Cutting without dies

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Our dining table is slowly emerging again after being covered with cardmaking material for a week. I don't have a crafty space, but then again I have only a small stash which is stored in our wardrobe until Friday evening comes and I get everything out again for my crafty weekend.

I bought some new papers yesterday and made a birthday box with them. It's always a little tricky to work out what goes into the box when you don't have many dies etc. So I will show you what you can make with your PC and printer if you don't have alphabet or number dies. You will also need a craft knife which is much more precise for cutting than fine tip scissors.

For this card, I printed "45" in font Algerian (font size 250), cut it out and traced the numbers on patterned paper, then cut them out with a kraft knife. Easy! Just add a few stars die cuts, a sentiment and bow. I am now sticking with heat resistant acetate as it is much sturdier and easier to work with. To hold everything in this box in place, I attached two 1.5 cm wide strips to each star and number. You will find that if you only use one strip, the whole thing doesn't stand up straight. As shown on this card, add glue to the bottom inside of the strips and slide them over the two supports inside the box.






So that's all cards wrapped up until Valentine's Day. Phew!


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