Thursday, 11 December 2014

Experimental Die Cutting {by Helen Chilton}

Good evening everyone, Darcy here. Tonight we are joined by one of our experimentalists, and i think when you scroll down you will be astounded by all the samples that Helen has for us. Feast your eyes on these fantastic embellishments, and then go off and try them. 

Hi Everyone, Helen here. I've got another experimental post this month, this time with one of the PaperArtsy flower dies, Scallop Flower. I thought I'd try it out in as many different materials as possible, layering them up, cutting into the petals, stamping on them etc.
Here's the finished project using Hot Pick 1305 and two of the flowers:
Here are the results in photo form with labels underneath! I've provided links to relevant products under each photo.

As you can see, the variety you can get with just this one die is amazing. The cutting that surprised me the most was the felt - it went through it like a knife through butter. With some of the other materials (the calico and burlap) it had to be helped along with a pair of scissors.
As to which is my favourite - difficult to choose - the mix it up version, the half shrunk Shrink, the calico, the acetate, the felt - not sure! What do you think?
Thanks for looking!


A huge thankyou to Helen from PaperArtsy HQ. Wow Helen, this variety of flowers is just stunning, and all with one die. They are such beautiful embellishments that can be themed and coordinated to match any project. 

We would love you to join in with the challenge. If you are inspired to action by any of this month's guests who have blogged in December 2014 then join in and link up your creativity HERE. You might win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. You need to add your link by 17:00 (London time) Dec 31st 2014, the winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00, Dec 31st, 2014.


massofhair said...

Wonderful experiments Helen, i found backing the calico & burlap with freezer paper gave them a clean cut.

Will definitely give the scallop flower another outing:-) xxx

Helen said...

so many different looks, Helen! I think the crunchy waxed paper with porfoleos is my favourite.

Julie Lee said...

What a lovely collection, Helen! Great post, which I'm definitely bookmarking for future reference!

Craftyfield said...

They're all gorgeous but my favourites are the portfolio pastels with micro beads and the acetate with the touch of gilding and glitter.

Hazel Agnew said...

Wow Helen, so many fabulous experiments. All so different and such fun. Thankyou for the great inspiration! X

JoFY said...

great examples! and the finished sample is lovely

Kirsten said...

What a fantastic array of flowers, they're all beautiful & so different. I think the Portfolios might be my favourite. Thanks for all the ideas Helen & your finished piece is stunning.

Deborah Wainwright said...

Wow love these so many different looks . I love the felt one something I will be having a go at xx

Susan Battensby said...

Beautiful flowers. Hard to pick a favourite but the one at the end, a mixed up of a few has to be the best, just gorgeous. Must look at my flower dies again!

butterfly said...

Brilliant experiments, Helen - so many inspirational ideas... my favourites are the whitewashed wax paper, and the mix and match affair at the end! Just fabulous.
Alison x

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is amazing, Helen! So many ideas! And that final project is absolutely stunning!

Lucy x

craftytrog said...

Wow! They all look amazing Helen!

ionabunny said...

Cool post. Great to see the difference effects with the various materials. Hugz

Ellie Knol said...

LOVE the flowers - I have a tiny question, on the melted portfolios flower, what are these golden little balls?

Unknown said...

Hi Ellie
They are what used to be called accent beads - I've had them for ages! They're tiny and haven't got a hole in. Sometimes called micro beads - I reckon if you google that it'll come up.

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