Getting more from your dies…

Hey there.

Just sharing a video I did awhile go for Hero Arts. In it, I show how to get more from your dies by letting the edge of the die hang off the cutting plates. Sounds confusing but it is simple…

Now you may be saying, “Use a longer die!” Well, I didn’t have one! :) And there are many ways you can do this “hang off the edge” technique to get more from your dies. Shaped cards, etc. Start playing – you will have fun with it. (If you took Holiday Card Boot Camp, you saw on Day 1 another use for this technique.)

Simple is sometimes the best way to go…

Here is the die I used…

Here is another option for creating a zig zag border – a fun EK Success punch. (Mine is currently MIA. Need to find it!)

Off to rest. Had Colin’s 6th birthday party today. I am wiped out. Night!


Oh, and I decided to do a random giveaway to a random comment left last week on my blog. :) The lucky winner is Betty M and she won this great stamp set from Hero Arts and Studio Calico…


50 CommentsCards, Hero Arts, How-To, Videos

  1. Sarah M

    Loved this video when I saw it! Going to add the punch to my wish list. Thanks for enabling. ;)

  2. Pretty colors on these fun cards, Jennifer!

    Happy Birthday to you, Colin! :)

  3. Love the card! Happy birthday, Colin!

  4. Ahh, I was doing this partial cutting technique with some alphabet dies too~

  5. Sheila H

    Cool technique! I hope your son had a great birthday celebration.

  6. Dena C

    Love those chevron border cards…tfs !!

  7. Mai

    Ooh this was from your His and Hers set… I followed the Hero Arts blog for just that one week just to see your stuff!

  8. Sheri E.

    Great idea! I’m eager to try some of the Hero Arts dies.

  9. Maryann

    What a great look just from such a simple decoration, and as you just said, sometimes simple is really much better. I loved the look of this here. have never tryed any of these dies before, but might have to take a closer look to those too he he he.

  10. very beautiful cards!

  11. Jamie Greene

    I saw the video on the Hero Arts blog, that is a neat way to use your dies!:)

  12. Heidi M

    I love your ideas with the die cuts. Sometimes it is good to do something different with your current supplies instead of going out and getting something new. :)

  13. Miriam Prantner

    What a clever way to stretch your supplies. Love it. Thanks!

  14. Carmen

    Thanks for sharing your ideas of making the max out of our tools

  15. Marla H.

    Great cards and thanks for sharing with us how to use our supplies and get more out of them!!

  16. Happy 6th Birthday to Colin!! I bet he had a wonderful party!!

  17. Carol McCready

    Love the video. Off to try it with my chevron die.

  18. Jasmine

    This is a really cool idea. Accumulating dies can get expensive, so it’s nice to know there are more ways to use them than meets the eye. :)

  19. AWESOME!! THANKS for sharing and for the cute ideas!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  20. Carrie C

    Well this will get the creative juices flowing. Thanks for sharing a great idea!!

  21. Cheryl T.

    The zig zag border punch looks great. I didn’t know they had one…too cool! I’m really into chevron lately too. This is just making me want it more.

  22. Nancy L.

    what a great idea!!!

  23. Pai

    Happy Birthday Colin!

  24. Deepa

    Thank you for this idea. I think I will like the punch.

  25. Cynthia b.

    Fun cards, and thanks for the video! I’m sure Colin had a blast at his party – you do the best invitations and party planning!

  26. Marilyn Nimmo

    Thanks for sharing such a fabulous technique!

  27. this is very awesome technique… at least you get to maximize use of the die… thanks for the giveaway…

  28. Michelle Weddle

    Love the idea of using the dies in different ways. It stretches what we have into more creativity.

  29. Love your videos – it is great how you explain all these neat techniques, how to get even more use and ideas out of our dies. What a great idea on how to show a feminine and masculine card out of the same supplies.! Thank you so much.

  30. Emily

    I love the punch. I like the die cut too but I don’t have a die cutting machine yet. :)

  31. Carol ann Ater

    Love watching your videos. After seeing this one I again per usual thought, now why didn’t I think of that? I definitely need you!! keep blogging.

  32. ohh, i haven’t tried hero arts die-cuts yet…they look fab! thanks for the eye candy today!

  33. Fabulous! I am so loving chevrons right now (like very one else!) LOL

  34. Great technique! The cards are so cute!

  35. I LOVE these bright and CAS cards.. so admire that style and wish I could do it! Should have taken your class huh?! Happy Birthday to your little big man!

  36. Sue D

    Great tip!

  37. These are so pretty. The chavron “stripes” look great… lovely color combos. :o )

  38. Jennifer D.

    That punch looks fabulous! Hope you find it soon. Sweet dreams!

  39. Mary-Anne V.

    Thanks for the video about the borders… I just bought the EK success punch last week and love it!!!! Hope Colin had a great bday!

  40. Very cute, I love this idea! Sweet set of cards!

  41. Anita A

    Cool video! Great tip!

  42. Mary

    Very clever! Thanks for demonstrating another way to “play” with our “toys!” ;)

  43. Love the video. What a great technique!! Happy Birthday to Colin! It seems just like yesterday that you were announcing his birth!
    xoxo, Christine

  44. Thanks for the video Jenni ! it is always good to learn little tricks like that!

  45. Cassie

    I had no idea they made a zig zag border punch- I need one!

  46. Clever! Love it! Hope your recoup from the birthday and get some rest!

  47. Cass

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing the video.
    Hope Colin had a fantastic birthday. :)

  48. I quess you really love chevron pattern Jen :) I love that you showed an ulternative to dies.

  49. Happy Birthday Colin! It seems like just yesterday you were posting pics of this 5th party. I hope all is with with you and the baby, get lots of rest. :D

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