Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Die Cut Mania with Eileen Hull!

Hello there Eileen Hull fans. During the month of May, Eileen's designers have been been sharing techniques and tricks for all things die cutting. Practical tips, unusual materials and out of the box thinking have all been shared for your inspiration. If you've been out of the loop, check out the May posts on Eileen's blog to catch up!

I decided to show some ways to incorporate fabric for my project. I had a piece of colorful flannel that I thought would make a great journal cover. (For some past journal projects made incorporating fabric and felt check out the posts here, here and here.)

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The journal is made using the Skinny Mini Book Box Die. This is a versatile die that can made up as a container or a journal.

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I also used a different material for the blue die cut flowers. It's called crinoline, a stiffened open weave fabric used for facings or millinery. It comes in white but you can dye it any color you want. It's perfect for die cutting and adds a great texture.

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I also used the pocket from the Frame Pocket Journal Die to add inside. Mixing and matching parts from different dies is fair game!

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Now on to the how-to:

Step 1 – Adhesive sheets are the best thing to use to adhere fabric to board. Wet adhesive can soak through the fabric although I have had success using Distress Collage Medium (a 'non-gloopy' wet adhesive) with a thicker fabric.

I first applied sheets of adhesive to the pieces of mat board and then carefully smoothed the fabric over it. (Watch out for wrinkles!) I die cut the covers after applying the fabric.

Step 2 – The steel rule Scoreboards dies easily cut through both the fabric and mat board. I made sure to leave the fabric off of the spine part on the back cover so there would be less bulk and a better gluing surface on the spine.

Step 3 – Here's a closer look at the flowers cut from the dyed crinoline:

Step 4 –  parts for the embellishment on the front

Step 5 – Mix and match parts from all your different dies! Here I used the pocket from the Frame Pocket Journal Die in the back of this journal.

Step 6 – I punched holes into the spine so I could string elastic in to bind in the two signatures.

All you have to do is slip each signature under one of the elastic straps. Easy!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to keep an eye on Eileen's blog for more inspiration from the Educator and Inspiration Teams.

Supplies used:

Eileen Hull Die - Skinny Mini Book Box ( SizzixSB , FJ )
Eileen Hull Die - Frame Pocket Journal ( SizzixSB )
Eileen Hull Die - Flower, Heart & Soul (retired)
Eileen Hull Thinlits Die Set - Snail Mail ( SizzixSB , FJ )
Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Ledger Script
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Doodle Art 2 ( SB, FJ )
Eileen Hull Stamp Sets - Making Plans, Snail Mail Postage

Distress Archival Ink - Black Soot, Garden Patina, Vintage Photo
Distress Oxide Ink - Salvaged Patina, Speckled Egg
Distress Stains - Saltwater Taffy, Salvaged Patina
Distress Oxide Stains - Speckled Egg
Distress Crayons
Sizzix Mat board

Tim Holtz Idea-ology:
Paper Dolls
Transparent Wings

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