Saturday, November 22, 2008

Nestabilities: Tip #5 - 3D Embellishments

So, I did not forget that I was in the middle of ten great things to do with your Nesties. Unfortunately my week did not yield me as much creating time as I thought it might...

Anyway, let's forget about my little hiatus and get back to making great things with out Nestabilities! Tonight's edition is 3D accent and embellishments. This is fun and easy to do with your Nestabilities dies.

You will need to cut about 8-10 oval or circle diecuts from your Nesties. Use a smaller size because these will be going on a card. I like the look of the scalloped dies but you can use the classic regular dies if you like. Don't bother embossing them because its not important for this technique.

You will need to fold or score each diecut through the centre. You can use a scoring tool like a Scor-pal or scoring blade or just fold them in half and crease the fold with a bone folder.

You will have a pile like this when you're done. If you've scored on the wrong side (like I did above), don't worry because you can just fold it back the other way. The fold should be so the right sides of the paper come together.

Using a strong adhesive like sticky strip, red tape or glue dots, adhere the wrong side of one panel to the wrong side of another panel, matching them up (this is where its actually easier to use a scallop die because you can tell if they are matched up properly). Continue in this manner until you have used up all your folded pieces.

You should have two "free" panels left when you are done. Put adhesive on these panels but do NOT glue them together. Instead, place the two panels flat onto the card or other item that you want to embellish. You may want to "fluff" up your panels a bit once you're got it down to make sure they are even.

Here is a finished card using this technique to mimic 3D ornaments. You are only limited by your imagination for this - use them to depict anything that the shape will lend itself to - think beach balls, pumpkins, the sun, the top of a tree...skies the limit. You can alternate colours of cardstock for a different look as well.

You can't mail this card as the image will not flatten out to go into an envelope, but its a nice card to hand deliver to someone.

Supplies: Cardstock (Bazzill), patterned paper (SEI), brads, stamp (Whipper Snapper), Ink (Stampin' Up!)

Instead of laying this flat on a card, you can also make a free-hanging ornament using this technique. Diecut 16 or more scalloped circles with your nestabilities. You can use any size you want - the diameter of the circle will be the diameter of your ornament.

When you have reached the halfway mark of attaching your diecuts to each other (in my case - 8), attach a loop of ribbon the backside so that it is enclosed in the ornament as you continue around.

When you reach the end, attach the adhesive as in the card above, but this time, glue the two free panels to each other to form a full circle. I added a small tag and tied to the ribbon in a knot at its base to make this very simple ornament.

Supplies: Glossy cardstock (unknown), Stamps (Stampin' Up! - So Swirly wheel, Whipper Snapper - sentiment), Inks (Tsukineko, Stampin' Up!), embossing powder (clear, silver), ribbon, diecuts (Nestabilities - scalloped circles, Quickutz - tag).


Tonniece said...

Great idea, Love the card and ornament, and this is a fun project to do with the grandkids.

Sarah said...

So pretty! What a good idea...

cindy said...

Super cute. Great idea.