Hello, Sizzix friends! Vivian here today to share with you a trio of cards that I made using beautiful, detailed, adorable dies from Stephanie Barnard's newest collection with Sizzix. They are truly dies that make a die-cutter's heart happy.
We've lived in our current home for a couple of years now, but it's only within the last few months that I've actually gotten to know some of my neighbors. I feel fortunate in many respects - the neighbors with whom I've become friends are just the sweetest, most considerate people. Lucky me, they are folks who like to give cards. And lucky me, they also share a lot of the same interests as I do - woo hoo! As the cards, figs, tomatoes, peaches, and doggie toys have been exchanged this summer, I now find myself in need of replenishing my stash of cards - what a wonderful predicament in which to find oneself! What's especially nice about the dies in Stephanie's newest collection is that when there are other responsibilities encroaching on your free time, they make it possible to craft lovely, detailed cards oh so quickly!
To start, I want to share with you the "Drop-in" concept that goes with Stephanie's Card Front w/ Script Words Drop-Ins Framelits Die Set.
The sentiment die is dropped into a larger frame die.
When this unit of three dies above is sent through your Sizzix Big Shot as shown, the sentiment becomes an integral part of the die-cut. I highly recommend the Magnetic Platform as the base in this sandwich because it keeps your drop-in exactly where you need it. This die set includes useful sentiments - in addition to the "love" sentiment above, there is a "you're so kind," sentiment and the one we always need, "Happy Birthday," all of which are interchangeable!
The script sentiment neatly originates from one side of the frame and terminates on the other side. I love this die set most of all because its design allows your favorite patterned papers to really shine.
Remember how earlier I mentioned these dies make a die-cutter's heart happy? This is what I'm talking about. Look at the detail in this Friends Thinlits die - a great mix of happy fonts.
And the wonderful detail in this Flower Power die above! While these cards feature die-cut cardstock, in a future crafting session, I will totally use this die to craft myself a fun foam stamp and get mixed media messy!
The Die Brush and Foam Pad help release the left-over die-cut pieces quickly.
Using it gets rid of those little pieces within seconds.
Let's talk about the card base - there is a larger frame die that comes with all of the items I'm sharing with you today. You can use that to die-cut your card base, too, simply by moving the edge of your die past the folded edge of your cardstock as shown above, and then sending it through your Big Shot! Perfectly matching edges!
I tried to add as little embellishment as possible because why would I want to hide these cool die-cut designs?
For my floral card below, I just pulled some scraps from my scrap box, wrapping with translucent organza so the die-cut would show through.
I'm looking forward to giving these cards to loved ones and new friends.
Hope you enjoyed my tutorial today and that you will check out Stephanie Barnard's full collection with Sizzix!