Merry greetings, crafters! It’s November already and that means that Christmas is sneaking up on us. Since my cards have to wing their way across the Atlantic (at least most of them) I am in full Christmas mode already. Today I want to show you how you can stretch your dies by only cutting them partially.
The trick with the partial die cutting is that you will only cut what is sandwiched between your cutting plates. That means that the part of the dies that is not between your two cutting plates will not cut into the paper when you run it through your die cutting machine. Don’t be afraid to experiment — it might take a little while to figure out where exactly to place your plates and how you feel comfortable securing everything. Don’t think just because you see this video that it worked for me on the first attempt! I also practiced 🙂
The cute little Santas by Clearly Besotted Stamps were a perfect fit for these windows from the Pretty Pink Posh dies. Since these images are rather tiny, I figured it would be a great opportunity to use my Stabilo markers again. Those markers are perfect for smaller images when you want to blend colors into each other. In order to be able to blend, I recommend using watercolor paper.
I could have fussy cut them by hand, but of course I decided to give my Scan ’n Cut machine something to do and had it to do the cutting for me. I set it to cut along the outer line and it worked rather perfectly. Yes, you can see in some parts that there’s some white card stock still left in it did not cut perfectly along the line. But quite honestly: the question is whether I could’ve done a better job (I don’t think so). I’m very happy with the results.
Thanks for watching today and I hope you have a great day!