In the card-making industry we’re seeing more and more beautiful and intricate dies being developed. They add that extra elegance to a design that I really appreciate. However, I’ve found that if you’re not careful, these intricate dies can be difficult to use, so I thought I’d give you a few tips today on some things I’ve found that are helpful in using intricate dies to get a polished result.
As you can see this die not only has many intricate details, but it is also a die that can be layered, in that different parts of the set of dies can be combined to created multiple effects. This leaves some fragile pieces to try and push out of the die.
What I’ve found that works like a charm is to first layer a piece of waxed paper over top of the cut edge of the die before you place your cardstock on the die. This will prevent your paper from sticking to the die when you are trying to remove those tiny intricate elements.
However, before you remove your paper from the die, Spellbinder’s™ dies are designed to also emboss your die cut and that’s one element I really love about them. But I don’t always find that running them through a machine another time with an embossing pad gets the intricate embossed details I’m looking for. I really like sharp detailed embossing.
So, what I do instead is take my die and paper still in the die after it’s been cut, and pull out my stylus (remember that old tool you used against your window to emboss through a template?), and run it up against the edges of the paper within the die. It gives you perfect sharp embossed lines. It also gets into those little details of an intricate die to really make them shine. Even if you use the waxed paper first in your die you can emboss right through both layers easily.
Now you can assemble your card, but those beautiful dies sometimes have tiny spaces, which are more difficult to adhere to your card. Here’s where I add some adhesive dots for holding things together and I use my stylus to pick up the adhesive dots (because they’re SO very sticky!) and place them where I want them to be.
And there you have a beautiful die cut showing off all of its wonderful details!
Supplies used: Classic white cardstock from Flourishes; elegant eggplant cardstock and adhesive dots from Stampin’ Up!; God Loves You and Scripture Series 1 stamp sets from Our Daily Bread designs; Memento tuxedo black and elderberry ink pads from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; Copic® markers (G40, G43, G46, RV13, RV14, RV17, V05, V06, V09) from Imagination International Inc.; velvet ribbon from May Arts Ribbon; Radiant Rectangles die templates (#S5-161) from Spellbinders™ Paper Arts.