October 21, 2014

Die Cutting Tips ...

Hi Everybody,

Over the last few weeks I have had several emails asking me about die cutting

The problem seems to be with the more intricate dies that are on the market and they can be from any company that make dies

Most people want to know how to get their card out of the die without tearing it in the process and  wasting your precious supplies

And  what better way to explain some of my tips than to make  .... a video!!

So this morning my "Film Crew" went back up his ladder with his camera to film what I wanted to share with you about die cutting

The card I use most of the time is the Hammered White  from the  Papermill Direct  and it is really good quality  255 gsm card and ideal for your card base.

It is a UK company ...  which is great if you are in the UK but if you live abroad then  you will need to check if they will ship to your country

It is the one I use in the tutorial and on Create and Craft TV and it cuts really well in the Grand Calibur.

The die  used is  Spellbinders 5x7 Detailed Scallops   and the wax paper is a Cornflakes packet !!

The beautiful flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts  with the addition of Glitter Magic to add the sparkle

The organza ribbon is from MeiFlower  and it is tied in a double bow  using a bow maker

Give these tips a try if you are having problems with any of your dies but whether you use wax paper or not  then turning the die and shimming only the areas that won't cut are sure to work for you.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


  1. Beautiful ,love the layout of the Dies x

  2. Like you don't have anything else to do??? Once again your generous and giving nature have come through. What a woman! Plus film crew ;)

  3. Lovely, pretty card, i'll be watching the video tonight after work.


  4. Good morning Christina,
    Love your card, will look in on your Video later.
    Thank you for taking time to do this, you are so good to us Crafters and I for one thank you for this.
    Stay warm and safe in this horrible weather.

    Patricia x

  5. Such a lovely card again Christina, I am off out today but will watch the video later with a nice cup of coffee { ahh bliss }
    Take Care
    Elaine H X

  6. Good morning Christina! Great tips for die cutting and embossing. You are an amazing teacher, your video's are so informative and easy to watch. Love you!

  7. Morning Christina,
    A beautiful card, love it.

  8. ihave a stack of the breakfast wax paper that i have saved xx

  9. Hello Christina, you are a star, I just love the lengths you are willing to go to help us mere mortals, not forgetting the heights the film crew also go to lol. Thank you both.
    X Ros H

  10. Hi Christina
    Beautiful card. Thanks very much for doing a video because these are the type of things that I have problems with so it will be very helpful. I will watch it later when I have a bit more time. Thanks for being so good to us all.
    Love & best wishes
    Jenny C xxx

  11. Hi Christina. A beautiful card. Look forward to each morning to see what you have made. Mave.

  12. Beautiful card, Christina! Your tutorials are always awesome!

  13. Good afternoon Christina,
    what a lovely card you have made for our delight today in the peach and white. I do like that you have actually just put all the one colour of flowers on the card as it looks so nice against the background and although the melt into it, i love the effect that it has on today's inspiration. Thank you Christina and Griff for the filming although i hope that the ladder is a steady one with a wide platform,
    Love and crafty hugs
    Norah (Glenochil)

  14. Hi Christina thank you so much for helping me out on how to turn out perfect die cuts as I have been left frustrated and felt like giving up using the intricate dies, even though they produce beautiful cards, I am going to try them out this evening. You have produced another beautiful intricate card, thank you once again for taking the time to reply to me.
    Kind regards
    Anne Owens (Liverpool)

  15. Simply gorgeous as always and full of lots of lovely details you are so creative x

  16. I have no idea how you do it but you sure have a way on where to place all of your embellishmenst...this is so stunning and beautiful...
    Thanks for the tip from the video.
    Well done Christina

  17. so pretty Christina as always. I think it's time you took a photo of your film crew up his ladder with his camera and shared with us :) x

  18. Beautiful card today. Great video on the tips to cut those intricate dies, thanks Christina.

  19. Lovely card and a great little video Christina,

  20. Christina, that is one beautiful card!!! I have to agree with terrie about the way you always seem to instinctively know where to place all your embellishments to create the geratest looking cards ever :). I'm off to watch the video now :)

  21. Hi Christina. Very sweet card,like the colours and the flowers are so nice.
    Thank you for helping us out with some cutting out idea's. I'm really struggling at times and give up very soon when it's not working properly.
    Have a nice evening Maria x

  22. Absolutely gorgeous card. The colours are great and love the flower detail. Thanks so much for the tips on the video.

  23. Thank you Christina. I am having that very problem and will try the waxed paper because shimming doesn't seem to be completely successful for me. Very helpful and beautiful card. Best wishes.

  24. Oh Christina, I adore today's card. I've no idea how you managed to match the paper and flower colours so well. Silly me, I'd never consider purchasing those tulips but the effect is fab. I've so much to learn and I'm learning so much from you Christina - thank you so much. Mary Mac

  25. Hi Christina
    A really lovely card and a very useful video, I really appreciate the time you take to pass on all your very useful information, thank you so much.
    Margaret corgi owner

  26. Thanks for the tips Christina, sure will try using the wax paper cereal box. you have created a very pretty card. Dianne

  27. Hi Christina
    Lovely card today. I'll certainly try your tips. I'll also try the wax pPer in the cereal boxes.

  28. Beautiful, beautiful card...thanks too for the tips on the video...luv Ursula xxx

  29. Hi Christina, just been watching your video, although it's an old one still great and relevant. i have arthritis in my hand, so bought myself just over a year ago the Gemini machine. Using the same Spellbinders scalloped die twice I've tried cutting it with the Gemini and it's torn my cardstock to pieces, too much pressure, so had to go back to my Grand Calibur, Just wondering if using the wax paper would help. Just love your videos, thank you, Tricia x


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