Spring ro­mance

Use your dies in a whole new way with Sarah Jack­man Read’s par­tial die-cut in­spi­ra­tion for wow-fac­tor cards!

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Stamping -

Wae all have a wide range of dies in our crafty stash, and they’re

very ver­sa­tile and use­ful prod­uct. You can achieve a whole ar­ray of new de­signs with your dies by us­ing the par­tial die-cut­ting tech­nique. This tech­nique is ba­si­cally where part of your cho­sen die isn’t sand­wiched be­tween the cut­ting plates and there­fore only part of the die is cut out. You can par­tially die-cut down the side, the top or in the cen­tre of your cards, and with a lit­tle prac­tice you will achieve great re­sults.

For best re­sults, use pen­cil lines as guides when work­ing out your de­signs, and tape your dies in place to avoid them mov­ing dur­ing die-cut­ting. You can cre­ate clever aper­tures and shaped cards in min­utes with a lit­tle ex­per­i­ment­ing and crafty know-how.

This tech­nique works great with al­pha­bet dies. I used dies from my stash, and also the Beau­ti­ful But­ter­flies three-piece die set that came as a free gift with my is­sue of Card­mak­ing &

Paper­craft mag­a­zine last month (March, is­sue 167). Here are three dif­fer­ent ideas to get you started!

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