November 12, 2012

Die Cutting for Paper Crafters Week: Die Cut Cards


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!

~Cath

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!

PPS You have just one more week to join us for our Paper Crafting Tips & Tricks Week challenges. Click HERE to join in on all the fun or click on the direct links in the right-hand sidebar of this blog.

197 comments:

Lilly said...

This issue seems great!

me said...

Thank you Cath for the honourable mentions :D

Maryann said...

WOUW this would just be so me. I am sooo in love with my cuttingmachine and my dies, so if I could learn to use them even more, that would be sooooooo cool.
If not so lucky to win it, can we then buy it anywhere here in Europe??

Tanja said...

Just what I need, more inspiration for using my die cutting machines. I use my BigShot a reasonable amount but not my Slice lately.

Agata said...

It sure looks like fun!

Lee said...

Absolutely love die cuts. I have such a collection of dies and they gives me such joy every time I roll them through my machine and see the magic happen...you could call it an addiction LOL!

LindaR said...

Love the idea of a whole issue on die cutting! Fun!

Hussena said...

As i just have invested in a die cutting machine i would love to get more ideas on using it to max...This issue seems to be chock full of such ideas...would love to win this ..Thanks for a chance :)

Pam said...

I love my die cut machines! One of my must have tools for sure! This looks like an awesome issue!!

Alina said...

I would like to have a copy of this issue! I love die-cutting!

GabrielaD said...

Yes, I do love die cuts! I have a couple of the electric cutting machines at home and pretty much use them every single day. This magazine looks great!

Marianne said...

Where would we be without our die cutting machines LOL? Would love to win a copy of the magazine. Thanks for the chance.

Barbara said...

I love die cutting. I would love to have this book.

lostinpaper said...

Intrigued? More like gobsmacked, these cards are fantastic!
Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Jeanette M. said...

Fabulous cards! I love die cutting and would love to have a copy of that magazine! Thanks for the chance to win a copy, Cath!

Kelly said...

that camera card on the cover is darling and so is the star card. Thanks for a chance to win!

TLady said...

Would LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE to win a copy of this! Need ALL the help I can get!!!! :) WHAT FUN!!!!!!!! :)THANKS CATH! :)

Barb said...

I was starting to feel like I had a real problem, an addiction of sorts...my collection of dies is huge! But, now that there's a magazine issue devoted completely to it, my collection feel so small. Yay, shopping! Thanks PC!!! :)

Betty said...

Yes, I'm very intrigued! I could use some inspiration in this area! I love my Big Shot, but I don't use it as much as I'd like or want!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I just bought this issue at our local Ben Franklin open house-- for once they had one of your special issues, and it's great, so many ideas!

Lee said...

What a great issue and I am buying for a gift for some friends for a little hoiday fun! thanks!

Jasmine said...

I am absolutely intrigued by this issue! I'm hoping to get a Cameo for Christmas, so this will provide me with some great inspiration. The cards above are gorgeous.

Colleen Dietrich said...

Angeline's 'hi' card is soo cool! I had to stop and study how she made it. Love it!

Kim M said...

I've been using my Slice a lot recently so this issue would be awesome to have right now!

Jocelyn Olson said...

Both cards are gorgeous! I love that they both use repetition of a simple shape to make a beautiful card.

Krirs Sobolik said...

This looks like a great! I use my big Shot for so many projects, I would love new ideas!

Houses Built of Cards said...

WOW! Beautiful cards! LOVE that one with the star!!!

housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

marianne-g said...

Super cute cards!

Jen W. said...

Definitely an issue to add to the shopping list! Can't wait to get my hands on it!

Gregsgirl's crafty corner said...

I'm inspired by these great cards thanks for the chance to win, looks like some great reading here!

Emsworth Girl said...

I am the novice scared of the machine i've bought...ideas would be useful.
thanks.

Mrs_Mac said...

I'm just dying to get my hands on this issue! I'm a novice with my die cut machine and can't wait to get some great ideas and lessons.

Megan Aaron said...

looks like an awesome issue!

tape said...

Love the triangle card! Thanks for the chance to win.

Sue D said...

Very creative cards--would love to win an issue.

Die Cut Lady said...

I need to think out side my box and play with some die cut things.Thanks for the chance to win.

Theresa said...

Cath, this issue sounds amazing!!! I'd love to find more inspiration for die cutting!!!

Kailash said...

This magazine does seem to be very intriguing!!! Thanks for the chance to win it!

Carol said...

Oh my! My Big Kick is my fav tool...I use it ALL the time! This special issue sounds like it is right up my alley!

Heather Sweet said...

I can't wait to have this magazine! I'm always looking for different ways I can use my Cricut! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Sisters Craft Cafe said...

Great issue and super love those cards! very colorful and unique.

Luanne

Deb Lorence said...

Perfect timing Cath! I'm the nervous novice who hasn't a clue! My son is kicking in a few bucks so I can buy a die cut machine for my birthday. Now if I could only decide on what machine to get!

Maureen said...

I LOVE die cutting and can't wait to see this issue! So fun!

Melissa said...

I love these special issues! Die-cutting is one of my favorite things to do!

Teresa Zuehls said...

This issue looks awesome! I love my Cuttlebug and use it on almost every project I make. I welcome any new way to use it.

Vicki Wizniuk said...

Oh, what a fun issue, would love to win a copy!

Tanya C. said...

Wow! This issue looks fantastic. Perfect for helping me take the next step with my diecut machines!!

CraftyRia said...

I love the ideas in this book!

diana said...

Love my dies & embossing folders! Thanks for the chance to win this issue. ;-)

N@ Ali said...

two fabulous cards!! my craft life has changed since my big shot!

Lin M. said...

This new mag looks Awesome - Thanks for a chance to win!

Alyssa S said...

How fun! I would love to get my hands on this issue!

Meghan said...

This looks like such a perfect magazine for me. My die cutting machine is my best bud for sure!

Anita said...

Looks like a fabulous issue ~ I love my Cuttlebug and this looks like a must have magazine :) Thanks for the chance!

Julie S. said...

Great idea for a new issue!

Amy Kolling said...

I'd love to have this special issue! I love my BIg Shot!!

Marisa said...

Love using dies and would love somd inspiration. Thanks for the chance to win :)

PamSpradlin said...

I am thinking of getting a Cricut so maybe this issue would sway me one way or the other.

Pat said...

LOVE my cuttlebug and all the things I can do with it! But would love to learn more...and this issue looks great!

Amanda Coleman said...

BOTH of those cards are fantastic and SO moxie fab! The triangles on angles are brilliant!

Virginia L. said...

Looks like an AWESOME issue of inspirations! I can't wait to get a copy of it!

Scrapycandy said...

I love working with dies. I would 'die' to have this magazine issue. Ha! Thanks so much!

Dana said...

Can't wait to get a copy! Looks like there will be some great ideas!!

Flo said...

I love that star card. I can't wait to see what ideas you have in this magazine.

Tona said...

My craft room runnith over with die cut machines & dies. This looks like a fantastic book.

Jennifer said...

Cute cards! I LOVE my Cricut, it doesn't get as much use as it should. I can't wait to chi out this issue for more ideas!

cheryl (clee') said...

Using punches, then die-cutting has really been "my thing" for as long as I have been card-making. What a great idea for a special issue!!

Linda said...

This sounds like an issue that is worth it's weight in gold. Thanks for the chance to win!

Regina Hamilton said...

I'm a die-cutting addict. I would love to have a copy of this.

Sherry Butcher said...

I'm a die-cut addict too and would love this special issue. Thanks for the chance to win.

Rebecca Ednie said...

I use some form of die cutting on almost every card or project I make. But it doesn't hurt to have more inspiration! I'd love to read this issue!

Char said...

cool projects here!

Carol said...

I totally want this issue, I need some new and fresh die cutting ideas!


Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Mary-Anne V said...

such a great set of cards...love the dies.

mary rokisky said...

I have two diecut machines but could always use more information

Daša said...

I wish to have it.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

wow has this caught my attention! I love my die cutting machines and sooo need some new ideas on how to use them!

Myoriah said...

I love the star card. A great way to use scraps of paper. Thanks for the chance to win a great magazine. I'm sure that my Cameo and Big Shot would get used even more with all the neat ideas to try out.

Cynthia said...

There are so many fun dies available. This special issue would be great to add to my magazine collection!

Cindy Roman-Daversa said...

My machines are going to get a workout! Must get this issue STAT!

Julie S. said...

I would love to have this awesome issue . Thanks for a chance .

Mary Mac said...

Just came from papecrafts connection. I guess everyone love diecut machines. It seems everyone has at least two of them. I am no different. It just makes crafting so much more fun and easier.

Shelly said...

This is something I definitely, need!! I can already see the inspiration! :)

cassie said...

Yes, I am intrigued by this issue. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Katie said...

I love the triangle card, really awesome work! Would love this issue, I have a lot of die cuts but find myself not using them... Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Bethany said...

This are great cards and great ideas. I love the star birthday card idea. I would be lost without my Big Shot; die cutting is essential in my creations

AndreaC said...

Can't wait to see the rest of the cards. Would love to learn more about my die cutter.

Big Mamma~ a.k.a. Mary S said...

This issue would be awesome.. i love die cuts!

Poorvi said...

The idea of making a die-cutting magazine is soo cool! I'd sure love to have a issue... :)

JoAnna Ezuka said...

Oooh, this would be the perfect complement to my die cutting! Thanks for the chance to win!

Geri said...

I know that I have barely scratched the surface of my machine's capabilities. Learning more ways to increase both versatility and productivity would be fabulous!

Ruth G said...

Sounds like a great idea! It's always a good idea to see what else I can learn about my awesome tools! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Would love to have this issue...I am always looking for a new die cut method! Thanks for the chance!

SheriE. said...

I love both of my die cut machines and am always looking for more ways to use them.

Lyndal said...

Umm.. Die Cuttng for Paper Crafters... still waiting LOL!!!! Love to get my hands on a copy Cath :) :) :) Love, love, love my dies!

Jean said...

Looks like many wonderful new ideas!!

Noreen said...

I can say Die Cutting for Paper Crafters very fast! Thanks for the chance to win an exciting new magazine!

Lindsey said...

I'm very intrigued by this issue -- I'd love to incorporate more trendy ideas into my Cuttlebug use.

Larissa Heskett said...

THANKS for sharing the CUTE creations, and for the chance to win!! =) Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

bzyPTmom said...

I love die cutting--and would love to win this issue--I have a Pazzles Inspiration and simple love it!

Michelle Price said...

Wow-looking forward to this becasue I love my Pazzles Inspiration and can't wait to see more ideas!

Marie Gallagher said...

Love the star idea! I hope I win, I never know what to do with my dies!

Anonymous said...

I will be on the list of subscribers!!! This sounds like a great magazine... I would benefit for sure!
Sharain
srkitten@aol.com

Marie Gallagher said...

Love the star idea! I hope I win, I never know what to do with my dies!

Dr. J said...

I love die cutting and am always looking for new ways to die cut!

Marie Gallagher said...

Love the star idea! I hope I win, I never know what to do with my dies!

pcm said...

definitely intrigued by this issue :)

DonnaSue said...

Would love to get my hands on this issue for sure!

Chris D. said...

As an owner of the Grand Calibur and Slice die-cutting machines, I'd LOVE to win a copy of this magazine! Thanks for the chance!

pamela said...

This makes me glad that I got a big shot :D Tons of awesome inspiration from this one I'm sure!

Lenora B. said...

I would love to learn how to properly use my die cutting machine. Please, I REALLY need to win this!!! : )

Amanda said...

Looks like a very inspirational magazine.. Thanks for the chance to win..

Scrappy Hugs,
Amanda ;0)

Amy C said...

Love these ideas!! It would be awesome to win a copy of this.....thanks for the chance!!

Helen F. said...

Looks like yet another great Special Issue from PCM. I don't have too many dies to use with my one machine (Cuttlebug), but really love the look of this fun technique.

Isha Gupta said...

Looks like a Gem of a issue. TFS all the inspiration Cath.

Mlightner said...

Looks like a fun issue!

Moosisk said...

I am a die-cutting junkie! I probably use my Cricut Expression, Grand Calibur, and Texture Boutique the most. I am always looking for new and innovative ways to use them. Thanks for the chance to win one of these issues.

christine kaminski said...

This is just what i need - i want to get into this but could use some insight on the different techniques and machines. thanks!!! you guys are to "die" for.
Christine

rush said...

i love dies cuts. i just have to remember that i have them and pull them out when making cards!

Anita Kejriwal said...

Dies and die cuts are an addiction for me!! I just want more and more of these. So getting a wonderful issue on these would be just wonderful.

Susan said...

Eeek! 146 projects! Sounds like an issue I'd love to have. Thanks for the chance Cath.

Mendi said...

Ooh! This looks like an awesome issue! I am obsessed with my dies and diecutting machines. These cards are sooo cute--I can't wait to see all the fabulous ideas! :)

Katy said...

Wow! Both of these cards look fantastic!

Vic said...

I so need this! My dies are over-running my craft space!

SuZeQ said...

You're right ... die-ing over these dies. Love Love Love!!!
kosec@sbcglobal.net

Shirley said...

I love that die cut triangle card. Simple yet striking!

irishgalkelly said...

Very trendy cards Cath! Love Michelle's especially. This issue seems invaluable right now.

cindy edwards said...

Die cutting is the Moxie in my Fab World I just could not do a project with out my cuttlebug and I am in desperate need of some new ideas and some WOW factor to add to my projects. I don't have the time for a bunch of fussy cutting and this is such a wonderful idea for a magazine you never cease to amaze me. And of course I would love to have a copy of this asap. Thanks for the opportunity.

cindy edwards said...

Die cutting is the Moxie in my Fab World I just could not do a project with out my cuttlebug and I am in desperate need of some new ideas and some WOW factor to add to my projects. I don't have the time for a bunch of fussy cutting and this is such a wonderful idea for a magazine you never cease to amaze me. And of course I would love to have a copy of this asap. Thanks for the opportunity.

photogo1 said...

This looks like a "must have issue"!

Anonymous said...

what cool out of the box samples! I would love to win a copy.

Thanks for the giveaway and have a great week!
Josiane

Laraine R said...

Look like a must-have issue! Must have! Thanks for the chance to win!

frommycraftroom said...

Great projects. Very inspirational. Sure bet there is more in that issue! Thanks for the chance :)

marylouh said...

I would love to win a copy of this issue. I have a Cricut that I've only used once. I'm hoping this book will give me some tips and the incentive to figure out how to use the Cricut more often.

Kathy Mc said...

Oh, I'm also "die-ing" to see this fabulous issue and learn more about the world of die cutting. This issue looks like a must in my PC Library. Thanks, Cath, for a chance to win a copy!

Lexi said...

I am die-ing to get my hands on this issue!

Bonnie aka raduse said...

Looks like a fantastic issue. Can't wait to get my hands on it.

Jessrose21 said...

This looks like a great issue! I have a Big Shot and a Silhouette and love to get inspiration for using both.

Ravengirl said...

These are both...super yum! I just kept looking at the hi card to figure it out and then I read about it. Genious!!

Sherry Butcher said...

Thanks for the chance to win. I have a Cricut and would love any tip and tricks to use it more.

scrappin_in_AK said...

great cards - I'd love to win a copy of this book

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

That would make anyone die-ing for...

Nina Yang said...

Love the colors and patters on the star card! This issue is to die for! lol

andie librandi. said...

Yes definitely intrigued! Please pick me...fingers crossed to win! :)

Helen L said...

what a great looking magazine!! I love how die cuts make a project look so professional!! thanks for the chance to win the maggie!! :-)

Colleen said...

Awesome looking issue and magazine.
Thank you for this opportunity
ColleenB.

maria f. said...

When I recall that I used to think that I didn't need a die cutting machine....

Pam said...

This issue looks great. Would love to win.

Christine said...

Looks like a great issue! Who couldn't use more die cut inspiration!

Cammie said...

I wouldn't want to craft without my Cuttlebug and dies. I would love to see more innovative ways to use my dies; this issue is just the ticket.

KC Inspired said...

I would love to learn more ways to use my Cricut and other dies I have. Seeing is believing! Thanks.

Celeste B. said...

I don't use my die cutting machines near enough. This issue would surely help me cure that problem.

Celeste B. said...

I don't use my die cutting machines near enough. This issue would surely help me cure that problem.

Cheryl Hutcherson said...

So Cool! Would love to win a copy!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Would love to win this. I use my punches a lot, but need to use my silhouette more!

Maureen Morton said...

Super-great examples of over-the-top cutting! Love it and can't wait to get my hands on this issue. You've done it again, Cath!

Conniecrafter said...

Such neat and interesting ideas, can't wait to check this issue out :)

Renee said...

That star card is so beautiful!! I'm sure this is a great issue, especially loving the price! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this magazine. Use my Big Shot quite a bit, but need more advice.

Peggy B said...

I'm looking forward to seeing everything in this issue! Thanks for sharing!

scrapper al said...

Would love to add this magazine to my inspiration collection. Thanks for the chance!

Emily H said...

Wow! I love these ideas!

calamity jane said...

New to the die-cutting game, this issue is just what I need!!!!!

Lauren, Crafts by: readysetLove said...

i love die cuts and this would definitely help me use all my tools to their fullest!

lauren

iamb said...

Oooooohh, I love die cutting.. Thanks for the chance:)

Gabby said...

I have several hundred die cuts and used to use them far more often than I do now. I'm sure this issue would give me all kids of new, fresh ideas. :)

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Oh man...Angeline is just incredible!

Gill said...

I use my die-cutting machine a lot & would enjoy getting some new ideas from this issue.

Cynthia Rose said...

What fun cards and a wonderful magazine.

Yvette said...

s like an awesome issue!

MamaKaraba said...

LOVE the cards! The star card is so STUNNING!

Katherine said...

Thanks for the chance to win - can't wait to check out this magazine.

Carla said...

What a great book! I'll bet it has lots of wonderful ideas.

Carla from Utah

Anonymous said...

Looks like such an inspirational magazine.....

Wendy said...

I'd love to get my hands on this issue!

Ruth G said...

Really wonderful cards! I love the designs as well as the fun colors that were used! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Tammy said...

This issue is coming out at the perfect time. I have a Cricut but I'm thinking about asking for a Grand Caliber for Christmas.

Gwen said...

Love that birthday star card!! Looks like another great issue!

Kaagaz Quilling said...

Aww, i really wish i get to win this amazing issue :)

Frann said...

Great idea for one of your special issues. Die cutting is the best way to make professional looking cards!

Jingle said...

Wow! These are such fun designs!

Pamela Haskin said...

Great cards! I especially like the star card!

Pamela Haskin said...
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Jen Cuthbertson said...

This issue looks amazing! Thanks for a chance to win one!

Kathy M said...

This looks like a great issue! Would love to win it! Thanks for the chance.

Carol Gibson said...

Wonderful projects. Looks like a
must have magazine. Thanks for the
chance to win.

m said...

Great projects, would love more techniques on how to use my Cuttlebug to its fullest extent!

skeeteror said...

Akways looking for more ways to use my machines! Would love to receive a copy of the new issue! Thanks for the opportunity! ~Bev~

Diane S. said...

What an awesome issue! PaperCrafts rocks!

Janet said...

Adorable cards!!!!!

Linda said...

I've been catching up thus going backwards reading the posts from newest to older and I am SO impressed with the die cut projects. LOVE the stars card in this post especially!! Thanks for the chance to win!

sharon g said...

Love the star! I'd love to make it.

Patricia Lindsay said...

Wow! I seriously need some die cut mojo! These pictures are enough to tell me that I need to get this!

jen said...

Thanks so much for the chance- totally inspired already!

sunflower sue said...

i love stars and the die cut star card is simply wonderful!

cathy said...

What an awesome special issue. I particularly love the triangle card.

Carmen Nuland said...

I love the Happy Birthday Star Card - so beautiful!