Yesterday the postman brought me three new sets of wildflower dies from Sizzix. I already had one set which I have used mainly as silhouettes, but these are larger stems and seemed to cry out for a little colouring. Here I obliged by sloshing around a little watercolour. The vellum behind the aperture was embossed with an old Cuttlebug folder which has been a favourite for a long time. The framed sentiment die was purchased from Amazon recently, I sloshed a little watercolour on that too!
The stitched dies are American and unfortunately the two countries don't share the same paper sizes, so although the larger of the two used here fits the width of a British card, it's too short for the height of the card. I know that some Brit crafters just shorten their card bases, but I prefer to lengthen the die cut. I do this by starting with a piece of card the same size as the card front. I fit the die to one end of the card, partially cut from that end, turn the card around, move the die along to fit to the other end of the card matching the stitch notches, and then do another partial cut from that end to make the two cuts meet. I make squares into rectangles, rectangles into squares, extend or shorten die cuts to fit around sentiments and all sorts of stuff like that.
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