I enjoyed making the little cacti using the cool new Thinlits set in a recent blog soI decided to see what I could do with my beloved Framelits dies.The die sets I am using today are.....
- Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Circles (657551)
- Sizzix Framelits Die Set 7PK - Ovals (657563)
- Sizzix Framelits Die Set 11PK - Flower Layers & Leaf (658692)
- Sizzix Framelits Die Set 10PK - Rectangles #2 (658610)
- Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 14PK - Paper Snowflakes, Mini by Tim Holtz (661569)
- Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Holiday Knit by Tim Holtz (660981)
Let's get started....After cutting a series of thin strips of card using my guillotine I attached them to a rectangle of slightly darker green card before placing the dies in a row and making the cuts. These will form the main body of the cactus. Next I die cut two flowers and using a small pair of scissors I cut between two of the petals toward the centre, before folding one petal over another to create a little dimension.
to help my cactus stand upright I took a strip of green card and folded it into quarters. After trimming away some of the circle die-cut I applied a little glue to create the triangular base which I then attached to the rear of the circle die-cut.
After choosing some small white pots in which to mount my cacti I die-cut some circles to fit into each one. Next, I assembled the cactus and attached the flower near the top with a glue gun.
To make this cactus I started by die-cutting two rectangles. I then placed the rectangle die back onto the shape as shown in the top left-hand image and re-cut the rectangle. Next, I used my trusty Corner Chomper to round off the corners of the card before cutting a long strip of card for the centre of the cactus.
After attaching the arms to the centre it's time to add a few prickles. I dug into my die stash and came up with some snowflake dies, all I needed were the little bits from the centre of each and they worked a treat!
To help it stand in the pot, I made a triangular base as with the previous cactus.
One more to complete the set and this time I'm using another seasonal die set to add decoration namely the Holiday knit set, the zig-zag element in the centre is perfect. After die-cutting five of the zig-zags from yellow card I mounted them onto pink card before die-cutting my shapes.
I die-cut three identical flowers and using a pair of scissors I cut each one from between two of the petals to the centre as shown in the fourth image above. Using a pair of tweezers, I gripped the flowers parallel to the cut and rolled it towards the centre securing with glue and I repeated this twice more to build up my flower.
I created another triangular base and attached it to the rear of the assembled cactus after trimming away part of the base.
WOW! that was fun, why not make a few of your own, you can get a huge variety of shapes, sizes and shades and you could decorate the cacti with stamps, washi tapes, sequins, gems..... you could even emboss them after cutting using some of the gorgeous Sizzix embossing folders.
Thanks for stopping by, See you all again soon.