I wanted to share this “Life Happens…” Coffee Dashboard project before Valentine’s Day was completely in the past, and then before March, which is technically the start of Spring. I made another dashboard for my Traveler’s Notebook and I loved it so much I wanted to share. Again, it’s coffee themed (a post on why my obsession with coffee soon), but also pink to fit my February theme in my bullet journal. The cut file I used is from Lettering Delights. I print and cut the file with my Silhouette Cameo 3. I then laminated the die cut just for something a little different. You can watch the YouTube video here but in case you missed anything or wanted additional information, here is the breakdown.
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- Lettering Delights Winter Cuties die cut
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink:
- Tim Holtz mini ink blending tool
- Dylusions Stencils Large Hearts
- Generic white cardstock
- Foam adhesive
As mentioned above, I print and cut the die cut with my Silhouette Cameo 3. I then printed the lettering “Life Happens Coffee Helps” onto the generic white cardstock, cutting it to size. The size of the dashboard is for a standard B6 notebook – 5 x 7 inches. I then started blending ink onto the base layer using the Worn Lipstick distress ink. The lesson I learned from this project is that the cardstock I used wasn’t great quality for blending the distress ink. The paper absorbed the ink very quickly so blending was tough. I had to use a lot of ink to get the effect I wanted. Next time I’ll use mixed media paper.
The other issue I ran into was smudging the printing. When I blended the ink over top of “Life Happens…”, the ink started to smudged. I have an inkjet printer which clearly doesn’t handle the pigment ink well. So instead of blending this section, I just dabbed ink onto the paper and it worked great.
Next up was the stencil. I used the Festive Berries distress ink for the hearts. I just dabbed the ink on top of the stencil without worrying about blending. Once the stenciling was done, I used foam adhesive to pop up the die cut for extra visual interest. And just like that, the dashboard is done.
Although I cut my own die cuts, there are many many shops on Etsy that sell die cuts. I also purchase the Dylusions die cuts from Ranger. If you are interested in purchasing any of my specific die cuts or the dashboard itself, let me know and we can work something out.
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