Friday, March 27, 2015

Drop Shadow Tutorial - Using the New Quietfire Dies

I used this technique in a recent card and I just wanted to expand on it a bit.  Here is the card:




A drop shadow is a visual effect that gives the impression of a shadow behind an object. Use the Hello die and cut two coordinating cardstocks. The one which will be a shadow should be a darker colour.  Decide which direction you want the light to be "shining" and attach the shadow by slightly offsetting it from the "raised" Hello die cut.  Make sure it's showing equally around all letters and attach them together.  Don't offset it too much or it becomes a distraction!  Use a colour that will coordinate with some other element in your creation, but don't use something too wild and crazy.  After all, this is a shadow, something that ties the overall design together and accents the main word, not a feature element!




 Thanks for drop shadowing by!
Suzanne

Monday, March 23, 2015

Washi Tape Hello and Document Corners

This project started out with me wanting to utilize some of my washi tape stash....  It evolved into the need to design a  digital cutting embellishment!



Quietfire Hello Metal die
This card was very simple!  When I had just Hello on the card, it looked a bit too simple but I didn't want to overwhelm the card with too much embellishing.  Years ago, my Mom was cleaning out her
stash and found these things called Document Corners.  So I pulled one apart to see how it was made.  The template for it has been on my website (somewhere!) for years. It's the basic template and was crying out for embellishment.  Now that I have this incredibly cool and amazingly accurate tool called the Silhouette Cameo, I converted the template into a cutting file and added some pizzaz to the plain jane document corners!

I could have make these with the same cardstock as the card base if I wanted to be *really* subtle, but I don't think the turquoise corners overwhelmed the Hello.  Hope you think the same!



Supplies:
Quietfire Hello Die
Washi Tape
Quietfire Decorative Document cutting file
Co'ordinations Bermuda cardstock
American Crafts Blush cardstock
Recollections turquoise cardstock
Pop Dots
Kooltack 3D Clear Foam Tape

Decorative Corners - Quietfire at Silhouette Design Store


















Instructions:
  1. Cut a card base from Bermuda to 7 x 5".  Cut a panel of the same colour to 6 x 4".  Cut a Blush panel to 6.25 x 4.25". Adhere the 6 x4" panel on top.
  2. Lay strips of washi tape side by side on a piece of white cardstock.  Diecut Hello through the strips of washi tape.
  3. Cut decorative corners from turquoise and slide them on the Blush/Bermuda panel and adhere at the back.
  4. Adhere die cut Hello to center of panel and use Pop Dots to adhere the panel to the card base.

Thanks for stopping by!
Suzanne

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Believe in Magical Butterflies

I was looking to make something a bit more elegant this time, so to complement the new Quietfire Metal Die, I chose a Spellbinders die plus some of my favourite Kanban paper.


Once I made the hard choices, this card went together quickly!

 


Supply List:
Quietfire Metal Die: Believe
Kanban: Farfalla
Spellbinders: Grand Calibur, A2 Valiant Honor
Co'ordinations: French Roast cardstock
Fancy Pants: 12x12"Gold Foiled cardstock
Tombow: Stamp Runner and 3D Foam Tabs











Instructions:
  1. Form a 7" x 5" card from French Roast cardstock.  Die cut Believe from gold paper. Die cut small Spellbinders' Valiant Honor panel from French Roast.
  2. Cut three panels (bottom to top): Gold to 6-3/8" x 4-3/8":: French Roast to 1/8" smaller all around:: Kanban Farfalla to 1/8" smaller than the French Roast.
  3. Attach Believe to Spellbinders panel with 3D Foam Tabs (you will have to cut the foam tabs to a smaller size) and Spellbinders panel to Kanban paper with 3D Foam Tabs. Use Stamp Runner to assemble other layers as shown.  Attach Gold panel to card base with 3D Foam Tabs.


Thanks for stopping by to have a look!
Happy creating, Suzanne

Friday, March 13, 2015

Hello - Springy Die Cut Inlay

I wanted a happy little Hello card in springy colours, so using the new Quietfire Hello Die, I cut and assembled this card!


Supplies:
Quietfire Hello Cutting Die
Michaels Recollections cardstock
Co'ordinations cardstock
Tombow Stamp Runner
Tombow Foam Squares


Instructions:
  1. Form a 7" x 5" card base using Co'ordinations cardstock. Cut a turquoise panel to 6.5" x 4-3/8". Die cut Hello from light and dark turquoise cardstock.  Keep track of the counterspaces!  You'll use them.
  2. Cut 2 panels measuring approximately 7 x 5" from light and dark purple smooth cardstocks. Die cut Hello from the center of both panels one at a time and stack the cut out panels so the die cuts line up exactly. Don't worry, these will be trimmed later so the outside edges don't need to line up. 
  3. Hold or use removable tape to keep these two pieces together and cut with an xacto knife across where the middle of the word would be. Set the bottom of the light purple and the top of the dark purple aside. (You can make another card with these!)
  4. Cut a piece of lightweight cardstock (any colour, as it will be hidden) to approximately 8" x 6" and apply adhesive across the middle portion where you will piece the word and counterspaces.
  5. Lay down Hello in the middle of the adhesive and fit in the counterspaces from the dark turquoise Hello. (A pair of tweezers might help with the counterspace of the e.) Apply adhesive to the backs of the purple cardstock cuts and position them around the outside of Hello.
  6. Trim this purple panel and backing to 6.25" x 4".  Mount with stamp runner to the turquoise panel and attach all layers to the card base with foam squares as shown.
Thanks for visiting!
Happy die cutting! Suzanne

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Believe - Die Cut Inlay

Well, I had so much fun doing this!  The hardest part is choosing the colours - and knowing when enough is enough!


 
I used the new Quietfire Believe die and filled all the counterspaces with different coloured cardstock.  It's amazing how well they fit together.


Papers used in this project were:
Co'ordinations cardstock and
the patterned paper is Heartfelt Creations: Delicate Asters Collection.


Thanks for visiting!
Suzanne

Believe - In Flying Pigs

My very first card using the new Quietfire dies gave me a chance to use this Graphic 45 paper I've wanted to use for ages! We all believe in flying pigs, right?




This card was so easy to put together.  That's the joy of using coordinating paper!

Reagents (Supplies!):
Quietfire Believe cutting die
Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe 12x12 cardstock
Coordinations cardstock: Rustic and Montego Bay
3L Scrapbook Adhesives Black 3D foam squares



Synthesis (Instructions!):
  1. Form a 7" x 5" card from Montego Bay cardstock. Die cut Believe from Rustic cardstock.
  2. Cut a 2.25" x 6.25" strip of flying pigs paper and a panel of coordinating patterned paper to 6.75" x 4.75". 
  3. Cut one more panel of Montego Bay measuring  6.5" x 4 3/8".  
  4. Assemble as shown using double-sided tape and black foam squares.  I cut the foam squares even smaller than they come using scissors!


Here is another similar card I assembled using the new Quietfire Hello die. This is a guy card for someone with a quirky sense of humour!


I cut a second Hello and used it as a drop shadow.



Thanks for dropping by! Watch out for those flying pigs! Call me if you see one.
Smiles, Suzanne

Believe - It is Said - Die Cut & Stamp

I was looking for other-than-Christmas-y uses for the new Quietfire Believe metal die and realized that it could pair beautifully with this quote.


I love how this turned out.  At this point in time I'm particularly drawn to these two greens and I knew there was a VersaMagic ink that would match, so this ultimately turned into a very quick card to make. Although it doesn't hit you over the head with the message, it speaks of hope.

Reagents (Supplies!):
Quietfire Rubber Stamp: It is Said
Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts: VersaMagic Oasis Green
Heartfelt Creations: Balmy Breeze Collection
American Crafts cardstock: Bayou and Bubbles
Co'ordinations cardstock: Cream n Sugar



Synthesis:
  1. Form 7" x 5" card base from Bayou cardstock.  Die cut Believe from Bayou cardstock. 
  2. Cut a 6-1/2" x 4-1/8" panel from patterned paper.  Cut a Cream n Sugar panel 1/8" larger all around and a Bubbles panel 1/8" larger than the Cream n Sugar panel.
  3. Stamp It is Said centered on the lower portion of patterned paper panel as shown.
  4. Use Foam Tabs to attach Believe to the patterned paper above the sentiment. You will have to cut the tabs smaller!
  5. Use the Stamp Runner to attached patterned paper to Cream n Sugar panel, then to Bubbles panel.  Use Foam Tabs to attach these to the card base.

Thanks for having a look!
Happy creating, Suzanne

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Behind the Design - Stamp Organizers


There isn't too much of a story behind these designs.  It was a case of necessity is the mother of invention!

Since all the new Quietfire rubber stamps are mounted with cling and foam cushion, my traditional method of storing the stamps just wasn't cutting it.  So I decided to design and cut something new!
Both these designs require the use of the Silhouette Cameo or other 12" electronic cutting machine as the unfolded box is quite large.


The smaller box, which you can find here on the Silhouette Design Store, perfectly holds the Quietfire single stamps on boards and the larger box is designed for the sets.  Each design comes with a little label for the front and includes dividers. 

It's kind of embarrassing how pleased I am with these boxes!  But it's great to have organization that works. And that looks cute, too!

Happy organizing!
Suzanne

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Clean and Simple Kraft Wedding Set

Kraft and white. Yummy! 
Here is a clean and simple look for a wedding! Combine the kraft look with white and a few classy embellishments and that's all you need.


Supplies
Stamp: Quietfire Design The Origin of Love
Ink: Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts VersaMagic Midnight Black
Quietfire Heart Wedding set

Cutting File: Quietfire Design SVG file Heart Wedding Invitation, Placecard & Favor Box
Cardstock: Little Bee Kraft and White Multi-Pack, Staples 110# White cardstock
Punch: Little B Honeycomb
Sticker Embellishments: Little B Wedding Cake
Glue Dots
Tombow Stamp Runner
Stamp positioner 
Be Creative Double-sided tape


Instructions
  1. Open the cutting file and separate all the elements.  Cut the card from the Kraft and White duplex (double-sided) cardstock. Cut the place card and favour box from plain kraft cardstock and the small hearts from white.
  2. Accordion fold the card. Continuously punch a 3-1/2" strip of white cardstock and adhere it to the front of the card as shown.
  3. Stamp the sentiment on the second panel of the accordion so it appears through the heart cut in the front panel.
  4. Adhere the Wedding Cake sticker to the heart that drops out when the front panel is cut and add to the third panel.  Hand write the invitation information where desired.
  5.  Continuously punch a 4-1/4" strip of white cardstock and cut in half lengthwise.  Adhere to the bottom edge of the place card as shown. Trim if necessary.  Add wedding cake and little flower embellishments.
  6. Assemble the favour box by folding all the score lines upwards, except the diagonal lines in the box top which must be folded the other way. Make sure the diagonals are well creased. Adhere the tab to the opposite side to create the box and fold up the bottom. Continuously punch a strip of white cardstock to about 6-1/2" and adhere around the outside of the assembled box. Trim if necessary.  Close the top by holding two opposite diagonal folds and push to the center. Adhere the loose hearts to the box top and add flower embellishments from the Wedding Cake set.
Place Card embellishment detail
Favour Box detail




















Thanks for stopping by!
Suzanne

Monday, January 26, 2015

My Queen of Hearts Blog Hop Winner!

Congratulations to Marilyn!
I think I already have your information!



Thanks for playing Marilyn and a huge thanks to everyone who left such thoughtful comments!  See you next hop!