Monday, 20 January 2014

Crafty Cardmakers and More Challenge 108

This week at Crafty Cardmakers and More, the challenge is set by my team mate Kim, and she wants everything to be black and white! She's willing to allow other shades for skin and hair colours, but otherwise, just black and white.

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Just over a year ago, I splashed out and bought a Big Shot Pro, thinking it would solve all my problems regarding dies that wouldn't cut. Not surprisingly, it didn't, but then, dies are getting more and more intricate. Among the most intricate I've got is the fancy lattice die from Spellbinders. It's one of those dies that's supposed to be infinitely 'stretchable', but I'd never had the patience to go for more than a single cut of it because it took so much shimming and so many passes through the machine. This week, I finally got my hands on some Spray Emboss from Once Upon a Stamp and I tried it. Does it now cut in a single pass? No. But! I didn't use any extra shimming, and it cut completely in three 'double' passes through my machine. (The position of my BSP means I prefer to load and unload from one side only.) I then lined it up and cut a partial section alongside, and this time it cut completely in two double passes. This is such an improvement, I'll have to try it out with my other 'hard to cut' dies. I have a suspicion that the product is just a dilute soapy solution, but it does seem to work well. And the result?

You can see the fancy lattice there - I've cut it again using a Spellbinder Grand Labels One die, and framed it using the same set. The sentiment uses the standard dies - one large and one small. The sentiment is done with a 'ready inked' stamp I've had for several years, but don't often use. (I don't often put sentiments on the front - unless it's a personalised card or for humour.) The paper is from Papermania. The flowers are punched, and the centres shaded with black Pan Pastel before having the centres added. The flowers are attached to some vining die cuts from Spellbinders. The final addition is some ribbon from my collection.

I hope you can join us this time.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments where anything goes,
LEJ Designs where anything goes,
Crafting by Designs where they want flowers,
Milk Coffee where the theme is 'monochrome',
My Heart Pieces where anything goes,
Country View Crafts where the theme is 'monochrome',
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper where anything goes (with patterned paper),
Brown Sugar where anything goes
Addicted to Stamps where they want flowers,
Di's Digi Designs where they want spots.


Scrapcat 1 said...

I think it was well worth persevering with the die it has made such a lovely back ground for the card. Hope to be joining you again this time

Anonymous said...

Wow !!!!! What an amazing card , so much detail and hard work on this and your perseverance paid off its amazing. I really get annoyed when you pay so much money for these dies and then it takes forever to cut. So lovely to be back on the team with you after all this time.


Shazza said...

this is very beautiful, I love that lattice die. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week

Jane Savage said...

Gorgeous chic card, Josephine.
Thank you for joining us at the MilkCoffee Challenge. Jane xx

Meggymay said...

Fantastic card and die cuts, I can imaging what you felt while cutting them.

Nicole said...

A gorgeous and lovely card. Thanks so much for joining us at ATSC.Good luck. Hugs, Nicole

Jac’s Playground said...

Wow love this, so striking, thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week. Jac x

Hazel said...

Thank you so much for joining my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge for January with your lovely card - hope to see you again soon. x

PennyRae's Mandala Creation's said...

What a great monochromatic card. Thanks for joining us at My Heart Pieces. PennyRae DT

Karen said...

Beautiful card, I love the lattice die too, thanks for sharing it with us in the brown sugar challenge

Tina Theis of Ivory Moon Designs said...

Lovely card ... I love black and white... I use to have the same problem regarding die cutting ... Then was lucky enough to get a ebosser machine and it is the best thing I have ever gotten .... I haven't found a die it wouldn't cut it is brilliant ..

Thanks for joining us at LEJ DESIGNS

Tina DT xx

My name is Cindy said...

Gorgeous!! I think the results with the die were well worth the effort but I do sympathise. It's such a lottery with dies and they always play up when a) you only have the one piece of paper or b) you really don't have time to faff! Will look out for the stuff you mention - you never know!! Best wishes, Cindy x

Kim x said...

I know that lattice die is a pain to cut but it is well worth it. I use a metal shim to cut mine and it works beautifully. I use it with all of my intricate dies.
Love the card by the way, thanks for joining in with my challenge.
hugs Kimx

crafty-stamper said...

great black and white card love the lattice die and added flowers-thanks for joining us at Lej Designs
Carol DT x

Kelly Schelske said...

This is gorgeous!!

Thank you for playing along with us at Di's Digis this time around, I hope you'll join us again in the morning as we have a new challenge ready!

Brenda Brown said...

A very pretty card, love the black and white theme. Thanks for sharing this at Country View Crafts Monochromatic Challenge xx


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