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In today’s post I’d like to share some techniques for adding more punch to your die cuts, this time using dimension.

You Will Need

  • Die Cuts
  • Scissors
  • Bone Folder

Method

Choose a design of die cut that will layer or has areas you can cut into. Start with bolder designs while you practice and work up to the more detailed designs. The flower in the video was cut using a Making Memories Slice Elite machine and the Vintage Findings Design Card

  • If you wish to colour and stamp onto your die cut, do that before moving on. Alternatively if you want an overall pattern you could use decorative pre printed papers or create your own inked papers, before cutting out your die cut.
  • If the underside of your finished design will be visible, colour the back of your die cut to co-ordinate with the front.

When you have your die cut as you would like it, to create dimension;

  • Cut into areas of the design.
  • Roll the edges of your die cut over your finger, or curve it using a bone folder.
  • You can curve your design in more than one dimension, for variety.

For extra depth cut a series of images either in the same size or getting progressivly smaller. Shape them as mentioned above and layer them up.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and it has given you some ideas for how you can get more from your die cuts. There are so many beautiful designs out there, why use them flat, when they could be  much more exciting with some depth.

Have fun, and I’d love to see your finished projects.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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This month The Virtual Crafting Challenge is all about Die Cutting and Embossing. So here is a project featuring a die cut tag which I embellished.

Hand made tote bag with embellished gift tag

Hand made tote bag with embellished gift tag

The bag is an Easter gift for MIL, it features

  • Die cut was created using The Slice Elite and Design Card: Remember This
  • Zig Calligraphy Markers
  • Zig Art & Graphic Pens and Rock n Roll flower technique.
  • Zig Wink of Stella pens

Here is a close look at the tag

Die cut gift tag, with hand drawn elements

Die cut gift tag, with hand drawn elements

The calligraphy and hand drawn elements add a personal touch to a quickly made tag. How do you use your die cuts?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Do you wish your die cuts had more appeal, were more interesting? Read on for hints and tips to create much more interest with your favorite die cuts.

You Will Need

  • Die Cut
  • Inks
  • Stamps
  • Cut n Dry Foam
  • Craft Sheet

Method

  • Cut out your favorite die cut using whichever machine you choose.
  • This bird was cur on a Slice Elite machine from the SD card Vintage Findings
  • Use good quality card, I’ve used Rymans; Bright White 160 gsm card
  • Spray ink over your die cut in a co-ordinating colour
  • Stamp text or pattern onto your die cut
  • Ink edges to add dimension
  • Curve image for more depth using a bone folder

    Spice Up Your Die Cuts with Colour

    Spice Up Your Die Cuts with Colour

 

Ink; Tim Holtz Distress in; Weathered Wood, Dusty Concord, Stormy Sky

Stamps; Elusive Images UDLGW0009

You now have a dimensional element perfect for embellishing your chosen project. Great for cards, altered art, art journals, cards etc.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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The theme for The Virtual Crafting Challenge for July 2008 is;

 

Die Cuts & Punches

 

Die Cuts

 

Die cut embellishments and toppers are commercially available. If you have a die cutting machine, you can create your own items from plates available.   There are many different designs and styles of plates available for the specific machine you have.

  • Creating main images
  • Creating boarders
  • Creating apertures in cards
  • Creating embellishments

 

Punches

There is a wide selection of punches available, different styles of punch are useful for different projects. If you have dexterity issues the leaver stlye are easier to use than the button pushed ones.

  • Creating main images
  • Creating Boarders
  • Creating apertures in cards
  • Creating embellishments

These are just a few ideas to get you started, remember this is your journey make what ever you like the important thing is to have fun and try new techniques.

Links

My best tip is to type your chosen die cutting machine into the search box of www.youtube.co.uk and see what comes up, there are many tips and tutorials on there on all sorts of machine.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

 

Billie :)

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