It felt like Christmas today opening my box of goodies from the pre-order of the Occasions Mini! I have to say I LOVE the new papers and the accessories are going to be fun, fun, fun!
The only hard thing was deciding what to try first. I have been mulling over a bunch of ideas for the Designer Rosette Die so I was anxious to see if they will actually work. I am happy to report that the first two ideas were a success! Not only that but now that I have worked with the die I have a stack of other ideas that I will have to experiment with.
The Designer Rosette Die is intended for making accordion style rosettes or "lollies" as they are sometimes called. It cuts a strip of paper with two decorative edges and also scores the paper at 1/2" intervals. (TIP: You need to use a premium crease pad when cutting with this die to get the proper score lines. So the "sandwich" for stacking the plates is: the die face up, the paper you are cutting, the premium crease pad and one cutting plate on top.)
My first idea was to use the decorative edge from one side and make a box pleated border. The cool thing is a twelve inch strip folds up to perfectly fit on a standard size card. CUTE!!!
Here is close-up of the box pleats:
The pleats are so easy to do -- just fold on the score lines!
1. Mountain fold the first score line.
2. Skip the next score line.
3. Mountain fold the next.
4. Valley fold the next.
5. Skip the next score line.
6. Valley fold the next.
7. Repeat all the way across the strip.
My second idea was to use the other decorative edge to make a fence using a more traditional pleating method.
Here is a picture to show this type of pleating:
1. Mountain fold on the first score line. (This gives a nice finished look to the edge.)
2. Mountain fold the second score line.
3. Valley fold the next.
4. Skip the next score line.
5. Then do mountain, valley, skip across the strip to the end.