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.
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.)
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.
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!)
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.