I am sharing an easy Christmas project today featuring die cuts. This project is really about looking at the dies you own in a different light. I used six different Thinlit die sets for my Paper Tree. They were already in my collection of dies and maybe in a lot of yours too! Four are Christmas dies, two are not. I chose each die based on shape and scale...and I tested more shapes than I will show in the following process photos. All pieces were cut using Distress Watercolor Cardstock which is nice a thick.
So here are the dies sets that made the last cut:
Mini Christmas Things
Mini Paper Snowflakes
Funky Floral #1
Mini Holiday Greens
This is a list of the dies I used (top to bottom):Mini Christmas Things - I only used the tiny snowflake that is on the die with the cup.
Mini Holiday Greens - four holly leaves + holly branch (I cut this in half to make two pieces)
Funky Floral #1 - smallest flower
Festive Greens - pine + long stem
Mini Paper Snowflakes - 4 of the smallest in the set
Funky Foliage - large flower (bottom left) - I only used the center, not the flower itself + large leaf (bottom right)
I glued each piece down with Collage Medium. I also always keep a small paint brush nearby when working with small die cuts. It's the perfect tool to brush away excess Collage Medium.
I still needed to add the reinforcer (which I painted black) and a bow at the top of the tag. I used Crinkle Ribbon and 4 colors of Distress Spray in this order: Pumice Stone, then Hickory Smoke, Candied Apple and Black Soot. Only Pumice Stone had complete coverage. All other colors were randomly sprayed and dried in-between with a heat tool.
now carry on,