My goodies from the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2016 catalog arrived yesterday and I was giddy with excitement! Unfortunately I had to wait until today to play and the hardest part of my morning was choosing what to play with first! I decided to start with the Rose Garden and Rose Wonder Bundle because I had a little idea brewing in my head and had to see how it would turn out.
Let me share with you how I accomplished this- and yes, you might be calling me crazy when you see what I did, but it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve been called that!
I started with some black glimmer paper from the Holiday 2015 catalog (get some before it’s gone!) and cut out the big rose & leaves with the Rose Garden Thinlits. Because the glimmer paper is pretty thick, I ran it through the Big Shot 4 times on the magnetic plate.
Even though I used the dryer sheet technique (I’ll explain in a minute…), the negative pieces still didn’t want to come out. I even used the new Big Shot Die Brush which still didn’t get all the pieces out, and in the end I just had to push them out myself. I haven’t purchased the Precision Plate yet, so I can’t comment on how that would work. In the end, just know that you can use the glimmer paper with this thinlit, but it’s a bit more work.
After gluing the black glimmer cut-out onto a Smokey Slate mat (4 x 5 1/4″), I then cut out 4 more rose pieces in the following colors: Real Red, Watermelon Wonder, Garden Green & Wild Wasabi.
I cut each one out on top of 4 new dryer sheets folded in half (a total of 8 layers thick), so that the negative pieces would stay put. If you’ve never heard of the Big Shot dryer sheet method, you’re in for a treat. I wish I knew who the brilliant mind was behind this trick, but it wasn’t me. I’ll explain it at the end of the instructions, below.
Okay, back to the card!
Once I had the 4 different colors cut out with the Rose Wonder die, I left each one on the dryer sheet and clear cutting pad. For this card, I needed the negative pieces and I needed them to stay put so that I’d know where to put them on the card.
Using my tweezers, I carefully removed pieces from the appropriate color and glued them into the coordinating spot within the black shimmer cut-out that was on my card.
I finished off the inside of the card with the coordinating stamp set, Rose Wonder, which includes some really nice sentiments.
- Base Card: Whisper White, 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
- Mat #1 : Basic Black, 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
- Mat #2: Smokey Slate, 4 x 5 1/4″
All of this will be available to you right after the new year on January 5. If you’re wondering how I have it already, well, it’s just one of the many perks of being a demonstrator! If you’d like to join my Regal Stampers team and get in on the fun of pre-ordering, visit my website and sign up! It’s easy peasy and for $99 you get your choice of $125 in product and free shipping! Here’s the link if you’re ready to take the demonstrator plunge: www.kristathomas.stampinup.net
Here’s the Big Shot Dryer Sheet Technique:
Use this technique any time that you have an intricate die where there’s lots of negative pieces (think of the butterfly framelits).
In your Big Shot, place your magnetic plate or Multi-Cutting Platform with a clear cutting pad on top of that. Then lay your cardstock on top of 8 layers of new dryer sheets (I use Bounce, unscented), place your framelit over that, place the clear cutting pad on top and run through your Big Shot. Your die-cut will stick to the dryer sheet along with all of the negative pieces. Gently peel the die-cut off the dryer sheet and you’re good to go! Use the dryer sheet over & over many times. I scrape off most of the negative pieces before I use it again.
This is a time-saving, life-altering (don’t laugh, it’s true!) technique and it’s the reason I haven’t felt the need for the new Precision Plate which in my opinion didn’t work that great when I tried it.