Featuring the Puff-n-Stuff 3×4 die set
Fireworks on the Square
The Puff-n-Stuff 3×4 Die is one of our newest additions to our die collections that fit to the Mosaic Moments Grid. I’d planned on using it for a balloon launch, but the launch got cancelled due to unfavorable flying conditions. It will happen down the road, but it left me wondering what would work to show off this die the best.
I saw an easy shaker box application, but what photos? The night sky and fireworks would work well to include lots of sparkle on a page and the new Sunbrella Grid from the Summer Grid Collection was a wonderful base for the black of night photos!
I chose Pattern #344 so I could have four 3×4 sections around a larger center 4×4. Originally I planned the center to be for journaling, but I decided another large firework burst would be a better choice and help to accentuate the Puff-n-Stuff Die Design as it appears on the grid.
I thought the die cut; cut in multiples would work much easier than fiddling with foam mounting tape. It creates a natural barrier and pocket area perfect for containing beads and sequins.
I began by cutting four 3×4 base pieces with Die Set C then five per 3×4 base of the Puff-n-Stuff die. The first one is adhered to the 3×4 and the top of my photo that is cut goes into the bottom framed layer.
My photo frame gets attached to one of the black cardstock die cuts. I chose to use the photo edge because I was going to be using layers and I thought having some of the fireworks in the frame might be nice and the shiny finish of photo paper would add to the look. A piece of acetate for a shaker window is attached to the back of this. Trim anything that extends below the upper portion of the frame away to keep the lower cloud portion clear.
Stack and adhere the remaining pieces of the die cut frame section to the base. This creates the pocket where you’ll add sequins.
Before the acetate window gets put in place use mini-glue dots to attach a few sequins and add a few more lose ones for that shaker box effect. Then glue the window section on top to contain all the sequins.
The section of the photo that is the cloud shape now gets attached to 3 or 4 of the same sections previously cut in black, you can decide if you want a shallow edge or deeper edge. Then this section gets inserted back into the framed piece.
The photo frame section should be the highest, with the “cloud” section one level down, the rest of the photo you will remember is on the base. Some of the fireworks splatter and smoke shows up clearly but the added sequin bling adds a bit more sparkle that you can control the amount you want to use.
TIP: Once completed, add all your sections with a heavy duty scrapbook friendly tape (like Scor-Tape) to your grid and then to ensure all the sections adhere well and straight, weigh your page down for a few hours or overnight to ensure it dries straight.
Using the Puff-n-Stuff die in this way reminds me of the Quatrefoil Die set, as it creates a similar design in a larger format.
Once you start trying out other patterns with this die you’ll find so many ways to design your pages so get started and have fun!