Monday, September 15, 2008

Die Cut Star

More fun with the sizzix 5-point 3-d star die. This one was done using the .008 tin that is on the 50 approved materials list for the Big Shot & sizzix dies.

My original thought was that I would be able to bend the star on the score lines and make a 3-d star like this one, only in the tin.

No such luck. The tin is too stiff to bend easily by hand without distorting the shape or the star points. If I had a mini brake, I could bend it perfectly. I asked my husband about it, and he made some suggestions. I'll be playing around with the idea again when I have more time, and let you all know what I figure out.

In the meantime, here is a picture of the flat tin star I wound up making:



Even though it is not 3-d, it is still gorgeous, and will make a very sturdy and durable holiday decoration for years to come.

I used Baroque Motifs again, and silver embossing powder to emboss the image on each point of the star separately before assembling the star.

TIPS:

**Use an alligator clip tool or clothespin tool to hold your tin pieces as you emboss them. The tin gets very hot and you will get burned if you try to emboss them while holding them in your bare hands.

**Make sure the tin is clean and free of fingerprints before stamping and embossing. The ep will stick to fingerprints on the tin otherwise.

**I used the color spritzer tool to blow away the stray bits of embossing powder before embossing. It worked beautifully, and was much easier than trying to use a paintbrush with this intricate design.

**I haven't done it on mine yet, but the cropodile wil easily punch a hole in the top of the star so I can thread some pretty SU! ribbon through it and hang it.

**Cut away the flap on one side of each point, and then glue the flap on the other side under the piece next to it to create the star. (I am realizing I should take some pictures for a tutorial maybe...but it will have to wait until Wednesday).

All images © Stampin' Up!

All products to make this project (except the tin)can be purchased through me- click here. Choose "shop now" to order online, or "contact me" to e-mail me.

I hope you enjoyed this project! I plan to be busy making many more fun holiday projects this fall, so stay tuned!

Have a great day!

love,

Laura

2 comments:

Kimberly Van Diepen said...

I just love that. What a wonderful idea.

Sue Drees said...

Laura

I love the star! It's beautiful.
What about the soft metal sheets in the tubes, do you think that would work?

Sue Drees