Fol­low Dorothy’s ex­pert ad­vice to mas­ter the eclipse die-cutting tech­nique

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Technique Knowhow -

Matt card is best for print­ing pho­to­graphs as it has a slightly pow­dery sur­face that al­lows you to stamp, die-cut and peel low-tack tape off with­out dam­ag­ing the stamped mo­tifs.

Use a thick ruler to align the let­ters be­fore se­cur­ing them in place. Don’t leave gaps be­tween the dies as the cutting edge is slightly smaller and there will be suf­fi­cient gaps be­tween the let­ters once die-cut.

If your word re­quires use of the same let­ter more than once, find a let­ter with a sim­i­lar width to get the spac­ing right when po­si­tion­ing the dies. Just re­mem­ber to re­move the ‘wrong’ let­ter be­fore die-cutting!

You can stamp your back­ground mo­tifs be­fore or af­ter die-cutting. Stamp­ing af­ter­wards al­lows you to line up the im­ages ex­actly over the let­ters, but slight gaps in the stamp­ing may oc­cur along the cut lines.

You will need to trim your sticky fix­ers be­fore at­tach­ing them to the let­ters, as they are likely to be too wide. Po­si­tion­ing these tiny pieces can be tricky, but you can use a pin or tweez­ers to pick them up.

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