Monday, July 10, 2017

Project of the week: out of the box die cutting

Today is my day to share a Project of The Week over on The House That Stamps Built blog.  I'm going to give you a quick little tutorial on how to do the out of the box die cutting technique; something that I find myself using quite a bit.  Here's what you need for this technique:
  • an image (I used "Feline Friendly"
  • ink
  • a die
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • washi tape or similar low tack tape (I forgot to put it in the picture)

 This technique works really well for large images (ones that are too big to fit in your die) and needs to have a part or parts of the image that hangs outside the width of the die.
 Line up the die around your image where you want it and lightly trace along both sides of the die around the part of the image that falls outside of the die.  For my card, it is along the sides of the die just around the cat's tail.  In the next photo you can see where I drew the lines:
 Take your scissors, and carefully cut along the IMAGE lines just until you have cut in far enough to be able to pop the piece up over your die (you'll see what I mean in the next photo).  I drew light arrow lines to show how far in I cut.
 Slide your die under the cut out part of the image until it lines up between the two lines you traced before and tape it in place so it doesn't move.  You can see how the cat's tail is up on top of the die.
 Run it through your die cutting machine like normal.  You can see that my die cut is smaller than the die; I ran it through a second time after adjusting it because I didn't want all that white space at the bottom.
 Carefully and thoroughly erase any pencil lines and smooth the cut out portion down so you can't see the cuts.
 And here is my finished card:
I just love how his little tail is hanging out over the edge; I really think it adds to the cuteness.  For my sentiment I used "Friends Make . . .".  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Feline Friendly" and "Friends Make . . . "
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangles; MFT "Four Corners"; Sweet n' Sassy Stamps heart die

Cards Galore--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
The Paper Nest Dolls #6--anything goes
Dies R Us #76--layers
SheepSki Designs #4--square cards
Incy Wincy--friends forever
Penny's Challenge #336--anything goes
Crafty Gals #130--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #290--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Crafty Creations #345--anything goes
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2--sketch

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Cardz TV #5--anything goes
Pink Gem Challenge #198--animals


Di said...

Lovely card Heather and thank you for the reminder to think about the over the edge technique more often here! It really does add that something extra. Are you sure you didn't use any snippets? :)


Di xx

Joanna Moore said...

Fantastic tutorial for the out of the box cutting technique. Your card is lovely. I like the image that you used and all your papers. Thanks so much for joining in the fun this fortnight on the Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 blog. Good luck!
~Jo, SSW2-DT

cass said...

Super cute card with great paper and a wonderful tutorial. Thanks for joining us at CHNS patterned Paper Challenge this month.

Darlene said...

OMG how cute and I love the outside the frame design! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Layers’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

Kelly Schelske said...

Fantastic tutorial for sure, great work and nice job with our sketch!

Thank you for playing along with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2!


Kathie said...

What a great tutorial Heather, it's so details for someone starting out and not sure how that it done. Love your card and this pink bear is very cute. Love your design papers as well.
Great card and thanks so much for sharing with us over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 and good luck.
Kathie SSW2~DT

Kathie said...

Hi Heather here I am again wearing a different had, as I said in my previous comment this is a great tutorial well done and I do love this sweet card.
Great card and thanks so much for sharing with us over at Penny Paper Crafty Challenge and good luck.
Kathie PPCC~DT

Jean said...

Such a sweet card, loving the image and your colouring.Great backing papers too.
Thanks for joining us over at SHEEP SKI DESIGNS.
Jean xx

TracyM #6773 said...

LOVE your image & colouring, love your layers and really appreciate your tutorial too!
Thank You for sharing and joining us at the Crafty Gals Corner :)

Granmargaret said...

Lovely work. Thank you for joining the challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2. Hope to see you again next time.

laurie said...

SO cute! I love how you colored the image.Thanks for joining us at Dies R Us!

crafty-stamper said...

Love the card and cute image -great technique and tutorial-have never had a try at this will have to give it a go
Carol x

Suze said...

Gorgeous card - cute image! Thanks for joining in the Friends Forever Challenge at Incy Wincy Designs.

Anna-Karin said...

This is so cute. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations. Anna-Karin DT