Thursday, December 8, 2011

Simple Snowflake Swirl Card

I have been buying some of the intricate and delicate dies from Memory Box.  When I visit my local shop one or two seem to hop into my shopping  basket!

With my weakness for snowflakes, it was only a matter of time before I bought this "Frosty Border" die.  These dies come packaged in paper envelopes to make them easy to file and store.

The dies are steel and they cut a very fine and detailed image.  The pressure of cutting also gives that slightly rounded edge that you only don't get with an electronic cutter.

With such a thin and delicate cut, it could be difficult to apply adhesive.  I used the LetraTac adhesive that I have written about before - it is perfect for this sort of image (click HERE to see the older post).  You just lift the protective sheet and place the image on the adhesive page, then replace the sheet and use the yellow tool to burnish the die cut on the adhesive.

Here you can see the image on the adhesive sheet after burnishing.

After I removed the die cut from the sheet you can see the shape where the adhesive was transferred.

This image is so lovely I decided to make a very simple card to highlight the intricate cut.  The card base is American Crafts specialty cardstock in a silk texture.  The swirl was cut from DCWV glitter cardstock.

To add more sparkle, I placed various sizes of clear gem stickers along the cut.  These make the sparkly cut even more special.

This could be used as it is for a notecard or invitation.   The image works in any direction - I like the windswept effect when it is used on a vertically folded card.  You could also add a sentiment to the front but I like the simplicity of just having the swirl on the card front.

You can see more of the dies that are available on the Memory Box website  (just click the words to go to the site).

I made some more progress yesterday on getting the house ready for Christmas.  It was pouring rain all day so it was easy to stay home and work - the only problem was that rainy days make me sleepy!  We may have snow today - the rain is supposed to change over and some areas will see some accumulation.  Please be careful if you have slippery weather!

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  1. Diane,
    I love the cards and this product. I also love snowflakes.......Have a great Thursday........

  2. This is beautiful! It looks like you stitched it on the card. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love Memory Box products too. I took a class at my LSS with the owner of Memory Box and he is such a down to earth guy which to me makes his products more impressive.

  4. i love dies as well. i'll be looking for this one.

  5. So very pretty.
    Linda in Stanwood

  6. Snowflakes are always so interesting... and pretty. so how do you use the die, do you just put it on the paper and pound it down? lol. seems like it would be hard to remove that paper from the "mama" paper w/o tearing it.?

  7. I too thought you had embroidered it on the card. Love it!


  8. This is the most beautiful swirl. Makes such an intricate card design. Enjoy the snow if you get it. Hard to believe we have had 2 measurable snows already here in West Tennessee. Just my luck I had to work both days.

  9. I also love snowflakes! This die is gorgeous and your card is fabulous! A friend of mine forwarded your link, I'll be following!

    If you don't mind, I have a question about these dies. I just received my order and am having trouble with the dies, how do you get them to cut and then emboss? When I tried, my snowflakes fell off :-( Appreciate any advice you can give.

    Antonella :-)

  10. Very elegant, Diane. In the photo, it looks like embroidery ;- ) I get sleepy on those rainy days too, ha ha ;- ) Drive carefully when you go out.


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