I indulged in one single unbranded die from eBay a little while ago- I have no idea if it's a copy (I hope not) but it sure gives value for money! It has lots of little individual pieces in total on a square plate - and looked like it would be fun to play with.
Good grief, it really did test my patience - and to make things even sillier, Dumbo set out to make six cards all the same. In a lot of ways it was a good move (given all the different pieces and little snippets of card used) to run six off in one go - but it took almost forever! Plus, I almost ended up with 'crankers elbow' from using the Cuttlebug to die cut six times 17 little die cut pieces per Santa!
Anyhow, here's the result:
- A6 white card blank
- really ancient backing paper (dated 2008!) made by Craft Creations Ltd called 'Snowflakes On Dark Blue' - trimmed slightly smaller and glued onto the card front
- the unbranded die (called 'Santa') and lots of Stick It backed snippets of card in red, flesh, light grey, black, yellow gold, blue and shimmery white
- as I die cut the pieces I was careful to store them in plastic dishes before then assembling the Santas onto rectangles of white card
- then die cut the images using a die from the Spellbinders Labels Eighteen set and added the edging by running a ball ended embossing tool around the die cut piece while it was in the die
- glued the image panels in place
- used scraps from the image panel die cutting to stamp the 'Ho Ho Ho' using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamp from Woodware's 'Huge Santa' stamp set
- punched the sentiment out using SU's 'Word Window' and then layered it onto a red backing which was punched out using SU's 'Modern Label' punch
- glued the sentiment in place then went and had a long lie down to recover!
I had to give Santa a grey beard and moustache 'cos of using the white background - he would have blended in too much otherwise I think. So, this is a Santa who uses Grecian 2000! Remember that stuff that men used to use when they spotted a few grey hairs appearing? You could spot it a mile off!
Santa's little eyes were sooooo fiddly but I didn't trust myself to draw them freehand :)
Much as I loved using the die set, I have a feeling it's gonna be quite a while before it comes out to play again!
EDIT: Good grief, I almost forgot that this is for October's Rudolph Days Challenge - run by the lovely Mo.