Friday 13 July 2012

Friday Die Day!

Hello friends
Yes - it's that time of the week again when I explore the wonderful world of Spellbinders dies!
I'm going to ignore it is Friday the 13th and be positive all day!
This week, as birds have featured a great deal on my blog(!!) 
I thought I would go with Bird Sanctuary.
With this set you receive four die templates.
I've chosen to cut/emboss the bird cages using Precious Metal Craft Foils.
I think this really makes the cages looks realistic.
Here are the birds - cut/embossed and stencilled.
Now here is a little idea, try sanding the foil to reveal the silver beneath....
It adds an aged burnished look, if you happen to flatten your foil die cut when sanding (I tend to do this a little too vigorously at times!) just pop it back into the die template and run it through again with your tan mat and embossing plate, it pops the detail straight back in.
You can then add different colour onto the sanded areas using distress inks.
Also, don't forget to look at your 'fall out' pieces from the dies -
these look like beautiful hearts that you can re-use.
Oh look - the tags are back! 
I have stamped the background, inked the edges, adhered a tiny bit of sticky lace and some gingham ribbon.
I've chosen to use the smaller sanded birdcage and the little bird, inked a little more and added a beady eye! 
I've put my bird outside the cage...don't like seeing birds inside cages.
And a close up too...
Have a great weekend everyone - I'm going to be sorting lots of crafty items and planning...
more photos coming soon.
Take care.


Unknown said...

Hi Christine, what a great set of dies. I have not really looked at them as ones I would use but again you have shown an insight ino how useful they could be. Love the tag.


nattyboots said...

Hi Christine a great tutorial as always and i have to say i just love that tag and the way you have done the cage and the bird they just pop right off the card , very cleaver indeed .

Enjoy your weekend but do try to get a rest in between your work load eh ?

Take Care Elaine H X

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Great tutorial as always. Very pretty tag.
Never though of buying these dies as I did not think I would have use of them maybe I'll change my mind.
Enjoy your sorting, bet you find stash that you had forgotten about.
Have a good weekend.

Jenny L said...

Hi Christine,
spellbinders dies are so versatile, quite often you can use the pieces that are left when you've cut out an item. I use mine all the time, keep them in a tin for future use. Some of the small pieces make lovely borders round frames of photos or pictures. Gives them a lace effect too. Wonderful tag by the way, really like the bird theme this week. Have a great crafty and sunny day I hope everyone.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

melanie said...

this die must go on my wish list Melanie

Carole Z said...

Hi Christine...super tag! I love this die & use it a lot...the metals were a recent discovery for me & they are fab! Carole Z x

nmty said...

Hi Christine, great tutorial, I really like the metal craft foils, will definately have to get some of these.

Enjoy your weekend.
lv norma

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Oooh Christine another die set I have and now you have given me inspiration to get it out! I must get some of that foil!!! Have a great weekend - I know what you will be doing xx

hazel young said...

Hi Christine ive had these ides on my wish list since they were launched, but i never seem to have enough pennies as spellbinders are always coming up with new ones xx hazel

Astrid Maclean said...

Great tag and just love the sanded effect on the cage!

Sarah said...

Morning! Lovely ideas...I like the bird outside the can choose to go in or not!!
My daughter was born on Friday 13th so she thinks its a special an unofficial birthday! She tells me there are 4 Friday 13ths this year and they're all 13 weeks apart!!

Redanne said...

Thank you so much Christine, wonderful tutorial and love that sanding. Great inspiration! Hope the craft space is still dry.......crafty hugs, Anne x

Sarah said...

Hi Christine! Beautiful tag!

Sarah x

Disco Queen said...

Hi Christine, thanks for the tip on putting the foil back in the die & re-embossing if sanded too vigorously. It's like you have been watching me in my craft room. Great tag. Loving the bird houses. Have a great day.

Sue Yorkshire said...

Lovely tutorial Christine, thanks for the tips about sanding foil and re embossing

Sue xxx

Planetsusie said...

I love your tag Christine, especially the fact that the bird is outside of the cage - I'm with you on that one!! I think the colours are brilliant and love the bit of gingham. I have some of the metals ....... now where did I put them?????

Please be careful when moving your stuff in the studio - I have just hurt my back doing the very same thing in my craft room.

Hugs Sue P xx (on my purple laptop)LOL

Craftychris said...

This is a fabulous tutorial, thank you! I have looked at this die set and wasn't sure but now I am converted! I neeeed it! Your tag is wonderful xx

Cazann49 said...

Hi Christine..Well you are a great advert for SPellbinders!!..I would never have bothered with these dies but seeing the way you've used them (& a great tutorial by the way)I will have to add them to my wish list..:) Have a great pls of your Craft Studio soon..:)..xx

Teresa said...

I love your friday die days!! So cute and I adore this cute little tag you did today too... Have a wonderful and hopefully sunny? weekend!

The Scrapbook Lady UK said...

Great dies. Love what you did with them! jenx

LisaK said...

Fabulous samples and dies. Agree that the craft metal really gives a great look to the cages.
Thanks and enjoy your weekend Christine :o)

Linda (Lindyloo) said...

Hello Christine,
First please accept my apologies for my absence of late. After I had done the bulk of the reorganising at home, my bad throat and cough turned into a chest infection. The doctor has now put me strong antibiotics so I should be on the mend very soon now, so I am taking this resting time to try and catch up with my favourite peeps.
You have been so busy since my last visit. BIG CONGRATULATIONS on the studio and I wish you every success and happiness with it. I know how fabulous I felt just having the spare bedroom turned into my craftroom, so you must be 'Dancing on the ceiling' as the enigmatic Lionel Richie would sing!!
I adore the tag today, and the tips are most welcome. I love so much to learn new things everyday and your blog certainly helps me in that department. Thank you.
Well I must go now, I have bent your ear enough. Take care and again I wish for you only good things with the studio.
Big Hugs Linda xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine,
Love the Friday Die day tutorial. Very on trend, I'm loving the fact that you have made another of your stunning Tags, thank you.
Have a lovely weekend, lets hope the weather is kinder to us all.
B.W. Carolyn x.

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine. I am a little late today but I have been very busy.
Today's tutorial is excellent and I really like the tag. Thank you. x.

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