Creative Die-Cutting Ideas
Add Glitter to Die-Cut Adhesive Sheets
Design by Robyn Werlich
Robyn made her die-cut bird, damask shape, and "J." Then she cut identical adhesive sheets to layer over her pieces. She sprinkled glitter over the sheets to add sparkle to her page.
Editor's Tip: To keep glitter from spreading across your page, seal the finished die cuts with a spray adhesive.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (green), Lasting Impressions for Paper (pink, blue). Fonts: Honeyscript (subtitle) off the Internet, Gill Sans Light (journaling). Rub-ons: Pink Paislee. Chipboard accent: K&Company. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Ribbon: American Crafts. Glitter: Making Memories (pink), Martha Stewart Crafts (silver). Gems: Hero Arts. Dies, die-cutting tool: Sizzix (bird), Cuttlebug by Provo Craft (damask shape), Cricut by Provo Craft ("J").Punches: Stampin' Up!.
Use Die Cuts as a Mask
Design by Vicki Boutin
Vicki inked her background, masking some areas with butterfly die cuts. She painted die-cut pieces and folded them to make it seem as if the butterflies were fluttering on the page.
Editor's Tip: Use solid and intricate die cuts in your scrapbook page layouts to create diversity.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper, stickers: Scenic Route Paper Co. Rub-on: Imagination Project. Chipboard accents: Doodlebug Design. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Die, die-cutting tool: QuicKutz. Stamps: Inque Boutique (journaling frame), Hero Arts (bird, branch). Ink: Ranger Industries.
Emboss Die-Cut Pieces
Design by Robyn Werlich
Robyn embossed her die-cut pieces on this scrapbook page to add detail and interest. She then paired die-cut pieces with other small embellishments to generate interest.
Editor's Tip: Use a brayer and paint to make a masked background on your scrapbook page. If the paper tears a bit, simply go over the spot with a paintbrush and additional paint.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Lasting Impressions. Fonts: Fancy Free ("playful days") by Two Peas in a Bucket, Old Remington by Autumn Leaves (all other). Die cut: Heidi Swapp. Rub-ons: Making Memories (swirls, clock), Creative Imaginations (words). Vellum tag, rhinestone, flowers: Hero Arts. Brads: Making Memories (small pink, flower, silver), Imaginisce (blue), Heidi Swapp (large pink), Autumn Leaves (green). Stamp: Autumn Leaves. Ink, pen, punches: Stampin' Up!. Die, die-cutting tool: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft. Decorative-edge cutter: Carl Manufacturing.
Die-Cut Colorful Fabric to Create a Fresh Scrapbook Page
Design by Tracy Kyle
Tracy created a fabric background and placed three die-cut fabric hearts on top to create this scrapbook page. Contrasting colors make the hearts stand out.
Editor's Tip: When using adhesive to attach fabric, apply the adhesive only to the base material never the fabric.
SOURCES: Stickers: Autumn Leaves (label), Creative Imaginations (red saying). Felt ribbon: Creative Imaginations. Mini heart: Making Memories. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Stamps: Hero Arts (words). Ink: Tsukineko. Pen: American Crafts. Die-cutting tool, dies: Sizzix (heart), Jenni Bowlin Studio (scalloped label).
Create Your Own Fabric Accents
Design by Valerie Salmon
Valerie cut scalloped circles and flourishes using her die-cut machine. She added purchased felt shapes to her scrapbook page to save time.
Editor's Tip: If you want to make your own letters, simply trace a chipboard letter on the back of your felt and cut it out with scissors.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs. Font: Susie's Hand off the Internet. Chipboard: Li'l Davis Designs. Brads: Making Memories. Rhinestones: Heidi Swapp. Felt: Creative Imaginations. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Die-cutting tool, dies: QuicKutz (flourish and scalloped circles). Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars.
Turn Transparency Sheets into Creative Embellishments
Design by Irma Gabbard
Irma used a black solvent ink pad to better define the edges of her flowers. She also applied lime acrylic paint to the leaves to add a touch of color and make them stand out against her scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Boost transparent die cuts by attaching them to the page with adhesive foam. Cover the foam sections with decorative accents such as buttons or patterned cardstock.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories (blue dot), My Mind's Eye (red dot), Autumn Leaves (beige text). Transparencies: Creative Imaginations. Sticker: 7Gypsies. Brads: Making Memories (black). Button: Autumn Leaves (black). Metal accents: K&Company. Floss: DMC Corp. Ink: Tsukineko. Punches: EK Success. Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft.
Sprinkle Die-Cut Fabric Flowers Across Your Scrapbook Page
Design by Nichol Magouirk
Nichol used her die-cutting tool to create these cute flowers. She selected a button for each one and sewed them to her scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Be careful when you use thick fabrics with your die-cutting machine, as it may break or jam it.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: SEI. Plastic word, tape: Heidi Swapp. Rub-ons: Heidi Swapp (word), Imagination Project (letters). Brads: Making Memories. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Die-cutting tool: Sizzix. Pen: Pigma Micron.
Use Die Cuts as Templates for Stitched Flowers and Letters
Design by Renee Villalobos-Campa
Renee first die-cut the flowers and letters from cardstock. Then she used a paper piercer to poke small holes along the outline of the shapes. She stitched through the holes with a needle and thread.
Editor's Tip: Use different stitching patterns to get varying looks. Also, combine letters from different die-cutting sets to create a playful title.
SOURCES Patterned paper, textured paper: Provo Craft. Font: Trubble (black journaling) off the Internet, PC Alphabet Soup (white journaling) by Provo Craft. Stickers: American Crafts. Buttons, brads, snaps: Junkitz. Photo corners: Daisy D's Paper Co. Floss: DMC Corp. Ink: Clearsnap. Dies, die-cutting tool: Sizzix (alphabet, flowers).
Die-Cut Your Own Stencils to Brighten Your Scrapbook Page
Design by Amy Howe
Amy used her die-cut shapes to create stencils from acetate and transparencies. She then used spray paint to create the floral background.
Editor's Tip: Add detail to the shapes on your scrapbook page by loosely tracing or doodling with a paint pen or marker.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Cluff HMK off the Internet. Chipboard accent: Heidi Swapp. Buttons: Galore. Die-cutting tool, die: QuicKutz. Acrylic paint, paint pen: Krylon.
Select Wool Felt for Richer Die-Cut Shapes
Design by Amy Licht
Amy created a personal touch on her scrapbook page by die-cutting summer shapes, such as the bucket, starfish, sun, small flowers, and leaves. She used wool felt, which lends a rich look and feel to her page.
Editor's Tip: Finish your page with embellishments such as stitching, brads, or eyelets.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts (stripe), A2Z (green scroll). Font: Hurried Note by Autumn Leaves. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp (letters). Ribbon: May Arts. Gems: Westrim Crafts. Wool felt: Artgirlz. Die-cutting tool, dies: QuicKutz Revolution (bucket, starfish, sun, small flowers, leaves), Accu-Cut (larger pink, dark green, yellow flower, photo corners).
Create Colorful Die-cut Combinations
Design by Polly Maly
Polly cut identical shapes from chipboard and patterned paper to create the cute flowers on this scrapbook page. Once the cutting was complete, she simply layered the patterned paper over the chipboard.
Editor's Tip: Use your die-cutting machine to create more of the same shape from a transparency and use them to decorate the background as ghost shapes.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white), Prism Papers (blue). Patterned paper: Pebbles, Inc. Transparency: 3M. Font: Century Gothic. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Brads, buttons: American Crafts. Stamps: Hero Arts. Die-cutting tool, dies: Sizzix. Photo template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 103.
Add Flock to Die-Cut Adhesive Shapes
Design by Tracy Kyle
Tracy die-cut pieces of double-sided adhesive. Then she applied flock to the adhesive and rolled over it with a brayer to help the powder securely attach.
Editor's Tip: If you have difficulty die-cutting the adhesive paper, press down twice with the die-cutting tool to assure a clean cut.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Making Memories. Paper trim: Doodlebug Design. Rub-on: Die Cuts with a View. Chipboard accents: Autumn Leaves. Brads: BoBunny Press (black), Autumn Leaves (yellow), Making Memories (crystal). Flock: Making Memories (orange), Around the Block (blue). Double-sided adhesive sheets: Provo Craft. Die cut: Sizzix. Pen: American Crafts.
Add Shimmer and Texture with Metal Die Cuts
Design by Lori Bergmann
Lori used a combination of hammered metal and a die-cut metal snowflake to spruce up her winter scrapbook page. She completed the snowflake with a stamped snowflake embellishment.
Editor's Tip: Create a snowy look by rubbing white acrylic paint over the pounded surface of the snowflake. Sand off portions of the paint to expose the bare metal.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Me and My Big Ideas. Die cut: Sizzix. Rub-on letters: Creative Imaginations. Fibers: EK Success. Transparency: Artistic Expression. Brads: Magic Scraps. Aluminum sheets: Shortcuts!. Stamp: Stampa Rosa. Ink: Tsukineko. Embossing enamel: Suze Weinburg for Ranger Industries. Paint: Krylon.
Use Alcohol Ink to Add Color to Metal Die Cuts
Design by Erikia Ghumm
Erikia rubbed her metal die-cut pieces with alcohol ink to change their look. She combined the die-cuts with embossed letters to give the page artistic flair.
Editor's Tip: Consider using other textural materials -- such as screen, buttons, leaves, or ribbon -- for embossing on your scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Club Scrap. Metal foil: AMACO. Dies, die-cutting tool: Spellbinders. Stamps: EK Success. Inks: Adirondack (alcohol), Ranger Industries (black). Paint: Making Memories. Corner rounder: Creative Memories.