Making dies a different shape.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Have you ever wished that the big detailed die was in a different shape? Well then make it so. Cut the larger die with the detail in it and then run again with the correct shape. You will have the texture that you want along with the shape you desire. It’s a little more work but it will be exactly what you want.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Embossing Buddy to the Rescue

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!  You know that the Embossing Buddy takes the static out of paper so when you emboss the powder sticks where you want it to.  You also know that the Embossing Buddy helps to take off leftover stickiness from adhesive that has run a muck.  But, did you know that it can also help to release card stock?

When running a detailed die, especially, use the Embossing Buddy before putting the card stock down on the die.  Just pounce the buddy across the die and then place card stock as normal.  The chalk from the buddy will allow the die to release the card stock much easier.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Masking with dies.

It’s Tutorial Thursday!  Dies can also be used to mask and create a background.  There is a little bit of finesse with it as you will see in the video when masking.  (You can’t forget that the die has been moved as you will cover what you just did.)  So here is the card I created with the new Snowflake Showcase available November 1.  (If you like this new product and want to be reminded as it becomes available please comment to let me know.)

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Here is the video on how to create this card…Snowflake Video (https://youtu.be/uq-KPp3TaYY).

And if you want to learn in real life it will be available during the next Card Class.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using dies for masking.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!  Did you know that you can cut something out from a die and then use it to mask or stencil?  Join me tonight on the Live at 7 pm as I do just this.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Accents are for more than just cards or tags.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!  Do you ever use a product in only one way and never think that it could be used for something else?  I often do this so please don’t think it’s only you.

Recently I was putting a bulletin board together and remembered that our Big Shot dies can also be used for big things, not just cards and tags.  I forget that the shapes can become pieces of a flag, flower, and so much more.  So, just a friendly reminder to think outside the box and ask if you don’t know what else to do.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Pieces and parts.

Last night we had a good time at the Encouragement Class.  Not only did we create encouragement cards for cancer patients, but we had a good time doing it.  And through everything I learned something.  Take the pieces and parts of everything.

A leaf punch becomes a flower’s stem after snipping the leaves off.  A tulip is created with a couple of dies in the shape of hearts.  Let your imagination run wild.  You never know what can be created.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Dies as embossing folders.

Did you know that your dies can also act as embossing folders?  You can get it to where they leave an image but don’t cut.  So that envelope can have a matching imprint to your cut card.  Here’s how:

Make your sandwich for embossing folders instead of dies.  Take out the adapter plate or go to the second tab.  Then under the envelope and die add the silicone mat which will provide enough cushion so the die won’t cut.  This can also be done on cardstock.

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So your sandwich will be from bottom to top…big shot, standard base with no adapter or on tab 2, cutting plate, silicone mat, envelope or cardstock, die of choice, and cutting plate.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂