Grooving with the Go-to Gals: Die-cutting Happiness!

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Teri Anderson

It is no secret I like crafty tools.

So it’s great to be here on the same week Paper Crafts magazine releases the brand new Die Cutting for Paper Crafters special issue.

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Die cutting machines are the ultimate in paper crafting tools and are one of tools that no craft room should be without. To me, die cutting machines go with paper crafting like bread goes with butter. There’s so just so much you can do with them.

So when I heard there was going to be a whole new issue filled with hip, cool, and clever ways you can use them (plus totally do-able projects you can make with them), I knew I was going to have to check it out. Yes, friends. Let me tell you: I am fan.

I mean, check out this gorgeous card by Ashley Marcu that appears in the issue.

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PinExt Grooving with the Go to Gals: Die cutting Happiness!Clever and so fun!

I was so inspired by all the projects in the issue that I decided to do some die-cutting myself. I whipped out my trusty Cuttlebug machine and made this card.

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PinExt Grooving with the Go to Gals: Die cutting Happiness!With the help of my die cutting machine, this was such an easy card to make.

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I started with a white cardstock panel. I placed a circle border die from Simon Says Stamp! face down onto the panel. You’ll notice I taped it right onto the panel with washi tape. I like to use the tape when I die-cut to keep the paper and die from moving around when it works its way through my machine.

8179414357 d14b79c24c Grooving with the Go to Gals: Die cutting Happiness!I didn’t get a good cut at first so I ran the panel through the machine a second time. I find sometimes that happens with wafer thin dies with the Cuttlebug machine, so I added a shim. I made my own shim with the envelope the die came in, but any piece of paper would have worked fine. (If you are a Cuttlebug user, my die sandwich was A plate + shim + B Plate + paper & die + C Plate.)

8179414253 1c3b2b1885 Grooving with the Go to Gals: Die cutting Happiness!Once I removed the die, I brushed my finger over the die-cut to remove all the leftover circles.

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I created the butterfly on the card with the help of my die-cut machine, too. I die-cut the butterfly from Papertrey Ink a couple times from vellum and from the kraft cardstock panel.

Because I use washi tape to hold the dies in place, I was able to cut the butterfly from the same mat I planned to put my polka panel on.

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After all the die cutting, I stacked the vellum and cardstock butterflies together and added some floss to the center.

8179445952 b9af6e76c0 Grooving with the Go to Gals: Die cutting Happiness!Turned out pretty cute, if I say so myself!

Want to win a copy of Die Cutting for Paper Crafters? Tell me what you’d love to try with your die-cutting machine by Friday, November 16th at 5 pm MST. I’ll pick one of you to win a Cuttlebug from Provo Craft!!! YES, you could win your very own manual die cutting machine! AND 4 Cuttlebug folders to get you started too!

Yours in cutting happiness,

Teri Anderson, Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

P.S. Go visit Cath in the Moxie Fab World for more on this issue! And check out more inspiration from Provo Craft by visiting their Pinterest page!

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171 Responses to Grooving with the Go-to Gals: Die-cutting Happiness!

  1. Simply adorable! I love the die and how you used it as a window. Genius as always! Thanks for a chance to win, I’m starting to get back into my craftin’ spot and could use some extra motivation!

  2. You are such an amazing designer Teri! Wish I had a 10th of your talent!

  3. Alicia A says:

    I am so impressed with the examples shown here! I have been learning so much from your blog and want to start trying the ideas here soon. I want to try the border die cut with colors behind it – it looks easy and should be a quick card to make. I often get distracted with complicated details that are harder to duplicate and need the faster easier card ideas to get more done.
    Thanks!

  4. Linda K says:

    what awesome projects Teri!! I want to play with border die cuts (don’t own any yet). I have the Grand Calibur and do enjoy using it. Thanks for a great and informative, and FUN post and for the chance to win!

  5. Teri says:

    Hi, Charlene Paxton! :)
    The dots are from Simon Says Stamp. They make them and just sell them in their store. They have three other dies like that really similar, just with different designs: Hexagon Border; Star Border and Pinpoint Border.

    And thanks to all of you for the your kind words! It’s always a treat getting to hear from you!

  6. Judy1223 says:

    Wow, what great cards! I think what I would like to try with my Cuttlebug is cutting through felt…I’ve seen others do it but haven’t tried it yet. Worth a shot, right?

  7. Barbara A. says:

    Cute card…love it!!! I would like to see on how to use some of the heavier card stock (chipboard?) and using felt also. Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. Therese says:

    Supa FUN tutorial & a generous giveaway! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  9. Roxanne Obrien says:

    I’d love to try cutting a window type element with a due and using the dies as embossed images. I’ve been wanting to get a cuttlebug for years now. It’s one craft item I def use over and over when my Bestie and I get together and craft. One day I’ll be able to have my own and not hoard hers!!

  10. Victoria Sturdevant says:

    Your card is wonderful. I’m heading to SSS to order that die.

  11. Lisa L says:

    Oh my goodness – that polka dot border die over the rainbow cs is amazing! Great technique!

  12. Julie A. Shearer says:

    Teri , It goes without saying that you are AWESOME !! Your cards are brilliant . I have a large Cricut , but really I want a Grand Caliber . I would like to see more cutting all sorts of materials . Thank you so much for a chance to win .

  13. Barbara R says:

    I would love to figure out how to cut and use fabric on any of my projects.

  14. Lisa Norstrom says:

    Teri, Your card is so cute, I guess after I steal your idea, the next thing I can’t wait to do with my die cutting machine is use this cool embossing folder that I got for Christmas, it is sheet music, can’t wait to use it. Thanks for the chance to win such an AWESOME prize and thanks for the cute card idea.

  15. Laraine R says:

    Love your card! I really need this issue! So many great tips & tricks! I want to try cutting other material besides cardstock. Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Pai says:

    love your card! I have been thinking of trying letterpress in my machine… :)

  17. Mandi says:

    That is a great card. I love the rainbow of color.

  18. What a FUN card — LOVE it!!! Know exactly who I can ‘gift’ with this machine for Christmas — Hee-Hee!!!

  19. Ah, these are so lovely – I just wanna do so much more with die-cutting, like that multi-colored background you did =pure genius! Thanks!

  20. I would love to use it for cutting fabric appliqués!

  21. Yvonne says:

    love the cards..especially the one with the border die….would love to try some different effects using that die with my Vagabond

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