Hello Poppy Peeps!
Do y'all remember in February when I went a *little* overboard with my projects using the Penelope Pinpoint Frame Craft Die from the Poppystamps February 2022 Release. Well, this is Part 2! And I have 3 cards for you today!
Card 1: The Foiled!
So, I recently purchased some iCraft Deco Foil Transfer Gel DUO by Thermoweb. It's magical! You don't even need a laminator to foil now! All you need is a bottle of this! So, what I did was - cut out a thick piece of card stock with the Penelope Pinpoint Frame Craft Die. I used that diecut as a stencil and spread some of this magical stuff on a piece of white card stock. Then, I let it dry for 3 days. That's right - you read that correctly. 3 days. I live in Southern California, and I know what you're thinking - 3 days is overkill. But trust me on this, let that stuff harden real well before putting it through your laminator / diecutting machine.
Here's what happens if you don't wait 3 days:
Do you believe me now? The above is a result of me waiting overnight.
After that happened up there, I wised up and decided to be patient this time, waited 3 days (honestly, I forgot about it, and happened to walk by where it was set to dry and then remembered!) and then ran it through my die cutting machine with a piece of foil paper and look how pretty it turned out!
When you use foil, it pretty much does all the work for you. So, all I did (or wanted to do because anything else would take away from the gorgeousness of the foil) is die cut some white card stock with the Freestyle Hugs Craft Die and stacked them together, and topped it off with the same die cut but with some silver foiled card stock from the Vintage Pastel Mirror card stock pack. I used vellum to cut the shadow and used it behind the Hugs sentiment.
I also wanted some added dimension so I propped up the panel on some foam, and backed it with more of the same silver foiled card stock so that it matches the sentiment and ties it all together.
Also, full disclosure... As is with all the cards I make / get, I have a tendency to see how it feels and I put my fingers on top of the foiled piece. So, you may see some ridges here and there. Don't be alarmed, they're just my fingerprints. My recommendation is to try to beat the temptation of touching the shiny goodness, no matter how good you think it might feel. (Because I assure you - it does.)
Before we move onto the next card, if you don't have the Thermoweb Duo Transfer Gel, you can get approximately the same effect by applying some deco-foil to a piece of card stock with some double sided adhesive on it (or just some specialty foiled card stock from one of the paper pads that Poppystamps offers), and then diecutting it with the Penelope Pinpoint Frame die. I personally loved the effect of the texture paste with foiling on top, but I wanted to offer some additional suggestions on how you can achieve a similar look.
Onto the next card!
Card # 2: The Shaker!
I don't believe this die was ever meant to make shaker cards, but I had an idea and had to try it! So, I cut out 10 of these panels and stacked them on top of each other (with an acetate layer at the top). I had to do that in order to create deep enough wells. In retrospect, I should have taken some fun foam and cut out 2 layers instead of 10 with regular card stock, but as my adorable mom (for whom English is a second language) says, "Blind sight is 20/20". I had some fall colored seed beads and I filled them diagonally. When I envisioned this card, I knew I wanted to add the seed beads. I somehow remember the beads being smaller, so I thought there would be a lot of shaking and sound. But the size was fairly large compared to the size of the diamonds in the die, so I could only fill a few seed beads in each well.
Oh, side note - I could have used Darice Foam Strips instead of layering so many layers, but I didn't have foam tape that was as thin as the outer frame, so had to layer it. But if I were to do this again, I'd go with the 2 layers of fun foam.
Either way, I managed to fill each well with enough seed beads for shaking + showing enough of the color, so here's what I ended up with:
I used the Playful Thank You craft die to cut and stack up 4 layers together. For the the top layer - I used the Black Glossy Paper Pack so that it stands out on the card, and that was it. The end result was a pretty hefty card that'll need lots of extra postage, but I think it turned out nice, so totally worth it!
Next up is my favorite of these three cards!
Card #3: The Trellis! (I couldn't think of a better name for this one)
So, for this card, I thought I'd use the die cut as a trellis! Originally I planned to have some ribbon / twine / strings intertwined around the die cut, but I didn't have the materials. So, I decided to use the smallest flower from the Potpourri Flowers Die cut out of the blue foiled card stock in the the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad and place them along the intersections of the dotted lines of the background die.
I also had some white pearls which I colored using a copic marker, and used them along some of the intersections as well. Some of the white pearls - I put at the centers of the flowers. It took a while to cut out all the little flowers, but these flowers are so adorable, it was totally worth it!
I used the Freestyle Hugs craft die to cut out the sentiments with white card stock, and layered them on top of each other for dimension. Then, I used some silver foiled card stock from the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad as the top layer. I used Vellum to cut out the shadow of the sentiment.
I mounted the panel on a top folding A2 card base and that was it!
So, that was all the ideas I've had so far on how to use the Penelope Pinpoint Frame Craft Die.
Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Please do let us know! We love to hear from you! Thank you for sticking with me through the end of this very long post! Do let me know in the comments if you'd like to see even more ways to use the Penelope Pinpoint Frame Craft Die! Although, full disclosure - there's a new release coming up and it's awesome, so it may be a while before I come back to playing with this background die again!