You need 2 sided paper if you want a print on the inside of the shoe. I made my own 2 sided paper. I took cardstock and put spray adhesive on the back and smoothed gift wrap and tissue on the glue. Sometimes, I used a patterned paper and adhered it to plain cardstock and then used a thin paper on the back. the dimensions of the die are 6x8 inches if you want to cut it down. You can get 2 pairs of shoes out of a 12x12 cardstock when cut by hand. When you use the diecut machine and cut the paper down, you get one pair per sheet. I am finding that giftwrap peels away with spray adhesive. So I have been gluing it down with matte mod podge and it is working perfectly. Just place it under something heavy to keep it from curling. I have also glued brocade fabrics on to the cardstock. You may need to pass it through the die cut machine twice to get a clean cut, I did have parts where the fabric wasn't cut by the die. These turn out beautifully. The fabric gives it a richness and depth that you can't always get with paper. I did use some flocked and textured papers as well. The textured papers don't adhere with the spray glue I used, so I did the Mod Podge thing again. A Xyron machine would be perfect for this as well.
I Modified the top of the shoe by changing the vamp and toe box a little. I wanted very old fashioned looking shoes, so I used the high vamp, a cutaway style, a square and rounded toe. I will post the modified patterns next week so you can download them. I won't be posting the actual die pattern for copyright reasons.
So next I will be making strappy sandals, ballet shoes, and peep toes... I will try different heel ideas too. The possibilities are endless.
Check back next week when I break down how to construct the shoes, and how I made the modifications to get different looks. I will attempt to make a video tutorial and post it in the next couple of weeks. I've never done it before, but I am going to give it a shot...
These shoes will be going up for sale in my ETSY shop soon. They will come packaged in a custom made box, and make a great gift for any female with a shoe fettish. I will be using my favorites as Christmas Ornaments this year.