Hello Gracelets!! Of all the projects I made with the July Die of the Month, this is my favorite and I thought I would highlight it today. We are doing a team hop today, so you are about to fall in love with the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month for July 2020, Fanfare. This large filigree filled oval reminds us of an oval doily. The open aperture center works like a frame for images or even a shaker. Use only half of Fanfare to make it appear rounded, or as a border or pocket. The fan motif can be cut, tucked in, or layered to create a number of embellishments in no time. Ahhhh, romance, can you ever get enough?
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Not only do you get the large romantic die that fits a 5×7” card or frame, you get a smaller fan motif die that will make corners or embellishments. Four flower dies allow you to create beautiful dimensional accents. What a great value, above and beyond the low kit price! Fanfare is a $45 value.
These are some ways to use Fanfare:
- As a Background
- As a Large Frame
- A Shaker
- Make Corner Embellishments from the Fan motif
- Cut in half the short way to make a topper
- Cut in half the long way to make a border or edge
- Fold in half to make a pocket
How many ideas do you have?
There are SIX dies included in the Fanfare set
My Project Today using Fanfare
I knew that I wanted to make a box or bag, the moment I saw this die. Since the doily motif most looks like a flap, it seemed like a bag would be the winner.
This may look complicated but in fact, it’s one of the easiest things I’ve made. It essentially takes two sheets of 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper. Flat panels and scoring change these pieces into a bag. It’s a refreshing change from a box :-)
I love place settings and favors! It’s a win when someone sits down to a place setting and is ultimately blown away. In that vein, to have something as inexpensive as paper give that wow factor, makes this project a no brainer.
I knew I wanted a print background and I wanted the fan motifs of the die set to emulate lace. I also knew that I wanted that ethereal look from vellum. This bag is clean and classic but my next attempts will be printed florals. Imagine filling this with petite chocolates for your guests to take home. It’s perfect to accommodate small things – a ring, a necklace, a gift card, some money.
Designer Tip: Use glue sparingly! There is no need to create a full continuous line of glue when you’re going around a perimeter. I simply drag a line and I don’t worry about whether the glue skips in places or not. Basically, if less is more in this case. Very quickly trace around your outlines and as long as you have some sparse glue in your tracing, it’s much better than a thick defined line of glue. There is a sweet spot and as you keep testing you will find the sweet spot.
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Natural White – Cover – 80lb Smooth, Gold Mirror Paper, Vellum
Accessories: Pearls, Amazing Paper Grace July 2020 Die of the Month by Spellbinders – Fanfare
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What will you make with Fanfare? A card? A scrapbook page? Home decor?
Tell me below in the comments!