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Last night I was tickled to spend some time with one of my favorite Stampin' Up! customers, Sandy. She recently purchased a Big Shot and wanted a few pointers on how to use this great tool. I put together a couple of simple projects that would showcase a number of different techniques for the Big Shot and its accessories. Here's the first project we made together.
This cute basket was inspired by project shown here at Becky Roberts' blog, Inking Idaho. We started with a Bigz die and the Standard Cutting Plates making a simple sandwich to roll through the Big Shot for the Scalloped Circles [Standard Cutting Plate + Bigz Scallop Circle die foam side up + 2 pieces of Textured cardstock face down on foam cutting surface + Standard Cutting Plate]. Then we made a sandwich to make a box [XL Cutting Pad + XL mylar shim + Box #2 Bigz XL die foam side up + Textured cardstock face down + Extended Premium Crease pad]. The box lid and fold in flaps for the box lid were removed and the box assembled.
Because we were using Textured cardstock, we placed the Scallop Circles face to face and punched the basket handles with the Large Oval punch. Then the Scallop Circles were adhered to the box. Note that the Scallop Circles are not a complete circle. Rather than use two large pieces of cardstock and cut some of the circle off, we used a smaller piece of cardstock and only cut the part of the Scallop Circle that we needed.
To decorate the basket, we stamped the flower bunch from Happy Moments [a stamp set you can get for FREE until March 31st with a merchandise order of $50] and colored the image with a blender pen and some vivid Spring colors. We distressed the edges of the Whisper White and Dusty Durango cardstocks and adhered them. A double rectangle was punched over the flower stems and a piece of Crushed Curry 1/2" dotted grosgrain ribbon was threaded through the double rectangle to create a bow. The floral decoration was adhered to the basket with Stampin' Dimensionals.
As I was making this basket with Sandy I thought of so many different ways I could use this simple little basket. It's just so darn cute!
Stamps: Happy Moments; Inks: Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango, Gable Green, Glorious Green, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry; Cardstock: Crushed Curry Textured, Dusty Durango Textured, Whisper White; Embellishments: Crushed Curry 1/2" dotted grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip; Tools: Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Hobby Knife, Cutting Mat, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Pads, Bigz Scallop Circle die, XL Cutting Pads, Bigz Box #2 die, XL Premium crease pad w/mylar shim; double rectangle punch; Cutter Kit (edge distresser)