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Old 04-28-2019, 06:35 AM   #1
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Lightbulb TLC744 ~ Floating Die-Cut Frames ~ {05/27/2019}

Good Monday morning to you all. For those of you in the States, I hope you have been enjoying your Memorial Day weekend, and that those travelling have done so in safety.

This week I thought we would try something which does seem to be quite new - I know that when I uploaded a card using the technique back in April I had quite a few comments on it. I'd bought a magazine (a very rare occurrence, but it had a lovely freebie stamp set) and this was one of the techniques featured in it.

Yes - it does take a little time, but there are a couple of options which might make it easier, and it has a great WOW factor. We are going to make Floating Die-Cut Frames - and the advantage of this is that it's a two-for-the-price-of-one technique - after die-cutting the frame, you are still left with the centre piece to use for another card.
Stamp or die-cut or punch suitable images. They need not to be too big, as you will have to lay them out over your card front in a pleasing pattern and then cut an aperture in the centre. So if they are too large, your frame may not look as good as you would like. Play around with your dies and see what works for you!

Start by creating the shapes you are going to use.


Then lay them face-up over your card front in a pleasing design. Let some of them overlap the outer edges, you can trim those off afterwards.


Use some type of transfer sheet - Press n' Seal is what I used, but I believe Cricut have a vinyl sheet - to lift all these pieces up in one go. Place on the cutting plate, arrange your chosen dies (or just one if you're only cutting an aperture within your card front) on top and die-cut.




The tedious bit is to now apply small pieces of foam tape to the back side of every single piece, while they are still held together on the transfer sheet.
An option that you can consider is backing a sheet of card with fun foam after stamping everything on it, and die-cutting your shapes with foam on them. My experience with this from other attempts at putting foam through the Big Shot multiple times is that you need to roughly cut out each piece first and only pass the foam through your cutting machine once or it will start to get more and more squashed and thinner every time you pass it through. But you may find that easier than applying tape afterwards to each piece.




Then remove the backing (slowly and carefully; a couple of times I had to take care not to tear the surface of my stamped images), turn it the right-side up and you have a beautiful floating die-cut frame.
You can add a sentiment inside the aperture (you may find it easier to stamp this first). If you wish to do this, the easiest thing is to lay the transfer sheet on the card front BEFORE adding the foam, as a guide, and stamp your sentiment.



There's a pdf tutorial attached at the bottom of the post, and it's also available online as a Google Doc HERE.

I've added an attachment showing what I made with the centre piece left over from my first attempt at this technique - I have yet to make up the two bits left from today's samples!

Here's a link to our TLC744 Floating Die-Cut Frames gallery

Here are my cards:
Floating Snowflakes
Butterfly Garden


Remember to use the keyword TLC744 when you are uploading. It's helpful (to the hostesses for sure!) if you come back and leave a link on this thread. If you have the wrong keyword and don't post here, we might miss you!

If you're not sure how to link your card on the thread here, here's how:

1. Open 2 windows or tabs: one window for your card and one for this thread.
2. In this thread, click on reply and type anything you want to show before the link.
3. Go to your card window. Highlight the address for your card. (It says www. splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showphoto..... and so on)
4. Click EDIT. Click COPY
5. Go back to this thread. Click PASTE.
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I would love to play but don't got transfert sheet...do you think this could work with acetate?
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I would love to play but don't got transfert sheet...do you think this could work with acetate?

I'm not sure, Anita. I think static might mean that the pieces would jump around a little. Laying them out on thin copy paper would work better, but the last step would be hard because you would have to lay your card front down on top in exactly the right position.

If you had some VERY low tack tape or wide washi tape, you might be able to put some strips side by side and use that? It needs to be just sticky enough to hold the pieces in place while you cut them and add the foam, but not so sticky that it will damage them when you remove it.
My idea would be that you'd put a few strips, longer than your card front, of something like the delicate Frog tape or washi (and you could even press them against your jeans first to reduce the tack) sticky side up on thin copy paper. Then a strip across these at the top and bottom, sticky side down, would keep them in place on the copy paper.
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I found something to try will be back if it works, thank you for the idea
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I think you know how excited I was to see this challenge today, Sabrina! So excited to get two graduation cards done!

TLC744 Graduation Twofer by Jennifrann - at Splitcoaststampers
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I filled my bin this morning with mess...but I finally came up with this:

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Thank Sabrina for the challenge !
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TLC744 Floating pink flowers by niki1 - at Splitcoaststampers

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I've been wanting to try this so I'm glad you had it as a TLC....here's mine.
Thanks Sabrina!

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YAY I opened that box of press and seal. ( I knew I needed it but, I could never remember why...)
so, I used a bunch of stuff's I "needed" and had not played with for these cards. Thanks Sabrina.
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I made a second card, using up old stuff...
TLC744 Floating Pansy flowers by niki1 - at Splitcoaststampers

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I really enjoyed this!

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Fun technique, Sabrina! Thanks for the instructions. Finally finished my card, TLC744 Above and Beyond.
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I cut out the windows to reveal lovely colours for the cat to enjoy.
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