Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Heartfelt Die-versity

 

 

Today we have a brilliant idea for you from our Design Team member Rocky 

 

 

 

Heartfelt Creations dies are available from J and C Creations, so are a wide range of glitters and gems.
Here's how to turn a frame into a butterfly.
Whenever you get a new die cut it out in some thin card and have a play with the shape.
This die is great as a frame or a window but with a few snips here and there you can make something else.
First I cut the main filigree shapes away from the centre bars, then it was a case of trimming away a few small bits to get a head and a lower body to go with the wings.

 

 

Lay one wing set diagonally across the other and line up the nodules to form a little heart shape at the top of the body. Once the wings are crossed and glued together lay the lower body 'fan' shape on top, tucking the 'bar' part up underneath the wings and glue in place. Finally glue the head and antenna in place at the top of the body.
I always play with thin card until I'm happy with the design, then I go onto the good stuff so I don't waste anything precious.
The butterfly on the card was cut from silver mirri card, then the wings were backed with a sticky address label which gave the filigree holes a great sticky area to sprinkle
Silver Halo Glitter on to.

 

Then I stuck little purple gems on to the butterfly to really make him sparkle. This insect needed a big flower to land on so I stamped an agapanthus that I have in my stash using a blue ink and embossed it with clear enamel. The petals are painted with Cosmic Shimmer watercolours in various shades of blue and mauve. The coloured edges are made using   Shaded Lilac Distress Ink from the new Spring set, matted onto silver mirri card and then onto white card that has been coloured with the same Shaded Lilac Distress Ink so that it all matches.
When you have spent ages creating a beautiful picture using Distress Inks and you can't find the right colour card to matt with don't worry, use a piece of white card and colour the edges to match your artwork. You only need to colour in just a little further than your layer depth as the centre will never be seen.
So next time you buy a die have a play and see what else you can do with it. Happy Crafting!!

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea, I'm off to snip away at some die cuts, thanks for sharing.
    Natx

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