I strug­gle to line up my dies and stamps when craft­ing. Any tips to keep my makes neat?

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Crafter’s Q&a -

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

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