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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Once I removed the die, I brushed my finger over the die-cut to remove all the leftover circles.
I flipped the panel over, placed two-way tape on it and adhered strips of cardstock. It doesn’t look very pretty right now, but you get this pretty window effect when it is flipped over!
Oh la la!
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.
After all the die cutting, I stacked the vellum and cardstock butterflies together and added some floss to the center.
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