Welcome back! This week I'm going to talk about my favorite tools I like to have close by when I'm die cutting.
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I like to use this metal shim when I'm cutting intricate dies such as doilies or sentiments. I simply slide it under the 2 plates in my Big Shot and I'm ready to go. I get a nice clean cut without having to do another pass through the machine.
The shim is also useful when using certain specialty papers such as glitter cardstock or foam sheets.
They're a good thickness and they're self-adhesive.
The right adhesive is important when die cutting, and I'm sure most of you have a variety in your stash depending on your needs for a particular card. The Xyron is my favorite tool when I want to be sure I have adhesive completely covering a die cut. It basically turns your die cuts into stickers with full adhesive on the back. I use it all the time. The one you see is an older version. They now have a more streamlined, updated one which I have listed above. This is the 9". I have a few sizes, but I think this is really all you need. The updated version actually allows you to change out the 9" adhesive cartridge and put in the 5" which is great for smaller die cuts.
All you do is simply run your die cut, face-up, through the machine, run a bone folder around the edges to smooth out the adhesive, and peel away the paper.
This type of adhesive is great for panels on the fronts of cards or these envelope liners.
For more intricate dies, like sentiments, I like to use Stick It adhesive paper. It makes it really easy to apply adhesive to the back without getting glue all over your hands. All you do is peel the backing away and place your paper on top. You can cut any excess Stick It paper away.
Then, place your die face down on the cardstock and run it through your die cutting machine. I always use the metal shim to get a clean cut.
Peel away the paper backing and you have the perfect amount of adhesive for your project.
To help me manage those teeny tiny die cut pieces, I must have my Quick Stik. This little tool is great for dotting the "I"s on your intricate die cuts, adhering sequins or even scraping away excess adhesive. One end has a gummy part and the other has a sharp pick for positioning.
Finally, I was first in line for this adorable, yet functional Main Attraction tool from Spellbinders.
My desk is always a mess when I'm creating a card and this is so useful for keeping metal dies from getting lost in the pile. Plus, I think it looks nice as a decoration!
Up next.....Part 3: On My Desk.......