Making die cuts

Making die cuts is an easy way to bring interest to embellish a card. Used on the front or inside the card, watercolor or patterned paper (DSP) images are striking and can help to create the unique look of your signature design. Today we will look at a few different ways to create simple die cuts with no-fail results.

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Making Die Cuts

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Die Cutting Card stock


Whether die cutting basic card stock or something fancy like foil card stock or Glimmer paper, the results are unique. Dies are created to cut away intricate designs in paper that are hard to achieve with hands and scissor. Card stock colors lend themselves well to die cuts and are extremely versatile.

Die Cutting watercolor paper

                   die cutting watercolor panels

While more dense and thick than standard card stock, watercolor paper works great with most standard dies. Cutting away the outline of a watercolored image or creating a panel of watercolor and placing a die on the chosen spot, watercolor can be quite a great combination with any dies.

Die Cutting Patterned Paper

Patterned paper, or DSP as we call it, had a pre made color balance that was designed by an artist. By using artist quality colored paper, the project is set up for success. Try using an intricate die on patterned paper for unique results and a one of a kind handmade card.





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