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Friday, 11 May 2012

Friday Die-Day!

Hello friends,
Friday here and I think we've come to know what that means...
yes it's Die-Day.  Today, upon Susan Flynn's request, I am featuring Aster Flower Topper.
With this lovely flower you receive four dies.
 This is how they look cut and embossed.
 Once you remove them from the die template, tweak the inner leave sections upwards.
 To avoid squashing those leaves down, use foam pads to stack them, this allows extra space.

This is one stacked with foam pads, I reckon there's plenty of tweaking I could still do! 

 A side shot of the pretty flower...
 Now for some different ideas with this die template....
try creating the flower from old book pages...
 Stencilling through the die with distress ink...
Stacking with foam pads...now if I had paid more attention to my book pages I'm sure I could have selected nicer wording...!  Thank you Mr Charles Dickens...!  
 Another idea to alter your Aster Flower is to spritz it with mist, I've chosen blue to start with...
 Adding red..because it looked a little too blue!
I get carried away with misting...
 When dry you get to see the pretty glimmer.
 And how about stacking a Bauble Blossom on top...
very red, white and blue!  
There is something so satisfying about creating your own flower embellishments and, as mentioned before, paper is just the start...try other mediums, felt, fabric, acetate, cork and more...
Thank you all for popping by for my Die-Days..I'm really enjoying putting these together.
Remember to mention/email me any die requests for Friday Die-Day,
I'm making notes and I promise to get to them all.
Take care friends.

34 comments:

Missmizog said...

Hi Chrstine
Thank you so much. Loads of ideas now.
Sue

scottish crafter said...

Hi Christine, Have just bought these dies and made my first card. Your ideas for layering them up makes a more dramatic effect, will be incorporating that today in my next attempt.

Just love Die Friday.

Wilma

Janice said...

Thanks Christine for another brilliant 'die-day'! It's certainly a great way to see how the dies work, and I love your examples!
Janice x

Elizabeth said...

Good morning Christine, what another wonderful tutorial on these very pretty dies. Thanks for showing us ways of creating different looks with them too. Brilliant. You have a wonderful creative mind and you are so generous in sharing your expertise with us. Thank you.
Elizabeth x

Linda said...

What a lovely flowers, I love the idea to use an old book, very beautiful
hugs Linda

Lucycat said...

Really lovely flowers and a great tutorial. Thank you so much. x.

Chloe's Nan said...

Hi Christine, great tutorial thank you. I've been pondering about buying these dies for a while but me thinks I now have to have them.....x

hazel said...

Morning Christine thanks for all the imspiration for the die fridays love them xx hazel

Lydia Jordan said...

Morning Christine,
This is a die that I have been pondering as to buy or not to buy.
Now I know that I need it. Love you ideas on the different materials, got me thinking.
Thanks for another great die day.
I have the daisy die which I have used a lot but would like your take on it as well.
Have a good weekend.
Lydia
X

Maggie said...

Gorgeous dies more for the wish list... love to make my own flowers. Loving Friday Die Days Christine thanks for sharing :)

Maggie**

Julia Watts said...

What a pretty set of dies! love, Julia xxx

Susan Flynn said...

Wow brilliant Christine thank you so much! I was so pleased to see it was these dies this morning. Thanks for the inspiration and the use of foam dots - simple idea and so effective (if its so simple why didn't I think of it then???!!). Looking forward to getting them out next week and having a play. Hugs Susan x

Carole Z said...

Thanks for 'die-day' Christine...I was so glad I bought this die recently, it makes gorgeous flowers! Carole Z X

nattyboots said...

Its wonderful that you are explaining the dies for us Christine ,these seem to be so versatile and i just love the dickens flower . thank you . Elaine H X

occasionali said...

Thanks for your ideas Chritine. Stcking with foam pads is a brilliant tip which makes the flowers more dimensional. Maureen

Bea said...

great tutorial Christine - when I saw those dies I must admit they dodn't jump out at me like some of the others but your tutorial and the result you showed has made me rethink.

Ali W said...

Flowers are gorgeous, like the old book idea, only trouble is, I love books and would hate to cut one up. Oh well I suppose there always newspapers! Ha ha! Fri die day is a brill idea, so informative thx Alson :)

Ita said...

Hi Christine thank you for doing this it is a great idea and an inspiration for all of us,so Friday Die day is fantastic
Smiles
Ita

Sue Yorkshire said...

Another fantastic die-day

These flowers look really lovely the way you have done them. Love the book idea - wonder how cut up mags would look hmmmm....

Sue xxx

Craftychris said...

Fabulous tutorial, thank you. I have several old books to use for craft - I must choose the wording carefully - a couple are old crime books! (they are falling to pieces otherwise I wouldn't use them for craft, I would have passed them on) xx

LisaK said...

Another fab tutorial. It's really helpful to see these dies cut out Christine. Thanks also for the inspiration. But not sure I can forgive you for cutting out pages from a Dickens classic lol!

Redanne said...

Fabulous Christine, it is so interesting to see how many different ways to use the dies and despite the Dickens wording that flower is my favourite. This morning I opened up my new copy of Cardmaking & Papercraft and there you were again! Love your Father's Day ideas and thanks so much for the visit, much appreciated. Crafty hugs, Anne x

Disco Queen said...

Hi Christine, Love the flowers, especially the one made from the old book. It's amazing how many flowers you can get out of a small paperback. To start with I felt guilty that I wasn't taking so many books into my local charity shop for re-sale. But then I found out that many of the old books were not selling well & were ending up at the recycling plant anyway. Now they get a 2nd lease of life before the card recipients recycle them.

Lynn said...

Wow, another set of dies from the C & C POTW.... loving the inspiration. Thank you Lynn xx

Anonymous said...

Love these dies Christine and the Friday tutorials are brilliant. Thanks a bunch for some great inspiration.
V.C.x

Cazann49 said...

Hi Christine, I love the way you've done different things with these dies..:) As others have said, it's great to see them cut and get an idea of what they look like out of the die...Enjoy your day...xx

Debbie Seyer said...

Cool tutorial, Christine!!

Cinders said...

Hi Christine,
Fantastic tutorial and examples of the flowers that can be made. Just brought these and waiting for them to arrive so that i can start playing.
Have a great weekend
Caz x

nmty said...

Hi Christine, a bit later today, but thanks for the great demo, this is really a great showcase for the dies. The samples are fantastic, I never realised the aster flower could be so 3D. Some great ideas for colouring and usuing different mediums. Thanks for the great inspiration.
lv Norma

AnneRD said...

An excellent tutorial as per usual Christine. These are dies that have to go on my wish list. Anne x

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine, I've just purchased the Aster Flower dies and I had'nt thought of '3D'ing' them, so was thrilled to find you had used them for Die Friday today. Love the idea of using print, very vintage/shabby chic. I'm going to leave out the center (daisy style)die and add vintage buttons to mine instead! Lol, Carolynx

Sarah said...

I do like those asters - may have to add them to my wish list!
I do like flower dies.I did have another go with the bauble dies...
this is how they came out...
http://dreamingspires-sarahcostello.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/pretty-in-purple.html
Thanks for your inspiration.

Linda (Lindyloo) said...

Hi Christine,
Lovely idea with the dies, I adore spritzing for adding extra pizzaz and colour layering is fabulous for creating extra depth and lots of definition isn't it.
Hugs Linda x

Crafty Chris said...

This is my all time favourite flower from spellbinders, totally gorgeous.
Chris x

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