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Card Making 3: Using paper dies

teacher avatar Skye Creates, Editor, artist, writer, crafter

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9 Lessons (31m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. The die cutting machine

    • 3. About paper dies

    • 4. Basic cutting instructions

    • 5. Using extra shim

    • 6. Tips and tricks

    • 7. Using silicone shim

    • 8. Storing your dies

    • 9. Project: inlaid die cut

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About This Class

The third part in my card making series. This class introduces you to paper dies and the die cutting machine and how to use them.You'll also learn about using different kinds of shim, and some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your dies and die cutting machine.


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Skye Creates

Editor, artist, writer, crafter


I live in a small town in rural New Zealand and work as a freelance editor, writer and digital photo restorer from home.

My passion is arts and crafts and I have taught on Skillshare under the name 'Skye Creates' since 2018. In June 2021 I decided to rebrand myself as 'One Crafty Zebra' and focus on my YouTube channel so that I can reach a broader audience and write craft books instead of video courses.

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1. Introduction: we start the course by looking at the die cutting machine, and then we have a look at the different types of paper dyes available. Then we get started using the paper cutting die machine, and then I'll show you what to do. If you need extra. Shim and I also share some tips and tricks with you on getting the most out of your dies and die cutting machine. I will show you how to use Silicon Shim and how best to store your dies and we finish the course with a project. 2. The die cutting machine: Welcome to my paper Die and die cutting course. Let's have a look at the die cutting machine. This one is a big shot by six, but you'll find that they all are more or less the same. No matter what the brand. They will have a platform on the base Onda handle Crane candle here, which progresses the platform through the machine and in this part is two rollers which compress the layers together, which is how you cut or in Boss, you'll notice that the let the platform has different layers to it, and this is for depending on the thickness off your card or paper that you're using. So for this you'll have to just refer to the instructions that come with your machine. You can also get magnetic platforms where you can, which will hold your die in place. So far, this one. This one is not magnetic, as you can see, but you can get magnetic ones that will hold your die in place and so that you it won't move when you're cutting with that, then the other part that you comes with your door machine. Are these plastic acrylic sheets you can see this one's broken. Its bean used quite heavily so they can break. I can still use it, though I use is only a small dies on each side. I wouldn't place one right across the crack, but it's still usable for smaller items, and I do use it. Still, these you can always buy online separately to the machines, So if you do break one, you can buy replacement sheets I've done. These are actually sheets for cuddle bug, but they fit this machine as well. So your plastic acrylic sheets are for protecting your rollers on protecting the base, so that's pretty much the machine. 3. About paper dies: And now let's have a look at dies. Your paper cutting dies come in a huge variety off different types of designs. Patton's sentiments, you name it, you will find a die for it. As you can see on this table, there's quite a difference also between the quality off them on depends on what brand that you purchase. That some of them will come with was a more brassy, coppery look or are enamel coated, such as thes ones. It just depends on the brand. When you first get your dies, you might find that they're all connected to each other by little ridges off metal. This is just to hold them together for packaging and shipping. You could actually use thumb like this. There's nothing, uh, stopping you from during that. You might find it easier, especially if you're trying to cut all of the elements all at one go, and it also stops them from moving around on your platform so it can be useful to just leave them like that. We'll look at that in the moment, although if you have a pattern like this one, these are all connected. However this actually goes, it matches a stamped seat, and I will actually need to break these in order to separate the elements. So that's very easy to do. So just bin them backwards and forwards a little just to weaken those joints. And then they come apart quite easily. The guy. Once you've broken the one off, it'll be easier to break the others me regard. You might also find paper dyes that look like these ones. You'll see that they are quite different to the other types of dives we've looked at, and this is because they have a protective backing over the sharp edges off the die, so that if you run your fingers over it, you won't catch yourself. But they work just the same as any ordinary diet. When purchasing dies online, you'll find that there's a huge variety of different patterns and designs and brands, and you'll also find what people call generic dies. Now on the table. You see, I've got two different dies with exactly the same patterns, one slightly larger, but essentially, it's exactly the same pattern this die over here is theory. Jinling, designed by cheery Lynn designs in America on our Way here is a generic form off the same die. This one is made in China. Now there's no problem with using these dies at all. They cut perfectly well, and they are certainly a lot cheaper than buying. Brand name dies. However, just bear in mind that a generic die is actually a knockoff from the original. Just be aware that your generic die has not bean made with permission from the person who actually designed it in the in the first place they have. I actually copied the design without permission in many cases. 4. Basic cutting instructions: let's get started and cut our very first design using a paper dime over here. I've got the paper die that I'm going to use. As you can see, it's back to front. But this is only because it's in reverse so that when you place it on the paper, it will be the right way. And then talking about the paper here, I'm going to cut it on some reflective card. So the right side of the card is face up at the moment where this is the wrong side of the paper. So if I place it down now, this way it's going to be back to the cut out image is going to be back to front. So remember to place the sharp edges off your die face down and the right side of your paper face up so we'll get started on that. I'm gonna put my I've got now my full platform together for cutting on the dies. I'm going to place the first layer off my plastic down Now I've got my paper with the right side facing up and then I've got my die With the right side facing down I'm gonna put it the X. So now another thing here, when you put you then I'm going to put my last piece of plastic on top to cut through. The problem here is that sometimes when you're moving that around that you can see it's moved. So a good trick for that is to take some sticky tape. Just take a little bit of sticky type and sticking it onto the dye and onto the paper where you're not going to you use it on a little bit down here and now when I put my platform down, it's not going to move. So I'm gonna put my plastic platform on top when you push it through until it kind of starts to move the handle and then putting it through till re grabs it and then holding down. I'm just going to push it through, removing the plastic, and there we go. You can remove it from Yeah, this is where your all comes in handy. You'll see. You'll notice that this tiny little holes all on the die, and these are to make it easier to push the elements to push the elements off out. Somebody could just flipped out there. So and there we go. That's our first Pete's cut. And with these kind of dies, it's better to place the die downwards so that you placing my paper onto the platform first . Then I'm putting my die down with the cutting edge face down onto the paper, then covering it with plastic sheeting and crossing it through as normal. There we go. 5. Using extra shim: I'm not going to cut out with this Die. As you can see, there are hundreds of little holes in here. Okay, Now, you might be able to see that the over here, it hasn't actually cut through very well. And if I take it out now, all of these little holes are actually not going to be cut very well, if also show you what I mean. So So you'll see that quite a lot of these have not actually being cut. That seems scored. But I would have to actually really push the mountain. And I risked hearing Platt the the design. Okay, Now I'll show you how to get past that problem. So I'm starting a fresh with the same dive and a new piece of card. Why that problem was occurring was because there was not enough pressure between the plate and the rolling the rotors. So the way to fix it is to add extra thickness. So to do that, I could do by just adding some extra paper underneath my sandwich, okay? Or what I prefer is to buy yourself one of these. And this is a medical ship, and I'm just going to add that to my platform. Then I'm gonna put again, as usual, one type of my Maykel shim. I'm putting my die down Pipat and again putting it through. This time you find it's a lot more stiff to get through. I'm having to put a lot of work to move it through, which shows that the extra thickness is really cutting the design quite well. Take that out now. This time you can see that it's cut through a lot better on you can actually see the design through. 6. Tips and tricks: with this one because there are so many tiny little details in this would take me ages to sit and pop eat little digit each little hole out. So a trick to do this is to get a brush. Now you can buy fancy die brushes from some of the bigger brands, but just a ordinary bottle. This is actually a brush for cleaning baby bottles or baby bottle teats. And if you don't rub it over quite vigorously while it's still in, you'll see all these little holes are coming out, and that's a much quicker way off getting all those little designs out. Still, a few that are honed come out. But these wonderful party come out when I take it from someone's gonna pull that out, these have removed and still something remaining in the die. Maybe go so that they finished piece. It is actually possible to cut multiple layers in one go. So I've got three different types of paper here, and I'm just gonna put that together, made out just roughly cutting around. Sorry, placing it don't, although I've got multiple elements and basically cutting it us one. Put those on top. Send it three. You got it on the regard from then you to separate them, and I got multiple cuts in one go. I've got a very thin piece of origami paper, and I'm going to prepare it so that it's a bit more sturdy for putting through the dye machine. Plus, it'll give it a self adhesive. Backing this over here is double sided tape, extra, extra, extra large. So it's just ordinary double sided tape like we've used before. So it's got two layers to it. Uh, and I'm going to just take a piece of that off, and now I'm gonna place that onto my paper, so I'm placing my die down, and then I've got my piece of paper. This is the back side off the paper that's gonna be glued down. So putting it face down home to the Dalai putting come sheet. Here we go for me the best, and now you'll see. It's a lot more sturdy in for and as I take, turn it over but carefully. Just remove the backing. I now have an adhesive sticky so I can actually placed it down on my corner. My God, Many stamps like this one from Penny black have matching dies these air at the same size as you conceive this the shape there for the snowman over there. So now I'll just show you a quick demonstration of how to use these. Here we go. I've got some designs that I have already stamped and colored using. These stamps are here. So here, I've got my stamped pictures. And now I'm going to place the dyes onto the corresponding images, So oh, match up the die. As close as we can get it. Taking a bit of sticky type. Yes, that this one training it over, I'm placing the sticky tape into mysterious on where that the surplus paper is paper that I'm gonna throw away. So I'm pacing with sticky tape onto that area rather than onto my picture, Because I don't want it. Peel the sticky tape and removed my my coverings. Always place the sticky tape onto throw away part. Thank you. I'm gonna put my sheet on top. Yeah, maybe guy 7. Using silicone shim: over here. I've got a dragon die. I'll just put that behind so you can see it a bit better. As you can see this these raised ages or where the dye is going to be cut. And then there's also all of these open areas here, but they don't have a raised age. They're open but not raised. So these areas are not going to cut. They will in Boss. So there's a trick to doing this. I'll show you first. If I just use my ordinary platform as a normal saying that. Put it on there. Put that on there. So as you see this case, this it's just produced a very two dimensional image. And those in Boston regions haven't actually shown up. Sorry. In order to do thus, it needs to go through the machine. Sorry, I'm going to start again. So again, I'm putting it down again. Okay, Now I'm going to be very careful when I removed the top, as I don't want the paper to come away from the die, so it's still in position on the on there. Now I'm going to place this, which is a sheet off silicone. It's a silicone Shim, and I'm going to place that on top. I'm gonna put my on top again on the not just moved out the way now because this makes quite an extra thickness. I'm actually going to remove one layer or my platform. Just as I might find that too difficult to get through. Something gonna place it? No, to connect. And then I'm gonna pass it through. Andi always within busting. I tend to pass it through at least once or twice. No, move it. Okay, okay. So here we have the two dragons that I have just cut this one. I did just ordinary. And then this one was with the extra with the silicon Shem. And as you can see, the details are have actually shown up this time with the ridge and the scales on the body . So certain times you will need to actually use an extra silicon shim for getting those details to show up. 8. Storing your dies: when it comes to storing your dies, you have quite a few options available to you. You can keep it in the packet that it came in, which helps you to identify what the die is and what it's used for, what part of a collection it is. Or you can put them in the books I've done. Or you can put, um onto magnetic sheeting. Or you can even get an album for them. So many ideas off storage available. The idea is that you always want to keep your to store your dies flat. Um, they can bend, and if they beamed, they use a break and you don't want to beam to break them. 9. Project: inlaid die cut: Of course, your ideas for making cards are absolutely endless. But I'm going to get you started with a very simple idea of how to use one die multiple times. I've got this one here. I have got a white on ordinary white card and I've got three sheets of card, a silver reed and some more of the white. So I'm going to start or first by cutting this die out of office three pieces. I've got the die cuts that I just kept earlier, and now I'm going to put them all together. So it first, I've got my card and I'm going to start with the read since the read background on. I'm just going to just make that a bit small left. So tune that I'm just gonna mark where I'm going to just make it a bit. Now, there don't. Then it was my life. He goes right now on I'm going to apply that onto the background, just going to get it's a little slighted. Good fly event. Just cutting angels. I'm taking with backing. So taking all the backing away and now are places X. I'm just gonna true that each No, I'm going to take the silver heart and place it in the space left by the heart that was cut by the read. And to do this one, I'm going to take a sheet of scrap papers and using my group in prominent boost. I'm just doing it look serious, que exist. All right. And then I'm gonna place it into the space left behind. I've been taking a scrap piece of paper. Just smooth that into place. Carrie, I could leave it like that, but I'm going to now take a few of these hearts on and place them into the space is left behind. And I might take one of the silver ones. And then I've got this piece that I cut earlier in the course. I'm gonna add that over there again. Take you Maybe. God, there's a very simple card to make using just one die