OBC – Trouble With Intricate Dies

ONE BOOB CHRONICLE – Trouble With Intricate Dies

Recently, I received a package in the mail from Katinah Walker.  In the massive box of wonderful things was a Sizzix die set.

Sizzix die set

Sizzix die set

I have used two of the dies for the “Wands” I am creating.  One is a scalloped circle and the other is a very intricate “doily” die.

Scallop circle die and intricate doily die

Scallop circle die and intricate doily die

I didn’t have much trouble with the scallop circle die.  I cut some DCWV paper to 4 inch squares and ran the die and paper through my Sizzix Big Shot.  It didn’t take long for me to make 26 of these.  The doily die….that is another story that I have video of my many trials in getting the right set up to work well.

For the doily pieces I cut two sheets of Colorbok white textured card stock into three inch square pieces.

Let’s just say that I nearly gave up after struggling to make five of the doily pieces.

Die cut scallop circles and doilies

Die cut scallop circles and doilies

During the time I have been absent, I have watched a lot of YouTube videos on die cutting intricate dies.  Some people use dryer sheets during the cutting to make the dies release, some people use waxed paper.  I’ve also seen videos that strongly urge the viewer to not use either method.

Since I did not own any intricate dies….before Ms. Katinah Walker blessed me with this set….I just only half paid attention to the video instructions.

I don’t own dryer sheets so I attempted to use a paper towel.  FAIL

I changed the position of the die on the cutting plates.  Face up and face down.  FAIL

The die did cut the doily, to be sure.  Releasing the die cut from the die is another story all together.  Then spending a lot of time poking out the holes with a piercing tool was not my idea of an enjoyable process.

Then I read the instructions on the Sizzix packet.

The instructions suggest using waxed paper on the intricate die and run it through the machine three times.

BAM!  Only a little bit of poking with the piercing tool to get the holes open.  That worked so well, I was able to complete all the doily pieces in a couple hours.

The intricate doily die

The intricate doily die

The conclusion of the die cutting day resulted in a three hour nap.  Good grief!

What are your stories or advice in using intricate dies?  I would really like to know so tell me in the comment section below.  I will be having a video up HOPEFULLY by Friday.

Leslie

OBC – Crayons

One Boob Chronicle to focus on Crayons.

Melted Crayon in waxed paper behind die cut.

Melted Crayon in waxed paper behind die cut.

I have not had the strength nor the inclination to be in my craft room the past many weeks.  Even though I have had an idea simmering in my brain for quite some time.

The idea came from a long ago memory, one from around 1963.  My third grade teacher had her class sharpen crayons over waxed paper.  She went around the class room making color suggestions to those of us that were challenged by this idea.  She spent a little extra time with me.  I had a difficult time with the very idea of damaging my set of Crayons.  The fear I would never get another set to replace the one I would be destroying was enough to get the water works going.

My teacher encouraged all of us to have fun with this art project.  Her promise to the class was “You will be amazed how beautiful your art will be!” The first child to finish shaving the Crayons, I remember, was a time of great excitement.  The class was told to come up to the teacher’s desk and form a circle around.  We watched as she folded the wax paper in half, laid the paper on a thick towel, and applied the iron.  I can still hear the gasps from each of us as we heard the sizzle and pop of the melting waxed paper and the trapped bits of Crayons.

Our teacher told us what Crayons were made of.  Wax and pigment heated and blended then placed in molds to cool.  What she was doing, our teacher said,  with the iron was nearly the same as what the manufacturers did.  Heating and melting the wax and allowing the colors to flow and blend into one another.  When she decreed the project was perfect she handed a window frame, cut from black construction paper, to the child this piece belonged to.  The window frame had school glue run along the back of it, then carefully placed over the waxed paper.

The result was a beautiful “Stained Glass Window”.  She was correct, we were all amazed at how beautiful our art was to be!

Each of us excitedly went back to our seats to make our Stained Glass Window even more beautiful than the others.

Some time in April I went to my local Dollar Tree and purchased Crayons, waxed paper, and a pencil sharpener.  Since the only sharpeners to be had were a multi pack I had to settle for that.

Waxed paper, Crayons, and pencil sharpeners.

Waxed paper, Crayons, and pencil sharpeners.

For the price of $3.00 USD, I now have enough supplies to last for a very long time.

I chose three colors of blue for an “Ombre” effect.  Tearing the paper away to better fit in the sharpener.  As you can see, the Crayons don’t have a color name on them so I had to just go by the colors.

Three colors of blue

Three colors of blue

Piles of shaved Crayons

Piles of shaved Crayons

While shaving the Crayons I plugged in and set my household iron to a cotton setting on a DRY IRON.  No water for steam.

Set iron to a medium heat, or cotton setting.

Set iron to a medium heat, or cotton setting.

Fold the waxed paper in half and place on a towel to absorb the heat of the iron.

Prepare our surface to melt the Crayon.

Prepare your surface to melt the Crayon.

Press the iron over the waxed paper and allow the heat to melt and blend the colors.  I would suggest you also fold the towel over your project before setting iron on it.  I had blue all over my towel and on the sole plate of my iron.

Melt and blend the colors with the iron.

Melt and blend the colors with the iron.

Using a die of your choice, I have used a Sizzix thin flourish die.  Make your die cut on a piece of card stock that will be the front of your card.  Place the die in any position you choose, maybe not off the paper.

Use a die cut of your choice for the negative space.

Use a die cut of your choice for the negative space.

Oopsy!  The sole plate of my iron had blue Crayon on it.  Made a mess on my card stock.  Good thing there is the other side I can still use.

OOPS!

OOPS!

When you have the desired placement of your die cut over the melted Crayon, use any tool to score or scratch the waxed paper surface around the card stock.

Score around your card stock

Score around your card stock

Cut INSIDE the score lines to hide the waxed paper under the card stock.

Cut inside the score marks

Cut inside the score marks

This is how the back side will look.  Adhere the waxed paper to the card stock.  NOTE:  The tape runner I have did not like to stay stuck down on the waxed paper.  I had to use the cheapy ScoreTape brand to get it to stick.

The back side of your card

The back side of your card

Now you are ready to create your beautiful card.

What would you do?  How could you use this technique?  Let me know how you have used this Crayon technique in your card creations, or scrapbook layouts.

Leslie

 

Altered Christmas glass ornaments.

Today is the day the video is up on my YouTube channel showing the process of altering these glass ornaments.

Altered glass ornaments

Altered glass ornaments

I used a couple of Sizzix dies – Flourishes and Snowflakes – with my metal duct tape from the hardware store.  The first six I left clear.  The bottom six I used Ranger Industries Alcohol Inks in the colors of Current, Stream, and Butterscotch.

The first three are Current on the left, Stream in the center, and Butterscotch on the right.  The bottom left one is a remix of the colors on the same felt pad and it turned a little brown.  I like that one.  For the final two I used a new felt pad to finish them off.

This flourish was a real bugger to work with.  So many intricate swirls and curves.  This one was way too fiddly for me.  By the time I adhered the second one of this flourish die cut from the metal duct tape….I was so over this whole entire project.  I had to get encouragement from my daughter with the twins to keep going and see it through to the end.

Intricate flourish

Intricate flourish

The Snowflake dies were the easiest to cut out, take apart, and adhere.  I did have a few problems with them but nothing like the really intricate flourish.

Snowflake die

Snowflake die

The less intricate flourish dies were really great to work with.

Less intricate flourish die

Less intricate flourish die

This project took me over two days to complete.  I have the attention span of a gnat and a shorter patience span than that.  Altering Christmas clear glass balls will NOT be on my list of must do decorating again.

My daughter with the twins suggested that I make a whole bunch of these and sell them at a craft fair.  My answer to her was “Not just NO, but H*&L NO!”  I’ll leave that job to someone that enjoys fiddly things.  The other nuisance was having to use the hot glue gun for the ribbon around the neck and the fork bow on each of the balls.

I do get to have the pride and privilege of saying “I made these” and there will never be anymore like them.  Someone else may take a stab at creating these for themselves but they won’t be the same as mine are.

Leslie

Card making supplies at your local hardware store.

Metal duct tape used on cards

Metal duct tape used on cards

In the storage cabinet above my work table is a plethora of adhesives I use.  One of those adhesives is a roll of metal duct tape I’ve had for a number of years.  I used it to make my ink pad, ink refill, and shimmery spritz storage units several years back.

Ink pad and spritz storage from foam core and metal duct tape

Ink pad and spritz storage from foam core and metal duct tape

The metal duct tape comes on a roll about two inches wide and I don’t even know how many yards.  I have used this tape with embossing folders but not with my dies.  I thought I would do some experimenting.

Metal duct tape and dies

Metal duct tape and dies

In my scrap stash I have a lot of three inch square pieces of paper.  So if I screwed up there would be no hardship on me.

An experiment with metal tape and dies

An experiment with metal tape and dies

The die cut snowflakes disappeared in the patterned paper.  I wondered what they would look like on white paper.

Metal tape die cuts on white paper

Metal tape die cuts on white paper

Finding success in using dies with the metal tape I took it one step further and smoothed the tape over a piece of card stock to be used on a card front and ran it through my Big Shot with a snowflake embossing folder from Stampin’ Up!  Some glitter, a bit of Distress Stickles, and a Stampin’ Up! “Let it snow” rubber stamp were the feature items of the card front.

Embossed metal tape

Embossed metal tape

I made two sets of cards.  One dark and one light.  I can’t decided which one I like the best so I sent it out to my Facebook followers to chime in.  The consensus has gone to the darker card.

And here is the card with the snowflake die cuts peeking out from behind the snowman.

Metal tape die cuts on card front

Metal tape die cuts on card front

I used Operation Write Home Card Sketch #16 on this project if you want to know how I made it.  The metal duct tape at the hardware store will make you gulp at the price when you see it.  It is almost $20 for a roll of the metal tape.  Keep in mind that this tape will last for a long time.  It is not used in everyday crafting projects like other adhesives are.

Here is my YouTube video showing the process I used to make these cards with the metal duct tape.

Leslie

Epic FAIL! Glitter is my nemisis.

I don’t remember if I’ve shown you the circles Sizzix die I have.  If I have….you’ll get to see it again 😀  I’m sure this is another discontinued die since I purchased it off eBay in 2006.

Sizzix circles die

Sizzix circles die

I cut two chipboard circles, the large and the extra large, intended for a different idea that I had.  I also cut out paper from my scraps.

Chipboard and paper die cuts

Chipboard and paper die cuts

My original plan didn’t work out.  I cut a vellum quote pretty badly.  I mangled that poor thing.  So…I opted to use the flower sticker instead.

Uhm….this is a case of “Less is More”.  I liked the way the floral sticker looked on the covered chipboard.  I was going to leave it just like this.

A pretty flower

A pretty flower

Then I came up with the not so brilliant idea of using Studio G Glitter Glue and Tim Holtz Perfect Pearls.

Glitter glue

Glitter glue

FAIL!  EPIC FAIL!

Fail

Fail

EPIC FAIL

EPIC FAIL

I salved my poor spirits by looking at my bottle cap “epoxy” embellishment.

 

I like the way this turned out.

I like the way this turned out.

One note I need to pass on to you.  Tap out the the dents made from the bottle opener.

Tap out the dents

Tap out the dents

The dents have caused a “halo” effect in the Glossy Accents once it has dried.  Your “epoxy” piece will have “character” 😀

A  halo effect

A halo effect

Back to the sticker sheet.  The set that I botched up that beautiful flower.  I have two stickers that look like flowers or tin tile piece.

Trying the sticker thing again

Trying the sticker thing again

NO GLITTER!  STEP AWAY FROM THE GLITTER!

Rhinestone bling

Rhinestone bling

I’m working on an octagonal die from Sizzix.  I’ve cut the chipboard piece from it already.

Octagonal Sizzix die

Octagonal Sizzix die

Look what I found in a drawer!  I had been looking for something that looked like a kiss or puckered lips and couldn’t find it.  Here it is 😀

That's where that was!

That’s where that was!

As usual.  Find the thing when I don’t need it any longer :/  I think my vellum quotes no longer deal with kissing.  (big groan)

I know that hand punches don’t like chipboard.  I’m not sure if the Cricut would like chipboard better.  I have a machine but I don’t use it so I can’t confirm or deny this fact.  Maybe someone out there will know the answer to that.

Have I given you some ideas on making your own chipboard embellishments from your sticker stash?  If I have…and you have given this a try then leave a link to your creations in a comment below.

That’s all I have for you today.

Leslie

I’m in Las Vegas, Nevada….sleeping not gambling.

Since May 13th I have been on the road for my day job. My husband, Joe, a friend of ours, Jim, and I have been moving trucks from Tracy, California to Las Vegas, Nevada where they will be sold at auction.

We have moved 45 trucks and six trailers.

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We took five trucks at a time. I drove one truck and pulled a trailer.

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We finished the job on Monday. What kept me going all the days of 100 degree temps was the day I would spend in a scrapbook store in Las Vegas. Just before our last trip I read on the store’s website they were closing. Total bummer!

Yesterday I walked the aisles, already nearly bare, in search of things I could not live without. I set a budget of $150 – Joe figured I would bust my budget and we would have to rent a U-Haul. I went under budget and spent $112.

Paper was one thing I did not purchase. I have a big enough stash of paper already at home that barely gets used.

Are you ready for my “Haul”? Here we go.

A Tim Holtz die that I have been wanting for a long time. $16.09 – original price $22.99.

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An absolutely cute Sizzix Die (well used) that will be used for creations for my grandchildren. $1.

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At home, months ago, I went looking for a punch to use with my Zutter or Cinch to add paper pieces to the binding. Couldn’t find one. I did this time and put it in my basket. $11.89 – original price $16.99.

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I’ve been wanting a heat tool that doesn’t sound like a jet engine in my hands. My heat tool at home is LOUD! I’ve seen, and heard, the Heat It Tool from Ranger and have wanted one for several years. $18.89 – original price $26.99.

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Okay, the next items I didn’t even know were on the market. Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam Glitter Paint. I was ruthless. I took three of the five remaining. The other two were duplicates. $5.59 each – original price $$7.99 each.

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The Ranger Distress Stains had been picked clean. I found three colors I don’t already have. $3.84 each – originally $5.49.

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I have heard a lot of good things about these next items. Pearl Pens. Once again, not much left to choose from. I got one “Ice” and one “Gold”. $3.70 each – originally $5.29 each.

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One of my daughters is getting married next February. I found a sheet of journaling stickers by Bella Blvd. This is the only “paper” I bought. $3.00 – originally $4.29.

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Of course, no layout would be complete without a bridal dress and cake embellishments. Jolee’s bride $3.70 – original $5.29. Wedding cake embellishments $3.07 – original $4.39.

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The Ellison Die Cutting machine was out of my price range at $325. The dies were priced according to size and started at $100 for the giant dies then $50 to $15 for the smaller sizes. I settled for some cardboard mini album cutouts at $1.60 each and I bought two of them.

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I also found three chipboard mini album bases at $1.20 each.

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These nibs from Ranger I’ve never seen before. Probably because I don’t own a single Distress Marker. I thought I could use them with the Tattered Angles Glimmer Glam stuff. $3.84 – original $5.49.

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A small roll of Washi Tape to add to my small collection. This was the only roll of Washi Tape in the entire store. $2.

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In a large tub, stuffed under a piece of furniture was a stash of Grab Bags. What the heck. Might as well get three of them. I might be surprised. And I was.

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Baby themed items were in two of the bags. Woo Hoo! I have a daughter just about to deliver twins in the next few weeks. Two Grab Bags at $2.50 each.

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The last item in my Haul is a $5.00 Grab Bag. Clear epoxy letter squares, Ranger square pendents, and some Bind-It-All mini book covers. Bonus items for the new family!

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So, there you have it. My haul from Las Vegas. I still won’t be home to play with this stuff for another couple weeks. Boo Hoo :/. We are slated to take three trucks out of Fontana, California going to Grand Island, Nebraska. We will get home before the end of this month – I HOPE!

Hope you are enjoying your bright summer Wednesday.

Leslie

Experimenting Once Again

 

Wooden Tags

Wooden Tags

 

I’ve heard the Sizzix dies and machines can cut through many things that are fairly thin.

I’ve had an idea floating around in my head for quite a while but had been a bit hesitant to try it.  Especially if I damaged my Big Shot in the process.  Who wants to take the chance of damaging a very expensive tool?  Not me.

My most recent trip to Michaels got the better of me.  I purchased some 1/32 x 6 x 12 Birch Plywood.  My practicing was done with an old tag die from Sizzix and some garden stakes purchased in a package of six.

I would caution using the wood inside your scrapbook or mini albums.  Wood, with the natural lignin present, will eventually damage your photos by turning them yellow and causing them to crack and fade.  If you think you want to try this technique then use the wood embellishments on the outside of  your albums.

For Joe’s birthday last year I made him a bulletin board.  I’m not totally thrilled with it because the cork part is so very thin.  Still, I wanted to create a very personal piece of his “former” life when he was a Crop Duster.  During the many years he did low level flying and spraying fields he felt the spray nozzle needed a bit of tweeking.  Spray more uniform drops of the chemicals being applied to the crops.  He holds a Patent for the Uni-Mizer Spray Nozzle that he designed and built.

 

 

Joe's bulletin board

Joe's bulletin board

 

On the left side of the bulletin board are items I found on the internet and printed off.  His mechanical drawings of the Uni-Mizer (top and bottom left) along with the technical specifications detailed in the publication located middle left.

He is also mentioned in various other places on the internet during  his flying years – they are on the right.  The airplanes he has owned and there are documents held in a museum in Kansas that pertain to a prominent (at the time) person that was the authority on all things related to crop dusting.

The small photos are not of Joe’s flying but images I found on the internet that would remind him of his many years as a crop duster and a business owner.

I’m in the process of creating a book for his current life as a truck driver that will hold the information he requires for our Day Job.

 

Mileage book cover

Mileage book cover

 

I’ve used the Stampin’ Up! Top Note die to cut out the birch plywood.  I’ve used my “brews” of Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze, and Always Artichoke to color the background and kind of make it look like the sky and ground.

The stamp set is Plane & Simple from Stampin’ Up!.  The letter stamps are from my stash and say “I’d rather be flying”.  I had to use a heart stamp for the apostrophe in “I’d” since my sets didn’t include a comma or apostrophe.

Basic Black Classic ink was used for all the images stamped – the airplane, goggles, and the compass – all from the Plane & Simple set.

I’ve used both Clear Embossing Powder (SU) and gold embossing powder from my stash.  The gold is around the compass and the clear is on the goggle lenses and the airplane.

 

Note pad cover

Note pad cover

 

I’m also making him a note pad that will fit in his shirt pocked.  Both the note pad and the mileage book will be bound with my Bind-It-All when they are ready for assembly.

Once again, I’ve used an old Sizzix die.  This one is a frame set that resembles a postage stamp on the frame.  I’ve covered the frame part with Basic Black card stock from Stampin’ Up! and then did a dry brush (using my fingers) technique with gold acrylic paint to make the black not quite so sharp.

I’ve used the Notes & Details stamp set from Stampin’ Up! on these two pieces cut from the birch plywood also.  I’ve left the inner part of the frame sets unaltered except to add some Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint from Stampin’ Up! to give the wood a bit of a glow.  I’ve also used black embossing powder – from my stash – on the words and small flourish stamps.

One note of caution.  When using heat embossing on the wood with black embossing powder, be extra careful with the heat tool.  The longer you leave the heat on the more the embossing powder has a tendency to migrate through the wood grain and cause it to bleed and distort.

The  next part of the assembly of these two books is to cover the wood with some Triple Thick Gloss stuff to protect the work I’ve done on these two.  I’m only going to put that thick stuff on the wood and not on the entire cover.

Over my years of paper crafting I’ve picked up beads and charms.  Since I’m not into jewelry I don’t know why I’ve even bought them but I have.  Seeing all those beautiful pins being made lately I thought I’d give it a try.

Woof woof

Woof woof

Can you say “Woof Woof”?  Not on purpose, but by total accident I’ve created a poodle and a wiener dog.

I have a bunch of star bead things and decided to use them on the corsage pins along with some beads.  This is the result of my going where I’m not comfortable.

How far down the pin do you go when adding the beads?  I’ve got a few where there is barely any pin left.

That required a bit of research.  I spent a little over an hour on YouTube finding enough videos showing how to create the pins.

My beaded corsage pins

My beaded corsage pins

I think maybe I should leave this up to others.  Although, after many hours of chasing beads across my work surface, scrabbling on hands and knees after the “escapees” and drawing blood from all the pin sticks I did come up with several that I thought looked fairly good.  At least no more dogs were in evidence.  I still am having a bit of difficulty in knowing when to stop and when enough is enough.

I don’t think this is where my philosophy of “If one is good then five would be better” applies.