Hello Everyone, it's Piroska here today with my latest layout for Clique International. After spending 3 months at home because of the pandemie, and not having the chance to spend an evening or a day just as a couple, I felt really grateful to be able to go away for 3 days with my husband this summer. We travelled to one of the wine-growing regions of Hungary, Tokaj-Hegyalja, which is in the North-Eastern part of the country. One day we visited Tarcal, which is famous of the biggest Jesus statue in Hungary, The Jesus Blessing statue is on the top of the hill, it is 8,5 m tall and made of 50 tonnes of granite. We took a nice walk up and enjoyed the view all the way up and at the feet of the statue.
For my layout I chose the Daydream Sampler Kit, which contains all the beautiful elements of the Daydream collection of Cocoa Vanilla Studio. For my background I chose the Daisy Days patterned paper and the Oh So Happy Title cut file of CUT to YOU. I cut it from white cardstock, and because I didn't want to use watercolours, I cut the "Oh So" words also from a darker patterned paper. This way the title stands out of the background.
I backed the letters and matted my photo with the 6x6 Paper Pad of the Daydream collection.
I fussy cut some flowers from the Garden Variety paper to complete the wreath. I also added some more floral cut outs.
I also added some phrasel and hearts stickers and heart cut outs, and cut out some tiny rainbows. I added some of them on foam adhesive to create dimension.
Finally I added a puffy heart and some sequins to complete the layout.
The Daydream Sampler Kit is so easy to work with! The beautiful colours are perfect for either fall or summer memories to document. Go to the Clique Interneational shop and grab yours! ;-)
Exploring techniques outside our comfort zone is one way we can try new things and learn to be better at our craft. For many people trying something messy is one example of this creative growth process but for me I almost always start a layout with a paintbrush. So for me, it was a challenge to try to use this beautiful mandala cut file in the shop since iNSD 2018 ! I used to avoid intricate cut files because I had a hard time choosing the right settings and got frustrated easily by having the file tear in parts while weeding it. But I always wanted to be be able to succeed someday. That's why I chose this topic for today's post. In a layout like this all of the work goes into the cut file and backing it and then the rest of the embellishment is actually very simple. I fussy cut a few flowers and use some of the painted wood veneers in the kit. My paintbrush only made an appearance once to splatter a little bit of color around the edges of the page. I had fun playing with some of the sparkly tulle trim in the kit to make a little ruffle under my photo
For starters, there have been tremendous improvements in the technology of new electronic die cutting machines. About a year ago I decided to finally toss my original first edition Silhouette Cameo which was no longer working and I bought a Brother Scan N Cut machine. It already is not the newest model, but it is still an amazing machine. I am very happy that I decided to do my own research and figure out a machine that would be best for me and not just do what everyone else is doing just because. I actually have no opinion on the newer Silhouette models I have not tried but I am sure they are equally wonderful as are the Cricut machines.
I wanted to show these photos really close up in order to show you the mistakes I made during the process of backing the die cut. I used the process of tracing the shape of the negative spaces I wanted to fill on the back side of the paper I wanted to have show through,and then cutting it out and adhering it with glue squeezed through a fine point bottle. But I changed my mind about the side of the paper I ended up using and was stuck being able to see my pencil tracing lines! I had to go back and erase them and it did not turn out perfect in the end. But as they say, mistakes are only lessons and we do not learn unless we make them!
Some of the other lessons I learned in this process are to make sure that the blade is able to cut all the way through properly and also make sure that the cutting mat is sticky enough so the paper does not shift during a long cut. This one took my machine 20 minutes to cut! But you do not want the mat to be too sticky or it makes it more likely to tear when weeding it. My mat was not very sticky so I actually used washi tape to hold my paper in place. I also used the American Crafts precision cardstock in the shop. It is more expensive than regular cardstock but for cuts like these (which I make infrequently) it is worth the investment! I only had to cut once! There was a time when it might take me half a dozen cuts to get it right.
I hope you enjoyed learning about my journey outside my comfort zone today as much as I enjoyed the process of finally using this gorgeous cut file designed by Lacey Gasper. You can find more of Lacey's cut files in her Etsy store Lacey Ann Designs!