Sunday 29 January 2017

Peek Of The Week Number Five

It's Sunday so yet another 'Peek Of The Week', and this time I thought I would share with you something I did on my Pick Of The Day shows a couple of weeks ago...

In those shows we launched the first of the Huggables dies which form part of the Tattered Lace 'Love Is In The Air' Collection.

Yet another design success for Stephanie!  I was immediately impressed by these dies.  They are beautiful, so intricate and detailed.  I just love the way the die cuts hug the card blank and gently overlap.  Brilliant!

So today I thought I would share this card - and the accompanying envelope - with you.  If you managed to catch the shows, and can remember them (it was two weeks ago after all!) you will have seen the card, as it was displayed near the dies in the studio.

I was a little bit miffed that I didn't get a chance on the show to demonstrate to you the matching envelope that I made using the die to make a beautiful ornate flap.  Why didn't I get the chance, you might ask?  Well, the truth is, I just don't know where the time goes when we're broadcasting.  On the face of it, a one hour show sounds like a long time and you'd be forgiven for assuming I'd be able to demonstrate anything and everything I want to, but time flies in front of the camera and often, before I know it, it's time to say goodbye and pack up my stuff for another day! 

Anyway, making the matching envelope was where I was able to mix my love of dies with that other favourite of mine, the ScanNCut...

Using the Tattered Lace envelope stencils, I made my envelope base out of white card... but then I cut off the flap.  Putting the card base to one side, I cut the floral die from the 'Love Is In The Air' in black card and stuck it on to a piece of white card before running this through my ScanNCut and saving the image. 

Next I had the ScanNCut to cut just outside the outside line of the image, in red card. This made a perfect matt layer which I stuck behind a new envelope flap, onto which I had die cut the floral die before assembling the envelope. 

Even though I say so myself, I believe this makes for a beautiful envelope, and the card featured fits in it nice and snugly.  

I always feel that, when making an envelope, the pressure is on to some extent to make sure the card that will fit inside it is just as nice, if not nicer. Imagine receiving a beautifully ornate envelope and finding inside something only slightly more exciting than your Council Tax bill!  

As I always write at this point, now it's your turn.  Please go onto my Facebook page and include a photo of your latest make, or a make of which you're particularly proud. I'd be really pleased to see them, and why not include a line or two telling us why that particular make means a lot to you? Don't be shy now!    

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