I love the color combination of kraft, red, white, and black. Strangely, it was not a color combo I would be thinking of before I started papercrafting. And I just realized I'm wearing the same colors! :) I don't think that's ever happened before.
I saw a new trick in the paper crafting world a few weeks ago and I'm glad I got a chance to try it out before I forget. It uses Press and Seal to transfer intricate die cuts. I used the Impression Obsession Square Cutout Border to make my row of white squares. The die was made so that you would be left with a cutout of white squares that would allow you to have a background paper peak through (I'll show you a card that does that in a few days). But I love the white squares all lined up too and I thought it would look great against a kraft background. It looks like it would be a whole lot of work to glue each of those square down, right? Nope - it really doesn't. When I lifted my cutout die from my Big Shot, all of my pieces were still stuck to my acrylic plate. I then used a sheet of Press and Seal and rubbed it over all the pieces while it was still in place. When I lifted up the Press and Seal, everything was still stuck on there but now I had the back side exposed. I removed the large cutout, leaving the squares. I then put a dot of Art Institute glue on each of the squares. The press and seal is see through - much like wax paper - and I lined it up carefully where I wanted the square on my base layer. I pressed down, waited for the glue to dry and then lifted up the press and seal. Voila - all my squares are glued on and perfectly aligned. I did leave off one row of squares because I didn't want it that close to the edge.
My image and stamp from Sweet n Sassy God is was stamped in black pigment ink and covered with black detail embossing powder. I like to make sure my silhouette images are fully covered. I added a touch of red using the balloons from ODBD Happy Birthday popped up with small Joy! foam pads and drawing the black string with a Micron pen and ruler.
Thanks for looking and hope you try this way of stretching out your dies!
Don't forget that you can use the coupon code DIANAN-10 to the Classy Cards 'n Such on-line store for many of the items I used today.