A die-cut card-making session

I recently received more cutting dies that I had ordered and, still being excited by a new hobby, I decided I wanted to test some of them out. That led to a bit of a card-making session, some of which have already been sent off as birthday cards for Post Pals children. Others haven’t found a use yet. Here they are:

The princess castle isn’t stuck on straight. Grr! Unfortunately the glue had set before I realised. Also, I coloured in the flags but I’m not sure whether it would have been better to just leave them as they were. Oh well. That one has already gone off to a girl who, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, is turning 7.

I absolutely love the balloon jar and am already imagining other things I could put inside a jar. I’m not sure about the positioning of the writing though. I still have that card currently, but I’m sure I’ll find a use for it soon.

You might recognise the Happy Birthday shape and the felt butterflies from this card. The frame die cut is new. I quite like how this turned out. It’s simple, but I think it’s pretty. I still have that one at present but I think I know who’s going to get it.

Finally, for the football card, I die cut the shape twice, once in white and once in black, then used the black “negative” pieces to fill in the white outline, resulting in an inverted football. I’m not sure why I did it that way round first? I still have the black outline and white pieces so I can make a normal football. A lot of the Post Pals boys like football so I have a feeling this die will be getting quite a bit of use! The little footballs are stickers and the sentiment came free with a magazine. That card is already on its way to a Post Pal’s sibling.

I cut out a few other shapes, including a giraffe and some unicorns, but I haven’t done anything with them yet. Perhaps you’ll see them on a future card.

I think I’m going to need some more practice before I learn the most effective way to use die cuts on my cards! Not that these ones are bad necessarily, but I feel like I could make much better use of the shapes. Any die-cutting experts want to weight in with advice? I’m all ears (well, eyes… you know what I mean).

What do you think of these cards? Not bad for a die-cutting beginner, right?

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8 thoughts on “A die-cut card-making session

  1. These are so pretty! I have a Brother cutting machine but cannot make it work properly (haven’t found the time to sit and fiddle around until I understand it yet – it’s so much quicker for me just to cut out with a scalpel so I never bother). I must face up to it again and see if I can make any more progress! You appear to have an extraordinary wealth of creative talent – I also love your embroidery designs 🙂

    1. Aww, thank you!
      I got the Big Shot foldaway for Christmas. It’s pretty basic so doesn’t take much figuring out – it’s pretty much just turning a handle. Lol.

      I always think cross stitch is like painting by numbers, except on fabric and stitching. The chart is all laid out for me, so it’s just a case of finding the right the right threads and being able to count!

  2. They look good! I haven’t got a proper die-cut apart from the Sizzix Sidekick which I’ve never actually used! Luckily, my sister has one so I get her to die-cut any shapes I really want. She has stacks of dies!

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