Wednesday, January 22, 2014

How Many Different Ways Can You Use a Snowflake? Six, it Seems!

I've been locked in my craft room recently coming up with oodles of ideas to make different cards out of the same die. Although these are created specifically for Top Dog Dies, you can certainly adapt the ideas to dies you already own as well.

In case you haven't heard, Top Dog Dies is a new online store that offers their own brand of wafer-thin and steel-rule dies, along with dies from brands you already know and trust, including My Favorite Things, Sizzix, Savvy Stamps and Cheery Lynn Designs. Top Dog Dies is also the leading U.S. retailer for Tattered Lace, a new line of intricate dies designed by U.K. designer Stephanie Weightman.

The dies that we're going to study today are these gorgeous Snowflakes Trio Dies. I'll show you six projects ... the first two projects will use the dies as-is, and the remaining projects will alter the dies slightly, with the intent to really stretch your supplies!

1) Change the color. Snowflakes don't have to be just for Christmas. Here's a Valentine that, instead of using hearts, uses snowflakes cut in light and dark pink cardstock. They are tucked into an angled panel, almost like they've collected in the corner of a window. This card is an example of how changing the color of your snowflake to something other than white will change the look of it immediately without any additional work.

2). Vary the loose pieces you punch out. Here's a giant 12" snowman cut out of chipboard and covered in many of the Snowflake Trio dies. 

A close-up shows the different snowflakes covered in chunky glitter. Even though there are only three snowflakes, you can give the impression of having dozens of different snowflakes by selectively punching out the loose pieces. Keep some snowflakes with all the loose pieces, some with all the loose pieces punched out, and some with different patterns of pieces punched out (i.e., all the inside and outside pieces, all the middle pieces, all the lined pieces).

To stand up the snowman, I've used another piece of chipboard, scored 1.5" from the top so it bends out. Covering the back of the snowman and the stand is a nice finishing touch. The twigs are clipped from the tree in my front yard and glued between the layers of paper and chipboard. To avoid excess bulk, I flattened the ends of the twigs with pliers before attaching them between the layers.

Now let's alter the snowflake dies slightly for even more looks. To see additional photos showing exactly where the dies were cut, see my post at Top Dog Dies.

3) Turn it into a flower. Cutting the largest snowflake between the "petals" turns it into a flower! Die cut this snowflake-turned-flower in a patterned yellow paper, add it to a tag along with a sentiment, and you're done. You could easily make a whole bouquet of these. The black flower center is from the current Fusion Challenge photo that I'm nuts over.

4) Make a double-layered flower. The first blue snowflake is cut in between each petal like the previous card, but the second yellow snowflake removes every other petal so you're left with just three sections. When you layer these two, they make a beautiful flower with a colored streak down each petal. Hold the layers together with a brad. A simple, embossed sentiment, and patterned paper on the inside finishes this card off.

5) Make a butterfly. Pick two fun colors and die cut two snowflakes. Then cut each snowflake so only two adjacent sections remain, skipping the section between them. Attach one section pointing up and one section pointing down, and you have a butterfly. Again, if this is confusing, you may want to check out the post at Top Dog Dies to see exactly what sections are being cut.

Here's a closer look. This butterfly uses double-sided paper as an easy way to make sure the colors go together. You can see there's another yellow layer underneath the butterfly to make it even more colorful.

An even closer look shows the middle of the butterfly. Can you guess what it's made from? Yep, it's from those negative, long, skinny pieces going through the middle of each petal! I just lined them up next to each other until I got the width I wanted for a body. Add some metallic silver thread for the antenna and you're set.

The clouds and buildings are cut out by hand. The sentiment is extended with a felt tip pen to make it look like the butterfly's flight path.

6) Use the loose pieces. This card uses the long, spikey pieces from middle of this snowflake to make a laurel wreath.

It's what I call a "left-over" card. As long as there are useable elements left over from a card, I've been trying to make another card with those elements while I still have all the supplies out. This one uses all the left-overs from the first card with the pink and red snowflakes. The angled panel is the negative from that first panel, and the long, spikey pieces are from the snowflakes.

Layer the long, spikey pieces along a curve on both sides of your sentiment and add some sequins. Done.

And there you have it ... snowflakes used 6 different ways. I hope you've come away with some ideas for the snowflake die, especially those not in any way related to Christmas or winter.

Here's a bonus set of cards featuring a few different looks from cutting apart the Leafy Branch Die.

Once you cut the leaves off the die, you can use just two of them to break up a sentiment, like a dramatic pause in speech.

Here the leaves are used in a single layer around a ring of cardstock for a sympathy card. The sentiment is below center to tie in more with the twine wrapped around the card.  

Choosing neutral colors and a simple wreath style is in keeping with the tone of the card. The wreath reminds me of a gentle hug

Instead of lining the leaves up around the ring, you can fan them out to create a more extravagant wreath. There are 7 different shades and patterns of green used to give this wreath more depth.
The bow looks very thick and difficult to mail, but it's actually very squishy and flat. Double sided paper from American Crafts Kringle and Co. decorates the inside of the card.
 And if you've made it through all of those projects, you certainly deserve a free giveaway!!

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  1. More evidence (A LOT!) of your awesomeness. Love that sparkly snowman and the way you've used the bits that the rest of us would have just (stupidly) thrown away!

  2. I LOVE to stretch my dies using them in unexpected ways!
    Thanks for these awesome examples!

  3. beautiful cards! i especially love that snowflake covered snowman!! so beautiful with the white on white!!

  4. Kelly you certainly rocked out the snowflake dies, is there no end to your talent? The snowman is amazing--I just keep checking it out!

  5. Amazing! Your eye is just so refined. I love how you were able to adapt and change the snowflakes to create new things, and love that you used the negative cuts too. And of course execution is PERFECT!

  6. Super creative ideas!!! The butterfly I would've NEVER thought to do!! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Where do I start? Amazing first card, LOVE the snowman, snowflakes make fabulous flowers and LOVE the wreath against the red stripes!! Great post Kelly!

  8. I would love to be a fly on the wall in your craft room while you create. Such imagination and beautiful projects. I need to practice looking at my supplies and being more creative!

  9. Holy cow! Those are some fabulously creative projects. You've taken those dies to an entirely different level of awesome.

  10. Genius, Kelly ... awesome ways to stretch those dies (and their inners!) ... you see so far beyond ordinary mortals! Anita :)

  11. What a clever idea? Stretch your dies! All your cards are gorgeous. I particularly love the butterfly card and use of negatives on the Noel card. I have to try this. Thanks for the inspiration, Kelly!

  12. Get outa here! These are all so very darn creative! Love the snowman and the way be sparkles! The pink Valentine card is gorgeous and just the right amount of sequins . You are a crafting Genius! I could go on and on about each card but you get the idea them Kelly!

  13. Well, it sure looks like you've had a fun time with these dies! Magnificent cards/projects. So nice to get "extra mileage" from one die. You are such an inspiration. Will definitely be looking at my dies in a new light from now on. Very cool. : ) Bev

  14. This was a great peak into the creative mind of Kelly. So much great information and inspiration.

  15. You should get the girl of the year creativity award!

  16. wow--thanks for all the great ideas for getting more use out of our dies.

  17. My goodness Kelly! you are a crazed stamper!! I can't take these all in - I have to keep going back up to the top! What wonderful ideas for snowflakes - and I love your leaf cards too! Thanks for including Fusion in one of your designs!

  18. wow! talk about exhausting the possibilities of a die! amazeballs!!!!

  19. Kelly you have outdone yourself yet again!!! These are all fabulous but that snowman stole my heart!!

  20. What a terrific post!! Talk about making me think!! LOL! You did a wonderful job highlighting how a few adjustments can give the same die cut a completely different look! And so many photos! This was really well done and very helpful.
    Thanks so much for sharing your talent!!

    Sue Brailey

  21. Seriously Kelly...your creativity never ceases to amaze me! What a cool post!

  22. This is the type of post and kind of supplies usage that you do so well. You always see something that others don't Kelly, and the result of that expert eye results in a myriad of awesome creative output, with perfect execution and something original to boot!! You lived up to all my words in my #FF post. :-)

  23. Go Kelly! "Top Dog" could not have found a better representative for their dies than you. All your examples are fabulous, but that snowman is nirvana. I love the glitter mixed in with the various snowflakes. The real branch arms make him the genuine article. Love that you did this for Top Dog since I'm grooving on their dies. Thanks again to the Queen of Ceativity.

  24. Your cards are wonderful! You told us about the dies, but I am interested in the sentiment stamps too, particularly the "Peace and Comfort" stamp. Would you please tell me who manufactures it? That sentiment is lovely and I think it would work well for a sympathy card, as well as for Christmas. Thanks for sharing with us!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment! And I'm so glad you asked about the sentiments. The Peace and Comfort sentiment is from CAS-ual Fridays Beanstalks set:

      The script Hello and Happy is from the brand new winnie & walter company (The Big, The Bold, The Happy). The 'wish" on the butterfly is an old Stampin Up! set. Noel and Merry & Bright are from Papertrey. And finally, "you are simply the best" is from CAS-ual Fridays. Hope this helps!

  25. I'm are that amazing!

  26. Wow Kelly! I'm trying to find new words, beside awesome and amazing. You Rock!!

  27. You have been busy Kelly!!! ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS collection of cards - to die for ;)

  28. Wow Kelly, you sure think outside the box! Love, love, love all your clever ideas!!

  29. K-k-k-Kelly! How fabulous are all of these?! You are genius!

  30. Absolutely fabulous. Every single one. If I ever invent anything, you are the first person I am going to call to put it to use.


  32. I just love to see ur different projects with one product :) these are so stunning and very inspirational!!

  33. Kelly, I saw this post about two weeks ago when you published it, and made a mental note to come back, so here I am! I am in loss for words, but let me just say that I LOVE it you use one stamp or one die to create an array of gorgeous projects! and your projects here are simply wow! really WOW!!! the colors, the creativity---> mind blowing awesome! the wreath with the negative pieces ---> love, love love!


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