Hi everyone, this may turn out to be a rather long post as I have a card (although I picked a really simple one), the easel tutorial and the weekly comment game winners all in this post for Sunday. The card was an attempt to do a rather masculine looking sample using the basic lattice background die. I had this overwhelming urge to use my PVA glue and dot all the cross areas on the lattice (so I did!) When it was finished and dry, I just wanted to touch it so I decided not to cover them with too much so I simply stamped a sentiment and cut it out with my Vintage Lace accent die (maybe a bit frilly for a guy, but I just love the way that die looks). The rest of the card is just a bit of matting and layering with a pierced edge. I added in a thin mat of white to balance the die cut sentiment a bit, but other than that it is truly a simple, quick easy card to make in a pinch. You can see the black PVA glue dots on the black background below.
It seems that I didn't do this demo enough times as I have been inundated with requests for a tutorial on it. It is really very simple and I have taken a series of pics for you so it should be very easy to recreate. Starting with your cutting plate on the bottom, place a piece of heavyweight card (at least 240gsm, although a bit heavier would be preferable). Place your Labels 28 die with the cutting ridge towards your cutting plate and card.
Next, you are going to lay a strip of card about an inch to an inch and quarter wide across the centre of the die. If your card is not heavyweight enough, you will cut right through this and your card below and it will not work. If in doubt, use two strips of card stacked on top of each other. The point to this is stop your die from cutting this section, but allow it cut cut everything else.
Next, skip a size in your die set and use the next one down (I have shown my set to the left with the largest one missing, then I skipped a size, then the next one is missing) and lay that in place over the strip but lined up the larger die. Tape these in place to keep them straight. Cover this with your base plate and run through your Grand Calibur machine.
The picture to the right is what you will have when you remove your die from the plates and discard the strip. You can see where it has left an embossed area in the centre, but it has not actually cut all the way through there .
Place double sided sticky tape in the centre and attach to the back of your card. Depending on the weight of the card you have used and how sturdy the card is, attach it about a half inch from the bottom. You can attach higher if your card weight is thick enough to support your card leaning back further. You can also cut two of the easels and then use double sided tape to adhere them to each other to get a sturdier easel if you chose to do so. Also, this will work with some of the other similar shaped dies too if you do have Labels 28. You will just need to play around with some of the more rectangle shaped ones. I hope that helps but if you have any questions you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to answer you.
Now for the weekly comment game winners (I told you it was going to be a long post!)
The winners are:
Congratulations all! Please email me to confirm your postal address and claim your prize! Don't forget to check Monday's post to see if you have won tickets to Ally Pally!
All for now, Sue x