Friday, May 02, 2008

Megabilities & scalloped A2 card edges

If you've followed blogs and posts about Spellbinders' Nestabilities dies, chances are that you've seen Nichole Heady's short tutorial on making a card with a scalloped edge. You can read that post if you click here.

What I did this morning was use the same technique, but with a rectangular scalloped Megabilities die, to cut scallops on the long edge of a full-size A2 card. This was kinda nifty because I know that some folks have mentioned that it would be great to have a simple scalloped border punch without the holes that you get with the Threading Waters border punch by Fiskars. If you happen to have this set of dies, you're all set!

I started out with my Big Shot, a 5 1/2" X 8 1/2" piece of cardstock, and the largest die of the smaller set of scalloped rectangle Megabilities dies.

I passed the card stock through the die so that only the leading edge would be cut.

I put the top cutting plate in place and got ready to run it through the machine.

Here's how it turned out.

I used this technique to make the following cards.

This first one was made with the card stock that was pictured in the example above. I embossed the card front with the Cuttlebug Stylized Flowers embossing folder. The images are by Inkadinkado and were stamped using the new Memento dye ink by Tsukineko. I colored the images with Prismacolor colored pencils and blended with the Goo Gone Mess-free pen. I then cut out, embossed, and layered that image using Nestabilities dies.

For this card I used the scalloped Megabilities dies to make my layers. The images are all by Pink Paislee and colored using Copic markers and a Copic blender. I added the sparkle with Diamond Stickles.

As far as the new Memento inks, they were definitely fast drying. I know that they're supposed to be good for detailed stamping, but they were perhaps still a bit juicy at this stage and bled a bit on the cardstock. I'd still opt for Versafine ink for when I want to be sure to pick up really fine details. The Memento ink did work well with the Copic markers and didn't bleed. I stamped using London Fog to make the lines a bit more subtle.

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