designteamheadshots_channinHello everyone and welcome to Technique Tuesday!! It’s Channin here and today I’m making necklaces and earrings using Waffle Flower dies and faux suede. Over the past couple of years, I have seen many people create amazing projects with their dies and felt, which has always made me wonder if it was possible to die-cut with a faux suede material called ultrasuede, especially since its about the same thickness and suppleness. So finally I gave it a try! Check out the video below to see my results!

[TT Video] Die-cutting with Faux Suede by Channin

Watch below or on out YouTube channel. First, I die cut feathers out of a faux suede material called ultrasuede using the Feather More Die set. Ultrasuede is a material typically used for bead embroidery work, but it has a thickness and suppleness somewhat comparable to felt but with that soft velvety feel and look of suede. I couldn’t find any at my local JoAnns however, but several etsy stores carry it in a variety of colors. Here’s one etsy shop selling scrap packages for only 5-6 bucks! img_2657 Anyways, back to the project. I cut 3 small feathers and 1 large feather, which I will use to create a pair of earrings (2 small feathers) and a necklace (1 small and 1 large). I then used painters tape to mask off an angled portion of the feathers and then painted each portion with a metallic acrylic paint. I used DecoArt Dazzling Metallics, Worn Penny but any metallic acrylic paint would work. After all my feathers were painted I left them to dry for 2-3 hours. When the feathers were dry I flipped them over, masked the other side to keep the dipped look continuous on both sides, then painted and allowed them to dry for another 2-3 hours. img_2656 Once the other painted sides were dry I assembled my jewelry. First, I cut off the stem of all the feathers. I then punched a small hole using an 1/8”hole punch at the top of every feather. I purchased bronze jump rings, fish ho ok earwires, and chain at my local craft store and with a two sets of pliers I used these items to assemble my necklace and earrings. img_2654 Now that the jewelry was done, then I created a simple cards to use as the packaging for the gifts. First, I cut two rectangles using the Pinking Layers Die of kraft cardstock. Then I cut negative spaces into the rectangles using dies from the Gift Bag Die. I used an elongated oval die to create the negative space to feed the necklace chain through and a tiny circle die to fed the hooks on earrings through. Once I had the jewelry through the negative spaces I taped down the chain and the hooks with some scotch tape and then created a pocket around the chain and hooks with foam tape. I then stamped a sentiment from the Feather More Stamp Set using a combination of Like a Pro Dye Ink and  Dew Drop Brilliance Rocket Red Gold Pigment Ink onto a 2 5” by 7” kraft card bases. Lastly, I pulled off the backing on my foam tape and added the pinking layered rectangle with either the necklace or earrings onto my card bases. img_2660 img_2658 I hope you enjoyed! I’ll see you next week with another technique!! ~Channin Supplies: Feather More Die Pinking Layers Die Gift Bag Die Feather More Stamp Set Like a Pro Dye Ink Additional Supplies: Ultrasuede Metallic Acrylic Paint 1/8” Hole Punch Jump Rings Fish Hook Earwires Jewelry Chain Pliers