Sunday, July 20, 2014

Using Your Dies with Embossing Paste


This week I am so excited to be showing you different things you can do with the new nested owl dies (DG751). There are three different dies in the set. The largest one matches our largest owl stencil (LG751) and is actually only a shape. The second or middle sized die we refer to as the "owl buddy" die and it matches our "owl buddy" stencil (LL3039). Friday and Saturday I worked with the "tiny owl" die, which as you may have figured out, is the tiniest of the three. Nope, it doesn't match any stencils, but we had room to fit another owl inside for added value, so we couldn't resist. On Friday and Saturday I worked with this tiny one and had a great time.

If you leave a comment you could be one of the two random winners of this new nested owl die set (DG751). (Not the stencils though...I just put those in the picture so you would know how they match for paste-embossing or stenciling.) Also I am throwing in some of the double sided sticky paper scrap that I have a plethora of. When you are leaving me a comment, give me an idea of what you might do with the dies...that would be a bonus for me!



Today I am working with the middle sized die, "owl buddy".  I started by putting a piece of double sided sticky paper (MPDS) onto the back of the paper I wanted to die cut and ran it through the Big Shot embossing/die-cutting machine. This means that each piece has a sticker backing added and makes it much easier to attach to the paste-embossed surface you see in the next step. 


The "owl buddy" stencil (LL3039) and the bird words stencil (LG734) were paste-embossed with the Matte Black Embossing Paste (DMBP). I did the tiny nest above his head and the word "nest" first that way when I paste-embossed the "owl buddy" stencil there was room between these other two images and the owl stencil was not lifted. The "bird words" stencil is large with a lot of other bird words and thoughts on it and if I had done the owl first the larger stencil would be raised up and it might be harder to paste. Let these images dry really well. I use an old electric griddle on the lowest setting and place my paste-embossed pieces onto this warm surface. That way the paste will dry in record time...just ten minutes or so.


When your owl design is dry, reposition the nest stencil from bird words onto your paste-embossed image. The Metallic F/X come in a beautiful array of colors. Prepare them by opening the lids in front of each jar. I used Glacier, Cocoa and Kiwi for this nest design. Begin by daubing glue from the Stamp and Stick Gluepad (GSP) with a jumbo dauber (KD02). Then put the tip of the stencil brush (GHB) into the pot of Glacier colored Metallic F/X and tap it into the lid so you will have just a tiny bit on the tips of the bristles and then tap it onto the center of the eggs. Leave just a bit of the Matte Black Embossing Paste showing at the edges for contrast. Rub the brush out on a dry or damp paper towel and repeat the process for the twigs using Cocoa and finally use Kiwi on the leaves at the outer edges of the design.
For a finishing touch I added the May Arts Houndstooth Ribbon behind the owl.


Now remove the die-cut pieces from the release paper and place on top of the design wherever you want. I added the thought bubble and left the pupils of the eyes, eyebrows and chest showing just the Matte Black Embossing Paste (DMBP). Putting the die-cut pieces on top of the Matte Black paste really gives it that extra handcrafted embossed touch.

13 comments:

Janice K said...

Love the combination of paste and paper piecing, I can see many uses of these dies (and coordinating stencils) from the usual birthday/anniversary cards to teachers thank you cards and birth announcement/congratulations. Couple the owl/s with a tree (Leafless Tree die/stencil?) and you have new home designs too - such versatility! x

Christina Doré said...

Great card and very clear instructions.
I think the nested owl set would be perfect for a baby project because of the three sizes. They would look wonderful paper pieced onto co-ordinating bunting for either a baby shower or for a new baby's nursery decoration.

KT Fit Kitty said...

This is so sweet! I love your adorable owl and what she's thinking - so cute! Thank you for the step-by-step instructions on how you did this - I would like to try this!

Karen Ballantine said...

Lovely card again today, why not make a wise old owl graduation card! Xx

lonesome55dove/krazy4kardz said...

Darling card and fun technique...will have to give this a try. Owls are such awesome creatures...thank you for the chance to win these wonderful dies. :)

BurningRubber said...

This is such a cute die. I would use them on a wreath for my door for fall.

Janis said...

This is a wonderful die set! I love owls and would use them for cards. Also, I need to get some embossing paste to try out your fabby technique!!!
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Sandi Lou said...

I know it's thinking way too far ahead but these 3 owl dies would be awesome for Hallowe'en projects, especially with 2 matching stencils. Whooo knows what we could come up with for cards or scrapbook layouts!

ionabunny said...

Thanks for showing the actual dies and stencils. Always nice to see what you are getting. Love the large open shape on the largest one. It would be great for cutting an owl shaped aperture and then iris folding. Hmmm.....

Carol McCready said...

Wonderful die set.

Jade Passmore said...

This owl die set is wonderful. I love the owl and perfectly fitting thought bubble on this card.

Katie said...

Love these little owl stencils and dies! I would like to slowly add them to my collection. I love your thought bubble idea on this card and the cool patterns and texture. hmmm...ideas...I do have a friend who is a 'night owl' and keeps the same hours as me so I would probably use that idea for her. I don't know, I could associate owls with pretty much anything. :) Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Janine Rudnick said...

I'm sure someone's said it before, but using the owl set in "Owl always love you" would be cute. It would be even better on Valentine's day using a heart pattern for the wings.

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