A Little Trick for Die-Cut Users!


I hope all of you are doing well today and are busy with your creative projects! I have been keeping myself occupied redesigning my HorseMark Cards website. And as the song says, …’all by myself.’ What a learning experience! There is still some ‘fine tuning’ I want to do, but it is finally back up! Please stop by for a visit and tell me what you think!

Now on to something fun! Creating! Many of you have worked with various die cuts and I would like to share a little trick I use to line them up with printed papers. I have a few die cuts that are ‘solid’, so you can’t see if you’re placing the die over the center of text or a pattern. My solution? I simply use the die to cut a piece of vellum to make a template. This die from Di-namics is one that I frequently use.

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You can see how I needed this die to line up evenly with my text. I simply place the vellum piece over my text, secure it with a piece of removable tape. When I place the die over the vellum and make sure it is lined up properly, I add another piece of tape to secure it when it goes through my Big Shot machine.

This same technique was used for the balloon die from Taylored Expressions. I wanted to make sure the card suits lined up to make my balloons for this card. I used the small hole from the Builder Owl punch from Stampin’Up to cut the smaller card suits I placed at the bottom of the card.

Since I wanted to highlight the text on the front of this card, I used red paper and cut two more of the same shape. I lined up the top and attached it to the greeting, then lined up the other at the bottom, careful to keep the same width on the border. This is a technique I use when I don’t have the slightly larger die to accent smaller cuts.

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Birthday cards created from playing cards are very popular. It is great for guys, and gals too! You can see another birthday card I designed using playing cards here.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Don’t forget to visit my new website!

Enjoy your creative day! ~~~ Vickie

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