Friday, February 15, 2013

Cut it Out

This week’s blogger challenge theme is “cut it out.” I realized I hadn’t shared the fun die cut project I had featured in the recent Paper Crafts magazine special issue, Die Cutting for Paper Crafters, so I thought I’d share it today for the challenge.

I used several different dies from Clear and Simple Stamps to create the elements in this sweet shadow box that's the perfect decoration for a little girl's room. I started off by die cutting some green dotted patterned paper strips with a grass die, then layering the die cut strips at the bottom of a blue panel. I made a clothesline above the grass, using a piece of hemp twine and some mini clothespins. A different patterned die cut dress hangs from each pair of clothespins. The dresses were cut with a die from the Tiny Fashions set and then stamped with the matching outline image. I added a little embellishment to each dress, too. The final die cut element is die cut letters spelling out the recipient’s name. Once the pieces were in place, I set the finished panel inside a simple white shadowbox frame.

If you’re looking for inspiration using die cut elements, this special issue is a great place to start. I’m not sure if it’s still out on newsstands or not, but if it isn’t you can get it here.

Materials Used:
Tiny Fashions stamp set, Tiny Fashions, Grass, and Lowercase Alphabet dies, Trendsetter Blue, I’m a Princess Pink, and A Blanc Check cardstock, Paint the Town Pink buttons (Clear and Simple Stamps); Victoria Park-Grass designer paper (Lily Bee Design); Miss Caroline-Dolled Up and On the Bright Side-One 6x6 paper pads (My Mind’s Eye); twine (Hemptique); mini clothespins; foam tape

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