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Old 12-01-2019, 05:40 AM   #1
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Being the 1st of December, Simon Says Stamp launched their usual Diecember release. Being a die hard die hound, I looked at it over my tea. There is something about having a duh moment when you have only one eye open yet. Not a bad way to come fully awake.

I have seen frame dies. Heck I own a much thicker set. But I will tell you I never saw them in this way. I saw them as a stacking piece on top of the edge of my focal to make it look "framed" like a painting. Or around the border of a card (Lawn fawn does that a lot) When I saw this today I had a V-8 moment/duh moment. My mouth dropped open. Tg I wasnt drinking tea at the moment.

Honestly when I watched SSS's die release vid I didn't get it at all. Then I saw JM's and went oh. OH!!!! What have I have been thinking all this time??

This is the circle (there are also A2 and A7 rectangles)

Simon Says Stamp CIRCLE THIN FRAMES Wafer Dies sssd112067 Diecember at Simon Says STAMP!

Here is Jennifer McGuire using it in the way that intrigues me. It's at 10:52. The black frame around the circle in the paint pallet card.



This system creates a single layer thin frame for your shape. We don't need to cut another paper layer to glue down on. It is less paper and less bulk on the card with the same look. Does it look like 1/16th to you? I love 1/16th frames....scares me being ham fisted but nonetheless....

I love 1/16th because it breaks the focal from the background, but does not interfere with the focal visually imho. It is very clean to me.

One can use Perfect layers rulers to get a thin frame, but you have to put it on a second paper layer. Cheryl is a master of this (Cherylquilts). She keeps a stock of thin papers for it. Tessaduck is also fantastic with layers.

Later in the video McGuire also demos how you can use the frames to make shakers by stacking the frame cuts. I understood this use for my much thicker version already.

Has another company done such a thin version and I missed it? The circles esp intrigue me because I am NOT fussy cutting what would NEVER be confused with a circle. (Yes I tried to practice.)

They ain't cheap. But I am patient and can wait for a good sale to come around.

I don't know why I never thought about inlaying to the frame when I LOVE inlay. I have to think I never saw anyone do it either...must be one of those things everybody knows and I don't. Well I just wrote down a design idea in my book.

A reminder that I could be doing this for 30 years and still suddenly realize something. That's cool. Means I have a whole universe of discovery before me. Hopefully with things I already own LOLOL
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Old 12-01-2019, 10:24 AM   #2
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I love the skinny framed look. A very inexpensive option to frame rectangles/squares that way while waiting for sales is with Elizabeth Crafts Peel-Offs. They come in many shapes, but for framing straight lines and borders work very well. Some are shiny, which I have; some are called velveteen. They come in many colors, including black.

Scott from cardcutups.com uses them occasionally in that way though he uses Love From Lizzy Peel-Offs. She’s in the UK and Scott in the US but he’s is on her design team, making ten cards from one kit every month.
Of course it’s more labor intensive since they need to be cut to size (which I do while they’re on their backer sheet). I’ve used a couple that aren’t straight to surround something - for example a line made up of tiny circles.

Different but related, there’s a great alpha die set that has that skinny framing option around each letter, or can be used separately - gorgeous and I can’t think of who makes it. I’ll look when I head upstairs.
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Old 12-01-2019, 01:38 PM   #3
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I watch Scott too! He is good with the puns! I had never heard of Lizzy till watching him. He also gets Hero monthly sets and does the 10 cards with them. Lizzy was pink addicted this year. I got sick of seeing it all and I did not have to use it.

I know those. Paper Wishes calls them Dazzles. All different shapes and so on and they show you ways to use the negatives too. Good idea. I think I have some around here somewhere....hmmm...

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Oh I know the set you are talking about! SSS just did that look in the new release with the word Thanks, but McGuire did talk about a whole alpha like that....what the heck was the name of it.... ugh.

I have done a lot of stickles edging off my finger, but that is not as clean.
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I adore Scott - and his puns and laugh. Maybe I don’t have the alpha set and just have some words? I’m Instant Potting dinner now so will check later.

Stickles could be nice if one was adept. Not me. I do extremely thin matting (like Scott does at ties), but that adds a layer, sometimes fine, sometimes bulk, as you say. And sometimes I cut extremely thin strips from CS. But like with the Peel-Offs there’s placement. They’re on a big sale now at Elizabeth Crafts but the straight ones may be sold out.

Lately I’ve made some very minimalist cards with an image, die-cut or sentiment in the center and a slightly wonky, very narrow Alexandra Renee Square Frame die (Ellen Hutson) stacked 3-high around it. I adore that die but it’s not the same look. It comes to mind because it’s so narrow.
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The alphabet set with the skinny frames is from Concord & 9th, called Double Cut Alphabet Dies. Sooo versatile and on sale. A little video on their site is better than a few snapshots from me. I also have the patterned stamp set - but while the sizes are nice, any patterned stamps would do the same if the scale was right.

https://concordand9th.com/products/d...-alphabet-dies
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Altenew have rectangle and circle dies called Fine Frames (rectangle here, circle here). They’re a bit different in that each die cuts multiple frames at once so the only one you’d have that inlay portion for is the smallest one but if it’s skinny frames you're after, they could be just the ticket. Of course some would likely fit a circle already in your die collection if you wanted to do that. I think they do a cover sized one, too but I only have the circle and rectangle ones. Here are a few cards I’ve blogged using them in various ways: fine frames
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i just discovered i can double up a word die with its backer. iow, cut out the backer then put the word die on the cutout and put it through the machine. or if your backer frame die fits the word die just cut it once with both dies on the paper
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I know all those sets. I have considered them in the past. I have an alpha and I was thinking about trading it in for the one you showed Beth but then I didnt and I dont remember why.

Joanne I remember you using those line frames really nicely more than once, and thinking about that too. The price point is good too. Thing with them is that it is one piece. I would not get the positives for every size-just the smallest. But if I just wanted the frames-that is a very cool die. Those thin frames are a nice layout element. One run and you have bunch to play with and no waste of positives. I am still thinking about them.

I am sorry but I am not understanding what you are saying Creative...maybe it is too late. I will try again in the morning.
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the die cuts in the second photo are just the word, just the backer, the word cut out from the backer & the backer with the word cut out. i hope this makes more sense! (the white scraps is from my attempt to cut them out with tape on the back.)
die is from pink & main, stencil is from gina marie
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btw i love how scott gently makes fun of some of the more interesting designs and products being produced
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