Layering dies

So my sister – who lives in Quebec, Canada – sent me these layering dies from ‘Birch Press’. Having looked at them on YouTube and Pinterest, and Jennifer McGuire’s blog – the both of us decided we just HAD to have them. Fortunately, my sister bought me these for Christmas – they are quite expensive for the three dies – so I didn’t have to pay for them myself.

She received them on 4th January, posted to me that day – and I received them on 7th January! All the way from Quebec City!! Canada!!!

So, as soon as they arrived, I had a little play – and this is my first trial. I even left the photo on which showed my double sided sticky sheet backing, and my pricking tool and other bits of card on – I’ll be trying this is variations of orange and purple – I’ll post some pictures when I’ve done them.

Anyway, these dies can be used individually, but altogether it’s a completely different ball game. There are other patterns available, but I think this one is quite generic, and depending on what colours are used, or what sentiments are attached – can be for any occasion.

Having first cut the three layers in white card, which I had stuck double-sided sticky sheets to – I found it was a lot easier to layer them up – though if I keep playing with them then this could be an expensive way of doing it. Maybe spray glue? Hmmmm – will try that later. I have some Crafters Companion spray glue I can try.

Sorry – I was rambling a little. Does anyone else do that – go off on tangents and keep writing their thoughts?

So – backed the three layers onto craft card, as I really didn’t know in which direction I was going – male or female; celebratory; just because – and ended up with a generic ‘just because’ card. The sentiments are from Altenew, half-tone-smile – including a die for the main sentiment. The main sentiment I also cut out of black craft foam, giving dimension to the word ‘smile’ and staggered it a little to give some shadow.

All-in-all I am very pleased with these dies, and they cut beautifully. The left-over pieces are varying sizes of stars/flower shapes, and I can imagine using those to put in envelopes as a confetti when the cards are opened (how annoying is that), or even to be used in shaker cards, well, the smaller ones at least. Perhaps they cut be cut from other colours of card and placed back into the holes, to make a rainbow effect? Something else I can try, when I am feeling patient.

I have a feeling I may needing some of the other patterns that Birch press do – watch this space.

I will be entering this card into the ‘Craft for the Craic‘ challenge, with the theme of ‘pick me up’, as I thought the sentiments I used would do just that.


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