Thursday, January 30, 2014

(taken from the SU blog)

Word Bubble Love
I don’t think love is a strong enough word for the Word Bubble Framelits Dies. They are so fun to use—and there are so many ways to use them. I had only intended to  make two samples for this post—but my brain went crazy with ideas, so I had to share more. I hope that’s okay!

Cutting Out Frames
One of my favorite things about using a Framelit for die cutting is that they leave such nice negative spaces. Just cut around the outside edges and create fun frame pieces; they can be the delicate little finishing piece to any project!

Use as a Mask
Framelits can also be used as masks for spritzing.

I would recommend using a Magnetic Platform to hold the Framelits in place and to help get a crisper edge when spritzing. Be sure to put a cutting pad or a piece of scrap paper under your project so you don’t spritz color onto your Magnetic Platform.
I finished off this project by using my Stampin’ Write Markers (US/CA) to draw simple lines to add texture to the project.

Make New Shapes
I love that you can create your own die cut shapes by using one edge of a Framelit.
I made my own word bubble shape by inserting the bottom piece of cardstock into the bottom of the Framelit. Be sure when doing this technique that you don’t run the entire platform through the Big Shot or you’ll end up with a ridge from the flat side of the Framelit.
I then inserted the top of my piece of cardstock into the top of my Framelit at a different angle and rolled it through the Big Shot. Voilà— a bigger, uniquely-shaped word bubble!

Use as a Stamp
Here’s another unique use for a Framelit: use it as a stamp! On this card, I watercolored my background, inked up the flat side of my Framelit with Versamark, pressed it onto my card, then embossed the image using White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.
I love the rough texture of the embossing on watercolor cardstock.

The last technique I have to share today is a simple letterpress. To achieve this look, I used Coaster Board. It’s a heavier weight and compresses beautifully in Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (US/CA) or with Framelits.
I used a scrap piece of cardstock under my cutting pad to increase the pressure of the Big Shot rollers. Make sure the flat side of the Framelit is facing up before layering your piece of Coaster Board on top. Finish the “sandwich” with the other cutting pad and run through the Big Shot. (You’ll get the best results using newer cutting pads that don’t have many cuts in them already.)

What fun, unusual techniques have you discovered while using the Word Bubble Framelits Dies? I’d love to see what you’ve created. Share a link in the comments below!
Melody H.
Concept Artist

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