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My name is Eileen but to friends in the card making world I'm known as 'ikki'. (which is pronounced I-KEY) From where or how this came about I'm not sure - it just got shorten from my original craft name of Ikemo by various friends along my crafting way! I started crafting whilst recouperating from an accident, and from my first attempts with peeloffs and paint - I was hooked! Now my passion is my BUG! and now BEADING!

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Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Thoughts on Tuesday - Label 4 Nestabilitie Dies

Do you play with your crafting goodies and then do nothing with them?  I do this experimenting a lot with distress inks and stamping...and then after playtime they seem just bits of coloured card with no where to go!  So, what to do with them???? I save them for?!?!?. And, I admit I have a box full just waiting there.....sometimes I look in the box take them out, and then....put them back.  However, today when I was thinking I must start a card for a vey special person in my life who has a birthday this week,  and looking for inspiration - but finding none..out came my box of bits...and PING...I found something...
This was a scrap  left from a gone wrong card, which I'd coloured with various distress inks and stamped with an image from Sheena Douglas' Birds and Swirls set (Creative Expressions).  The Labels 4 Nestabilies die may a great shape round the stamping.  So......

after cutting and embossing the edges

Sandwich for embossing:
A / die with card inside cut side up / tan mat / 2 shims (check your machine you may only need 1) / 2 B plates

To lift the edges of the die cut, I inked with DI's and then emboss with a clear embossing powder.  The sentiment, which I also embossed, is from the same set of stamps.

This is one piece of card that I'm pleased I didn't throw away!

Now all I have to do is finish my card. 

See you tomorrow at WOYWW. 


Merry said...

That certainly must be a special someone with that saying. What a beautiful start to your card.

Julia Dunnit said...

Fab result Ikki. The 'and now what' part of the nking spritzing thing is sort of why I don't do it... I think!

PeeJay said...

That is lovely Ikki. Look forward to seeing the completed card.

Just one tip I've picked up along the way and thought I'd pass on. I don't use shims in my embossing. I use double thickness tan mat (I bought a 12x12 sheet and cut myself several different sizes). It's more forgiving than card shims and lessens the worry about whether you've got the right thickness or not.


A truly beautiful work of art for your card Ikki. Love the heartfelt sentiment - it fits the image perfectly.
Sylvia xx