Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I wanted to share a technique that I came up with that gets more from your dies. We are calling it the Kiss Cut technique over at Sparkle N Sprinkle.
This card uses the Sizzix Inksheets Transfer pad for the way it was planned but you can also use this transfer pad for the Sparkle N Sprinkle's Kiss Cut technique using Tear-ific Tape and glitters. This is how it works:
Apply a piece of 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape to a piece of white cardstock and then using the die cut (I'm using Memory Box Dainty Poppies here) run it through the embossing machine using the sandwich that Demo Donna does in the video. This way the machine will just cut through the protective backing of the Tear-ific Tape (which is what you want) and not cut completely through the cardstock too. On my machine I can use the normal cutting plates, if it is cutting too far (through your cardstock too) just place a card shim on top of the adhesive sheet. It will cut through the card and then just "kiss cut" the tape. I've found that the calibration of each machine is different.
Using an exacto knife or other piercing tool, remove the outline first. It's best to work from the darkest colored glitters through the lightest ones - so as not to contaminate the lighter shades. So I started with Gypsy Red (for the flowers), followed by Luau Green (for the stems) and then Orange Tiger and Daisy (for the petals).
Remove the background protective layer and apply Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter to the entire background. Your piece is then ready to be die cut. I used Spellbinder's Mega Oval die.
Now on to the background. So this is what the Transfer Inksheets Pad was initially purposed for, but who doesn't like tools that are "ambidextrous"! So place the gold Sizzix Ink Sheet (shiny side up) on top of the black cardstock. Run through your machine as indicated. I did this process a few times to get the effect I was going for to get my background. It's a great way to get use from your dies other than just cutting. Looks like a stamp - but it is from a die! Very cool.
Using the same die as the focal image, I used the same die as a "stamp" with the gold Ink sheet on the black background. Once I had "stamped" it five times, I then attached the poppy oval to the card front and tied the yellow bow (made using my new Craft-Dee BowZ) around the bottom of the cardstock.
Also, take a look at another blogger friend, Kathi Jo, (tell her I sent you!) who extends the use of dies even further by using your dies with ink pads. This gives you an unlimited color range, instead of just the five colors that are available in the sheets.
My card base was distressed with Versamark and then Gold Detail embossing powder before the card front was layered to it. Hope you've enjoyed your visit here today! While you're waiting on the turkey to cook or "settle" down - take a quick run to your stamping room and give this technique a try.