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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Dimensional Cutting Pad

Leave it to Professor Holtz to come up with a different way for die cutting.  You run your die and your paper through the machine and it cuts, right?  The Dimensional Cutting Pad does this, but with a twist....  And therein lies our CC3C #22!  Check out page 62 of Compendium of Curiosities Volume III (click here to get YOUR own copy) for all you need to know for this challenge.
I was inspired by several things for my card for this challenge.  I knew I wanted to use Movers & Shapers Mini Butterflies, Tim's new Flourish stencil, and the lovely sentiment from Wendy Vecchi's Art and You set.  
 I spread a layer of Ranger Matte Medium on a scrap of Wallflower paper, laid a wide piece of lace over it, and the spread Matte Medium over the lace, and set it off to dry.
Once dry, I die cut the butterflies and then painted them with gesso.  I spritzed it with water to thin it a little, and then set these off to dry.  
 
I wanted the butterfly wings to stay a little open, so I snipped some little paper scraps to glue under the wings to keep them separated.  You could do the same with a bit of chipboard or grungeboard.
You can see here under the butterfly wings, they stay spread a little.
 
 Using my Wendy Vecchi Archival ink pad in Dandelion, I deposited some color on my craft sheet and mixed it with a dollop of WV Embossing Paste.  Creamy sweet buttercream embossing paste.  I didn't eat it.  Yay me!!

    
 Do you ever think "what in the world did I do before I had Embossing Paste or Distress Paint??"  I think that all the time!!
I need to balance the left side of the card and Tim's Spring Greenery strip die is just the thing.
My gesso butterflies get Vintage Photo edges, of course.  Also couldn't get by without this, but since I've lived in TimHoltz Land, I've never had to.
Ready to try it?  Grab your copy of Compendium of Curiosities III, turn to page 62  and get crafting!  This challenge is hosted by Funkie Junkie Boutique with a generous $25 gift certificate and a whopping oh-my-gosh-I-gotta-have-that prize package donated by Tim Holtz, who apparently has access to an enormous amount of his own signature products.  Enormous.  Amount.  Enter, you want to win this!!  Visit Linda Ledbetter's wonderful blog to get all the guidelines.  Not a lot of rules, just a few for fairness, easy to be eligible.  Visit all the Curiosity Crew blogs and leave a little love.  They'll all love you right back.

Happy Valentine's Day!!

31 comments:

  1. Cheryl...this is such a gorgeous vintage card. Your choice of papers and colors gives a very natural, earthy feeling. Your sweet butterflies look as if they are actually fluttering from place to place on you piece. Such a feminine, sweet piece!

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  2. I just LOVE all the nature you've included in your card! What a great idea about using the lace...have to try that!

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  3. I love how this card looks! I'm enamored with the square format and you rocked it!

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  4. This is a stunner hun... love the fresh spring colours and those divine butterflies x

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  5. Love your butterflies and this dreamy piece.

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  6. This is gorgeous...I love the pallet of colors and the sentiment captured my heart! So so true! This is just stunning! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Big hugs doll!

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  7. OMG, lace butterflies, gorgeous embossed flourishes ... the color palette so awesome and the "composition" delightful !!

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  8. I enjoyed your process photos so much Cheryl and I see we both have an affinity for buttercream icing. ;) This card is so pretty and the addition of lace on your butterflies is brilliant. Awesome inspiration!

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  9. Your lace butterflies ROCK!!!! So elegant and fun!

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  10. I love the color choices! And the lace element is so pretty!

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  11. Cheryl, this is such a lovely card. I love the idea of adhering the lace over pattern paper before die-cutting. Such a beautiful result! And to incorporate them onto the technique's background was perfect. Wallflower is one of my all-time favorites and your card shows why. Love it!

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  12. Ooh, I love your lace covered, dimensional butterflies, they are gorgeous! The design and composition of your card is wonderful. Anne x

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  13. Wonderful piece, Cheryl! The butterflies are so sweet - love the lace on top! Great idea!

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  14. This is stunning!! I love the way you used the lace on the butterfly

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  15. This is so gorgeous, Cheryl. The butterflies and layering, and the texture on the large die... LOVE!

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  16. So beautiful! Thanks for the excellent tutorial too. Great the idea for the paper hinges. Love the textures with the lace and texture paste. Your butterflies look like they are going to flutter around forever and wonderful quote.

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  17. That lace is inspired! And I took a clue from your greenery on my tag... Hope you don't mind! I have texture paste. Now to use it but I really really crave those inks!

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    1. Of course I don't mind! Create away! ❤️

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  18. OMG, Cheryl! You made me laugh with your mention to buttercream frosting LOL :) !! YUMMMM!! And you've colored the paste my fav color-Yellow!!
    I just love your entire card!! Those fluttering butterflies-Stunning! Of course those yellow buttercream swirls-delicious! Love the greenery you stacked along the side, too!! Just a Lovely creation!! I really need the dimensional cutting pad!! :) XOXO-Shari

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  19. love this. and never thought to use ink that way.

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  20. Cheryl, your card really took my breath away this morning! I love the colors, and that buttercream "icing" makes me crave some lemon cake! Great job using the dimension cutting pad...I've got some practicing to do, cause I've not been able to figure out how to do the diagonal cutting yet. Please stop by my blog or A Vintage Journey for my guest post there at the end of the week... you and I are of the same mind this time! I am particularly fond of those lace butterflies and am so going to steal that idea! Pinning this lovely creation for future drooling!

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    1. I'll definitely check your blog. Always love to see your creations! On the diagonal, just wrap excess corners around the back of the cutting pad. You can see the creases on the corner of the front panel on this card. But I'm a big believer of forgiving yourself quickly for stuff like that. Quickly!! :-)

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  21. This card is STUNNING! I love how you used the dimensional pad, and I totally agree about the Embossing Paste..so incredible. And thanks for the tip on adhering the lace: I had tried w/glue stick, long before I had MM or gesso.

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  22. Lovely piece of art Cheryl, almost has a woodland feel to it with the colour scheme, which is really eye catching. Love the touches of texture you added too. Tracy x

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  23. I just LOVED your plaque and must admit I looked at it several times for inspiration as I used butterflies too. Great colors and so creative...

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  24. Beautiful! I love the lace and the double layers of butterflies! Love the colored texture paste and the sentiment and all the sweet details. It's like the secret garden.

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  25. Cheryl, this card is stunning! The colors are perfect! I love your idea with the lace! I have to try this :) Great inspiration! Thank you!
    Branka x

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  26. This is really lovely. So soft and feminine. The butterflies are fab I would never have thought of using lace like that. Great Piece.

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  27. Cheryl - LOVE the lace and texture paste - great combination of products for a beautiful project.

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  28. Cheryl your card is beautiful I love the lace butterflies and the vintage feel of the card.

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