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Video: Die Cutting Tips + Giveaway!

Hello and welcome. I’m finally sharing a video of a card that I created back in January (!!!). I shared it on Instagram and received many requests to see how it was made. I’m also sharing some die cutting tips along the way.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I enjoy die cutting just as much as I do stamping. (Am I the only one?) I just can’t get enough!

I am lovin’ the look of that Papertrey Ink Hugs die cut inlaid into the soft grey cardstock… with touches of color added with Copic Markers. (You could make several of these cards in different color combinations.)

I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders die to add some faux stitching to the top and bottom of the Simon Says Stamp Fog (grey) panel and to two My Favorite Things Persimmon cardstock strips. I really like the finishing touch this gives. And I also adore that white heat embossed sentiment from the Sunday Sentiments Stamp Set by Mama Elephant!

For the background, I die cut that same Stitched Border Dies repeatedly to cover the card. This was easy to do since I kept my dies attached. (If you’ve already cut apart your dies, no worries. You can always use tape on the back of the dies to temporarily hold them together and get the same results.)

Here is my original card – it is a bit different. I instead used the Quilting embossing folder on the notecard and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Papertrey Ink Big Hugs stamp set.

I also just layered all the pieces together on this card instead of inlaying.

DIE CUTTING TIPS

Here are some (random) die cutting tips you may find helpful:

  • When die-cutting, sometimes the die doesn’t cut all the way through. When this happens, I use a metal adapter plate by Memory Box under my cutting plates. It gives more pressure to the die when die-cutting and gives beautiful results. You can also use a few layers of cardstock shim for the same effect. (I am getting a lot of questions about the Sizzix Precision Base Plate. I am not sure yet – still deciding what I like better, but I promise to let you know when I decide.)
  • Sometimes I want the tiny pieces (like the leaves and flowers in this Hug die) to stay put. I found a dryer sheet is very helpful with this. I fold it a few times, place it under my die, and run it through my die cut machine. The dryer sheet coats the die and helps the tiny die cut pieces stay in place. You can reuse the dryer sheet several times. I also like to rub it between the cutting plates.
  • If you *want* the little pieces to come out instead, just run the die through with the cardstock AND the layered dryer sheet. The pieces will stick to the dryer sheet. I don’t do this, but I know many people like to.
  • I really like using Micropore tape with die cutting. It is thin, flexible and easy to use.

GIVEAWAY

Since I like my Lawn Fawn Stitched Border Dies so much, I bought an extra set to share with a lucky winner. For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 8/18/15 telling me if you are loving die cutting, too! (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased, except those marked with a asterisk.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), etc.

 

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781 thoughts on “Video: Die Cutting Tips + Giveaway!”

  1. After watching so many of your YouTube videos lately, I’m completely hooked! I know this die is a “must have” for making cards, etc. What a way to start creating?! Thanks for inspiring me to give card making a try!!! Keep up the excellent work!

  2. Die Cutting is one of my favorite card techniques! And I have learned sooooo much from you about using them. Thanks Much!

  3. Thank you for all your helpful videos. I always want to ignore my to do list & try some new technique you have shown us.

  4. I love die cutting. I think it has brought my cardmaking to a whole other level. I really enjoyed your video, as always it was very informative. Thanks so much for sharing and for the chance to win. I really would love a set of the lawn fawn border dies.

  5. I am just getting back into stamping and card making after many years of being away from it. I LOVE the wonderful turns it has taken over the years and have become especially fond of decorating cards with die cuts. It quite possibly is turning into an addiction. Just saying.

  6. I love die cutting and hope to steadily built a collection of at least the basics to do some of the wonderful tips you have shown. Thank you for sharing. ~M~

  7. I was so excited when I realized it wasn’t too late to leave a comment. I am fairly new to card making and sit for hours watching all your videos. I would love to try that Lawn Fawn
    die set. Thanks for your generosity and knowledge !

  8. I love die-cutting because the cuts always look so razor sharp! I am in love with the cards in this post. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Jennifer – Your videos are awesome!!!! They are so informative and done with such quality!! I am a huge fan of die cutting! In fact that is really how I got started in paper crafting with Quickutz way back in the early 2000’s. Stamping came later for me and now I love incorporating the two together on my cards and layouts!! Thank you again for all your informative videos and posts!! You make crafting so much fun with your inspiration!!

  10. I LOVE these! So adorable, loving the textures! I have always loved the Hugs die from PTI, but with the stitched lines and the quilted embossing folder it is extra special.

  11. Great card! Like the colors and the inlay vs the layers (your original card.) Great way to use the emb stitching dies. Thanks for the video and tips on keeping all the tiny pcs intact. That has been a problem for me so I will try the dryer sheets and tape. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I love die cutting too!! I really like your cards. I just started following your blog, am so bummed it took me so long to find you, but I look forward to see what you are doing each and every day!

  13. Genius! Love the card, but the tips….! Never heard about the dryer sheet trick and I love the inlay idea. Nice touch. Thanks so much for sharing everything. I have become a huge fan, especially as I have moved into the paper arts. You are a blessing.

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