I struggle to line up my dies and stamps when crafting. Any tips to keep my makes neat?
Vanessa Soares, Walthamstow Dorothy says: If the design is a five-petal flower, for example, mark both the stamp and the die with an arrow to show the top edge. Turn the die over to see whether the cutting rib is in the middle of the metal die or on the inside edge. If it is on the inside edge then position the die over the stamped image, tape in position with low tack tape then run through the die-cutting machine. If the cutting rib is in the middle you can create a template for positioning. Stamp the image first then position the die on a scrap piece of card. Apply tape to the right of the die to act as a hinge, then run through the die-cutting machine. Remove all the loose pieces leaving the outline around the die. If you lift the die on its hinge you can position the template exactly around the stamped image. Secure the template with some tape, drop the die back down and run it through the die-cutting machine again. You should have perfectly die-cut stamped images.
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Use Dorothy s tips to line up dies perfectly