I recently commissioned a sketchbook to be made for me by a bookbinder. It will be of mixed paper, A3 sized - and I can't wait to get started on it. It will take a while to make though, so in the meantime I'm filling my time with a few crafts and experiments. It's good to have time to just muck about a bit.
Now I'm not the best at these things, but like trying anything new so thought I'd get to grips with making a few Christmas cards. I'm using dies on an xcut machine which I'm not having masses of success with. I bought it to use as a printing press and for that purpose it's great. Cutting little bits of paper should have been a breeze but it wasn't.
I did find that using some freezer paper/waxed paper between the die and the paper you want to use helps to release the shape better. I had no success at all cutting fabric but will keep trying.
Well it's a start!
AND, the rest of the process - making it up as you go along - I'd best put down to experience!!
I wondered how you'd stick fiddly bits of card to other bits of card, and came up with the idea of using double sided sticky tape. There is probably a suitable product out there that comes in larger pieces, but this was to hand. I put the tape on the card and peeled off the backing.
I then placed the cut outs on the sticky tape and used the tape covering to press into place.
Here we are, finished. Not one of life's little joys really, but at least I know how these things work and what I don't want to do!!