun 3D die cut effect:
- Single word or single line word dies work great for this; multiple lines of words might prove more challenging or time-consuming. Which is totally OK, if you don't mind that!
- While I personally prefer the look with a die featuring a "chunkier" or block style font, you could certainly try it with die featuring a thinner style/cursive font.
- Use a Copic marker a shade or two darker/deeper than the paper color you are drawing the lines on.
- If you're using a ruler that has the measurements screen printed onto it, flip it over so the screen printing does not come in contact with any possible wet alcohol ink on the paper surface (it etches the screen printing off and transfers it to your project).
- Unused dryer sheets (I typically use 2, unscented, and fold them in half to create 4 layer thickness) under the paper when you use a die will help you eject the die from the paper quite easily and all the negative pieces will stick to the dryer sheet so you can use them if you want/need them.
- If you trim out and glue the remaining "shadow" pieces from the upper portion of the yellow card stock one at a time, they won't end up getting lost on your work surface... Just sayin'... :)
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Designer note: I've also included some other dies below that I think would work nicely for this effect.