For Technique Thursday this week, I have a couple fun ideas to show you. One involves making a partial cut with framelit dies and the other is simply using a product you may have used in a while.
However, before I get started, let me give you a little background on the card I’m making. One of my son’s best friends, Nels, is turning 21 soon. I met his mother, Becky, in Lamaze class when we were both pregnant for the first time. We were so happy when we both ended up having boys. Since then, not only have we remained great friends, but our sons became great friends as well. Looking back, it’s hard to believe that so many years have gone by, and that those little babies are now about to turn 21!!!! WOW, how did that happen so fast?
When the kids were younger, they were into the Harry Potter books, and our two families attended many events together, including book releases and movies. Another event that we really enjoyed each October was when the local museum (the Haggin) would transform into “Hagwarts” for the night. We ALL dressed up – Samuel was Harry, Shannon was Hermione, Nels was Ron, my husband was an AWESOME Haggrid, I was Madame Maxine (since that was Haggrid’s girlfriend), and Becky was Professor Trelawny. I dug up some old pictures to share.
So when I started thinking about making a 21st birthday card for Nels, I came up with the idea of using a “butterbeer” on the card! I had to use an old retired stamp set called Cheers to You for the beer stamp, but it was just too perfect!
The first technique I want to go over on this card is the method I used to make a partial cut with the Little Letters Framelits Dies to create the message CHEERS. The letters are cut out on the top, but not on the bottom. First, I cut a piece of Farmer’s Market Designer Series Paper 2″ X 5-1/2″. Then, I aligned the letters along the top of the paper. (I left a space to cut another E on a second pass.) I placed some old washi tape gently along the top of the Little Letters Framelit Dies to hold them in place. Even though I was using a Magnetic Plate, these letters tend to shift a little using this technique, so the washi tape really helps.
The key thing to notice in the picture below is the placement of the glass pieces. Both the top and bottom glass pieces are aligned together a little short of the end of the letters. This stops the cutting at that point. I had to play with my Big Shot a little to figure out exactly where to stop the cutting, but for my machine, the placement below worked perfectly.
After I ran the paper through the Big Shot, I used scissors to cut along the bottom in-between all the letters. I love this technique, because it really makes the letters stand out.
The second technique I used on my card was digging out my Crystal Effects. Somehow, I tend to forget about this product. But, it’s great for making items look like glass. If you look closely, you’ll notice that I added it on top of the “butterbeer.”
I stamped my “butterbeer” with Black Stazon Ink, then colored it with a Blender Pen using Hello Honey and Sahara Sand inks. Then I punched it out with a 1-3/4″ Circle punch and sponged around the edges. After I was all done, I squeezed the Crystal Effects onto the glass portion and spread it around. It takes a long time to dry, so when using Crystal Effects, plan on placing it to the side for a couple hours. But, it’s worth it because it’s a great effect!!! Not only does it look glassy, it’s 3-D as well.
The rest of my card is fairly simple. I stamped more “butterbeers” in Sahara Sand on the background.
Then, I layered some Hello Honey card stock and wrapped the whole card with some Linen Thread. On the inside of the card, I added a message about raising a butterbeer to our old Harry Potter friend and a Happy 21st Birthday.
Supplies used on my card:
Hope this inspires you to think of some different ways to use your framelit dies, and to dig out your Crystal Effects!