Thursday, 19 May 2011

Top Note topper

If you have the Big Shot, or a similar machine, you absolutely must get the Top Note Die!  It’s exclusive to Stampin’ Up!® so you won’t find it anywhere other than in our gorgeous Mini catalogue. And you won't regret it, honest! 

I admit I overlooked this to begin with but there are loads and LOADS of things you can do with it. I’ll be showing you some of them over the next week or so, starting with this really simple idea to create a topper. Straight lines will look soooo boring from now on!

But first, back to the die. It measures 14cm x 15.2cm, but obviously it cuts a shape a little smaller than that. As well as the outline, it cuts lovely a little dotted inline, too, rather like stitching. It’s very cool.  The Big Shot is a mighty machine which will cut more than one sheet of cardstock at a time. For simple shapes I have cut four sheets, but with the Top Note die, you will lose the dotted line. I found two sheets was the maximum, and even then, the dotted line was not as pronounced on the bottom sheet. Just so you know!

When you’ve die-cut your Top Note, you can use it on cards and scrapbook pages but you can also use it to make 3D items, it’s a very versatile shape.  I’ve even used it to make a mini album, binding together several Top Notes to create pages. More on that another time (ie, I’ve not finished it yet!).

At my workshops (home parties) I always hold a prize draw with a small stamping prize. This was one of this month’s – just a stamp and some ribbon but enough to make somebody’s day.

The topper is simply the Top Note, scored down the centre and folded in half. Tape a cello bag inside and then you can decorate the outside to suit. I went for the old favourite combo of  the 1 1/8” and 1 ¼” circle punches, teamed with the Scallop Circle Punch – it’s a classic combination which you’ll never tire of.  The stamps are from Just Believe, which is a beautiful stamp set – one of our larger ones but well worth the investment.

Stamps: Just Believe
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo
Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Die, 1 1/8” circle punc, 1 ¼” circle punch, Scallop Circle Punch, ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon - Pretty in Pink, small cello bag

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1 comment:

  1. Just bought it Helen and used it on a card last night for the first time. Love it!!!! can't wait to try your idea.


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