When you see something you like, do you analyze and over analyze and then find out it is gone when you go back to get it? That would be me- usually. This time I actually ordered from an ad that popped up on Facebook and I am delighted with this die I purchased through inloveartshop.com. Take a look see:
You are looking at a base of Pretty Peacock, with a die cut fancy layer of Just Jade and cut outs from a sea themed 6 X 6 retired DSP (designer series paper) from Stampin’ Up! and embellishments of Sea Glass. The right front side has a strip of the DSP with a greeting from the Veritcal Greetings Stampin’ Up! set. The inside left has a strip of the DSP and a stamp from Happy Hedgehogs. The right side uses the Stampin’ Up! Friends are Like Seashells stamp set with the Seaside Seashells Die and hybrid Embossing Folder. The die does the cutting as the folder embosses in one run through the Big Shot. I cut an extra shell and stamped a greeting on it, adhering it amongst the other shells.
Let’s take another look at the Kokorosa die. It comes with all the pieces attached with little bitty bits of the metal. You need one of the little metal cutters to cut them apart – or a husband like my Paul who cut them apart and then used his grinder to make sure there were no sharp edges. He is so handy and can fix just about anything! Thanks, Paul.
BUT- before you cut the dies apart you want to run your cardstock through to cut out all the pieces. There are layering pieces and inside pieces; those little layering pieces give you perfect placement for the inside pieces.
Okay, Sal, let’s try some pictures.
This is the die set after Paul so carefully removed the metal connecting pieces.
I die cut it with the Just Jade before Paul cut the dies apart and I had the outer background piece that you see in the top picture and then lots of puzzle pieces-
-a piece for each of the outside borders, and then a piece for each inside die cut.
You could do puzzle piecing and use a different color for the border pieces and then die cut your inside pieces from another color, but I just layered the main background die cut piece on the base of Pretty Peacock and then die cut different scenes from the DSP. What saved me much fiddling, in getting the inside DSP pieces perfectly lined up, was placing the border pieces in the cut out section and then adhering the DSP inside the border. I didn’t even need to glue the border pieces temporarily; the main background cutout kept the border in place, then I removed the border and had a perfectly aligned piece of DSP. I saved those border pieces to use each time I make a card with these dies.
Notice – look back at the first picture – the main background piece in Just Jade fits nicely top to bottom but does not go equally to the edges left to right. In the future I would adhere the background piece close to the left side and either cut off the right side front base, or do as I did here but with a larger strip of DSP for the vertical greeting.
Now that I have taken my Stampin’ Up! blinders off and have allowed myself to use other companies products, it is like a whole new world of crafting.
No, indeed, Sal! Stampin’ Up! has some amazing products like what I have used on this card, but I am purging to eliminate stamps that I don’t see me using in the future.
Thank you to everyone who has been purchasing items from my stamp stash. Check out the Bake Sale tab here on the blog to see what is left. I listed 67 sets on Saturday and have sold over half of them. Several are still pending payment so I won’t remove them from the BAKE SALE until I receive payment. We call that NIL in the online shopping world. NIL means Next In Line so if someone doesn’t pay the NIL person gets notified. It works really well. People change their mind or find a better deal and then the NIL has a chance to purchase your set.
SAL, Smile A Little and Share A Lovely find