Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Double Silhouette...

Hi folks....

So, some new Tonic Dies arrived on Monday, and today I had a chance to play with them!
I've had my eye on this particular one for a while (Indulgence Semi Circle - 468e Butterfly Princess)...

I knew what it could do, and how to do it!!

And, "bada bing, bada boom"!.... Not displeased with it, but not hop, skip and jumping either.. Perhaps it's the colours I've chosen??
There must be more I could do with it??

Oh hell yeah!! Anyone for a double silhouette??
If you want to find out how I did it, read on McDuff!!!

First off, I knew my well used plates were going to cause my a problem in the fact that; to achieve the silhouette facing either way, you are going to have to cut backwards at some stage and there is huge potential for the scratches on your plate to be transferred to your card stock. Having played around a little bit, this will depend on the card stock you use...

So, to take away as much of the scratched area as possible, under my chosen piece of 225gsm card stock I placed a piece of 160gsm card stock as a barrier.

Line your die up as normal, and cut. Remember, you are cutting through 385gsm (225 + 160) card stock, don't expect both pieces to cut

(although they did!)

Turn the whole thing over,

and line up the die as before and cut.

Now, that's pretty cool I think you'll agree?
Admittedly, it's not perfect! (not that you can tell that from the pic. For once, my poor photography skills have benefitted me at last!!!)
There are a few scratches visible to the naked eye, but nowhere near as many without the 160gsm barrier! believe me, I have tried with and without and the difference is like chalk and cheese..
The only other thing is a slight embossing around the hairline on the image on the right. Which, on the left image will be de-bossed.. But I think I can live with that if you can??!

For no other reason other than I wanted to have a play with the new Artiste Spritzing Inks I decided to cover my White piece of card. I used Electric Blue and Ocean Blue... Are they any better than any of the other Spritzing Inks I have tried? So far no clogging of the barrel! So, so far, so good!! They seem to be highly pigmented and have a lot of mica in them, giving quite a pearlised finish, which I kinda like! But think it could do with being set in some way so as the pearlescents doesn't rub off each time you touch it.

I used Crafter's Companion Spray & Shine...

Once dry, the silhouette images were mounted onto a piece of backing paper from the Parisienne Blue collection, and there you go...

Not totally sure what sentiment to put on it, or if it actually needs one? I'll let you decide that...
Thanks for checking us out.
See you soon.


  1. Beautiful card Andy. Knowing how long you've been wanting to get your hands on this die, I'm glad you can play at last.
    Toni xx

  2. Tried a similar thing myself with the "Dorothy" shoes that fit inside the the verso dies and it worked out as you say with emboss and deboss sides, but when covered with glitter, no one could see the difference. Well done.

  3. A truly lovely card and a brilliant way of using the die as a mirror image

  4. So beautiful....elegant design