Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Techniques to DIE for!

Hello everyone! Today I have some fun basics to go over, all involving dies! Dies have become hot, hot, HOT this past year! From the Hero Arts Frame Cuts with matching stamps, to My Favorite Things wide variety, to the wonderful Memory Box- dies are every where!


If dies are your thing, or you're interested in learning more about them- it's never too late to sign up for the A Cut Above Class! Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner, Nichol Magouirk, and 9 talented guest designers will teach you the ins, outs, ups, and downs of using dies and the die-cutting machines! Best news- the information is permanently on the site! So you will have constant knowledge for you any time you need help or inspiration!

One important thing to remember is the "sandwich recipe" for dies. Depending on the machine, and the type of die, the way you place the plates, die, paper, etc into the machine really does matter! In the A Cut Above Class, they have 4 different PDF's for the Sizzix Big Shot Machine, the Tim Holtz Sizzix Vagabond Machine, the Cuttlebug Machine, and the Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine. (The class also uses the Silhouette Machine- but you don't need a recipe for dies for that!)

Here's an example of a "sandwich recipe" for wafer thin dies!
Bottom: Solo Platform Sku #657155
Next: Solo Platform Shim (comes with Solo Platform) Sku #657155
Next: Wafer Thin Die Adapter Sku #657160
Next: 1 Clear Plate
Sku 37-1258- normally the machines come with these but when they wear out you can get a replacement! 
Next: Any Wafer Thin Die
Next: Paper or other material that you want to die-cut
Top: 1 Clear Plate Sku 37-1258
(these replacement plates come with 2!)
Supplies for "sandwich" (apart from die and paper):

InLinkz.com


I had NO idea how much you could use with dies! Just check out some of these examples!

For more information, check out this video Jennifer McGuire did for us to explain the Hero Arts Frame Cut dies!

Also, on this post about the video, Jennifer shows what stamps match up with what frame cuts! It's an awesome reference for when purchasing these!
Supplies from the video and more frame cuts:
InLinkz.com

I hope this sparks a little excitement to "die" for ;) and you are feeling more confident with your die-usage! This is only a TINY taste of tips and instructions that you can see in the A Cut Above Class!

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Thanks for reading!
-Michelle


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69 comments:

  1. Wow...So many dies to choose from...It's hard to know which one to get first. Thanks for the info for today, it is very helpful information.

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  2. It really does look like a great class - and I'm gonna have to splurge soon for some of that cork you showed!

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  3. I use dies on most of my cards--great video.

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  4. Thanks for sharing the video. I love using dies, just wish I had more.
    Mags
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  5. Thanks for the video. Would love to do the class!

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  6. I am taking this class and am sooo inspired by the beautiful samples shown on the class. Fun class. Loving every minute of it. :)

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  7. The class looks great...thanks for sharing :)

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  8. Great info on dies! The class sounds fabulous!
    Thanks for a chance to win the new PS set! Love it!
    DeniseB

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  9. I love die cutting, thanks for the video :)

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  10. I love using dies and enjoy a bunch of different brands. I'm always forgetting the sandwich "recipe"...I need that class!

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  11. Great vid intro to the dies. I love having matching dies for my stamps. Reduces the amount of fussy cutting. :P

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  12. I love these. Thanks for the video.

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  13. Great videos and dies...class looks like it would be fun and informative =)

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  14. I love using dies, thanks for the video and info:)

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  15. Thanks for the fun video...totally love the matching dies and stamps from Hero Arts.
    Have a crafty day...

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  16. LOVE the fun colors that you used and the GREAT design!! THANKS for sharig and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  17. Wow. This is some great tips. Thanks for sharing them. They will come in handy.

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  18. great post! I would love this PS Set. I'm such a fan!

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  19. great to see the letter codes on there to match them up!

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  20. I would love to use dies, but I haven't purchased a machine yet. However, I love all the projects that I keep seeing. I might have to take the plunge soon.

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  21. Great video. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Great video thank you. I lOVE that stamp set from Paper Smooches it is a must have, thanks for the chance to win :)

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  23. Great video, those Hero Arts dies look fab! Oh and thanks for the chance to win the lovely Paper Smooches set ... fingers crossed!

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  24. egads. more and more stuff making my wish list longer.....

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  25. Great video and tips. I love the stamp set also. Thank you for a chance to win.
    Linda T

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  26. "A Cut Above" is a terrific class! Learning so much!

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  27. Thanks for the thecnique! I love dies and stamps!

    Hugs,
    Patricia

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  28. I'm taking the "A Cut Above" class. I highly recommend
    it to anyone who likes to work with dies, or expand
    their knowledge base for using them.

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  29. Teeheeeee... paper smooches have adorable stamps ^_^ And I love using my Big Shot, though it makes me want to hoard more and more dies =)

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  30. Great video and dies! That Paper Smooches set is lovely, thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  31. Great video tips. Thanks for sharing. That paper smooches stamp is just lovely. Thanks for the chance.

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  32. love the video and i think i will check this course out!

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  33. I'm taking the Cut Above class which is my very first one....love all the videos and I'm learning so much! Thanks

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  34. Would be fabulous to learn some new techniques!

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  35. I have Cuttlebug but hardly use it as the dies itself cost me a little a lot which I am trying to collect slowly.

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  36. I love all of the new die options although I still seem to be buying punches. :) Love MFT dies and have yet to try the Memory box dies but they seem to be reasonably priced and I have seen them on cards all over the place. This is such a cute stamp set I just had to comment! Thanks for sharing!

    Katie B.

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  37. video gave good ideas - love working with my Big Shot & need more dies!

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  38. I'm a big fan of dies - especially that ones that have coordinating stamps.

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  39. I am currently taking this class from Jennifer and it is so awesome. I love dies. Own a few from MFT, Memory Box Dies, Hero Arts, and can't seem to get enough of them. LOL. During the class, we also get a discount from SSS to purchase supplies for the class and I greatly appreciate that so much. Love the video Jennifer put together. She is such a talented and creative teacher that just amazes me with her ideas and techniques.

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  40. I always learn so much from Jennifer.

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  41. Great info and video is awesome.

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  42. Great post! I have used a die cut machine a lot, but am only just getting into dies a little more. Thanks for the info!

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  43. I love dies and always appreciate information on how to get more from them. Thanks for the video. The stamps are adorable!

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  44. Awesome post....those stamps are too cute!!!!

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  45. this class looks so good-would love to win-LOVE Paper Smooches!!!

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  46. Thanks for this post. I can always new ideas for my dies.

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  47. Wow, just great. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  48. I LOVE Paper smooches and just adore this set...thanks for the chance to win.

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  49. This stamp set is fantastic! So fun and versatile!

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  50. Loved the tips and techniques. As always Hero Arts comes up with amazing products.

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  51. I follow on Google Reader. I actually won a spot in this class and I can tell you it's AWESOME! I don't even own a die cutting machine and I get so much out of it. The information is lifetime, so when I do get my machine (and there's a possibility of winning one with the class), I can go back to refresh my memory. I also have access to a LSS's die cutting machine for a whopping $5 an hour. Really worth the money in my book!(even if I did win admission)

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  52. Awesome video, I just love dies and what you can do with them.

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  53. For some reason I can't view the video (Germany). Dies... I've not become addicted yet (only have a few Spellbinders and Memory Box). Always thought, "I can just cut it out". But what a difference it makes to crank it out of a die cutting machine.

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  54. I am taking this online class and is really good! I would love to own this stamp set.

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  55. That class sounds so perfect for me. Thanks for spreading the word about it.

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