The Basics Of Die-Cutting and How To Color Them

Today’s cardmaking tutorial is for our beginning cardmakers. I want to share the basics of die-cutting and some tips and tricks that will help a beginning cardmaker get the most out of their products.

Don’t worry if you’re an advanced cardmaker you might pick up a tip or two that will help you also.

What Are Die-Cuts?

Dies are metal or steel shapes with blades that cut paper to that shape by the use of a die-cutting machine. There are many die-cutting machines on the market. A lot of people ask if a Cricut can be used to cut die-cuts. The answer is no. A Cricut is an electronic machine designed to work with a computer software program.

Traditional die-cutting is done with a hand crank machine, like the Stampin’ Cut and Emboss machine.

Here is an example of the Beautiful Shapes Dies from Stampin’ UP!

The basic shapes included in the Beautiful Shapes Dies can be used to cut out circles, hexagons, parallelograms, and triangles.

A die-cut is the result of using dies. Here are some fun examples of die-cuts.

Ideas for coloring die cuts.

What Are Die-Cuts Used For?

Die-cuts are used to decorate handmade cards, create tags, add embellishments to cards, or even make embellishments from die-cuts.

Here are a few fun ways to use die-cuts:

+ Cut a shape several times from the same color and stack it on top of itself adhering each layer to the next. This creates thick chipboard-like embellishments to use on your cards.

+ Create fun and unique card shapes with die-cuts. You can see how to do that here.

+ Use die-cuts to create tags for gift packaging

+ Cover a die-cut in Versamark Ink and embossing powder to give it a shiny finish making it perfect for a textured embellishment on your handmade cards.

How Do You Use A Die-Cutting Machine?

Each die-cutting machine is a little different so the best answer to this question is to read the manufacturer’s instructions.

However, I like to use the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine and the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine. These are my favorite two die-cutting machines. They do not require electricity and the mini is great for traveling and small projects.

Here is a quick video tutorial on how to use the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.

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Ideas and tips for coloring die cuts.

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