Tips on How To Use Your Cutting Dies on your Craft Projects

Whether you’ve been using dies for years or you’re a die cutting newbie, the tips listed below may inspire you to see your die cuts in a brand new light!

Firstly, a pokey tool is your best friend when you’re die cutting. This handy accessory will help you carefully remove the die cut from the steel die, without damaging the design, which is especially handy when you have a delicate die cut.

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This pokey tool can also be used for you to wrap your die cuts around. Perfect for butterflies or floral die cuts, this technique will add dimension in no time.

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To ensure your steel die remains still when pushing it through the die machine, we suggest adding a strip of Washi Tape across the die. This will help the die cut stay in the position you intended it to be in.

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Die cuts look great sat on their own but layering multiple die cuts will really help bring the design to life and stand out on your chosen make. 3D foam pads are brilliant to use for this technique, to create a decoupage look, effortlessly.

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To add interest to your project, die cut the same die design twice and fill one design with the fall out from the other die cut. Secure with double sided tape to ensure the smaller sections remain in the gaps.

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The fall out from your die cuts will act as a perfect embellishment. This border die cut for example, can be used for two separate crafts, fabulous!

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You would be surprised how far one die cut can go! The sentiment fall out from this die cut could be used for the inside of a card or for a different crafty make.

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Why not use your die cut as a stencil?  Simply place the die cut on your project and carefully dab your ink pad over the stencil, pretty right?

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To look after your plates, we recommend turning round your plates to prevent it from bending too much, one certain way. You can also scrub your die cutting plates and dies to rid them of any thin pieces of paper.

We hope you’ll find these tips useful the next time you work with your favourite dies! Comment below your top tricks when it comes to die cutting, we would love to know! 

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