Carolyne’s hints & tips

Fol­low Carolyne’s help­ful tips for cre­at­ing cards with in­laid die-cuts

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Knowhow | Technique -

For fast re­sults and a se­cure hold, use a dou­ble-sided ad­he­sive sheet be­hind each aper­ture. This is the best (and least messy!) way to at­tach in­laid die-cuts, es­pe­cially when you are work­ing with lots of small or in­tri­cate shapes.

Place all of your die-cut shapes and neg­a­tive pieces to­gether on your work sur­face in or­der to de­cide on the lay­out be­fore se­cur­ing them. Ex­per­i­ment with lots of dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions un­til you are happy with the fi­nal de­sign.

Use low-tack tape when po­si­tion­ing your dies to en­sure pre­ci­sion when die-cut­ting.

Use scraps for die-cut­ting the neg­a­tive shapes to save pa­per. You can po­si­tion the pa­per over just the ar­eas that you need to avoid cut­ting whole pieces ev­ery time.

Com­bine mul­ti­ple dies or over­lap smaller shapes to cre­ate a larger de­sign, which will have more im­pact on your card.

Use a mix­ture of plain and pat­terned pa­pers in dif­fer­ent colours or vary­ing shades of the same colour for added in­ter­est. Use con­trast­ing colours or pat­terns for the die-cut out­line and neg­a­tive shapes to

en­sure that the de­sign is clear.

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