Tonight we launch our fantastic new Gemini Dimensional Dies on Hochanda, so make sure you tune in for the launch show at 6pm!
We have loved seeing all of the ideas and samples from our design team, they are such an inspirational bunch!
We are sure that you are going to have plenty of project ideas to keep you busy when your collections arrive, but we'd love to share the fantastic ‘Cherry Tree Lane’ with you, by design team member, Nick Roberts.
Nick thoroughly enjoyed designing and assembling this card. Here is the finished item, along with his step-by-step instructions. We do hope you enjoy giving this a go!
You will need:
House Concept Die Set / House Accessories Die Set / Garden Party Die Set / Cottage Stone Embossing Folder / House Brick Embossing Folder / House Accessories Stamps Set / 12 x 12 Coordinating Matt Card Pad / 12 x 12 Coordinating Patterned Papers / A3 White Centura Pearl 'Hint of Silver' (cut to 8 3/4'' x 16'' plus extra for windows etc) / Mat Black Card / A4 Sheena Stamping Card / Acetate / Selection of Distress Inks / Shaped Nestie or Similar / Leonie Pujol Kite Stamp from Tangled Tails or similar / Clarity Skyline Mask or Similar / Glossy Accents / Tacky Glue / 3D Glue Gel.
Cut the base section of your house, either overhang the part you don’t want to cut, or if using a manual machine, secure 2 pieces of thick card over the part you don’t want to cut, as soon as you feel the resistance, reverse.
Draw lines upwards from the sides of your house to help re position the die (see photo) Position the die lining up the cut line on the die onto your pencil mark. The distance between the bottom and the roof needs to be 5 3/4''. Repeat this cut as in Step 1 to avoid cutting the whole house.
Using a craft knife and ruler, cut along your drawn lines to join the 2 dies cut shapes.
Leave an extra tab at the top, approximately half an inch to secure to the background later.
Repeat the first 3 steps to make your second home, This time slightly smaller, also remove the roof section of this one to add variety (see photos). Also cut away the outhouse.
Lightly draw a line at 8'' across your card, this will be your scoreline later. Take a sheet of torn copier paper to create your landscape. Using an applicator of your choice blend Mowed Lawn Distress ink downwards from your mask. Repeat this step, moving your paper sideways also to stagger the hills. Three or 4 levels look great.
Take the skyline mask, secure to your card, using black soot, built up your colour lightly, you really want a deep grey tone rather than black. Move the mask and repeat adding dimension to your card. Next Build up the blues for the sky, Shaded Lilac and Blueprint Sketch.
Place your smaller house on the card to help position your concept die. Use the notches either side to position on your pencil line and TAPE in place, cut and manipulate the pop-up.
Use the green card from the pad to create the grass. (Top Tip) cut the card to the required width, lay it against your house, place a ruler either side of the house and draw a faint line for the recess. Next position the card at the back of your card, lay the ruler against the front of the house and this will give you the depth. Cut out and secure to your base with Tacky glue.
Take a sheet of Card the width of your base, emboss using the Cottage Stone folder. Then colour randomly with a mixture of Black Soot, Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap to give a realistic road, secure in place using Tacky Glue.
Emboss the smaller house using the House Brick folder, then select your colour of choice for tinting the brick.
Use a Dark Grey alcohol marker to colour the roof section of your main house. Use the brick stamp from the collection to add detail, then colour the bricks, choose 3 or 4 shades for this.
Cut the window frames and window inserts from Centura Pearl white, then acetate and a chosen pattern for your wallpaper, using just the outside die. Repeat for the required amount and layer up.
Cut the tree from Black and a brown from the coordinating pad. Layer using Tacky glue leaving a thin shadow behind.
The fence will need 2 or 3 layers as it is only attached at the back of the house, stage the joins so it doesn't bend using Tacky Glue. Form enough for either side of the house with an inch or so extra to allow securing.
Stamp the door in place on the main house, then on a piece of card stamp another to secure in place on the smaller house. Position and secure the windows in place with 3D glue gel for dimension. Add the roof trim and eves.
Add the fence, securing behind the house. Then add window boxes, using the grass for foliage. A nice welcome mat looks nice here, cut and stamped onto self-adhesive Burlap/Hessian. Position the tree using Tacky Glue and trim.
Cut some blossom and leaves from the Garden Accessories set, shape them with a ball tool and add. Use the smallest of the blooms for the window boxes.
Use a royalty-free image and reduce in size. Position a basic circle die over the image and draw around it. Carefully trim around any bits outside the circle to allow you to position the die. Top Tip: Make sure the die is underneath any parts you don't want cutting, legs, bag etc. (See Photos).
To finish your card, add extras of your choice, keeping the perspective with the card. Add some fallen leaves and grass to the scene to make it more realistic and your card is finished. Then you can decorate the outside to match.
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