This week at Shopping Our Stash
, we are encouraging you to use your punches and dies!
Here is my offering this week... a tag!
|...click to see the detail... you won't be disappointed!|
I am relatively new to the die-cutting world. Autumn at Sew-Paper-Paint got wind about a year and a half ago that I did not have a die-cutting machine and-- get this -- sent me her Cuttlebug!!! Since then, I am slowly accumulating dies, but none are truly hoarded stash items yet... I use the dies I have fairly evenly...
Then last month I bought a Cricut Explore Air 2... holy Toledo. Geez. I'm slowly learning how to use that.
And of course I have a small stash of punches... mostly boring and practical, haha!
- Library catalog card base coated with a layer of Teresa Collins modeling paste through a stencil made from a Tim Holtz Mixed Media die (those spots), and coated roughly with Weathered Wood Distress Paint... then it sat in my stash for months...
- Fast-forward: I cut the card wth a Tim Holtz arch die
- Card sprayed with Dylusions in Vibrant Turquoise
- Card then smooshed in some Broken China DOx
- Bundled Sage Distress Paint used initially to highlight the center, but that did not provide the brightness I was looking for, so I went wth some Liquitex gesso in white and further brightened the center, and also rubbed some on the edges. You can see my drying wasn't fast enough in between stages and the gesso really drew up the Vibrant Turquoise.
- Finally, for the background, I sanded the spots a bit to help them stand out.
- The gal is from one of Tim's pads. I splotched some Adirondack gold mixative on her and around the edges to make it appear old. I mounted the picture on a scrap piece of heavy packing kraft, cut to look like the base of an old photo. The kraft was inked with Frayed Burlap DO and misted for spots (though you can't see...). I snipped the edges with a Fiskars corner punch and wrote Debaser on it... what can I say... the song was on Modest Mouse radio. It's a song by The Pixies, and up until I included the link above, I had no idea what the song was about. Well, the girl *is* so groovy...
- The flowers were already cut in my stash from a few weeks ago, and I added Color Burst to them. Yum.
- The heart was also in my stash. It was cut with a Fiskars punch from a rejected watercolor panel.
- Fiber was laying on my desk and it just matched the tag perfectly... originally from Andrea, thanks!
Here is the stash math: four dies used and two punches used. Not bad...
Join us! C'mon... it is beyond amazing to use stashed items, and it feels even better to share at Shopping Our Stash