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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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Thursday, 22 April 2010

Tippy Thursday - Nestabilities Big Scallop Square Dies

After such a busy day yesterday blogging, I thought I had better get back to the Cupboard to check the shelves!  Now what can I share with you today?

On my desk yesterday I had a new set  of the Big Square Scallop Large dies from Spellbinders....when I get new dies my head goes into over-drive....I could do this...I could do that....but what about....I'm sure this happens to you too!  In the end I thought - use the shape to make a shaped card.  Sounds logical and I have done this before with circles, but this time I used the die differently.....

Cut two of the largest dies and emboss the edges.  This shape lends itself to embossing with a embossing pen, you just hold the pen upright and push and drag the pen  into the curves.  Tip:  Always rub the  pen on a candle first it - then it glides better!  I know there are others ways to grease the pen, but I perfer this....

now you make a score line on the back piece of your card

and with double sided tape join the two together

You now have a 4" x 4" scalloped shaped card. 

In the past I have cut shaped cards by placing one edge of the shape slightly over the centre fold, but think this idea, which I saw Dawn Bibby use on her last CD, much better.  When I use someone else's idea, I like to give credit where due, so thanks Dawn for the tip. 

This size card makes a nice thank you, a gift card, a just to say card.  The smaller dies could be useful in scrapping as mats, embellishments, or journal notes.  Endless possibilities AND, not to be forgotten is that although they are a Big Scallop die - they do match your Classic Squares and Classic or Petite Scallops. 

Now all I have to do is decorate my card!  See you tomorrow. Have a nice day!


Scrapcat 1 said...

Thanks for the inspiration I have some cards to make so I think I might try this today.

PepPop said...

Thanks for the tip. I must try this out. Jaqui x

hyper_ni said...

Thanks so much for this, I love all your hints and tips and as I have just bought these dies myself I will definitely be trying this out later! :) You're fab ikki!

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing that Ikki - i;d have done the older technique of cutting above the fold like I did for the easter cards you put in your followers gallery.

Love the look of those large scallop squares - my next purchase???

Paula x x x

Christine said...

Great idea ikki will have to give this a try, thanks for the inspiration..

Hgs Christine xx

Judith said...

Thanks for the tip, my pen often slips when embossing. Looking forward to seeing what you do with your scalloped card.

Unknown said...

Brilliant Eileen, can't wait to see it decorated!


Bettythebaglady said...

Ikki have you tried the other thing and that's joining them at the corner to make a skewiffy card as per my little piccy. Gives a whole new compositional angle.Hugs Betty

Nessie said...

Ikki, I have seen this tip before - but with a circle punch. It works as well and looks fantastic! Have a nice day,
Nessie from Scotland