Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Die Cutting Paper: Spooky Scrappy Cat Halloween Projects

Looking for some great, last minute Halloween ideas?  Kim at Scrappy Cat has you covered!  She has been sharing fun Halloween die cutting project ideas on the Scrappy Cat blog this week.  These projects are so fun I just had to share them with you here as well!  They all feature the fun Halloween & Scaredy Cat eclips cartridge by Scrappy Cat.

This Halloween place marker is not only cute but healthy too!  Find the supplies and details on the Scrappy Cat blog at: Halloween Name Tag.

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This spooky Halloween card my look complicated, but all of the hard work is done by the eclips and the Scaredy Cat cartridge.  The instructions are at: Hunted House Halloween Card.

This fun spider web card would be such a treat to receive!  The details about this card are at: Web and Spider Halloween Card.

This little pumpkin has a fun glittery grin!  You won't believe how quick and easy this card is to make! Check it out at: Jack-o-Lantern Mini Card.

For more inspiration and ideas from Scrappy Cat, be sure to follow their website and blog.  You can also find them on Facebook and on Twitter.  You can view all of Scrappy Cat's products for Sizzix on

Weren't these projects by Kim at Scrappy Cat fun?  I hope they gave you a little spark for some last minute Halloween crafting!  Have a Happy Halloween from your friends at Sizzix!

Looking for more ideas featuring the Halloween & Scaredy Cat Alphabet eclips Cartridge by Scrappy Cat?  Click HERE to see more on!  
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Monday, October 29, 2012

Die Cutting Inspiration: Fall Home Decor with eclips

Hey, everyone! Tamara here! It's been awhile it seems since I've shared a project with you all. Who's been crafting for fall? Anyone else completely shocked that NOVEMBER is here in just a few short days?

I am really into making my own home decor items and today I am going to share how you can use vinyl with your eclips machine to create a great fall decor piece like this.

To create this sign I started with a 5x12" piece of pine craft wood which you can find at most craft stores. Drill two small holes for hanging and sand the rough edges. Use a tacky cloth to wipe the wood of any sanding dust/debris.

You'll first cut the vinyl text. I chose a simple 'Happy Fall' sentiment. To help me estimate the font sizing better I used a basic shape in the eCal software to create a rectangle the same size as the wood. Using the 'King Cool' font (it's free!) I typed 'Happy Fall' and then deleted the rectangle shape before cutting.

The great thing about the eclips is you don't have to 'play' with the settings to kiss-cut the vinyl (kiss cut is cutting through the vinyl but NOT the backing). Simply set the machine to the 'vinyl' setting and change your blade to '1'. You're set!

I use my Sizzix craft knife or piercing tool (in the eclips tool kit) to weed my vinyl decal. You'll be left with your text.

To transfer your decal, use some transfer tape (masking tape will work, too). Make sure you really press on the transfer tape so it easily lifts. I just rub all edges with my eclips spatula.

Transfer your decal onto your wood piece. Be sure to have all edges pressed down so paint doesn't leak under the lettering too much. Then you paint over the vinyl. Depending on the color and brand of paint you use, you might want to do 2-3 coats. It would also look great to use 'crackle' paint for a distressed vintage look.

Once the paint is dry, peel up the vinyl letters to reveal the wood grain text! Looks cool, doesn't it? And so simple to do! Using a fine grit sand paper, sand over the text a bit and around the edges. I used a 220 grit and it worked perfectly. Once you're done sanding, use a tacky cloth to clean up any debris.

Using some jewelry wire, create a handle for hanging. It looks really great coiled in random areas. There are many different gauges of wire, pick something that will hold it's shape with the weight of the sign. I found 16 gauge to be pretty good for this.

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Next you'll create all the fun felt embellishments. You can really do it up and go all out and create a scene, I kept it simple and cute with an added a sunflower, leaves and a stuffed pumpkin. I just love using the Sizzix dies to cut felt!

TIP: When choosing a felt to work with, a nice quality wool blend felt is PERFECT! If you use the cheapie acrylic felt from most craft stores, your cuts will 'frizz', etc. It doesn't hold it's shape well at all. You can also use 100% wool felt, but it can get pricey and a simple wool blend works just as well. I but most of my felt from Etsy. There's a huge selection of colors out there.

To create the large sunflower I used the Borders, Fringe and Frolic applique die. Die cut two of the 'petal' flower. Using a needle and thread, tightly gather each set of petals and shape into a circle. Adhere them together. For the center of the sunflower I cut two scalloped circles with the Framelits dies. Yes, even those thin little dies cut felt effortlessly! The two smallest scalloped circle dies will be the perfect size. Add a button and voila! You have a sunflower! I added some natural colored burlap behind the sunflower and then adhered it to the sign.

Die cut several colors and sizes of the Birch leaves using the Framelits dies. For some of the leaves and gathered them slightly with embroidery thread to create a 'crumpled' look to them like real fallen leaves. Adhere in various areas around of your wood sign.

For the pumpkin I used 3 1/8 Framelits pumpkin die. I die cut two of them.  After die cutting I hot glued them together with some stuffing in between them to create some dimension. Add a leaf or two and a button, then adhere to the sign.

That's it! Think of all the styles you could make to create your very own home decor. Around Christmas you can make homemade gifts! Subway artwork is so popular right now and you can easily do that with vinyl lettering.

I hope I've inspired you today and you've enjoyed this tutorial! It's really fun to mix up digital die cutting and manual die cutting... especially when using mediums other than paper! Enjoy!


die cutting supplies

surface: Craft wood (5x10 piece)
vinyl: Oracle vinyl and transfer tape
fabric: felt; burlap ribbon
paint: paint and paint brush
embellishments: buttons; embroidery thread; floral wire
tools: drill; sand paper
adhesive: hot glue

Looking for more ways to use Sizzix products to create unique home decor items?  Check out the project gallery on for over 300 home decor ideas!
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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Die Cutting Paper: Flip-its Enjoy Each Moment Card

Today I want to share a tutorial with you for this card I made featuring dies by Stephanie Barnard and Hero Arts.  This is the first card I have ever create using one of Stephanie's Flip-its dies and I have to say I loved how easy and quick it was to create an interactive card.

To embellish the card I used Framelits dies, included Framelits sets that feature coordinating stamps by Hero Arts.

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To begin, I die cut a piece of pattern paper using the Square Flip-its die.  Heavy weight double sided pattern paper works great for these cards since it gives you a coordinating pattern on each side of the card and is also heavy enough to be handled.

To accent the front of the card, I decided on a square die cut piece of pattern paper matted with a scallop square piece of pattern paper.  To easily decide which size of Framelit die to use, I placed the scallop square die (which would be my larger mat) inside the Flip-its die opening.  If the die fits in the opening, either all the way in as above, or anywhere inside the foam area, it will fit on the card front.

Using Framelits make it so easy to cut specific designs out of pattern paper.  What you see on the inside of the Framelits is what you will have after die cutting.

For my card, I die cut two squares and two scallop square pieces.

After die cutting, ink the edges of the card and squares with Distress Ink.

Adhere the two squares to the two scallop squares.

Adhere one assembled square piece to the front of the card.

Adhere the second square to the inside of the card.

To embellish the card, stamp and die cut the desired elements using coordinating Framelits and Hero Arts Stamps.  I stamped my pieces on scraps of pattern paper.

Use markers as desired to add color to the stamped die cut pieces.  Apply Distress Ink to the edges to give them a vintage look.

Adhere the floral piece to the front of the card using adhesive.  Adhere the butterfly with adhesive foam squares, tucking the bottom tip of a wing under the leaves of the floral piece.

Adhere the sentiment to the inside of the card using adhesive foam squares.

By stamping on the same pattern paper and by using the colors from the pattern paper, your card has a very unified look.

Thank you for taking a look at my card today!  I hope it gave you an idea or two that you can use as well as show you how quick card making can be thanks to Framelits and Flip-its!

die cutting supplies
pattern paper: Pink Paislee Portfolio collection- Incredible, Outstanding
ink: Tim Holtz Distess Ink- Vintage Photos; Ranger Archival Ink- Jet Black
markers: Tim Holtz Distress Markers- Weathered Wood, Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint
tools: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grid Blocks; Ranger Ink Blending Tool
adhesive: Therm O Web Sticky Strip Runner, Adhesive Foam Squares

Interested in more ideas for cards using Flip-its dies? Check out for more ideas and designs.
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