Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Night & Day Florals

I've been spending a bit of time with my new Sizzix Big Shot Pro die cutting and embossing machine. If you haven't seen this piece of equipment, it is about three feet long, is more than a foot wide, and weights around 40 pounds! I've outgrown my smaller die cutting machines, and I needed a durable machine that was easy to use and could cut the larger dies. The Big Shot Pro can cut up to 12 by 12 inch paper, cardstock, chipboard, grunge board, cork, etc., and it is able to do just about any die on the market right now.

The new machine fits perfectly with the launch of the Sizzix Big Shot and dies in the upcoming UK Stampin' Up mini catalog. I'm so thrilled that SU here in the UK has decided to introduce Sizzix products, which have been available in the US Stampin' Up catalogs for a few years.

However, I didn't find this out until a few weeks ago, and I had already purchased Tattered Flowers, a Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Die. The new SU catty will have two different sized Sizzix floral dies.

I used the Stampin' Up Night & Day designer paper to punch out a range of black and white flowers. You can see from the photos, that the edges of the flowers are curled up; this is incredibly easy to do. I used a handy-dandy wooden chopstick to roll the ends of the flowers. It's best to use designer paper and not hefty cardstock to get the flowers to curl.

Real Red cardstock was run through an embossing folder to create a textured background for the flower.

I've become a bit infatuated with the SU Striped Grosgrain ribbon, and I've used the black striped one on this card design. To dress up the ribbon, a bit of red wire was used to pinch the ends.

Sentiments were created from SU sets Three Little Words and Happy Moments, and they were punched with the Modern Label. I tried different types of brads, eyelets and rhinestones to embellish the cards.