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Dorinda Kaduchak

Posted on June 27 2016

Well, maybe not all...

Hello, Dorinda today using:

Creative Basics - Stitched Flags

Creative Basics - Basic Background Builders I

DoveArt Studios - Train Depot


In today's project, I'm going to show you some of my tips and tricks for getting the most from your Creative Basics dies.

I love changing things up and experimenting and today's technique is actually one that many people use.

I'll going to skip pics for the traditional portion of card making as I tend to get too piccy anyway.


Starting out, take your white card stock that will be used for your base; cutting to the width of the finished card topper.

I'm using the Flag Die here and for the length, I'll place it along my card stock and score it's half at the end of the die's length.

Fold in half; trim excess if necessary and we are ready to roll.


I'll start by making a small mark to show where my card topper will be placed. This shows me my STOP point of where I want the die to end the cut.

Then laying your folded edge along the top of the die; place it just below the cutting edge so it does NOT cut but adds the detail the die has at its top.

Place the cutting plate ONLY on the portion you want cut. So I will line up with the line I made previously. I also lay my card topper on for a double check of placement. Remove you card topper and run through machine.

Note: you can tape the die/card stock to keep them from shifting. I tend to tear my card stock so I just go au natural.

Here I'm going to line up the top so that the bottom and top are even. Even though I'm not cutting all the way down, we want it to be straight. 

One of the coolest things about these dies is that their indention's are so deep and precise that I can easily slide my die back on the cut card stock and they basically reattach. This make this process so much easier.

Just like before, I'm only placing the stack plate on the area I want cut.

Once I'm done, I'll need to cut those pieces down for my card top. I use my slicer for a clean, straight line. Make sure to be careful not to cut past the line. I suggest marking lightly in area that will be visible when cutting. 

Another great thing about this technique is you can actually make it longer than the original die; just make a line alone the sides of the die and extend the die down farther before cutting the bottom.

I've used the next die size down but I wanted my layer to have less gap. Since I'm covering up a good portion of it, I snipped it in half and lowered it to where I wanted it. 

Note: Ever wish you had a way to use your smaller scraps? This is perfect for that.

Now that I've lessened the gap on the bottom; I have to do it on the top as well. This is how I accomplish that. 

Slide the edge over just a bit and cut only that portion. Just as we've done through the whole process.

And here we go, My finished card.


copics used:

Train: R89, 37, 32, Y28, 26, 21, 100, N8, 5, 3

Building: E79, 71, 29, 81

Trees: G24, 85, 95, 93, 99

Dirt: E71, 70, 34, T1


I hope you've enjoyed today's post.

Let me know what you think.

Did I leave details out?

Did you learn anything new?

I love to hear from you.


Big Hugs,


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