Lovely Words and Delightful Daisies
My card today is a really beautiful, but it’s also quick and easy! I took advantage of the naturally beautiful Lovely Words dies and Delightful Daisy Paper to make an elegant all occasions card.
This card would be a great one mass production because it is fairly quick to make. You can easily add variety by changing the paper pattern or which of the three Lovely Words dies you use. It would make a great card for a Stamp-a-Stack class, a gift set, or as a card swap!
Die Cutting Machine Comparison
No matter what type of pressure roller die cutting machine you have, Stampin’ Up! dies such as Lovely Words Thinlit Dies will work with your machine. You’ll most often see Stampin’ Up! demonstrators that use a Big Shot, since that is the machine you can order through Stampin’ Up! I also have a Cuttlebug, and while it is a little less fancy, it gets the job done, too.
Big Shot Benefits
- It’s really precise. Detailed dies cut beautifully (no shims necessary) with the precision cutting plate, and precisely framing a stamped image is super easy with the magnetic plate.
- It has a lot of pressure and is easy to tighten if it loses tension. I have never needed to add shims (extra layers of cardstock added to give more pressure) to get a precise cut. If a Big Shot loses its tension, there is a set of screws on the bottom you can tighten with a regular screwdriver to get the tension back.
- It fits larger dies and embossing folders. Folders and dies that are 6 inches wide will fit through perfectly.
- There is an electric version for those who have trouble cranking a handle due to arthritis (or whatever). It isn’t in the Stampin’ Up! catalog, so it is a little harder to find, but it is out there for those who take the effort to look.
- The regular cutting plates are thicker than Big Shot plates, which means they warp less easily and last longer. A lot longer. I have been using the same set of plates almost every day for almost two years and they are still perfectly flat and cutting just fine.
- It’s a workhorse. Mine is 7 years old now and still going strong. It is maybe losing a little tension, but adding an extra layer of cardstock (a shim) makes it possible to cut intricate dies.
- It does have nuts on the bottom that probably tighten the roller, but they are hard to access under a layer of flexible rubber and surrounded by plastic pieces. Regular wrenches will not fit in there, you’ll have to find some kind of wrench or ratchet that will tighten a bolt straight down and not from the side. Someyear I might have to attempt to tighten mine, but not yet.
- It folds up for easy travel and storage.
- It has a suction cup on the bottom for a little extra “grab” on your table, so you don’t have to hold on quite as hard when you are cranking dies through.
- It’s cheaper to buy the machine, and cheaper to use in the long run because plates last so long.
I’m lucky enough to have both these machines. I use the Cuttlebug for all my ordinary, everyday cutting. I use the Big Shot for all the specialty stuff, like when I have large embossing folders and dies or when I want dies to fit exactly around stamped images without shifting around.
- First, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock.
- In the center of the card base front, die cut a Lovely Words Thinlit die shape.
- Cut a piece of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper that is 1/4″ smaller than the card base.
- Adhere the daisy paper inside the cover of the card using dimensionals to add a little depth between the die cut shape and the daisy paper. Stampin’ Up! now has tiny dimensionals that are a little easier to use for placing behind super skinny pieces such as these die cut words!
- Die cut three Whisper White flowers using Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies, then adhere them using dimensionals.
Delightful Color Combination
This color scheme comes directly from the Designer Series Paper. I love how the watercolor look of the painted flowers lightens all the colors so they all coordinate. I don’t know if I would like this combination at full intensity (it would have to be on the right card, I think) but softened up like this, I love it!
Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!
Paper: Delightful Daisy (c) Stampin’ Up!
Dies: Lovely Words Thinlit Dies, Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!
Other: Big Shot or Cuttlebug (I don’t normally list these, but I use them in almost every project), dimensionals
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