Kind of a loooooooooong post, so I hope you have a cuppa (or ice cold beverage, depending on the weather where you are, of course) to enjoy while you're reading today's blatherings. *wink*
It started with this stuff (see above): Some tissue paper I'd gotten a long (like forever) time ago, a fry box die and some polka dot patterned card stock in slate (by Canvas Corp., I think) found at Impress (any time I find paper like this, I have a tendency to clean off the racks and leave none for anyone else, I'm afraid . . . oops! Sorry. OK, not really.), Primo Label Dies, and the zig zag punch.
When I bought the label dies, I had a card-making idea in mind for them. But, when I opened the package, I could see it wasn't going to work as I had initially thought because the two labels were actually connected end-to-end. I think I mentioned seeing someone perform a little DIE-ssection (HAH!) on their dies in order to use them in a way different than they were originally designed for. Actually, a number of peeps have done this–Cristina, Sarah, and my buddy Ellen.
Knowing they had been succesful, and, as Sarah said, being willing to re-buy them if I ruined them in my attempt, I decided to perform some surgical modifications myself. *gasp* Be forewarned, this definitely requires some elbow grease and patience, if the die shapes are connected by more than a "tine" or "web"; these are steel dies so you'll need something that can cut through steel/sheet metal (I found some aviator snips with serrated blades), and a metal file (I used one from the Basic Grey Precision File Set) so you can smooth down any sharp edges/corners.
And, yes; I'd wear safety goggles. Just sayin' . . . *chuckle*
I didn't actually take any pics of the surgical process itself–I was on a mission, impatient, it was 1am and I didn't really have the best lighting anyhoo at that hour . . . LOL!
Basically, I did what the aforementioned brave chicks did: scored a line with an X-acto knife, and then cut thru it with the aviator snips. Because it was a single and straight cut, things kinda happened more quickly than I anticipated (!) and the smaller die winged off over my right shoulder with just one squeeze of the snips. Which is why I highly recommend wearing safety goggles. After that, I filed the sharp corners down, rounding them off like the others, for a nice finish.
So, why in the world did I go to all this trouble? Yes, yes, I'm whacked; helloOOooo! Everybody already knows that! *rolling eyeballs* It was because I really wanted to use that shape as a "window" to stamp greetings thru. I've seen gorgeous Letterpress cards with the sentiment appearing thru a lovely little window. And, you *know* how we crafty chicas are over such things; we see them, and we sez to ourselves (OK, more like we shrieks internally to ourselves):
I COULD SO TOTALLY MAKE THAT!!!
So I did. Heh, heh, heh!
Moving on to the fry box itself. Lemme just say, this die ROCKS! It's wafer thin, so that's great for storage, but it cuts so *crisply*! Oy! I used to trace and hand-cut, then score these thingie bobs out. If you wanna talk whacked, THAT, my friends, is whacked! It's all one piece, so there's hardly any assembly–just fold on the perfed score lines and glue the sides up!
And, ladies & gentlemen, because the whole die is only comprised of the outline and score lines, none of the etchings on the cutting plate of my Big Shot transfered to the paper. None whatsoever! I was so pleasantly surprised by this! AND, the way the die is sized and designed, you can get two fry boxes (Yes, you read that correctly: 2 !!!) from a single sheet of 8.5 x 11" card stock.
Wait for it . . .
Wait for it . . .
DAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN' 'BOUT!!!
WOW! You are still here???!!! This was like the Never-ending Story! You are AMAZING!!! *wink*
Have a fabby weekend!
The rest of the stuff used:
Stamps: "Hi There!" (Clear Design Thinking Of You Set by Hero Arts, Retired?), Reverse Scallop Seal by Impress Rubber Stamps, "4" (Birthday Builder Set by A Muse Studio), "U" (Classic Alphabet S et by A Muse Studio)
Ink: Fresh Ink by Impress Rubber Stamps in Tomato Red, Slate & Sicilian Blue
1 3/4" Circle Punch by EK Success
Chevron Twill Ribbon by May Arts
Tissue Paper (source unknown)