Friday, September 18, 2015

MFT Superstar! Card Contest Entry 5

This is my last entry for the contest. Fingers crossed! MFT has a crap load of product that I would love to own!
I basically layered a whole bunch of MFT dies for this card- the stitched background, stitched circle frame, and the window pane looking element is from the Die-namics Blueprint #20, it is the quilt looking die. I just took the quilt parts out.
I wanted to show a technique I use quite a bit with label shapes. Cut both ends off at equal lengths:
Round the bottom corners of the cut ends- and the top corners of the larger intact piece.
Stamp a sentiment, and then layer the parts back together using cut pop-dots and offsetting the pieces slightly.
Then it takes the look of a waving banner. :)
Here is a closer look at all of the layers:

MFT Superstar! Card Contest Entry 4

This card was a fun one- I took some creative liberty with the dies.
I used a Die-namics Stitched Frame that was cut (where the brads are) to make it shorter. I didn't want the frame to fill the whole card. I embossed the corners of the frame to make it appear mitered.
I cue Die-namics High Rise Alphabet from Tim Holtz Metallic Core to make the hanging zinc-looking letters.
Here is a closer look:
I also used a Blueprints kit for the stitched background piece and the bottom border.
Here is a tip whenever using border dies.
Dies tend to slip even when used on a magnetic platform. Nothing drives me crazier than a crookedly cut die!
I frequently use washi tape to hold dies in place.
It runs easily through die cut machines, and the low tack of the tape makes it easy to pull back up without damaging the surface underneath.
Perfectly positioned border die! And the bonus? The tape also picked up the tiny perforated dots that were cut. :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

MFT Superstar! Card Contest Entry 3

This card utilizes: MFT Square Stitched Frame Dies, Die-namics Heart Border die and Blueprints No. 20 stitched border. Core'dinations Tim Holtz Metallic Core cardstock.

One of my favorite techniques is using silver metallic cardstock, and using black ink to give it a pewter look. This card looks like it was stamped out of sheet metal. This card came together super fast- but it looks sophisticated and a little masculine, no?

A closer look:
I love how the black ink got right down into the "stitched" areas of the square frame die.

MFT Superstar! Card Contest Entry 2

This card utilizes: MFT Die-namics Stitched Rectangle Frames, Die-namics Button Quartet, Various Flower Dies, Core'dinations Pearl, Glittersilk and Core Couture cardstocks.

I cut an MTF stitched banner out of vellum for the title and hand wrote the sentiment. Clearly I need stamps in my life, hence my entries into this contest! :)

A closer look:
I am loving the glitter, pearl and metallic papers. They cut like butter with MFT dies. Again- notice the faux stitching on the rectangle border and vellum label die!

MFT Superstar! Card Contest Entry 1

This card utilizes: MTF Blueprints Stitched Rectangle from set 20, Die-namics Peek-a-boo Trio, Die-namics Tag Talk, Die-namics Flower and Leaf Trio, Die-namics Button Quartet and Core'dination Cardstock and vellum.

A closer look:
I like the look of stitching on my cards, and I did stitch the vellum three hole border. But- if you will look closely at the border of the card overlay, the "stitched" areas are die cut! You can't tell the difference! This is the main reason I fell in love with MTF dies. For the faux stitched look. So long, sewing machine, with your temperamental tension and thread that runs out in the middle of projects.