Die-cutting Essentials

Die-cutting Essentials 75 bonus projects!

26th March 2021


Die-cutting Essentials 75 bonus projects!

We hope you’re enjoying issue 75, which comes with a fab Geo Floral Wreath die set plus bonus stamp set! We had so many fantastic cards to squeeze into this issue that we couldn’t quite fit them all in – so here are your bonus projects!

Baby boy balloon by Cheryl Morgan

white stamping card
Heartfelt Creations Tender Moments paper collection
Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper & Kit
Zig watercolour pens
Copic markers
ultra-fine transparent glitter
New Sprout & Toffee Crunch Memento inkpads
Sky Blue & French Ultramarine Ranger Archival Ink
Jet Black StazOn inkpad
blue & green sparkle gel pens
Night of Navy Stampin’ Up! inkpad
clear embossing powder
hot-glue gun
heat tool
Heartfelt Creations Baby’s Air Balloon, Baby’s Friends, Welcome Baby and Classic Rose stamp & die sets

1 Cut a 4”-wide strip of flower-shaping paper and score in the centre to make a tent-fold card. Place the hot-air balloon die over the fold and run through your die cutting machine to create a tent-fold card blank.
2 Stamp the hot-air balloon onto patterned paper using Night of Navy ink, cover in embossing powder, remove the excess and heat to set. Die-cut, then use a craft knife to cut along the top of the basket, leaving the edges connected to the ropes. Colour in the ropes using a Copic marker and edge the balloon lightly with Night of Navy ink.
3 Die-cut a balloon from flower-shaping paper and adhere the paper balloon to this, leaving the basket unstuck. Secure the balloon to the card front.
4 Stamp the basket onto patterned paper using Night of Navy ink, then stamp ‘Baby Boy’ in the centre. Die-cut into a banner and attach to the card front.
5 Stamp the animals onto stamping card using Jet Black and colour with a mix of watercolour pens, Copic markers and gel pens. Die-cut then shape.
6 Hot-glue two animals into the basket and glue down the edges of the basket. Die-cut another animal shape for the third animal and fix into position outside the basket.
7 Stamp leaves and a flower onto flower-shaping paper using Toffee Crunch ink, then die-cut. Colour using Sky Blue and French Ultramarine ink for the flowers and New Sprout for the leaves, then shape.
8 Stamp flowers onto flower-shaping paper using Toffee Crunch ink and die-cut. Colour using the blue inks, spritz the reverse of the flowers, then shape. Layer together to create a small rose.
9 Position the leaf and flower at the top of the balloon and secure with hot glue. Place dries-clear adhesive on the roses and sprinkle with glitter, then remove any excess.

Cricut Explore Air/Air 2™ electronic cutting machine
Design Space™ online software
PC & printer
Cricut Bright Pad
silver & Blush Cricut Vinyl 
Cricut XL Applicator
Cricut tool set & wedding tool set
12×12” standard grip cutting mat
Cricut Transfer Tape
champagne glass

1 Connect the electronic cutting machine to the PC and log in to your Design Space™ account. Open a new project and in ‘images’ search for and select the ‘best day ever’ image.
2 Create the monogram either using fonts in ‘text’ and welding the letters together once positioned and sized, or, draw using a design software, saved as a .jpg and upload into Design Space™ following the on-screen prompts. Resize the image to fit the glass.
3 Change the project copy quantity to the number required. Cut the images from silver vinyl and the slogan from Blush vinyl ensuring to select the appropriate material setting within ‘material settings’ on screen.
4 Carefully remove the vinyl from the cutting mat by turning the mat upside down and peeling it back from the vinyl. Use scissors to fussy-cut the image.
5 Use the weeder tools and Bright Pad to carefully remove the unwanted vinyl, then use transfer tape to apply the vinyl images to the champagne glass, following the instructions on the package.

Top tips
Make sure the letters are welded together to keep the design shape or the letters will cut individually

Use the Applicator XL tool to apply the vinyl to the cutting mat to ensure good contact

Issue 74 is on sale now from supermarkets, WHSmith stores and independent retailers (subject to government guidelines), and online from www.craftstash.co.uk

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