Have you seen these beautiful intricate dies from Spellbinders? They are just gorgeous, and with a few little tricks, easy to use.
I absolutely love this little die called ‘Cattails’. Although I have to say, I’m a prairie girl, and while I’m sure the die could look like cattails, to me, it looks like wheat. So that’s what I used it for. Stalks of ripe wheat, blowing in the breeze.
The first time I tried using this die, I discovered it was not quite as simple as all of the other Spellbinders dies I have used over the years. Because it is so intricate and highly detailed, I had a few issues with it cutting all the way through, and then had trouble actually getting the paper out of the die. I had a quick look on the internet for some suggestions on how to make it easier. I found these terrific tips (and a short, highly useful video) at Cut@Home – CLICK HERE
In a nutshell, waxed paper is your new best friend.
On the base cutting plates that you would use for thin dies in your BigShot or Cuttlebug, place the Spellbinders D-Lite die face up.
Cover with a piece of waxed paper.
Add the piece of paper you wish to die cut.
Add a cardstock shim and run the sandwich through your BigShot or Cuttlebug a few times in different positions on the cutting sandwich.
The waxed paper makes all the difference. Try it – it results in the die cut image virtually popping right out of the intricate die, saving you a lot of time and frustration.
Voila! The die cut looks gorgeous with hardly any fuss.
Here’s the first page of the layout I created with the die cuts.
Core’dinations Kraft Core Cardstock was perfect for this project.
Then, because I was having so much fun, I added a second page with an enlargement of a photo I particularly liked.
Supply List: Core’dinations ColorCore cardstock, Spellbinders D-lite die, Big Shot by Stampin’ Up! die cutting machine, Maya Road journaling spot, Kaisercraft wooden bird, Stampin’ Up! buttons, K & Company dymo labeller, Krylon spray adhesive, scrabble tiles, jute string, machine sewing.
The detailed die cuts make these pages special. I can practically feel the sun on my face and hear the wheat whispering in the wind. Check out some of the other designs in the Spellbinders D-Lite line – they are all simply gorgeous. And by following the tips from www.ucutathome.com, they are also very easy to use!
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