One of the greatest ideas/tools/inventions for a card maker has to be coordinating stamps and dies. Having a die that can cut out an image in one pass through a die-cutting machine saves so much time, especially on really intricate images. Even with this great product, I find a lot of crafters are sometimes confused on how to use the two. There really is no right or wrong way.
Today, I will walk you through a few basic steps on how I ensure a great cut around my stamped images.
First, I stamp my images onto a piece of cardstock using black ink. I like to use Tskukineko tuxedo black ink in case I color in my images with Copic® markers.
Then I apply my dies over the stamped images. Use a low-tack tape or something like washi tape because you don’t want the pressure of a die-cut machine to seal the tape and cardstock together, which will cause the paper to rip once you try to remove the tape.
Remove the die cuts from the dies. The images are now ready to use for projects. The die cuts I don’t use I keep with my stamp set for future use.
Color in the images using your favorite coloring medium.
One of my daughter’s good friends loves candy corn. So I decided to make a fun treat bag filled with this candy.
Supplies used: Critters in Costume stamp set and die set and Into The Woods 6 x 6 paper pack from Lawn Fawn; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.; Grand Calibur® machine from Spellbinders™ Paper Arts; E-Z Runner and 3D foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®.