Brush it off and move on

All dies are not alikeDie, dies, diecut, diecutting, cutting, brush, card making, papercraft

I resisted getting a die brush for a long time.  But I love dies, and have been buying more detailed dies for a while now, so I went for it.  Now I’m really glad I did.

The die in the photo above was one of a set that I bought already used, and hadn’t tried.  When I needed to add a white panel for writing inside a dark card, I decided I didn’t want a plain rectangle — I wanted an interesting shape or edge.

Finally, a chance to use this lace-edged rectangle!

It was only after I ran it through my Big Shot that I realized there was something different about this die.  While it clearly has cutting lines that cut out little triangles, the holes in the die are just little dots.  On most of my dies, the shape of the “hole” in the die is the shape of the piece it cuts out.  On those dies, the larger holes mean I can pop out most clinging pieces with a fingertip or fingernail.

Not this time!

But, in spite of the tiny size of the little dot-holes, the stiff bristles of the brush poked through and saved the day!

(And, no, these won’t be die-cut scraps that I save for use elsewhere — just too darn small! lol)

Using up the bits and pieces

Okay, maybe I’m a paper hoarder.  Or a craft hoarder in general. 🙂

I can see crafty possibilities in so many things, that I have a hard time getting rid of them.  Take paper scraps, for example.

I often find myself trimming down card layers to get the framing of the layers a little different.  Which leaves me with teeny little strips of paper that I’ve taken to calling “whiskers.”

Instead of tossing them, I found a place to put them away, and eventually used some as an embellishment on a card.  The card turned out great (one of my favorites, actually), and so I decided to find more ways to use my whiskers.

On this particular card, I sifted through my little stack to find reds and pinks and just criss-crossed them to create a little interest.  But I felt like a little something more was needed.

Which led me to poke through some odd-shaped pieces left over from some intricate die cuts.  Yes, I sometimes save those, too, if they’re a decent size and an interesting shape!

So I was able to add a couple of these curlicue scraps to my whiskers to fill in my design a little more.  And I think it turned out great!  Which is why I guess I’ll continue to save these little bits and pieces.  🙂

Whiskers, scraps
Using up little bits and pieces is fun!

Oops! I was bad! :)

I got to see how easy it was to do this marbling technique – although I didn’t buy any of their products (yet).

I meant to take photos at the Scrapbook Expo today…

The first booth we went to had a “no photography” sign.  After that, it was too late!  I was so busy gawking at things (does anybody use that word any more?) to remember to take any pictures.

But I did come away with this nifty little sample of a marbling technique.  It’s from a company called Local King Rubber Stamps.  They specialize in solid-image stamps like the car above.  Instead of a stamp where the outlines of the image are raised up, they make the outlines indented and the insides of the image raised up to take the ink.

They scribbled (literally) directly on the stamp with their markers to get the marbling.  They have their own line of water-based markers that they say will stay wet for 6 minutes on the rubber.  As they scribble one color over another, the inks blend to give the marbled effect you can see on the car.

It was an awesome demonstration, but I couldn’t buy everything!  I’m going to try to see if I can get a similar effect with markers I already have.  But I will share some of the things I saw and did buy in other posts to come.

It was sooo much fun!