THINLITS V’S FRAMELITS V’S EDGELITS!

There are a number of different types of dies in the Stampin’ Up! Catalogue.  Do you know the difference between them?  That’s what Wednesday’s WOW!  #34 is looking at today.  Let’s check them out.

THINLITS VERSUS FRAMELITS VERSUS EDGELITS

Just a note too: You will find that many of the Stampin’ Up! Die sets contain Thinlits, Framelits and Edgelits.

What are they though?

Thinlits are usually the more detailed dies consisting of intricate designs and words. There are also Thinlits dies to create some 3D boxes or bags.  The detailed dies include ejection holes so you can remove the paper easily.  I would recommend using the Big Shot Die Brush or the Paper Piercer.

For example, Botanical Tags Thinlits shown below.

Or the Window Box Thinlits

Framelits have an open centre and are like a frame.  They can be placed over stamped images to cut the shape or used on their own.

Layering Ovals.

Wood Crate Framelits

Many of the Stampin’ Up! Die sets contain both Thinlits and Framelits as seen in the Eclectic Layers Thinlits set below.

Most Framelits can cut materials such as card, paper, vellum, fabric and other light materials.

 

Edgelits can cut the image to create a detailed border as in the Delicate Lace Edgelits below.

They can also cut the outline of the detailed Thinlits such as the Detailed Floral Thinlits below.

 

While discussing the Thinlits and Framelits?  Should you use the Precision Plate?

The Precision Plate is designed to get the best cut with the more detailed Thinlits so they are crisp and sharp.  They should not be used with Framelits or less detailed Thinlits as they may warp the dies.

To use the Precision Plate you will replace this with the bottom Cutting Plate in your Big Shot.

See it in action in the video below. (If you receive this blog update by email and the video is not showing then head directly to the blog post by clicking on the title at the top).

 

Information from Stampin’ Success Quarter 2 2016. Stampin’ Up! Publication and the Stampin’ Up! online store.

 

I hope you have found this helpful.  I know I did when I was looking in to it.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jenny

 

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #33 – CHECK THAT PAPER OUT!

I have talked a bit about paper lately and sharing some great ways to use it. I am in the middle of sharing 5 Ways to With Paper during this week.  We are just taking a little commercial break today.

This month we have the special promotion of Buy 3, Get one Free.  For today’s Wednesday’s WOW! #33 I thought we would take a closer look at all these beautiful papers.  It’s hard to see with the tiny images in the catalogue.  So let’s meet them i this video below. (If you receive these blog posts by email and you don’t see the video, please click on the blog title above to go straight to the blog post).

 

What’s your favourite?  I still love the Nature’s Poem paper and I mentioned about the beautiful Petal Promenade paper recently.  It’s so hard to choose.

So just quickly, here is the deal again.  This month Buy 3 packs of paper and get a fourth one free. 

It’s a great deal and you can grab these this month.  Head to my store -> HERE to grab them.  Please use the Host Code this week: 3B6A2PJ6

Thanks for visiting.  Back with more great ways to #usethatpaper tomorrow.

Jenny

 

WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #32 – SPARKLY RAINBOW HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

For today’s Wednesday’s WOW! #32 I wanted to show you how I created the sparkly rainbow effect on the card below.

I wish you could see how sparkly this really is.  I have a close-up of the card below but it still doesn’t show it well but it may give you a little idea.

The Happy Birthday is from the One For All set that I have been sharing recently.  I went for a rainbow effect by sponging on the colours and then adding some Versamark and Dazzling Diamonds and Heat and Stick.  I have the step by step below.

Since the greeting is so bright and fun I kept the rest of the card simple. The paper is from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack using the Granny Apple Green and the Melon Mambo print.  I was going to add a balloon but then decided on a Hot Air Balloon from the Lift Me Up set for something a little different.  I added a Glitter Enamel Dot for a little sparkle.

CREATING A SPARKLY RAINBOW

I used the Stamparatus for this technique and I will tell you the advantages of this below.

1. Position your piece of card on your Stamparatus ready to stamp it.  Place the stamp face down on your card in the position you would like it.  Fold over the top plate of the Stamparatus to pick up the stamp.

2. TIP: Whenever you are inking your stamp on the plate it helps to place an inkpad or a clear block under the plate so the plate is relatively level. 

For your card, select your ink colours you want to use and matching sponges or daubers.  The colours I used were Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody.  TIP: I have punched out tabs from cardstock for the ink colours using the Pretty Label Punch.  I stapled the tab on to the sponge.  You can see it in the photo below. This way you won’t mix up colours when you are sponging.

3. Fold over your plate and press the stamp on to your cardstock.  Rub over the plate on the back of the stamp to transfer the ink.  NOW – because I had the Stamparatus, firstly I knew it would be straight BUT I could re-sponge over any spots that didn’t come out well on your stamped image and I could stamp it again. 

What I did find also when I first stamped it I had a little too much yellow on the right hand end so I went back and sponged the Mango Melody just on the end. I knew it was going to turn out in the right spot when I stamped again thanks to the Stamparatus. I think the extra colour made a big difference on the card too.

4. Now to emboss your piece.  Firstly, wipe over your card with the Embossing Buddy.  Clean your stamp with the shammy then pat your Versamark over your stamp.

5. Turn over your plate and press down onto your card.  With the Stamparatus you know it will be in the right place.  Rub over the back of your stamp.

6.  Remove your card from the Stamparatus.  Sprinkle over the Dazzling Diamonds and Heat and Stick Powder. I have mine mixed together already in a small tub with 1/2 Dazzling Diamonds, 1/2 Heat and Stick.  It is so much easier having them combined together. Heat the powder with the Heat Tool.  Your sentiment should be all sparkly. 🙂

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Hope you can make some sparkly sentiments or even images.  Sparkly flowers might look nice.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you like these Wednesday’s WOW! segments.  I have fun bringing them to you and hope they inspire you in your stamping.  Let me know if there is something particular you would like to know about.

Jenny

WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #30 – DID YOU SEE THE THINLITS CUTTING GUIDE??

You know you go through the catalogue so many times and still discover things in there.  It is a wealth of inspiration and ideas.  I discovered this recently and thought I would share it for our Wednesday’s WOW! today.  Perhaps I am a little late to the party here and you already know about it but if you are like me then let me tell you…

On page 215 of the 2018 Catalogue is a Die cutting and embossing guide.  Here it is here for reference.  I hadn’t read it that closely previously.

The Framelits, Edgelits and Thinlits are coloured coded in the catalogue (page 215-221) to show which sandwich to assemble on your Big Shot platform when cutting or embossing.  Sometimes it can be confusing how to get the best result when you use your dies.

  • The grey shaded box is for the Standard dies to simply cut.
  • The Pear Pizzazz coloured box are for more detailed dies and it recommends to use the Precision Plate. (That is a personal preference I find).  You may like to use an extra shim from paper or card in your own platform.  Each Big Shot is calibrated differently so just trial that in your own.  Note too: the Thin Die Adapter mentioned is the separate piece you get with the new Big Shot Platforms.  Earlier styles use a “book” type platform with “pages” to open.  In this case, you will use the “book” closed.
  • The Coastal Cabana coloured box is how to use the dies for embossing but not cutting.  It is suggested to the use the Magnetic Platform to keep your dies in place when embossing.  (How fun is it that you can emboss with some of your dies!!). 🙂

So in the catalogue showing all the dies the boxes are colour-coded to help you.  (Ok, I thought at first it was all just pretty colours happening!!)

Here is an example shown on p217.

Now when you are using the dies you can refer back to the guide to see how to set up your platform. You could always print off the chart and have it near your Big Shot to remind you. When you use them often you will remember without referring back to it.

Is that helpful??  I hope I wasn’t alone here.

Ok, back to creating now. 🙂

Jenny

WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #29 – EMBOSSING MATS!

Today for Wednesday’s WOW! I have an exciting new product to show you.  I don’t know if you have noticed these in the catalogue.  I know I missed them the first time (or even the fifth time!) I went through the Catalogue.  This is the Big Shot Embossing Mats.  You can see them on p221.  Have you noticed them?

They consist of 2 different Silicone mats and an impressions mat.  These mats will enable you to emboss with your cutting dies to create a totally different effect on your cards.  I will let the video below show you how to work them. If you receive this post via email and don’t see the video, head to my blog directly by clicking on the post title above and see the video there.

What a great effect it can give. What do you think?  Think of all your current dies that would work well with this???

I had a go with some of my dies.  I still have the older style Embossing Mat from a few years ago.  I used some acetate instead of the silicone mat. See how they turned out.

I used the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits and the Detailed Floral Thinlits.  

      

Here are the layers for the Big Shot again to emboss with your dies –

Big Shot Platform

Cutting Plate

Die (facing up)

Cardstock

Silicone Mat

Impressions Mat

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You can find the Embossing Mats in store now -> HERE.  $26 AUS.  They are certainly a worthwhile investment and will really extend the use of your current dies.  Grab them now.  Please use the HOST CODE: PUB9TYMG

Thanks for visiting,

Jenny

 

 

WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #28 – DELIGHTFULLY DETAILED!

I have been sharing a lot of cards that I have made recently using the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut paper.  (if You haven’t seen them then pop by the last couple of posts). Since it is Wednesday it is time for Wednesday’s WOW! I have a Youtube video from Stampin’ Up! using the Delightfully Detailed Suite.  You might like to see particularly how to cut the lovely paper.  (The details on the paper start at about 2.07).

View it below. (If you receive this via email then head directly to the blog post by clicking the heading above and viewing it there).

I shared more details to cut the floral paper in an earlier post too but just as a little review.  You can cut it in sections by carefully snipping around the flowers and leaves. When you want to cut between them they may be slightly narrower overall there but you hardly notice.  You may sacrifice one or 2 in the process.  Also, I laid a card base beside the section I wanted to cut to have an idea of the size.

These are some of the projects shared in the video.

If you notice the scrap page above I took that and was inspired to create this next card on the left using Mint Macaron.

The smaller card is 10cm x 10cm (4″x4″) size.  It is just a simple card using an off-cut (don’t waste it!).

I am loving this paper.  I do hope you grab this paper yourself.  It makes really quick cards in no time – and gorgeous at that!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jenny

 

 

WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #26 – SPINNER CARDS!

I have a fun Spinner card for you today for Wednesday’s WOW! #26  I made this recently as a request from a friend.  The same one who requested the 1st Birthday card in the last post.

I thought you might like to see how to put one together.

I was asked to make a Baby Shower card in yellow/cream colours.  I wanted to make something a little different so created it as a Spinner card.

This is the card using the set A Little Wild.  It was the first time I have used this set – and I have had it sitting there for a while! The great thing too is that it has a back stamped image so this works great for the Spinner Cards PLUS it has matching Framelits so you don’t even have to hand cut it. 

This is the front of the card.  I coloured the cute little lion with the Stampin’ Blends.

And we have the back of the Spinner.

 

HOW TO CREATE A SPINNER CARD

1. Cut a card base to a standard card size.  I used Whisper White here. Cut a piece of So Saffron card slightly smaller and a piece of Whisper White smaller again.  For metric I reduce the card size measurements by 4mm on each piece.  For US card sizes you might like to reduce the size by 1/4″ on each piece.  Of course it’s totally a personal preference.

Cut a circle using the 2nd largest Circle Framelit in the Layering Circles Framelits set from your smaller piece of Whisper White card.

2. Layer all the pieces together starting with the card base then the So Saffron piece then the Whisper White.  Place the next size down circle Framelit inside the already cut circle on the white.  See the photo below.

3. Carefully place the card pieces in the Big Shot to cut your circle out.  You may carefully remove the top white card piece if you like without disturbing the position. (Just a tip: If you are unsure you can lightly tracing the inside of the circle Framelit with pencil so you can see where to line it up if it moves before cutting it).

4.  Take the White card base with the right side facing upwards.  Place a length of twine or even fishing line across the cut out circle.  Adhere both top and bottom with tape.  I have used the thin White Baker’s Twine which has now retired on this one.  Be sure that the twine is pulled tight when you are taping it down.

5. Adhere the So Saffron card piece over the top of the white card base.  Before adhering the top white card piece run that through your Embossing Folder if you like to.  I used the Sparkle Embossing Folder. 

Stamp and colour your images and then cut them out. On the back of your images run a length of Snail Adhesive on them. Place the front one over the centre of the twine.  Turn your card over and adhere your other image directly on to the first one. You can now spin your images around and let it go and watch it spin.

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I made a Christmas Spinner card a while ago which you can see -> HERE.  This was based on a similar idea but I used Designer Series Paper and one layer with the card base.

Have fun spinning.  I would love to see your versions. Share your Spinner cards you create by emailing me them or tagging me.  I would love to see them.

Jenny

WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #25 – PUNCH/DIE GUIDE!

Wednesday’s come around so quickly.  It’s time for another Wednesday WOW!. Do you like these each week?  I would love to know what you think and if you have any tips, ideas that you would like to see here then please drop me a comment.  I would love to hear from you.

Wednesday’s WOW! #25 I have a useful tool for you.  I use this a lot in my stamping and thought I would share it with you.

This is my Punch/Die Guide.  

They are black tags which I have punched or diecut labels or small circle shapes.  Each one is labelled with what they are.  I have it handy hanging above my desk.  When I have a sentiment to stamp I use this to see what shape or size would suit best.  You can just lay the shape over the stamp to see.  Just a note: On the photo above I have it positioned over the front cover of a stamp set.  That’s fine if the sentiments are at actual size.  Just be aware of that.  If they are different you can position it over the stamp itself.

The tags are strips of Black card.  They measure 7.5cm wide by 12cm long.  (approx. 3″x 5″).  You can make them any size you like.  Punch a hole in the top of each card so you can loop the tags through a clip.  Each year I update this with the current punches and dies.

Hope this is helpful.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jenny

SEE THE SHARE WHAT YOU LOVE UP CLOSE FOR WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #24!

I told you about the gorgeous Share What You Love Suite yesterday.  You saw photos but that really doesn’t show the shine in these products.  So today for Wednesday’s WOW! #24 I have a video for you from Stampin’ Up!  Be sure to catch that shimmer in the paper and those doilies.  They are really just stunning!

After you catch the video.  Head back to yesterday’s post so you can see all the contents again in each bundle.  And there is the ordering information there too with a bonus tutorial for 2 cards if you order any of these bundles this month.  So sit back and watch for that shimmer.

 

Before you head off I just wanted to show you another card with this gorgeous suite.  This card is one of the cards we made at Onstage early last month.

Thanks for visiting today.  I will be back again soon,

Jenny

WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #23 – LET’S LOOK AT THE NEW INKPADS!

Have you heard that the Stampin’ Up! inkpads are changing in design?  This is because it was time to update the moulds that they are made with.  So it was time for a new design.  I think they are much easier to open.  I hope you will too.  I managed to get one of the new inkpads at Onstage so I thought I would do a little comparison of the new pads with the current ones.

You can view the video below. (**If you receive the updates by email and the video doesn’t show up then please head to my blog post by clicking on the heading above and it will take you to view it there – or you can view it on my Youtube channel: Jenny Hayward_A Stamping Journey).

Let me know your thoughts on the inkpads.  Also, I would love feedback on the videos too.  I am just starting out in this area and would love your input – good or bad. I know I have a long way to go 🙂

So for Wednesday’s WOW! #23 – Comparing the New with the Old.

So what do you think??

Jenny