How to Cut and Adhere Intricate Die-Cuts to Handmade Cards

If you love adding intricate die-cuts to your handmade cards, you’ll need to know how to cut and adhere them with the least mess and fuss.  I’ve made a few videos that show what I use to get good, clean cuts, and the adhesives I like best.  I’m always experimenting with tools and supplies, and love to share what I’ve learned with you.

The biggest help in cutting with intricate dies is using the Precision Base Plate.  It provides a hard metal surface for the dies to cut against, which is more effective than the softer acrylic Cutting Pads.  You can learn more in this video:

One thing I’ve learned since I made the video is that you CAN use the Precision Base Plate with the Magnetic Platform.  The magnets hold the metal plate in place, and nothing gets damaged in the process.

If you’ll be using intricate Thinlits, you’ll make your life easier by getting the Big Shot Die Brush.  This will help you loosen all the little cut-outs so you don’t have to poke them out one at a time.  When you run the brush over the die, the little pieces all end up on the foam pad, so they won’t be all over your work surface.  You can pick up the foam and easily deliver the tiny cut-outs to the trash.

Big Shot Die Brush from Stampin' Up!

Here’s the video I made last January, which reviews different dry adhesives.  I admit I’m biased–I don’t like using liquid adhesives with intricate die-cuts, although I know other people do.  It’s too messy for my taste, and if the glue squeezes out onto the cardstock, it shows when it dries.

I’m delighted to find Sizzix Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets back in the Stampin’ Up! product line, starting with the 2017 Annual Catalog.  When I made the video, I felt there were some advantages to StickIt Sheets, but after more experimentation, I think they both work great.  Both are repositionable, and the difference in thickness has only been noticeable with the Detailed Floral Thinlits.  With a few extra passes through the Big Shot, the Detailed Floral Thinlits and Sizzix sheets work fine.

Please leave a comment to let me know if these tips are helpful.  I constantly learn new things about tools and supplies, and like to give you updates like this.  Your comments encourage me to keep at it!

Now go forth and create!  I hope these tips on how to cut and adhere intricate die-cuts to your handmade cards and papercraft projects will make a difference in your craft room!  

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4 Responses to How to Cut and Adhere Intricate Die-Cuts to Handmade Cards

  1. Mary Ann Baumgarden June 20, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

    Your information was helpful. I have the Big Shot Plus now & am using it, so I use the magnetic platform. I don’t understand why Stampin’ Up cannot give more specific information out when you purchase the various types of dyes.

    • Sage June 20, 2017 at 3:50 pm #

      They gave information on using the Precision Base Plate when they first started carrying it, and they do recommend using the Base Plate with their intricate Thinlits in the catalog. But not on the online ordering site. So it’s up to us (Demonstrators) to provide that information. That keeps me busy creating videos!

  2. Pat June 22, 2017 at 9:51 am #

    Very interesting and this tutorial should take away some of my frustration with die cutting. Thank you for showing us that!

    • Sage June 22, 2017 at 7:15 pm #

      Great, I like to take a problem apart and break it down to find easy solutions. Thanks for the feedback.

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