Soft & Pretty with So Detailed Thinlits

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Today I'm sharing a soft and pretty wedding card featuring the 'So Detailed' Thinlits dies. I've paired it with some other products from the 'Falling in Love' suite in the Occasions Catalogue including the 'Falling in Love' designer series paper and the Very Vanilla Satin ribbon. Using all these beautifully coordinated products results in a quick make.

I have used the Blushing Bride Glimmer paper for the die cut which makes for a beautiful sparkly focus on the card.  Here are 3 ways you can use to add adhesive to a fine die cut:

  1. Put tiny dots of Tombow liquid glue all over the reverse side of the die cut and leave it for a few minutes to go tacky. When the colour of the glue changes from white to a creamy colour then you can adhere it to your art piece. This will ensure that the glue doesn't squish out and make a mess. This can be a bit time consuming and some people find it tricky to manage the flow of liquid glue.
  2. Squeeze out a blob of Tombow liquid glue onto a corner your Silicone Mat and take up some of the glue using a quarter piece of a yellow stamping sponge. Place your die cut on the silicone mat reverse side up and dab all over with the sponge.  You need to hold the die cut firmly so it doesn't move, otherwise the glue will transfer to the front of the die cut. This is a very quick and easy way to  get a fine layer of glue all over the die cut. Store the sponge in a snap lock bag to use again another time.
  3. Use your fingernail on the corner of the piece glimmer paper you will use  for your die cut, to separate the layers. Carefully remove the backing paper from the entire piece. Cut a piece of double sided adhesive paper (such as Sizzix Adhesive Sheets) the same size as your glimmer paper. Remove the backing paper of the adhesive sheet and adhere to the reverse side of the glimmer paper. Burnish well with your bone folder to ensure good adhesion.  Run your glimmer paper and So Detailed Thinlits die through the Big shot as normal. Carefully peel off the backing paper and attach the die cut to your art piece. 

I have used all 3 methods successfully. For the quickest, mess-free result I would recommend option 3 using the double sided adhesive sheets. I have had mine since they were available from Stampin' Up! (now retired) but you can find them at craft stores. I do not recommend you adding the adhesive paper to reverse of the glimmer paper without removing the backing. The glimmer paper is already quite thick and adding the adhesive paper makes it very difficult to cut a fine die such as the So Detailed Thinlits successfully, even running through the Big Shot multiple times. Now for the card!

Stampin' Up! So Detailed Thinlits & Falling in Love DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I  attached the die cut to to the Very Vanilla panel first, then added a strip of the 'Falling in Love' DSP  to left edge. A strip of Vellum card stock forms the background to my stamped greeting positioned on the right hand side. The Very Vanilla Satin ribbon goes over the top, covering the edge of the DSP.  I added the bow with a glue dot, after adhering the vanilla panel to the Blushing Bride base card. A silver heart from the Metallic Enamel Shapes was coloured with a Copic marker to trim the greeting panel. I could have used a Blushing Bride heart, but I like the soft luminous look the coloured silver gives.


Here is a close-up of the gorgeous Blushing Bride Glimmer paper and the pretty pink heart.


For the inside I have a mat of Soft Sky which is one of coordinating colours in the 'Falling in Love" DSP. It is trimmed with some Soft Sky washi from the retired 'All is Calm' set and a strip of Blushing Glimmer. The sentiment from the 'Falling for You' stamp set is stamped in Soft Suede with the Dandelion flower over stamped in Blushing Bride. I also stamped the Dandelion flower onto the Very Vanilla envelope for a coordinated finish.

Project Details
Stamps Falling for You, Rose Wonder
Card stock & Papers     Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride Glimmer, Vellum, Falling in Love DSP
 Ink Soft Suede, Blushing Bride
Accessories Very Vanilla Satin ribbon, Metallic Enamel Shapes, All is Calm washi (retired)
Tools     So Detailed Thinlits, Big Shot, Sizzix Adhesive Sheets (retired), Copic Marker, Glue Dots

I hope you found my tips on adding adhesive to fine die cuts useful.

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CASE-ing the Catty - Botanicals


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The CTC Crew are taking their inspiration from the Botanicals section of the Occasions Catalogue this week. I have 2 very different cards to share with you today.

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I've taken my inspiration from these Stampin' Up! samples of the 'In the Meadow' stamp set on page 28 of the Occasions catty. Up to now I have only used the tree image as silhouette, so it was a good opportunity to ink up the rest of the images.


I've created an outdoor scene that is perfect for a masculine card. I started by stamping the images in Basic Black Archival ink on water colour paper and then got to work with my ink pads and aqua painter. Make sure you let the archival ink dry thoroughly before you start water colouring or give your piece a blast with the heat gun to be sure. I had a few practice runs on scrap paper to work out the position of each image before stamping onto the water colour paper. I have taken the colour cues from the image with a mat of Pumpkin Pie on the Marina Mist base card. I've added the Cherry Cobbler accent down the 'spine' of the card and to mat the birthday greeting.

    Stampin' Up! In the Meadow - Judy May, Just Judy Designs


I have kept the inside simple, stamping the tree as a silhouette this time. I had to resort to my retired DSP Pattern stacks to get the Marina Mist striped border. I've used Very Vanilla for the writing panel as it matched the water colour paper and the tone on tone stripes work so well with either white or vanilla.

Stampin' Up! In the Meadow - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Project Details
Stamps  In the Meadow, Party Pants
Card stock & Papers      Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Water Colour paper, Subtles Pattern Stack (retired)
 Ink  Basic Black Archival, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Smoky Slate, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist
Accessories  Linen Thread, Basic Metal Buttons
Tools      11/4 & 13/8" Circle punches, Boho Chic TIEF, Big Shot, Aqua Painter, Glue dots, Stamp-a-ma-jig


Now for my second card, which uses the fabulous Botanical Builder framelit dies. This is such a great bundle of products and definitely a 'keeper' as it is so versatile to use with or without the coordinating stamp set.  Strictly speaking my card isn't inspired by a particular sample, but I couldn't go past this section of the catalogue without showing the versatility of these products.  I have had this card in my head for a while so it was the opportunity to make it a reality and show how fabulous these dies look in a white-on-white project. 

To start, I covered the front of my thick Whisper White base card with the lovely silver foil paper. The second layer of thick Whisper White has been die cut with an oval (2nd oval from the centre of the Ovals Collection) and then embossed with the lovely 'Softly Falling' TIEF. I have added a layer of the foam tape that I use for shaker cards around the oval and around the edges of the embossed piece before placing it over the silver foil mat. The 'Wedding Wishes' greeting from the Rose Wonder stamp set was heat embossed in silver and then die cut with the smallest oval and then placed into the recessed oval space, creating an automatic silver foil border. The rest was a matter of decorating with the blooms from the Botanical Builder framelits set cut from thick Whisper White so they are robust. I've added lots of bling to accent the flowers and the little banner. It was a lovely sunny Autumn afternoon here in Melbourne, so it was difficult to photograph the card with the reflection off all the bling! Unfortunately, it really doesn't do it justice!

ETA: I've taken another photo of the card from above and that shows the detail better without so much reflection.

Stampin' Up! Botanical Builder Framelits & Softly Falling TIEF - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This photo shows the recessed oval and if you look closely you can see the foam tape underneath. It makes the really firm, so it won't sink.


Finally, for the inside I have a mat of silver foil (decadent, I know!) and I upped the bling with a little border of silver glimmer at the bottom.  Some more blooms finish it off. 


Project Details
Stamps Rose Wonder
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White (thick), Silver Foil, Silver Glimmer
 Ink Versamark
Accessories Iced Rhinestones, Rhinestones Basic Jewels
Tools     Ovals Collection framelits, Botanical Builder Framelits, Softly Falling TIEF, Big Shot, Banner punch, Silver EP, Heat gun, Couture Creations 3D Foam Strips (not SU)

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Try Stampin' on Tuesday #161

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I haven't made a wedding card for a long time, but my lovely podiatrist is getting married shortly so I have used this week's sketch from Try Stampin' on Tuesday to make her a card. Here is the sketch:


I have gone with the 'less is more' principle for this card, using silver and white and of course, some bling. I hope the result is elegant rather than boring!

The frame was cut with the Square Framelits and the 'Mr & Mrs' silver embossed and popped up on the white base behind it. The frame does have a different look to matting the white card stock with silver, that really like. I have dry embossed a single line either side of the hearts to define the centre panel.



Project Details
Stamps Label Love
Card stock & Papers     Silver Foil, Whisper White
 Ink Versamark
Accessories 1/8" Silver Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones
Tools     Artisan Label punch, Square Framelits, Adorning Accents Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Simply Scored Board, Silver embossing powder, Heat gun

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