Little B is a product name that we’ve known for a while in the craft world, but they are new (at least newer) in the die market. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to try Little B dies — I really like their creativity in approaching the basics, as well as the versatility that they offer. Today I want to show you three new sets of dies from Little B — Halloween, Autumn and Holiday. They are seasonal sets, and I just love them! Here are some cards featuring them —
As you’ve probably seen before, the Little B dies are wafer thin dies. They can be used with most die cutting/embossing machines. I used my Sizzix Big Shot and got great results with them. I love the convenience of the magnetic storage binder that keeps the little pieces in place so it is much more difficult to lose something, etc. Each of these die sets can be used separately, or in conjunction with other stamp and die sets that you currently have. My sample cards illustrate both approaches.
For the Halloween cards, I had so much trouble deciding among the little elements that are available. I ended up featuring the ghosts and the spider, but wish I had more time to do something with the bat! Be sure to check him out on the video. Little B always puts emphasis on the design and on the details. The little bat was designed with dimensional wings that make him so very cute for Halloween projects! Anyway, each of the Halloween cards was quick and easy to complete. Both are A-2 sized cards (4.25″ x 5.5″). For the spider card, it was simply a matter of finding the right background paper and sentiment. The paper is Authentique Spellbound – Spiderweb. The sentiment is from Impression Obsession. Too fun. So then it was just a matter of cutting out the little web piece from ivory cardstock, and the spider from black cardstock. The sentiment is stamped in Onyx Black Versafine ink on ivory cardstock. I edged the sentiment with a little of the black ink to make it stand out. I used a natural hemp twine to “hang” the spider from the web.
For the ghost card, I simply cut three of the ghosts from white cardstock. I stamped the Magnolia Boo Background Stamp in Cloud White VersaMagic chalk ink on black cardstock, and used a decorative corner chomper to soften the corners. I attached the background with dimensional adhesive, and the ghosts with Scor-Tape. The eyes on one of the ghosts hit in the “wrong” place (on the white chalk ink), so I used my black Gelly Roll pen to fill them in. With ribbon and a bow at the bottom, the card was complete — how easy peasy. The background paper was from the Jolees Halloween paper pad.
I created the Autumn card using only the Little B die set. I cut each of the elements from colored cardstock, and then assembled them on the acorn background paper (Authentique Harvest – Acorn). With so many colors of leaves to cut, I thought it was a good time to test and see if I could cut multiple layers of paper with the Little B dies. It worked! The cardstock I was using wasn’t too heavy (probably 80 lb. max.), and the die cut easily through both layers at once. I wasn’t sure this was possible given how thin these dies really are. Yay! The dark box at the top of the card says “Give Thanks”. This is one of the dies in the set. Rather than cutting letters, it embosses them into the paper. It was very difficult to get a photo that really shows that detail well. I rubbed on some gold ink to help, so hopefully that is enough that you can see it. There are still a number of dies in this set that I didn’t use, other leaves, circles (or berries) and feathers. I wanted this to be a very quick and simple card, so I didn’t spend a lot of time edging the leaves with color, etc. That certainly would make them stand out more against the background. I used my black Gelly Roll pen to add some facial features to the squirrel.
Finally, my card for the Holiday die set features only the large ornament and the holly and berries dies. There is a lot more to offer in the set — pin branch, light swag, etc. I cut three ornaments from gold metallic cardstock, and sets of holly leaves and berries for each. I used a 1/8″ ribbon to suspend the ornaments, and a dimensional adhesive to raise them from the paper a little. I decorated each with the holly leaves and berries. The sentiment is from an Our Daily Bread stamp set, “Turtle Dove Ornament”, and is stamped in Delicata Golden Glitz ink. I put a piece of green cardstock behind the ivory cardstock to frame it a little more. Again, another super easy card! Sorry that the photo didn’t turn out as well as I wanted it to — I had so much trouble with glare on the gold paper.
Please be sure to watch the short video for a closer look at each of these die sets. They are a good value, and I know you would enjoy using them for your seasonal paper crafting needs.
Supply List —
Little B Dies — Halloween, Autumn and Holiday
Die cutting/embossing machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot
Patterned papers — Authentique Harvest – Acorn and Spellbound – Spiderweb; SEI Holiday Traditions Cardmaker pad; Jolees Halloween paper pad.
Assorted solid cardstock
Adhesives — regular tape; Scor-Tape (1/4″ and 1/8″); dimensional adhesive
inks — Versafine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Cloud White; Delicata Golden Glitz
Stamps — Magnolia Stamps – Boo Background; Our Daily Bread – Turtle Dove Ornament
natural hemp twine
1/8″ gold ribbon; Halloween ribbon
Thanks and Happy Scrappin!