By Judi Kauffman
Shimmer Sheetz is sturdy and durable and light as a feather**, ideal for making card stands to send along with your cards! The Card Stand/Easel die is just under 5” tall x 6” wide – the easels fit into an A7 (5” x 7”) envelope when flat, an A2 envelope when folded in half. (**Easels shown weigh .05 oz. including the decorations.)
I designed a trio to highlight the versatility of the die. Each incorporates vinyl peel-offs. Like Shimmer Sheetz, the peel-offs are waterproof. If the easel gets dusty it can be wiped with a damp cloth.
First up: Orange Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz with lacy black ‘Ribbon Radar’ border peel-offs for fall theme cards or those special Halloween cards you’re not yet ready to tuck away. Peel-offs were lined up on the SS prior to cutting so all edges are crisp and finished. (Tip: Combine the lacy ribbon pieces with the bold negative strips or ‘leftovers’ to create an interesting design as shown, not just the lacy pieces.)
Next: Blue Iridescent SS with glittery silver snowflakes for winter and holiday cards. Peel-offs were added in a symmetrical arrangement AFTER the easel was die cut and where the snowflakes extended past the edges they were trimmed away with fine point scissors.
Finally: Raspberry Metallic SS with Glitter Flowers in Gold/Silver for birthdays, feminine cards, and more. Most of the flowers are lined up in diagonal rows, the rest randomly sprinkled to fill the space and create more visual interest.
- If you are new to die cutting Shimmer Sheetz, watch Els van de Burgt’s YouTube tutorial. A metal adaptor plate in your machine’s cutting sandwich (or the Big Shot machine with Precision Base Plate) is REQUIRED for die cutting SS – the cutting side of the die faces down toward the metal plate; the SS goes face up in between.
- Die cut easels as follows:
*If using long border strip-style peel-offs, position the peel-offs prior to die cutting.
*If using peel-offs that need to be positioned in a symmetrical pattern or are small enough to be easily trimmed at the edges of the easel, die cut prior to adding the stickers.
MORE IDEAS AND OPTIONS
*Use neutral colors like Basic Black or Bronze Metallic Shimmer Sheetz for easels to use year-round. Display favorite photos, a calendar, etc.
*Switch the color combination to coordinate with the card being sent or to go with special cards you have received!
*Alter the Shimmer Sheetz with Tim Holtz/Ranger Alcohol Inks instead of using peel-off decorations.
*Stamp an allover pattern with StazOn ink prior to die cutting.
*Use an embossing folder to add texture after die cutting. If the folder isn’t big enough to emboss the entire surface in one pass, emboss one side at a time.
*Before adding them to the easel, alter the peel-offs with Alcohol Inks, StazOn applied straight from the pad, or alcohol-based markers to add even more possibilities.
*Decorate the back of the easel, too, if it will be displayed where both sides are visible (like on the desk in an office).
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