Got die cuts? One of the most popular tools in the world of paper crafting today, die cut machines and their incredibly versatile die components have created a whole new way for us crafty types to express ourselves in the realm of the handmade. If you are someone who is frustrated by the fussiness of scissors and the imprecise nature of patterns, and if you are someone who relishes the satisfyingly clean lines of die-cut shapes both simple and complex, then die cutting is completely and entirely for you!
Whether you are a die-hard die cutter or a nervous novice who hasn't a clue, the latest and greatest special issue from Paper Crafts magazine, Die Cutting for Paper Crafters, is just the resource you need for creative ways to use what has become our craft's go-to tool.
With 146 innovative projects that show you countless ways to use your die-cut machine and covering 9 informative topics, this issue is a die-cutter's dream! From creative ways to incorporate die cuts into your cards (including shaped and interactive); to die-cutting everything from cork to chipboard to fabric to felt (and more!); to creating die-cut boxes, bags, tags, home decor, and party ensembles; you won't believe how much die-cutting FUN could possibly be packed into just one special issue!
Take, for example, these moxie fab ideas from the die-cut cards section. Check it:
Colorful Hi Card by Angeline Yong Jeet Leen, p. 34
Moxie Fab Alert: Angeline made quick work of this trendy--and colorful!-- triangular background by first die-cutting the triangles, then adhering them to her cardstock base and trimming the edges. But what sends the card into the moxie stratosphere for me is that she die-cut the word "hi" directly into the design giving the card a fun, crisp ka-pow! (And it doesn't hoit that the triangles are placed on an angle, either!)
Happy Birthday Star Card by Michelle Woerner, p. 42
Moxie Fab Alert: In a reverse treatment of what Angeline did above, Michelle first adhered patterned paper strips to a piece of cardstock and then die-cut the star. The precise nature of the die-cut star gives this card its clean lines and its unmistakably professional look.
Are you intrigued by this issue? If so, leave me a comment by midnight EST on Sunday, November 18 and I'll draw two random luckies to win a copy as fast as you can say Die Cutting for Paper Crafters!
I'm just die-ing over this one!
PS As per usual, we're celebrating over on Paper Crafts Connection as well. Be sure and join us for even more of the moxie fab fun!
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