Leave Fussy Cutting Aside and Enter an Era of Perfectly Cut Stamped Images

Using correlating stamps and dies is big right now and a must-technique for any stamper and allows for perfectly cut images. With just a few turns of a lever, you can make your cards look super professional.

Luckily Close To My Heart have a bunch of Dies called Thin Cuts that come packaged with matching stamps – there are also a couple of Thin Cuts that are stand alone – allowing you to stamp or decorate the die cut image any way you like!

What I love about Stamps with the matching Thin Cuts

It is that you can recreate the same images over and over again in different colours, papers, textures- you name it, just by purchasing stamps with coordinating dies, you basically have the equivalent of endless stickers! All you need is a Die Cutting machine like a Cuttlebug or a Bigshoot to name a few. Basically -Thin Cuts are an easy way to add shapes, titles, and sentiments to any project — no scissors required!

Some Cards using Stamps with the matching Thin Cuts

There are a bunch of amazing Thin Cuts with matching stamps in the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book and here are a few cards to show how easy it is to turn a perfectly cut image into an amazing card, plus a few ideas to get you started.

 

Special Offer

SAVE 25% ON ALL THIN CUTS DIES www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auOk just when you thought it could not get any better, than making it easy for you to cut out your images – Thin Cuts dies are on sale all month!

Save 25% on a wide selection of Thin Cuts dies and 30% on select Thin Cuts bundles!

During March, you can purchase individual Thin Cuts at 25% off the retail price and select bundles of Thin Cuts at 30% off the retail price. This special includes both current and retired Thin Cuts.

Anyway I hope you enjoy my thoughts & ideas about Thin Cuts & you get a chance to look at what we have on offer for you.

Till Next Time
Maz

1 March 2018 (12:01 am AEDT) – 31 March 2018 (11:59 pm AEDT) or while supplies last

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Hidden Inlay Die Cutting with Close To My Heart Thin Cuts

Well I have another fab idea & technique to share with you so that when you go & get your 25%  saving on the Close To My Heart Thin Cuts you will have lots of ideas on how to use them and this technique shows you how to create hidden inlay die cuts which are almost invisible – until you take a closer look.

Die cut inlay is where you die cut shapes and glue the pieces back together like a puzzle for a smooth look.

Hidden Inlay Die Cutting Thanks You are Too Kind Card

Material:
Close To My Heart Thin Cuts I used the the Thanks out of the Hello & Thanks Thin Cut Set
– Die Cutting Machine of your Choice
– And  multiple colours of Cardstock

How To
1. Stamp your image & colour in with your choice of colour. I used the In Bloom stamp set and Watercolours
2. Cut your Close To My Heart Thin cut as you normally would & save the little negative cut out left over pieces.
Hidden Inlay Die Cutting setting the cutting up
3. Re-cut the same die out of another colour of cardstock – this is optional & if you want to build your word up into a 3D look. I started to do this look but changed it right at the end for a more flush look.
4. Attach your card to a base and stick in in the left over negative cut out pieces into place.
Hidden Inlay Die Cutting putting the puzzle together
5. Stick the word into place
Hidden Inlay Die Cutting Pieced back together
6. Optional: To make sure that the word is flush you can run your card through your embossing machine – just protect your card from the marks that could be on your plate – I got some lovely marks that had to be hidden!

What I love
How the word looks just fab by itself with the stamped, coloured background – I could use it like that if I really wanted too! In fact I am very tempted to make another to do just that!

Hidden Inlay Die Cutting Thanks Cut Out
I hope you try this technique and have fun with it and thanks so much for taking the time to find out more about the Hidden Inlay Die Cutting technique…see you soon.

Maz

Congrats: Freshly Made Sketches #277

I had a play with my little Congrats stamp that fits perfectly inside on of my Basic Circle Thin cuts & thought that it would be perfect for this week’s Freshly Made Sketch #278 but I had to add the leaves – I really felt it needed so it my not quite fall into the clean style but this is where the inspiration for this card came from.

Freshly Made Sketches #278 - A Sketch by Jen M.

What I made

Congrats - Freshly Made Sketches 278 CTMH Dreamin' Big Paper and Wood Slats Embossing folder. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I used the Close To My Heart Dreamin’ Big Paper Packet, Wood Slats Embossing Folder, Thin Cuts—Basic Circles and the Leafy Congrats stamp which has been coloured in with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers. I sponged a mix of colours over the white daisy to give more colour & added leaves cut from a leaf that I found in the Cricut® Flower Market Collection.

I hope you all enjoyed what I created using this sketch.

Till Next time & keep creating!
Maz

Partial Die Cutting with Close To My Heart Thin Cuts

This month you can Save 25% on all Close To My Heart Thin Cuts, so I thought I would share some great tutorials, tips & ideas on how you can use the Thin Cuts.

Today I am showing you how to do partial die cutting with the Close To My Heart Thin Cuts which allows you to extend a portion of a die cut shape past the fold for a unique card or place marker or in one case of my cards incorporate the rest of the background into the die.

Material:

Close To My Heart Thin Cuts I used the Hello Lovely Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle and the Thin Cuts – Happy Birthday for the two card designs.
– Die Cutting Machine of your Choice
– And Cardstock

How To
1. Mark with a pencil the halfway mark that you are going to fold your card, if you want your image to extend past a folded card line.
2. Place a shaped die so that one part of the die is above the centre pencil line and the rest is below.
3. Line up die cutting plates along the pencil line so that only the protruding portion is cut when run through the die cutting machine. I used washi tape to guide me exactly where I wanted the plate to line up


4. Score along the pencil line, outside the die cut area. Erase pencil markings.
5. With the Happy Birthday card cut away any excess cardstock so the only the letter appear above the cut area.
6. Decorate the card as desired.

I hope you try this technique and have fun with it and thanks so much for taking the time to find out more about the Partial Die Cutting technique…see you soon.

Maz

Cut it Out!: Special Offer on all Thin Cuts this month!

CUT IT OUT! Save 25% on all Thin Cuts this month! www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auCut it Out!

Save 25% on all Thin Cuts this month!

Thin cuts give you a fast and easy way to cut all kinds of shapes for your crafting, and this month they are all available at 25% off! Choose from titles, sentiments, and a wide variety of shapes to stamp on, so you can get precise, dimensional cut shapes in no time!

You can create beautiful scrapbook layouts and cards while saving.

What’s more is that if you join my team this month as a New Consultants you will receive the SweetBirthday Stamp + Thin Cuts bundle in your New Consultant Kit at no additional cost and immediately begin saving 22% on all products if they choose to join Close To My Heart !

Check out this video about using the Thin Cuts without stamping

#CTMHThinCuts Keep an eye out on my blog as I will post a great idea, tip & or technique using out Close To My Heart Thin Cuts each Wed.

Till Next Time Maz

1 March 2017 (12:00 am AEDT) – 31 March 2017 (11:59 pm AEDT) or while supplies last

Double Embossing with Close To My Heart Thin Cuts

Double Embossing with Close To My Heart Thin Cuts. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Today I want to share with you super fun double embossing technique which is something that I done with my old dies a long time ago, but haven’t really re-visited the technique.

It is a great way to stretch some of your Close To My Heart Thin Cuts & is sort of a stamping technique as you stamp with your Close To My Heart Thin Cuts – yes you read that correctly, you can stamp the outline with your die. It takes a bit of practice & I have not perfected it by a long shot. But hey that is half the fun of crafting, learning & sharing what works for you.

FYI: I found a blog post from Jennifer McGuire who does this soooooo much better, than me. She calls the technique something different to what I was first shown many years ago, but it is still the same idea.

Now this technique I found looks better with the word Thin Cuts & the snowflakes, but you can try it on others or any other die cut you own. Let me show you how.

Material:

How To

  1. Set up your Die cutting machine for embossing with die, for me it is a B plates & the Rubber Embossing Mat, cardstock, die & final B Plate. There are lots of fab instructions out there if you are not sure how to set up your machine.
  2. Ink over only the cutting edges (the raised parts) of your chosen Close To My Heart Thin Cuts with the VersaMark™ Ink Pad & place carefully onto your cardstock that you set up already. Be careful not to move your die or you will get ink where you do not want it.
  3. Run the dies through your Die Cutting machine &carefully remove the die & quickly cover with your chosen Super Fine Embossing Powder. Brush away any excess & heat emboss.
  4. You will see that the heat embossing with appear in the outline of your die.

For my first card I tried the Snowflake Thin Cuts with Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder. I did accidently slightly moved the die before embossing, but for the first go in a long time, I loved the result. I also added some Clear Shimmer Brush to the raised parts of the snowflake.

Double Embossing with Close To My Snowflake Heart Thin Cuts. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

For my Second card I tried the technique again with one of the hello word thin cuts, I loved the combo of the White Daisy Cardstock with the Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder. I did find I needed to use a small dry paint brush to wipe off any excess embossing powder, but it worked out ok. Again I added some Clear Shimmer Brush to the raised parts of the hello word.

Double Embossing with Close To My Gift Hello Thin Cuts. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

And for my final card I decided to try the Gift Thin Cut – now this example showed what happened when I wasn’t careful about applying the ink only to the raised areas – in this case the circles & outline. But you know what I embraced the mistake – it was an opportunity to be a bit more creative & well I didn’t place the image very straight on the card & it was too close to the edge to cut the cardstock smaller, so I cut this one out. I make these mistakes all the time & then the card goes into a totally different direction to what I had envisioned.

Double Embossing with Close To My Gift Heart Thin Cuts. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

And while I am on the subject of Close To My Heart Thin Cuts did you know that they have released four new Thin Cuts that match existing stamps in the Annual Catalogue? The new ones are

I cannot wait to get mine & try some new ideas that I have. While these new thin cuts are not the best for this technique, you never know what you could create with them?

I hope you try this technique and have fun with it and thanks so much for taking the time to find out more about the double embossing technique…see you soon.

Maz