I just wanted to share a couple of cards I made using the Paper Cuts Champagne Edger die. For those who haven't heard of them, the Paper Cuts Edger dies cut intricate decorative edges into your cards, gift tags and gift boxes; they could also be used for home decor projects. There are some stunning designs and I love them! So far I've only had time to play with the Champagne Edger die and below I have provided brief step-by-steps for both cards.
In the first one I also used papers from the Sara Signature Parisian Collection paper pad. These are pretty papers in a variety of colours and designs. Some are quite obviously Paris-themed, but many are more generic and so can be used for a wide variety of projects.
So, quick step-by-steps:
- Decide how much of the front of your card you want to "lose". For example you could line this die up to cut as close to the right side of the card as you can, but I chose to take about a third of the front of my card out, so I lined up the die further over on the card. Remember to open your card out so that you only cut the design out of the front of the card.
- Pass this through your die-cutting machine - any machine with a 6-inch cutting platform should do the trick.
- Unless you've chosen a card the exact length of the die, you will then need to continue the cut at the top and bottom with a pair of scissors to give you a completely cut-out edge design.
- I wanted paper behind the design so that the card could have a central sentiment on the inside and also be written on without the writing showing through the cut-out design. So I chose a paper from the Parisian paper pad and glued it in place. These papers are single-sided, so white on the back. Then came the fiddly part - cutting out all those nooks and crannies around the paper cut edge. It took a while and a fair bit of patience and was quite tricky and I used both small bladed scissors and my craft knife for this job. Then I went around the areas where I'd still got little paper tags where I didn't want them with an emery board, and this smoothed them off quite nicely.
- I finished the front with a strip of matching paper on the left side and edged it with some pretty lace from my stash. Then I just added a few clear rhinestones to put the sparkle into the champagne!
- Inside, where I'd cut around all those fiddly shapes, I used Distress Ink Pad Worn Lipstick (this colour tied in nicely with the colours in the paper I'd chosen) to disguise any slightly rough bits, and it also made a nice feature of the design on the inside. You can just see it in the image below.
- I also added a further strip of the same paper on the inside left half, and added one of the stars which came from die-cutting the edger design.
- On the right side I used more of the same paper and added some decorative corners using the Couture Creations Le Petit Jardin Collection die set called Mini Jardin Corners.
The second card was slightly more time consuming because I wanted to use patterned paper all around the die-cut design and leave the card white on the inside.
- Take a square 6x6 card blank. Cover the front with your chosen paper - make sure you glue everywhere to stick it in place, otherwise when you cut out the design, half of the paper won't be stuck to the card! A spray adhesive would work well here but if using this, make sure you're in a well ventilated room and avoid inhaling it! I chose papers from the First Edition Black Out paper pad.
- Position the die so that it die-cuts right up to the right edge of the card front. Remember - when you run it through the die-cutting machine, open the card out so you only cut the front!
- You then need to die-cut the paper cuts design again, using plain white card.
- Now, this is where it gets fiddly! You now need to cut all around the champagne glasses and ribbon bow in the design, so that you are only left with that part of the design. it is time-consuming and you have to be careful where you cut so that you don't lose bits of the design in the process, but it is worth it! Once you have your cut-out champagne glasses and ribbon bow, glue them in place, lining them up carefully.
- To complete the front, I added a strip of white embossed card and some black organza ribbon and a stamped sentiment (Ranger Letter It stamps) which I cut into a pennant. Finish with some clear rhinestones for added sparkle!
- Inside I simply covered the right side of the card with the same white embossed card I'd used for the strip on the front. It's from a pack called Elegantly Embossed, which was produced by Craftwork Cards quite some time ago, but we do still have some in stock.
Well, that's all from me for now. I hope these two cards will inspire you to have a play with the Paper Cuts Edger dies and see how many different looks you can achieve.
See you soon!