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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@HomeCLICK 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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  1. Love the pages you created! Great tips for cutting intricate details! It’s perfect wheat!

  2. These pages take me back to my childhood…summers spent on the farm. Love how you used this die, Connie…and thanks for the awesome tip with the wax paper!

  3. Hi Connie! I love your beautiful layouts that tell of such heart-warming memories. I’m just getting into dye cutting with the SB Grand Calibur so thanks so much for sharing this fab die and helpful tips.

  4. Connie, great layout. I have to agree with you, definitely looks more like wheat to me than cattails. the die is a perfect addition to the harvesting page.

  5. Love this die too! Your layouts turned out beautifully! I love the contrast of the wheat against the black. Awesome job! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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