Saturday, 8 July 2017

Eastern Palace in review 4 - endless possibilities

Happy Saturday & welcome to day 4 of my Eastern Palace review.

Today is all about the endless combinations & possibilities you have with the Eastern Beauty stamps & Eastern Medallions dies. They're cool on their own, but the magic really happens when you combine dies and/or stamp images with each other & with other dies, like the Layering Circles dies, and punches too.

I played with all the die pieces & stamps and was blown away by all the possibilities for creating with this brilliant collection. I then compiled idea sheets to show my class some of the many and am sharing them with you today. Be sure to pin these so you'll have them on hand when you want ideas.

First up, here's a reminder of what's included in the Eastern Medallions die set & Eastern Beauty stamp set. Remember  you receive a 10% discount when you buy them together as a the Eastern Beauty bundle (see links at the bottom of this post).

Let's walk through these beauties starting with...

Circle medallions
  • There are 5 circle medallion dies - 1 large, 2 medium & 2 small.
  • All medallions cut negative shapes into the card, rather than a positive cut out. These 2 cards show the large medallion used this way. Use them singly or together as shown below.
  • The largest medallion shape can be snipped out of the circle to use as a positive shape, or can be cut out with a smaller or larger dies for a different look, as shown below. This card shows it cut out with a scallop circle die (similar to the far right sample in row 2 below).

Large flower medallion
  • The large flower medallion can be used alone or combined with the medium & small circle medallions.
  • The shape partially cuts out the petals leaving the shape attached to the card. The shape can be easily snipped out with sharp pointed scissors (our Snips are perfect) to use separately, as I have on these cards & this card.
  • This die also makes a beautiful flower petal. See this sunflower card.

6 pointed medallion flower dies & my favourite stamp
  • The 6 pointed medallion outline die (centre top of die set image) has a coordinating inset die that partially cuts another shape. Use separately or together.
    This card shows the 2 dies combined with Eastern Gold stickers.
  • Fold the inset petals back & adhere for a lovely flower outline. (row 2 below).
  • Combine the dies with the coordinating stamp. (row 3)
  • Add some other smaller stamp images to decorate (rows 4 & 5).
  • Multiple stamping - the 6 pointed stamp is my favourite stamp in the set. It can be used in so many ways with the dies & can be rotated & stamped again to create a look like that of Spirograph (if you're as old as me). It also creates fabulous tessellated patterns. I'll show you some cards I've done with these techniques in my next post. For now, check out the right column of the pic below to see how brilliant the 2 & 4 images stamped together look.

Square bracket die & stamps

  • The square bracket outline die cuts a useful negative window or positive shape.
  • The coordinating die can be used on it's own or with the outline. You can easily snip out the inset centre too.
  • There's also a coordinating outline stamp & accent stamps to add more detail to the cuts or use on their own.

Circles & sentiment stamps

Oh my goodness are there any shapes more useful for any project than a circle?
  • There are 3 circle stamps of different sizes in the Eastern Beauty set that will work for so many projects. Of course they work with many of the sentiments in the the set & many, many others.
  • The circles can be cut  put both outside & inside the line with various Layering Circles dies & circle punches, as shown in the image above.

More co-ordinating dies & stamps
  •  4 smaller stamps also have coordinated dies. I used the 4 pointed star as a flower centre on this card. SU have definitely thought of everything with this one.

Phew! That's a LOT of possibilities don't you think?  I'm sure there are lots more I haven't figured out yet too. Remember to pin my card & die idea sheets for later inspiration. Here's a combined shot of all the die & stamp combinations for good measure.

See the Eastern Palace Suite 

There are lots more coordinating products in the full Eastern Palace suite. See them all on pages 18-19 of our 2017-18 Annual Catalogue pdf

Each item in the suite is available to order in my store by following the links below.
See the whole Eastern Palace suite here in my store, or check out individual items by following the links below. Remember to purchase the stamp & die together as a bundle to receive a 10% discount.

Are you seeing why I'm loving this suite so much? I think you'll see different elemebts sneaking into all sorts of projects, as well as using them together. I have two more cards to share tomorrow, using my favorite stamp from the Eastern Beauty stamp set, so don't miss that.

Thanks for visiting & hope to see you here again soon.

Inky wishes, Di

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