Thursday, 8 May 2014

Use It! with Lucy's Cards - Class 3: Lesson 4 (Layering Die Cuts)

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I'm back with my 4th lesson of my 3rd Use It! class.
This week I am playing with:
Simon Says Stamp's You're Expecting stamp set
Amy Tangerine's Cut & Paste Die Cut Shapes

Lesson 4 - Layering Die Cuts

Creation
Adhere the ampersand die cut to the speech bubble die cut.
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Stitch around one edge of the ampersand.
TIP: when sewing in a circle, life the foot with the needle fully down before turning the paper. This will  help you avoid wonky stitching lines.  When stitching difficult shapes like this, I often use the handle rather than the pedal. Slow and steady wins the race. :)
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This is what you end up with - the threads are hanging out the front and back.
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For a clean finish, pull the threads through to the back.
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Stamp the words 'hello' and 'smile' onto the die cut. 
TIP: when you only have one chance to get it right, I recommend stamping the sentiment first onto some scrap paper to check for a clean finish. I often find fluff from baby wipes stick onto my stamps from previous cleaning, and I have ruined many a card in this way. :)
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Adhere some vellum tape to the die cut and stitch in place. Leave the threads loose and trim.
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Add more vellum tape on top and another line of stitching.
Trim two flowers from the floral patterned paper.
TIP: for detailed cutting like this you need some good scissors. I use Fiskars Avanti Sewing scissors and I love them. I've tried a lot of different scissors, and these are by far my favourite. 
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Adhere the flowers to the die cut.
Trim ampersand paper to 5 1/2 x 4".
Trim the turquoise paper to 4 1/2 x 4". Adhere the papers together and adhere to a folded card.
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Add some shimmer to the flowers with a Wink of Stella glitter pen.
Adhere the die cut to the card with foam adhesive.
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And that's it.
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I love adding stitching to my cards… you may have noticed. :) And stitching on die cuts is FUN.
I hope I have inspired you to have a go too.
Have a lovely day, I'll be back tomorrow with Day 5: Using Up Scraps.
Supplies


7 comments:

Dotty Jo x said...

Thanks for sharing your design process! Gorgeous, Jo x

Louise said...

your stitching looks so good x

Laura Elliot said...

Lucy, thank you SO much for these classes. They are so inspiring and I can't wait to try out some of your techniques. I am definitely going to have to buy some Mr Huey's…..it appears to be a staple resource of yours!! xx

Virginia Lu said...

AMAZING!! I am always wowed by your design and stitching skills! This is no exception! I shall share your post over V. V. Challenge! Thanks in advance!

mariangel said...

love tutorials thanks dear

Rachel Izakowicz said...

Love this & really enjoying the tutorials!

Sarah Gray said...

Amazing stitching - love it, Lucy! Thanks as well for the recommendation on scissors as I have been struggling to find a decent pair :)