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