Cutting shapes by hand from paper or card can often lead to uneven edges, incorrect sizings or projects that just don’t look quite right. While it can be fun to try and go it alone, we’ve got the perfect solution to these problems – the Gemini Elements Nesting Dies! These versatile sets of dies can be used for a whole host of projects, including cards, scrapbooks, gift tags and so much more, so they’d make the perfect addition to any stash.
There are nine sets available – three shapes in three different edge designs. We’ve got squares, rectangles and hexagons, each with a stitched edge, a torn edge or a scalloped edge, so there’s bound to be a set that suits your needs.
Stitch Edge – these dies will cut out the shapes whilst adding an embossed, stitched detail around the inside edges.
Torn Edge – adds a torn edge when cutting out the shapes, so you don’t have to hand-tear, helping you to avoid mistakes.
Scallop Edge – cuts the shapes with a delicate scalloping around the outer edge, giving almost a doily effect.
As these are nesting dies, each set set features a number of dies that decrease in size. That means that each die has been scaled to fit perfectly in the centre of the next size up, giving you the opportunity to create some lovely layers on your projects or create fantastic frames. You could even try pairing up dies from across the sets for a beautiful effect.
Not only are they ideal for cutting out shapes, they’re also perfect for cutting in, so you can try your hand at creating aperture cards, shaker cards or pretty peekaboo cards! You can then use the negatives of these cut ins as gift tags or embellishments for other projects. The possibilities truly do go on!
Use these dies exactly how would use any standard die – simply place your chosen die with the blade side facing upwards on to your cutting plate. Add your favourite card or paper on top, then sandwich the whole thing with another cutting plate. Slowly roll this through your die-cutting machine and you’ll be left with a crisp cut every time.
If you’re creating frames, just put the larger shape on to the cutting plate and add the smaller shape inside. Use some Low Tack Tape to hold both dies in place, then continue with your sandwich before rolling through the machine.
We absolutely love an easel card here at Crafter’s Companion!
We know that you’re going to love the versatility of the Gemini Elements Nesting Dies as much as we do, and we hope you’re looking forward to discovering all the incredible effects you can achieve with them.
We hope this post has given you a bit of inspiration, so we’d love to see your nesting die creations on social media. Share your photos with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #crafterscompanion.
Transform your papercraft projects into a springtime garden with the Spring is in the Air range from Nature’s Garden. Packed full of flowers, pastel shades and adorable spring-themed sentiments, this is the ideal range to add a bit of femininity into your stash!
With this amazing card project from Sharon Nettleship, you can inject a bit of springtime fun into your recipients life! Featuring an adorable couple cuddled up under an umbrella, incredible 3D flowers and a ‘dancing in the rain’ sentiment, this is such a fun card to create!
Using a 7″ x 7″ blank card, trim off a panel measuring 4 1/2 cm. Pick one of the papers from the Nature’s Garden pad, create a panel to fit and adhere it to the front of the card leaving a small margin. Take another contrasting piece of paper and again, create a panel and adhere it to the bottom layer leaving another small margin. Do the same again to the inside of the card.
Die-cut the Doily Frame, Corner and Border using different papers. Die-cut the border four times and trim to size, as this will make the frame around the main image.
Stamp and die-cut the umbrella on to the Neenah cardstock. Die-cut three Asters in each of the sizes. Die-cut four medium and three small leaves.
Stamp the main image on to a piece of Neenah card. Colour the skin in with the Fair Skin Blend TriBlend. Now the fun bit, dressing up your images! Stamp the image on to different pieces of the papers from the pad and cut out. Adhere them to your pre-stamped image on the cardstock. Add the Doily Corner in the bottom left. Do the same for the asters, leaves and umbrella.
Tip: if you stamp the paper pieced pieces in Finesse Noir Black, then clear embossing powder, it leaves a nice raised image, which makes it easier for you to follow and cut out.
Stamp the sentiment on to another piece of patterned paper and frame it with the Doily Frame. You may have to trim the frame down in the centre to allow all of the sentiment to show.
Now construct your card as shown in the photo. Use 3D pads to adhere the sentiment frame and umbrella, and use Collall glue for the other components. To finish off the card, add Just Pearls to the centres of your Asters. Allow the whole thing to dry and then it’s ready to go!
This exquisite card is sure to be loved by any recipient. You could even switch up the sentiment to make this a cute Valentine’s card! We can’t wait to see what you come up with, so be sure to share your creations with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #crafterscompanion.
Looking for a bit of inspiration on how to use the Nature’s Garden Poinsettia Perfection collection? Take a look at the video above to see Debby Robinson create a beautiful card topper with 3D poinsettia flowers and a snowflake flurry background!
Come along and watch Leann’s monthly Spectrum Noir show! Today, she’ll be giving you all a first look at the new Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens, so if you love a bit of glitz and glamour, this is the Facebook Live for you!
We know how daunting it can be when you’re first getting started in the world of sewing, quilting or patchwork. There are so many different tools that claim to be great for beginners, but turn out to be completely useless or very difficult to use.
If you’re currently in this situation, don’t panic! We’ve put together a list of nine essential tools that we think you should have in your kit. It doesn’t matter whether you’re interested in sewing, quilting or patchwork – these bits and bobs can be used across all three disciplines. So what are you waiting for? Take a look and stock up that sewing kit!
This seems like an obvious one, but there’s more to thread than you think! Try to use the same fibre content as your fabric, so pair cotton fabrics to cotton threads, poly with poly and so on, but don’t get too hung up about it! As with your fabric, choose the best quality that you can. Higher quality thread will feel smoother, be stronger and be less fibrous than cheap thread.
Some inks melt away when they’re still wet, while some simply just fade away. Our Threaders Erasable Fabric Pens disappear when heat is applied, just like a pencil when rubbed with an eraser! This means that any marks are removed once your piece is ironed and if you make any mistakes with the pen, you can just apply heat to restart!
A seam ripper is must in case you need to unpick your stitches – it happens to the best of us! The slides under the stitch, while the blade at the back cuts through the thread. They do blunt over time, so it’s best to keep a couple in stock. We have a selection of seam rippers available, but we love the Sew Easy Soft-Touch Seam Ripper. It’s small, non-slip and so easy to use!
4. Fabric clips
Fabric clips make a brilliant alternative to pins, resulting in safer sewing and preventing damage to fabrics. They’re also much easier to sew over than pins, so we’d recommend them any day. Our Threaders Quilting Clips provide you with 15 clips per pack, so they’re great if you’re just getting started. They’re strong, easy to handle and capable of holding several layers of fabric together, so they’re essential for quilters.
5. Point turner
The tip of a bamboo point turner is absolutely brilliant for poking the corners of your projects to right side out. You can also use the rounded end to smooth out curves and seams, so this is a fabulously multi-functional tool.
This also seems like an obvious one, but by investing in a good pair of scissors, you’ll really notice the difference in your textile projects. Always use dressmaking shears for fabric, but don’t use them for anything else, otherwise they’ll become blunt. Use small embroidery scissors or snips for cutting curves or trimming threads. Pinking shears stop woven material from fraying and help to add a decorative edge. There are tons of scissors available, so take a look and see which would be best for you!
While we could go on about fabric clips for ages, pins do have some uses. Glass head or flower head pins are especially handy as you can clearly see them if you drop any, and the colours stand out on patterned fabrics. Needles are also always handy to have around! For hand stitching (there will always be a little), we recommend ‘sharps’, plus an embroidery needle for thicker threads.
8. Rotary cutter, ruler and mat
You’ll use a rotary cutter for practically any project. We’ve got a standard 45mm rotary cutter for heavy duty cutting and larger pieces of fabric, or a 28mm rotary cutter for more precision and delicate areas, so you can take your pick as to which would be best for you! We recommend investing in a rectangular ruler and a self-healing cutting mat too, as they’ll give you the most accurate cut – so much quicker than scissors.
9. Tape measure
Tape measures are absolutely key when it comes to soft crafts. Go for a plastic coated one as they don’t stretch. A clear ruler is also useful, along with a bendy ruler for measuring curves.
We hope that this little list has helped some of you out, whether you’re a beginner in needlecrafts or a pro looking to stock up a bit! We’d love to hear what some of your essentials are, so let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #crafterscompanion.
Welcome to another installment of our wonderful Watch Along Wednesday series! We’ve got a super fun and colourful one for you today, as David Falcon is demonstrating the incredible Gemini Mandala Stamp and Dies!
Mandalas originate from India and focus on symmetry, so these stamp and die sets are the perfect way to add a touch of Eastern delight to your projects. With symmetrical designs centred around a circle, these traditional symbols represent the universe and all of the cosmos, so if you’re looking to bring ethereal beauty to your projects, these sets are the way to go.
If these sound like something you can see in your collection, have a watch of David’s project video below! He uses the Zen set to build a stunning 3D card design with beautiful pops of colour that create an unbelievable focal point.
Gemini Mandala Stamp & Die Sets by Crafter's Companion - YouTube
Each Mandala set includes one complete mandala stamp, plus several dies. The idea is that you can use the dies to create different sizes of mandala, which can be layered on top of each other to create one 3D embellishment. Use with a variety of colouring mediums to create different effects. The mandalas are statement-sized and have been designed to take centre stage on your cards and papercrafting projects.
You can use them for heat embossing, for creating wall art, for stamping on to fabric, for adding to candles and so much more! They’re such a diverse selection of sets that would make a brilliant addition in absolutely any collection.
A selection of glitters was also released alongside these Mandala Stamp and Dies, so we recommend having a play with them to see the amazing effects that can be achieved!
We hope you enjoyed this exciting and exotic edition of Watch Along Wednesday. Make sure you check back next week to see David getting crafty with the Gemini Nesting Dies! In the meantime, make sure you share your Mandala Stamp and Die creations with us on social media using the #WatchAlongWed hashtag!
Gemini Christmas Top word edgeables Z Fold card tutorial - YouTube
Ready to get Christmas crafting? Take a look at this demo video from Fiona Clayton as she shows you how to use the Gemini Christmas Top Word Edge’able Stamp and Dies. She makes the most beautiful Z fold card that you can easily recreate with more traditional Christmas elements or fun, quirky embellishments!
Fancy sprucing up your home? Our Glitter Paste and Home Decor Stencils could be for you! Take a look at the video above to see Lizzy Curtis customise her tote bags with these products and be amazed at the effects she achieves!