Hello, my crafty friends! It’s Laura here today, and I’m going to share with you how to turn Avery Elle’s Ray Die into a fun disco for the newest members of their Peek-a-Boo stamp line, the Peek-a-Boo Pets. These lovable barnyard animals are just as cute as their predecessors.
The concept (of the stamp design) is that the bodies and feet are seperate images so you can do fun things like have them pop out from behind something (window, border, etc) with their little feet hanging over. It’s such a great idea and I’ve seen some really fun cards made using the various stamp sets. When I first looked at this set, I fell in love with the quote bubble that said “it’s your birthday” and that sparked my idea to create a disco scene. I’ll be using these Avery Elle products, along with an assist from Concord & 9th’s Double Cut Alphabet Dies and Nuvo Jewel Drops to create this rockin’ scene.
Let’s get this PARTY started!
First, I stamped the animals out on Neenah Solar White using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I colored them in with Copic Markers and cut out the bodies and feet/arms/wings using my scissors.
The next step is the hardest, I won’t lie. It took me several tries to get it looking good enough (I’m still not totally happy with it!) for the card. Working with the Avery Elle Ray Die, I prepped a piece of black card with my powder tool because I am not going to cut with the die, but rather, use it to emboss the design onto the card. Why the powder tool you ask? Well, not only will I be doing an embossed impression onto the card, I am going use it as a “stamp” so I can heat emboss that design into the impression. I would like to say its easy to do, just put a bit of Versamark onto the die and emboss as you normally would, BUT there’s a bit more to it than that. Although, once I got the right way to go about it, it wasn’t as hard as all that.
Emboss With Dies
One of the biggest things I found was the pressure on my die cutting machine (I use Cricut Cuttlebug.) When normally embossing onto card (even with dies), I use the typical embossing set-up: base plate (A plate) + B plate + embossing pad + cardstock + die + B plate. It works a dream in most situation but in this circumstance, I found a little less pressure gave better results.I took out the bottom B Plate and replaced the top B plate so my set-up was more like this: base plate (A plate) + embossing pad + cardstock + die + C plate. This still gave a really good impression into the cardstock but didn’t put so much pressure on it that the (flat part of the) back of the die plate touched the card and got it oily or something. Even though I cleaned the die thoroughly and used my powder tool to eliminate oils (on the die itself) it would still inevitably put oils onto the card, thus causing the embossing powder to stick in too many places to clean with a brush.
So, a few tips. DO clean (and dry!) your die to make sure there’s no stray oils – focus on anything other than the cut/emboss lines. DO apply your ink very carefullyusing a light touch. DON’T use too much pressure in your die cutting machine. Don’t worry, the design will still stand out – especially once you add the embossing powder! DO use a small paintbrush to get rid of any stray embossing powders and heat set as you normally would.
Making The Disco Ball
With my background panel embossed, I trimmed it down and used Tombow to adhere it to the front of a Catherine Pooler card base. I covered a small section of silver mirror card (large enough to cut the circle out of the Ray Die) with double sided tape and removed the backing. Then, I covered the area with a fun, chunky glitter. The colorful squares gave me that instant disco ball look! And, because I used silver mirror card, it worked perfectly to hide those little spaces the glitter didn’t adhere to.Before I die cut the circle, I quickly covered the glitterry area with a piece of scrap paper and used a bone folder to burnish it. Then, I ran it through my Cuttlebug to cut out a circle and adhered to the background using Tombow.
I went ahead and glued my party animals to the background and placed their arms to look like they were workin’ the dance floor. On another piece of black card, I stamped the word bubble sentiment using Versamark and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. Then I cut right up to the embossing and added to the background using 3M foam tape.
Using Concord & 9th’s Double Cut Alphabet Dies, I cut the letters for “PARTY” three times from black card and once again from a silver glitter card. I adhered them all together and added to the background panel.Now that I had my animals place, I very carefullyused several different colors of Nuvo Crystal Drops along the rays to mimic the lights flashing in a nightclub.Using a stitched rectangle frame die, I cut out a frame from silver mirror card and adhered to the card to finish it off.
I have to admit I’m delighted with how this card turned out. I really get inspired by using stamps and dies in unexpected ways. And just look at those guys…they’re having so much fun and I wanna go dancing with them! 😁
Thanks for stopping by…and see Y’all next time! xo
WANT TO FIND THESE SUPPLIES:
Avery Elle Ray Elle-ment Die
Concord & 9th Double Cut Alphabet Die
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Versamark Watermark Ink
Neenah Solar White Card
Bazzill Basics Licorice Twist Black Card
Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder!!!!!!!!!
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive
3M Foam Tape
Anti Static Powder Tool
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
Tim Holtz Mini Snips Scissors
Fiskars A4 Paper Trimmer
Cuttlebug Diecutting Machine and C Plate
Copic Sketch Markers in C5, C3, C1, C0, W1, W000, R39, R37, R35, R20, R000, YR18, YR14, RV11, RV10 RV00
Silver mirror card & Silver glitter card
Cuttlebug Embossing Mat