So this week I have been playing with my new Tattered Lace Shutter Die.
This die is a frame-die that cuts your card into the shutter-card shape thus saving a lot of time in terms of measuring and trying to get the cuts and fold points accurate. In my case this also saves on wasted card as somehow even with a metal edged ruler I still cant either cut straight or correctly line up score lines!
The set comes with the frame itself, a variety of layering dies that match the sections of the card (including the T shape at either end) and a full 2cm alphabet which also includes some common punctuation.
I found the frame itself a little smaller than I had originally expected as I had thought that is would be full A4 size. This is not quite the case however you will still need an A4 die cutting machine for the frame – since personally I do not own one I have borrowed one from a friend to give myself a supply of cut frames – everything else in the set will run through the smaller platforms.
All of the dies give a nice beveled edge to each section which i find to be a more elegant finish than what I could achieve with a knife and a guillotine, the cut is good on all of the paper, card and vellum i have so far tried it on. The finished (folded) size is less than A5, therefore If you have the eveloper/box maker/enveloboxer from Crafters Companion you should be able to easily create custom boxes for this card. I would recommend a box rather than an envelope purely because an envelope would hold the folds tighter which could lead to card-cracking or instability if the base card does not ‘bounce back’ once released from the envelope.
To Make the Card Shown:
- Hunkydory fairy sweethearts kit
- Tattered Lace Shuttercard die
- Tattered Lace Sweetness border die
- Tattered Lace free butterfly die from their first Create and Craft exclusive magazine
- Creative Expressions itty bitty bow filigree die
- PVA pearls
- Glitter Glue
- Wild Honey Distress Ink
- Parchment and yellow card scraps
1.Die cut the base card into the shuttercard shape and fold.
I have used one piece of the Hunkydory card from the kit; as the kit is so pretty i didn’t’ feel that I needed another topper, so the rest is just embellishments.
2. Die-cut your embellishments
For the letters, I have used he shuttercard die set which I have cut inside one of the square layering dies from the same set; so inside each of the squares is a letter blank where the letter has been cut out, which is then re-filled by the letter being stuck back onto the middle of the square using Pinflair (you can also use foam pads or any other 3d glue). I have also distress inked the letters and the squares and then glitterglued the letters.
For the border die, I have cut the border from inside one of the rectangle layering dies from the shuttercard set as the border die does not have it’s own outside edge; i have also distress inked and glitterglued the panel.
Both the letters/squares and the panel have been taken from the off-cut from the original shuttercard shape.
The butterfly is cut from parchment paper; cut down into the smaller shape and then also distress inked and glitterglued
The middle panel is two layers from the shuttercard set in parchment parer and yellow card (also distressed) for the sender to write their message on the front of their card if they so wish, alternatively a sentiment could be added here
3. Put it all together
Attach your elements where you want them to go; I have shaped the butterfly using the Tonic flower shaping kit however you can use a variety of other tools to shape with, the cheapest of which is a pencil. I have also lifted and lightly shaped some of the border elements in the panel.
Add your pearls/pva; I have used both here and i have also added some glitterglue to the fairy and the grass at her feet. the ‘Just for you’ tag is also part of the fairy sweethearts kit.