Sunday, April 15, 2012

Cut out Directions

Did you ever wonder how people used a die cut and left part of the stamped image outside the die cut shape? I found a tutorial called "The Box Within" on Split Coast Stampers. After several attempts I have tweaked this method so that it works better for me.

This is the step in the tutorial on Split Coast Stampers where I had problems:

Step 3
Remove the die. With a pair of sharp scissors, cut from the edge of your paper up to the line you drew, cutting along the lines of the image. Then cut around the section that will pop out.
I could not make it work like this because if you cut to the line made from marking the edge of the die, the cut portion will be inside that line. Look at a die...the outside edge is NOT the blade where the cut will be made. The cut will be made INSIDE. Therefore you must cut past the outside edge of the die so that there is room to lift that section and pop it out so that it lays above the die.
The tutorial says to draw a partial line here on the outside of the die.
But look at the cutting line... it's inside where you traced a line.

If you cut just to that line, you can't get the image over top of the die and have it cut in the right place.
My solution is to cut beyond the line that you traced just a bit.
Now, there's room for me to put the fish's nose over the die, so it won't cut his nose off. Blue painter's tape holds everything together while  you are cutting and won't tear your cardstock.

Here is what it looks like from the back.
All finished, with the nose hanging out, as if the fish is swimming out of a bubble.

On a totally separate subject, you've got to check out these great directions for decorating cakes for people who don't do decorated cakes. Great Cakes


  1. I have always wondered how to do this. Great tutorial! Tfs

  2. Very cool! I've never tried this...might have to give it a whirl. That is a beautiful image :)

  3. Thanks for taking the time to put together such a great tutorial ! I will take more time later to go thru this as I want to learn this technique ! Thanks again, Shirley

  4. Wow, this is great! You did =such a great job explaining how to do this. Those instructions made no sense when I read them! Great pictures to follow. I think even I could do this. I love the card you made also and I am so envious of your coloring!!

  5. Very cool tip! I'll have to try this out sometime! Your image in the tutorial is great too!!

  6. Ok...this looks super hard!! You did an awesome job! Your card is beautiful and perfect! My poor image would have gotten the big ole chop! Super pretty card!! :)

  7. Great job on your card. Thanks for the tutorial on how to do this. I really need to try it some time. Can't wait for the hummingbirds to come back to my house. I love sitting outside watching them at the feeders.

  8. Maggie, we saw the first of hummers returning on Sunday. I wonder if I can get a picture of one of them THIS year?

  9. I couldn't figure that out also, your pictures and explantion made much more sense! THANK YOU!


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