That's right, my moxie fab friends, Cool Tools for Paper Crafters has 164 glorious pages that show you how to use your die cutting, embossing and debossing, scoring, cutting and trimming, punches, distressing, adhesive, specialty, and stamping tools in innovative ways. What's more, we even show you how to use tools from around the house that you might never have thought of using on a paper crafted project before this out-of-the-tool-box issue came along.
And as if all that weren't Paper Crafts plenty, we've also got some moxie fab ways to use your computer as a tool, and we even help you understand how to use color as a tool.
Phew! That's a whole lotta tools! Add our step-by-step instructions, photo step-outs on select projects that help take the mystery out of how to create special effects with your tools, the low-down on what your "essential" tool kit should contain, as well as some amazing storage ideas, and I tell you what--this is one special issue you simply can't afford to miss!
Which is also why we've got such a fun celebration planned for you here in the Moxie Fab World as well as on Paper Crafts Connection, and I can't WAIT to get this party started!
We begin with a challenge--the Die Cutting Challenge. As it says in the introduction to this section in the magazine, From bold images to fun sentiments and alphabets, die cutting has never been more popular--especially when most die cut machines can cut through mediums like felt, fabric, vinyl, and much more. Whether you own a manual or electric die cut machine, [we've] got projects you'll be "die-ing" to try.
I couldn't have said it better myself (so I didn't even try.) ;)
Let me show you what I mean:
Elegant Thank You Card by Kimberly Crawford, p. 19
Moxie Fab Alert: I love the way Kimberly has treated the die-cut butterfly in this card. She used color as the creative design treatment to give it some serious pizazz!
Apple for the Teacher Card by Betsy Veldman, p. 17
Moxie Fab Alert: Not only is this a supah fun card, but I love the effect Betsy achieves in layering the core of the apple. By decreasing the size of the apple cores on her digital die cut machine and stitching them together, the three-dimensional effect is, well, simply moxie fab!
Floral Congrats Card by Julia Stainton, p. 23
Moxie Fab Alert: One of my favorite uses of die-cut machines is the simplest--die-cut a solid and put it on a solid. Kapow! Wham! Bring on the bold and the beautiful!
Whaddayatink? Can you create a paper crafted project that uses die-cuts in an innovative way? If so, here are the details you'll need to play along:
- Create a paper crafted project (card, gift bag, tag, layout, home decor item, mini-book cover, etc.) that incorporates a die-cut element in an innovative way.
- Upload it to your blog, click on the title of that post, copy the URL, and add it to Mr. Linky below.
- Tell your readers that you've created your project for the Die Cutting Challenge in the Moxie Fab World and link it back to this post to encourage your readers to play along as well.
- If you don't have a blog, upload your project to this flickr gallery, copy the URL specific to your project, and add it to Mr. Linky below.
- Upload your projects by midnight EDT on Monday, February 13.
- The winning entries will be shown on this blog on Wednesday, February 15 and will receive an "I'm Moxie Fab" challenge winner button as well as a copy of Cool Tools.