Happy Friday friends! Today I am sharing a couple of quick tips for those of you who love to doodle but feel challenged by it. Best of all, it uses supplies you already own in a new way!
Do you have thin dies in your crafty supplies? Thin dies (often referred to as Chemically Etched Dies or Wafer Thin Dies) are often a shape outline with a thin frame. You can easily use these open frames as stencils. Simply place them on your paper and use a pencil to draw around them. You can use both the inner and outer edges. The outer edge is usually not as detailed as the blade, but it is usually still interesting enough to give you a great shape to outline. After tracing you can add extra wiggles, lines, and details. Next, go over your pencil line with your favorite liner pen, erase your pencil line, and color. So easy!
Not only can you trace with the dies, you can also stamp with them! Place your die blade side up. Tap a very light ink onto the blade. The blade is not sharp enough to damage the ink pad so don’t worry about damaging your pad. I like to use an ink that is easy to blend out and light enough that I can cover it with other colors.
Place the die ink side down onto your paper. Run your fingers lightly around the frame to help transfer the image. After stamping, simply wipe the die clean with a baby wipe or damp cloth.
The stamping will be light and very imprecise. That is ok! You are simply using this as a drawing guide so you don’t want a dark crisp image.
Trace over the stamp ink with your favorite liner pen.
Finish up by adding extra lines and details and then color!
I love when I can new uses for my tools! The more ways you can use them the better the bargain!