Carolyne’s hints & tips

Cre­ate stylish cards with Carolyne’s tips for us­ing Cut on Edge dies

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Technique Knowhow -

Make sure that you use a mag­netic sheet or low-tack tape to hold your dies in po­si­tion. As Cut on Edge dies are multi-part, it is cru­cial that the in­di­vid­ual dies do not move and mis­align when run through your die-cut­ting ma­chine.

Use both bor­der dies to­gether to cut out a sim­ple frame for the main de­sign. Ex­per­i­ment with whether you use a co­or­di­nat­ing or con­trast­ing colour, as this will cre­ate a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent ef­fects.

If the in­side of your card will be vis­i­ble through the fil­i­gree de­sign, cover it with a piece of pat­terned pa­per to make it more at­trac­tive. You can then check to see that your cho­sen pat­tern works with the front of the card by clos­ing it with the pa­per in place.

To avoid spoil­ing the look of the front of your card, add a dec­o­ra­tive panel to the back so that you have some­where to write your mes­sage.

It’s easy to use these dies to cre­ate di­men­sional top­pers. All you have to do is trim dif­fer­ent sec­tions of the die-cut de­signs and layer them to­gether with sticky fix­ers. Add dou­ble-sided tape or ad­he­sive sheets to your card be­fore you run it through the die-cut­ting ma­chine, so you can eas­ily at­tach die-cuts to the base with no need for messy glue!

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