And worked out that I can run the Thinlits Dies through the Big Shot in stages (depending on how many letter repeats are needed). For example, I can do Birthday in one pass, but Happy needed to be done as 'Hap', then letters moved around for the last 'py'. I suspect this is where electronic die cutters come in, you can do multiple letters and things much more easily!
This is my first card made using the idea of using the waste leftover card after you've cut the letters out. Then I stuck a piece of red card behind it to make the letters pop. I think it's a bit stark, but the parentals really like it, well mum did, dad thought it needed something else.
Then came Saturday which is when the Less Is More Weekly Challenge starts. And this week it's using the colours of a peacock's feathers.
I have an enormous stash. Upstairs. In boxes too big for me to move around by myself. However, I do have a box of paper and also my Big Shot downstairs. So I decided. I'd do the challenge if I could find appropriate stuff downstairs already available. I think it went quite well....
I used the Die Cut Alphabet (Thinlits Delicate Letters) to cut out the words on blue, green & purple paper (Dovecraft 8x8" Leigh Bourne Designer Paper Pack), and glued them onto a lighter green paper from the same pack. The hearts are from the same paper using a Provocraft Hearts die (has lots of different hearts and a key on it, no actual product no. on it though). If I'd had a star die it would've been better. But I don't. So that was that!
It was a right faff restoring the negative space to the B, R, D, A etc, I put the letter back in, then used that to guide where the 'space' went. It's not the cleanest card, there's glue smears cos Tabithacat came to visit and a quick trample and sit on my stuff (sigh) and there's a bit of dodgy trimming at the sides. But that's what happens when you lose your fine motor skills. I'm not buying any new glue etc til it runs out, but when I do, I think i'll be buying some of those glue mouse things. Far easier and cleaner to use!
Overnight I puzzled a lot over whether to and how to incorporate the actual poem, as an insert? on the back? what colour paper or card? I know I have a CD somewhere that makes it easy to print out verses on the inside of card blanks. But that's upstairs. And I didn't fancy trying to get the verse printed direct onto an 8 x16" card blank, sideways and get the positioning right.
I ended up opening Word, setting up custom sheet size to 8x8" and picking a font and changing the colour to purple, and printing it on another piece of the light green paper. Which forms the back of the card. I have to say the purple came out somewhat charcoal colour in real life, but it looks purple in the photo. Weird huh!
As you can see, when passing the sandwich through the Big Shot for the second time (to make sure I got a good clean cut), the T moved in Fiery Tail - but as it sort of reminded me of a comet's tail I kept it. Now I'm not so sure.... However, it's a learning curve and I think I'm going to buy a magnetic plate for the Big Shot so that the letters stay where I put them, no matter the 'bowing' of the cutting plate.
I'm also a bit grumpy that my other clear plate (marked Bottom Plate, not for cutting) now has little puncture marks where the back of the Thinlit Dies aren't quite clean and there's a bit of metal sticking up that feels rough to the fingers and makes them hard to move around on my self healing cutting board.
Anyway, I've decided I do rather like these thin metal dies. I bid for a Tattered Lace Essentials flower set but didn't get it. I shall keep an eye out for more. I think they can be useful. I quite fancy a lower case smaller alphabet too.
I actually fancy an electronic die cutting machine BUT I have other things to spend my money on. So that's that!
This is the poem. You can read it the normal way but also from the bottom upwards. A trick poem!
I saw a Peacock, with a fiery tail,
I saw a Blazing Comet, drop down hail,
I saw a Cloud, with Ivy circled round,
I saw a sturdy Oak, creep on the ground,
I saw a Pismire, swallow up a Whale,
I saw a raging Sea, brim full of Ale,
I saw a Venice Glass, Sixteen foot deep,
I saw a well, full of mens’ tears that weep,
I saw their eyes, all in a flame of fire,
I saw a House, as big as the Moon and higher,
I saw the Sun, even in the midst of night,
I saw the man, that saw this wondrous sight.
Anon - Pre 1665