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Friday Master Class–Die Cutting Out of the Box

Posted on 24th October 2012
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Morning all, in todays Friday Master Class I will be concentrating on getting more out of your Nesties, the first tutorial is:
Out of the Box Die Cutting.
As you will see in this card the Balloons on this Penny Black StampHedgehog Kisses - extend over the edge of the Spellbinder Circle Die, this is what we call “Out of the Box”, it is really simple to do just a little bit of preparation before you run the image and die through your Die Cutting machine.
To begin: stamp and colour your image, now centrally position the nestie you will be using over the image, tape down with masking tape (I always rub the tape over my T shirt a couple of times to take some of the tackiness off this makes it easier to take off without leaving marks on your card).  Now with a sharp pencil mark around the outside of the die excluding where the balloons meet the edge, pencil a mark on side of the balloons the width of the die, as shown in Picture 3.
Now roughly cut out the image,  cut around the Balloons cutting down the sides of the balloons to the mark you made, line up the die with your previous pencil marks and with the balloons overlapping at the front (Picture 2 below) and tape into place, Picture 3 below shows how it will look from the back, you will notice how the die fits snuggly in the two slots you cut at the sides.
Run through your die cutting machine.  Here is how your image will look once you have finished.
Hope this has been helpful Next Friday I will be showing you Positive and Negative Die Cutting, this is another fab way to use your Dies.
To make the final card I have used:
Penny Black StampHedgehog Kisses
SpellbindersBitty Blossom Die
Marianne Designs - Flowers and Leaf Die
Sizzex Big Z DiesTattered Pine Cone 
Liquid Pearls 
Lace and Buttons from The Ribbon Girl 
Papers from Nitwits Collections 
Pink card.
We would love to know if you are finding the hints and tips we have been posted on the blog over the last few weeks helpful, and also please let is know if there is anything you would really like us to spotlight.
Happy Crafting all
Jacqui x
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