Friday 7 February 2014

Friday Die Day

Hello friends
It is Friday Die Day and today I'm featuring Delicate Doilies.

You receive 6 die templates in this set that you can use separately or nest together.
This is how they look cut/embossed.
As you can see they are very intricate so I would recommend waxed paper and
also if you are nesting the dies the Magnetic Placement Mats are a dream.
This week I've decided on a technique tutorial explaining selective die cutting.
It's not a tag nor a card - instead it's an envelope.
They get a little ignored in crafting so I'm helping them out a bit today!
Select an envelope of your choice.
Carefully unseal it, a craft knife is useful for this.
Obviously if you make your own envelopes you can ignore this step.
Open it out fully.
Now here it gets a little tricky but I've placed arrows on my photos to assist.
Place your die template on one of the corners of your envelope
(this is the largest inner die from Delicate Doilies - I am not using the outer shaped die)
You can see I've used waxed paper and also some removable tape (belt and braces!)
This is the image from the other side - you can see how the die overhangs the envelope.
I wanted to cut purely within the main rectangle of the envelope - not on the envelope flaps.
To do this, align the rectangular section of your envelope on the edge of your base plate.
Hoping you can see the blue of the base plate in this picture.  
It should be mentioned that because the flaps and die template overhang the edge
of your base plate you are going to need Junior Plates and insert them in vertically
into your Grand Calibur.
Here you can see how it has cut just within the inner rectangle of the envelope.
Re-seal your envelope - E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips does this speedily.
And this is how your envelope looks once you've placed your card/note inside. 
Isn't that nicer than a plain envelope! 
To dress it up a little more I've created a For You from Labels Four, 
punched a hole and inserted matching coloured twine.
A close up shot.
And another one!
Let's be on a mission to posh up our envelopes!
I've also (with Elliott's help) put together a video detailing today's FDD.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.
Take care friends.


Diane said...

What a lovely idea,

Chris said...

Morning Christine,
Another top tip today, we will all be sending lovely envelopes now, it's so much more interesting than a plain one. Have a lovely Friday and Weekend, it's actually pooring with rain here in Norfolk this morning, but we have got off lightly here, with not too much rain so we can't complain.
Chris X

Sandra Biggs said...

What a fab idea. Another thing to go on my wish list. Have a great day.

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. What a pretty envelope. I often decorate or emboss them but hadn't thought of using dies so thank you for this great idea. Must get the junior plates first though! Hope you have a good weekend : ) Take care.

Maggie Phillips said...

Hi Christine. I love this die set and how you've used it on the envelope~ a great idea! Going to watch Elliott's video now. Take care, love and hugs to you all,
Maggie x

Maggie Phillips said...

Hi Christine. I love this die set and how you've used it on the envelope~ a great idea! Going to watch Elliott's video now. Take care, love and hugs to you all,
Maggie x

Anonymous said...

I like to decorate the envelope as well if time permits, but I hadn't thought of doing that. Looks really effective, will give it a try. JuliaT x

Jane Willis said...

What a gorgeous idea. I love the way it gives a sneak peek at the contents of the envelope

AnneRD said...

A great idea Christine, will have to get a set of Junior plates. It opens up so many possibilities; perhaps cut a set in half to be even more selective in the cutting area. Anne x

Laura O said...

stunning and such a great idea .Laura O

Ann said...

Hi Christine

What a beautiful envelope this creates lovely idea.

Have a good weekend hope the weather is kind to you.

Hugs Annxx

Janice said...

Morning Christine
Great idea, and one that's new to me! I love the die set .there's a surprise!
Great FDD and tutorial, looking forward to giving it
a try 😉
Have a good day.
Janice x

Maggie Phillips said...

Hello again Christine, I've just enjoyed watching the video ~ a brilliant joint effort again! Hugs,
Maggie x

Rosie said...

I haven't yet watched the video, but I really appreciate this FDD with a difference.

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, This is a fabulous idea, thank you for the tip and technique, the video certainly helped me understand how the die didn't cut through the other part of the envelope. and the finished envelope looks stunning.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Elizabeth said...

Absolutely brilliant Christine, wish I had a fraction of your creativity. I agree with you about poshing up envelopes, its a great idea. Loved the video too.
Enjoy your day.
Elizabeth x

hazel young said...

Lovely envelope Christine great VT. Hope you have a fab day xx hazel

hazel young said...

Lovely envelope Christine great VT. Hope you have a fab day xx hazel

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine. I must admit until now I´d never thought about doing anything with envelopes but what a lovely idea. I have to make a couple today as I got carried away with making two cards in strange sizes and haven´t got any envelopes to fit so I´ll be jazzing them up. They are Valentine cards so hearts here we come.
Love Val x

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, such a good idea makes the envelope look stunning very clever love Jean Z xxx

Joan F said...

I just love this idea, you are so inspiring. Thank you. Joan F xxx

Wendy L said...

What a great idea Chritine it looks so effective, xxx

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Christine

What a great idea, I need the junior plates now. I did watch the video last night on FB

Sue xxx

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
What a clever idea, never thought of doing anything like that, but I have stamped or put decorations on before. Loving the dies too.
Have a good day.

Anonymous said...

A marvellous idea. Thanks for sharing.

Phil D

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
Great tutorial,the envelope looks really lovely, such a great idea. Take care. x.

ros hodgkins said...

Hello Christine, I have embossed my envelopes (when I remember) for Birthday cards ect after receiving one from you sometime last year, and they look really special. Great video. I hope you have a great weekend.
X Ros

EmmaT said...

Morning Christine, what a genius idea! I do tart up envelopes but not this way so this is on my to try list thank you. Emma x

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

This looks gorgeous Christine what a smashing idea. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, Susan x

Unknown said...

What a fabulous idea, thanks for the tip :)

Mac Mable said...

What a clever idea. Thanks for showing how to only die cut what you actually want. Was really struggling with this on an envelope. Great tip x

Carolyn H said...

i Christine, I really enjoyed todays FDD. What a great idea to spruce up an envelope.Video was very easy to follow too.
Cold but sunny (that makes a change)here in Worcestershire this morning. Just off to take my pal for a walk,great, no soggy doggy to rub down when we get back!
Take care, love Carolyn

pat s Witney said...

Hi Christine
Another top tip. we all just love. makes an interesting addition to a plain card.

Carole Z said...

Wow Christine, a fabulous idea! Have a super weekend, hugs Carole Z X

SusanP, Kent said...

How lovely - a great way to jazz up an envelope! You certainly know how to showcase a die and this one is very pretty. Weather looking terrible for tomorrow - perhaps an afternoon creating pretty envelopes is 'on the cards'!

Teresa said...

Great idea for the envelopes!! Love it :)

Julie Overby said...

This is fantastic! Love it!

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LoraineC said...

What a clever idea! So pleased Make A Wish came to visit I hope he gets lucky he deserves it xx

Seth said...

What a brilliant and innovative use of the die. Thanks so much Christine!

Margie Higuchi said...

SO clever :)

Anne O said...

Hi Christine
A great idea and so clearly explained. Thank you.
Anne O

Janice said...

Evening Christine, what a nice die and what a lovely idea for the envelope. Will definitely have a go at doing this. Have a good weekend. Janice xx

Nikki Craft said...

love this Christine! The tutorial is more plain envelopes for me :) Love this die by the way x
Hugs Nikki x

Lacelady said...

Interesting technique, I'd never heard of Junior plates, but I think I can make something similar with a corner die! Great idea Christine.

loftylass said...

Hi Christine... excellent video (thank you Elliott) and step by step instructions. I have this die set and not used it yet but I would never of thought of using it this way!! Great idea. tfs
Heather W

Anonymous said...

Fantastic video , well done to you & Elliott hope we get more x

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