Have you ever played with a Quickutz squeeze tool? Well, if you haven’t you don’t know how much fun you are missing out on.
I got my Quickutz Squeeze many years ago when I was a really good girl and Santa gave me exactly what was on my wish list. I was so excited when I unwrapped the parcels to find Christmas Craft tools inside – what a treat! Of course, all I wanted to do was play with it, but apparently Christmas day is all about Family time, and not about locking yourself in a room full of pretty paper and delightful embellishments!
I was gobsmacked to find that nowadays you can pick up a squeeze tool and a set of dies for less than £20, but with the advancement of technology within the crafting market I guess its hardly surprising, what with the Craft Robo, Cricut and the Making Memories Slice becoming more and more accessible to the everyday crafter. Nevertheless I do love my Quickutz tool and enjoy browsing through the many sleeves full of dies in the bulging folder on the shelf. And what a great gift to give someone who loves to craft!
One thing I like about the Quickutz Squeeze tool (and indeed many other personal die cutting machines) is that you can cut through other materials other than paper. I have cut through felt, leather paper, foiled paper, and foam too.
Today I am sharing a quick and quirky card made with a few Quickutz dies, and I would like to show you another way in which you can use your die cutting machine: for stamping onto your projects. Its as easy as cutting your shape, or in this case letters, out of foam and adhering them to a flat surface or acrylic block. For convenience I used self adhesive foam, so that I never even had to go anywhere near messy glue. I cut them out and peeled off the backing to stick them unto a matchbox. One thing to bear in mind though is to make sure you place the letters on the block back-to-front so that when you ink it up and stamp it, it reads the correct way round….ah, rookie mistake! (we’ve all been there!)
I did exactly this with this mini gift card. The flower has been cut from scraps using my Quickutz flower die and I’ve added a brad to secure the printed ribbon in place. Using permanent pens I coloured the brad to ressemble a cute little ladybug which gives this mini card an extra touch of sweetness! After stamping the message, I used a black journaling pen to add the linking word, and I think the script writing looks soft and elegant next to the rigid bold font for the lettering.
I hope you like it, why don’t you give it a try?