I've got a fun post for you today, a few Papertrey Ink Tips & Tricks about how to stretch your dies. I never dreamed I would love my dies as much as I do, but they are among the first crafting supplies I reach for. Today I am challenging you to look at them in a whole new way...see what else you can do with them.
It's no secret that I am crazy for owls...I adore them and wanted to create my own using my Papertrey Ink dies. Can you tell which dies I've uses here? Can you tell I used my Shape Up Series: Onesie die? Yep...three simple cuts to transform it in to the shape of an owl, and then just two other additional dies, very basic shapes to dress it up.
The base of my owl was cut from Fine Linen Bitty Dot, the wings were cut from Vintage Cream felt using the Limitless Layers 2 1/4" Oval die collection, and the belly of the owl uses that very same die and is stamped using the Background Basics: Rainbows set to mimic feathers dressing up his middle using Classic Kraft and Sweet Blush ink. His beak is simple a heart cut from Vintage Cream felt using the Heart Prints die.
In addition to using your dies in different ways, keep in mind that you can use many different mediums too, such as burlap, fabric, felt, vellum, and even little pink t-shirts, too small for your little lady as shown here. Just a simple cotton t-shirt, and look at how fun and ruffled the flower becomes. A new favorite technique of mine. I used Papertrey Ink's Beautiful Blooms II #1 and Beautiful Blooms II #3 dies here and the Sending You die for the leaves.
Stretch your dies by using the negative spaces as well as the positive. I am crazy for this trend right now and wanted to try my hand at it, so I used the Modern Alphabet die on this tag cut using the Fillable Frames #9 die and Vintage Cream cardstock. I simply placed the letters where I wanted them on my tag and ran them through my die cut machine, and instantly loved the results...no embellishing required when something turns out looking this cute. The sentiment was stamped in Classic Kraft ink using the Little Bitty Bird Additions stamp set, and I tied in the green used on this project by stamping a Spring Moss heart on a die using the Heart-2-Heart #3 stamp set and coordinating die.
How about a quick tutorial and I'll show you how simple this project can be? I changed the colors up a bit using the Green Boutique paper pack, just to show you how irresistible these are when finished and to encourage you to mix in your own favorite colors and patterns.
Choose your base color/pattern and use the Shape Up Series: Onesie die.
Trace a straight line from the tip of both shoulders down to the armpit and cut off both sleeves.
Use your Limitless Layers 2 1/4" Oval die to trace a curve across the bottom of the Onesie die trimming off the bottom.
Can you see the owl taking shape?
Using the Limitless Layers 2 1/4" Oval die, cut one Vintage Cream felt oval.
Cut the oval in half forming two wings.
Cut a second oval from cardstock and stamp using the Background Basics: Rainbows stamp set and your choice of ink. I used Aqua Mist and Spring Moss on his belly here. I coated it with white glitter after to add a little sparkle and on the original owl shown above, the belly was coated using Mica Flakes.
Adhere the wings to the sides of the owl and trim off the excess. Machine stitch down the sides if desired.
Add a heart cut from Vintage Cream felt using the Heart Prints die.
Next, add two Fine Linen buttons for eyes in slightly different sizes.
Top with smaller Aqua Mist button eyes tied with button twine.
Four layers of ruffled blossoms cut from assorted flower dies mentioned above.
Layered together with felt leaves and a Fine Linen button to finish.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!