Friday, 16 December 2016

Playing with Dies

Today post will be with Itsy Bitsy dies and would be playing around with few easy techniques to create some simple and fast cards. I am playing around with nesting dies (scallop heart die and decagon die) and 220 gsm thick white cardstock.
For the first card I have used the  decagon die to create a de-bossed effect. You can use the other side with embossed effect. 


I have placed the nesting dies in a eccentric pattern and taped it to the cardstock. While embossing place the first cutting plate on Tab 1(using Big Shot machine) followed by rubber pad and than second cutting plate. 

 Here is the deboss look.

I have hand cut the butterfly and stamped the flowers and sentiment from the hope and smile stamp set.

For my second card I have used the scallop heart die to create a window and frame for the front panel of the card.

For the window use the smaller die and for the frame use both smaller and larger one from the set. 

For stamping I have used Itsy Bitsy chalk ink trio. I love how juicy are these chalk inks. And you get three colors in single ink pad. 

The leaf background comes from the leaf die I cut multiple time from a single piece of card stock and later used it as a stencil. This way you can even use your scraps and create interesting backgrounds. 

Another interesting use of nesting dies can be in creating embellishments. Here are few I made. 
The birdie comes from my handmade resin embellishments stash and the papers are from the new Itsy Bitsy launch chevron aquarelle papers and used flowers to complete the shaped tags.

 I have used rose from the angle rose carnation collection, I totally love the roses from this set.

Also, you can maximize the use of dies by using them as templates for shaker embellishments. Here I have used WRMK Fuse tool with the largest die from the decagon die set as the template to my shaker pocket. I love creating shakers and fuse tool is one great tool to have in your stash. You can use them with your cards, embellishments, scrapbooks etc...

And the hearts are cut in felt  from the smallest scallop heart die. These dies cut felt like butter, you can check my last post on felt plushies for more ideas. 

Hope you liked these ideas to maximize the use of your dies.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Felt plushies

Hello people,
It was my childhood hobby to make cute felt plushies. These are cute, little, fun tiny miny things to make on a weekend.

(Few of the colors available at Itsy Bitsy)
I have used the thin cut heart dies in different sizes to cut through felt. And these dies cut the felt like butter. 
Lets start making these....
I have used blanket stitch to sew together the bigger pieces and fill the plushie with cotton. Blanket stitch is the easiest when it comes to putting these little pieces together.
You can either choose a same color thread or shaded thread for a cool effect.

                                  Image result for blanket stitch steps
                                   (pic courtesy Google Images) 

For the base of each plushie cut 2 large heart pieces in yellow, pink, blue colors.

Notice the intricate scallop design in the smallest heart also. That is how fine these dies cut.


 For the blue felt plushie I have white crochet lace between the two pieces. The little bee sticker is turned into a resin embellishment.

These days there is an ongoing shaker mania, so here is a cute little felt shaker.
For this have cut the center using the second largest die in the set and used ohp sheet and filled granules & sequins. Have used blanket stitch to sew the edges.
The best part about shaker embellishments is you can pretty much put anything inside the belly. 

 Here are the little felt plushies...

 Hope you enjoyed these and would love to hear more from you.