Good day, everyone! It’s Becky, your humble editor. Our fall issue just went out the door this past weekend and we are so excited to share it with you online this Friday! It turned out so beautiful and is definitely one of my favourite fall issues to date.
Are you a hoarder collector of metal dies? Do you hoard amass stamps as if there is going to be a run on red rubber in the not-too-distant future? Then welcome to my world, I’m so happy you’re here!
Seriously, I’m pretty fond of both and what I love even more is combining dies and stamps into my projects. One problem I frequently run into is determining if a die is going to work with the stamp image or sentiment I’d like to use on my project. In the past, I’d grab a scrap of paper and die cut a bunch of shapes to see which one fit best with my image or words. Not only was it a huge time-killer but the quickie die cuts always ended up in the trash. What to do?
Necessity is the mother of invention and this is the solution I came up with. To begin, gather your dies and a pile of cardstock cut into 4.25”x5.5” pieces. Punch a small hole in the corner so you can thread them onto a key ring. I tackled this project by manufacturer, so this is my “Stampin’ Up” sample:
Die cut all of your shapes out of the cards, being sure to note the name of the collection on each one. If that manufacturer also makes paper punches, include those, too.
Pretty easy, huh? And the hard part’s over! The next time you want to pair up a die with a stamp image, sentiment, sticker, paper, or other embellishment, just grab your ring of cut-outs and place the shape over what you want to cut. Like sentiments:
Or patterned paper:
Or stamps shapes:
Hope this little tip makes your hoarding collecting easier to manage and use! :)