The following is the article to run in my Craft Column in Current Magazine, a local bi-weekly entertainment and events publication. I have been writing for Current for several months but have just recently started the Craft Column. Read and enjoy!
March 19th - April 2nd, 2010 CURRENT | Page 9
Using Die Cuts In Your Projects
Versatile Medium for Pages and Cards
By Debby Winters
Any paper project starts with a blank page whether it is a folded card or a scrapbook page. It’s what you fill that space with that makes it your own and expresses your artistry. One approach is to use die cuts; pieces of designer paper or cardstock cut in shapes that can highlight your
focal point or become your focal point. If creating a scrapbook page then the photos should be the focus.
In a card you can have a stamped image, sentiment or a die cut shape as focal examples.
When adding die cuts to your collection you there are many different machines that you can choose from in a variety of sizes and prices. However, if you want the versatility of die cuts without the expense or taking up valuable craft space local craft stores often have a machine that you can use.The Paperie, 36 Pippy Place has the AccuCut System available in their workshop. It’s an easy way to add variety and spice to layouts. The system consists of the AccuCut machine, dies (which are the medium that cuts the paper into a desired shape) and cutting mats. The machine is extremely easy to use, after picking out the shape and paper, just place it in the machine. First the die, then your paper, covered with the cutting mat which allows easy movement of the die “sandwich” through the machine. Once everything’s in place you crank the handle and the "sandwich” passes under a pressure applying barrel forcing the blades of the die up into the paper and cuts out your shape.
The AccuCut allows you to cut a variety of materials from fabric to chipboard, if it can lay flat you can probably cut a shape out of it. The Paperie has a wide variety of dies, including several alphabets, many basic and dedicated shapes as well as dies for making mini albums and other novelties. With the AccuCut you can also do multiple cuts at once. This is time saving if working on a project like a birthday, anniversary or wedding. The ways to use each die are only limited by your own imagination. For instance, the “tree without leaves” die can be used as part of a layout, or on its own.
You can add anything to its branches using the other dies at The Paperie. Maybe hearts for a wedding or Valentine’s, coloured leaves for fall, Easter eggs in spring, even pictures of your family members.
The benefit of using The Paperie’s AccuCut doesn’t stop with a wide variety of dies to choose from but also you can choose from their wide range of designer papers and card stock.
Their friendly and informed staff is there to assist as well. So, let your imagination be your guide and create “Your Story, Your Way” at The Paperie. For more information visit www.thepaperie.ca