Hi, Thanks for dropping by.

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!

In the Cupboard you will find ideas, news, tips and techniques to help you get more from this fab little machine. So come in - join the fun and Cuttle with me!

Monday, 2 August 2010

Crafts too You - Joy Craft

I have been playing with my C2U Christmas Greetings folder again.

I found that it embossed on various weights of cardstock successfully.  I also embossed on thin paper and this was okay (see red above), but I would suggest putting a piece of scrap paper over your paper to avoid risking the fibres breaking.  It is possible to cut out the greetings, and if the size is to big.....you can cut them down and replace the lines using your scoreboard - I did this on the gold tag above.

Now I had a gold tag - what to do with it?  Well I found in the cupboard (as  you do) sometimes (ah ah) a die that I'd just had to buy and never used....

it's from Joy Crafts.

Some of the dies on the market although lovely, are a bit fiddly to stick on your project, so I use the same method I use for cutting alphabets
and stick double sided tape on the back of my card before cutting.


Another tip:  If you are having problems removing the cut from the die you can use wax paper when cutting, or I have found this works okay and that is to rub a candle over the die, then with a cloth buff (perhaps polish is a better word) the die. 

I thought to fancy up my greeting (and to echo another element on the card) I'd combine the two and.....

this is how they look together. 

At this point this is all I can reveal....it's part of a card for EIDT....the rest will follow shortly.
I'm finding this DT business very inspiring at a time when I needed something to stimulate my mojo, and although it seems that I'm not posting ideas for you, I'm actually doing a lot of interesting crafting working on new stamps soon to be launched.  As you know I've always liked EI stamps, but the new ones are pushing me out of my comfort zone and I'm loving it and can't wait to share them with you.  

Back soon, enjoy your day!


Annie said...

Love those embossed Christmas greetings - must watch out for that folder.
A couple of tips that might work for you - I've found them great. I use a putty rubber to remove tight fitting die cuts. Push the rubber onto the cut piece and gentle pull. This usually releases the die cut enough to get a bit to hold and pull. As for sticking fine die cuts borders ect I use a some stuff that I can't remember the name of at the moment but it's made by Scapbook Adhesives.
Ann xxx

Scrapcat 1 said...

Oh can't wait to see what the new stamps are and your fabulous cards, thanks for the tip about the double sided tape on the card before cutting my alphabet dies, I didn't think of that, love the die you rediscovered and I think I need that folder.

craftimamma said...

I've discovered another lovely advantage of being on the DT Ikkie. I get to be one of the first to see all the lovely things you make and then wait in anticipation to see everyone else's reaction.

I haven't seen this one yet though but thanks for the die cutting tips.

Lesley Xx

Stampersue said...

Hi ikki

My new Christmas Greetings folder has arrived and I am about to play with it. Thanks for the hints about removing the cut dies from the die - I have a couple that I struggle with and will try next time.


Phree said...

Thanks for that tip on waxing the dies, I must admit I have been a bit wary of invsting in dies that have solid backs and no release foam. I like the way you used it to enhance your embossed greeting.

Jules said...

Hi Ikki

What a brilliant post - thank you for that.

Only just found you but will be following from now on so I don't miss anything!

Have a good day.

Love Jules xx

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Hi Ikki, I haven't seen these brand of folders - I will have to do a search for them.
I was wondering (in thinking about the fibres breaking when embossing on thin paper), that I have the same problem with fibres breaking on cardstock when I emboss with Sizzix Textured Impressions ef's in my CB - these folders are a bit thicker than CB ef's. Do you have any suggestions as to what I can do to stop this from happening?

PepPop said...

Thanks for the tip, I've never thought of using a candle before. I think I might have to buy that folder, it looks great. Thanks for all your help. Jaqui x

Pink Room Therapy Designs said...

Wonderful tip about putting tape on the back before cutting! Thank you for that!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Love the look of those embossing folders. I love what you've done with the greeting :-)
Anne xx