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Using Border Dies

Save on your Crafting Budget

This week sees the start of some sale events, so I wanted to do a post on spending wisely, what to get and how to stretch your supplies.

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Border Dies

Border dies are an easy way to add a professional touch when creating your own shapes card blanks. Start in the middle of the edge you are looking to shape and work outwards, then trim and finally score and fold.

You can also use them to create decorative mats for your toppers, photos and sentiments.

 

Using Border Dies

Edging Dies

Adding extra detail
Fairy garden Edge die

The first die we think everyone should have in their arsenal is an edging die. We don’t mean a pretty border die (but those are great to), but instead a decorative panel that remains attached to your card.

We recommend checking out this one from The Works, currently in the sale but be quick as quantities are low.

The uses for this die are numerous: you can create decorative card fronts and toppers, a detailed background to sit beneath a topper or even a fancy envelope for wedding and party invites. We will be showing you how to do this in another blog post. In the photo top left, you will see this die being used even as a stencil to create a fancy flourish for the corners of the card.

Another top tip: try cutting your dies from Mylar so you have a co-ordinating stencil too. This will give you a different design to the areas already built into your die so you can layer these together for a great layered effect.

Co-ordinating Sets

Crafters Companion bundle Eternal

The joy of using-ordinating sets is not just the ease of use, but also the opportunity of benefitting from a “bundle saving”. Co-ordinating sets are a great first purchase for new crafters who may just be finding their style.

Check out this set from Crafter’s Companion on offer at The Works right now. It is perfect for wedding invites, anniversary cards or even a classic “New Home” card.

Getting Started…

When you first get your co-ordinating set home, I’d recommend just sitting with a piece of paper (or sketchbook/plain exercise book) and just sketch as many ideas and layouts that you can think of. It helps you boost your mojo while not spending lots of time or supplies.

Original Sketch of Card Layout
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