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Die Cutting Hack ~ Make a Frame Smaller with NO SEAMS!

Die Cutting Hack ~  Make a Frame Smaller with NO SEAMS!


Hi everyone! It’s Jennifer Svare with
Papercrafting Adventures and I wanted to share a hack that I just recently
discovered for how to make a frame smaller than the die… with NO SEAMS! That is the beauty of this trick. I’ve known about partial die cutting. I’ve
made frames longer in the past. This one was tricky, though, because it was a 5 by
7 die that I wanted to make into a 3 by 7 frame and with the Big Shot.
It wouldn’t work because it would have been too wide. So, when I’ve been making these tea cards- and I’m making a whole bunch of them- I really wanted to avoid
having to have a seam around that beautiful frame. It still was
beautiful, especially if I did little diamond inlays, but this hack that I’m
about ready to show you has made it so that I can do a seamless frame smaller
with my Big Shot. So, let’s get started. This is the shim (that I could not find
in yesterday’s video). This is a little metal plate that just adds just a little
bit more cutting power to the Big Shot on these intricate dies. Here’s the
problem I was having. I put my 3 by 7 piece down and the frame- it would have
cut all the way through the end and there was no way to run this through the
Big Shot unless I could make the cutting plate smaller… which my husband did. I had him take his skill saw and cut a cutting plate down in half. What this has
allowed me to do is place that on top, and die cut only a portion of that die.
It’s as easy as running it through once, lining up the pattern, and then when you
feel it kind of click into place just simply tape it let the other side click
into place and tape that and run it through again. This results in a
perfect die cut with no seams. I’m so excited because I love to make
cards that are a little bit narrower than the norm and this will work on so
many different frames now with my little honey cards. The frame was actually cut
out of the center as well and the beauty of these dies by Paper Discovery ,which
I’ll link to that video below, but you can actually nest those frames together
so that it will cut out a pure frame. You could use the die to do this but I’m
going to show another way that I think is faster in this case. I’m just using
my Fiskars paper trimmer and I’m lining the little wire guide up and the little
cutter with where I want it to cut. It’s really easy because there’s a guide
right there. Then you just push it down and then
you can cut right along and you know right where to stop because you can see.
I just left a small little border all the way around and continued on all
four sides. Look how perfect this frame turns out. Hacking a cutting plate is revolutionary in my world today! I wanted
a little bit of contrast between the front frame and the backing. I’m
going to go ahead and cut out the backing frame. I could have just glued this top
directly onto that backing, but I’m going to be doing a little embossed inlay and
I didn’t want it to be too raised up, if that makes sense.
So, I just went ahead and and traced out that frame cut it down, and then my inlay
will fit inside of it, but pretend that I didn’t cut that piece out and I just
used that teal piece as my backing. I’m using the inlay that I previously cut
out of that frame. I embossed it for a pattern and I could have just put it
down on the teal; however, notice that that backing is not teal. It’s ivory
because I did cut the frame out and I’m kind of glad that I did because whenever
you emboss sometimes it shrinks up the paper just a little bit and if that had
been teal, a little bit of teal may have shone
through, but because it’s ivory, you don’t really see any little gaps of that
shrinkage that happened. The next step was just to glue this panel on. I
use my tape runner so that there are no warps or bubbles, and then I usually go
around the edges that my tape runner missed with that glue because I’m
creating a layer. Nothing’s worse than a little layer that warped and then
there’s just air. You just see space in between the layers, and so I try really
hard to make sure that that does not happen. This is a cute card just how
it is, I happen to have some extra little scraps sitting around, and so I took a
frame and I cut just along the diamonds. You can see here right in the middle of
those diamonds- I don’t want to cut through them. There’s just enough space
to create two little borders. You can see one of the little borders left on
the cutting plate of my cutter, and I’ll be using that for an example that I’ll
show at the end but this little panel just gets glued in. I noticed after I
had glued it that when I had originally cut it through the Big Shot, there was a
little triangle that must have made a indent there, so I just covered it up
with some of the Paper Discovery flowers and I loved that these can just be
layered and they give dimension while still being flat. These are fabulous
flowers. it’s such a fun size of card. I wanted an envelope that matched the
card but on my Envelope Punch Board. There wasn’t really a size that would
fit, so I wanted to show you Crafters Key. I’ll provide a link below but I use this
all the time. Think of it as a calculator for your Envelope Punch Board. You tell
it whether it’s one layer, or a thick card or a box and then you can put in
your length and width of your card and it tells you the paper size to cut it,
and the punch point to start. It just makes it so easy. You’ll see here
that I actually added just a little bit to make it a perfect 8.5
cut. So, just following the guide of the punch point, I found that punch point on
the punch board and just made a envelope as usual. Just so simple and easy! I
cut down the flaps just a little bit so that everything would close nicely.
Then, I ran some glue along the edges and just made sure that that was sealed
really well. Then, one thing I usually do when I’m making cards ahead of time
is I’ll put a little bit of the tape on top with leaving the release paper on so
that when I’m ready to send something I can just remove the release paper. I put
one little gem on the center of the flower and then I made a bunch more.
These were so much fun and I was just so excited to find out how to make a frame
smaller with no seams, and easy! Super easy, and fast. Lots of different
variations with these examples. I just had fun and I put a little stamp of a
Bible verse on the inside of that one. Used one of the smaller flowers from the
Paper Discovery, and another larger one for the blue. I wanted to show how I used
both of those little border pieces that had been left on the cutting plate and
these were just fast simple and fun. I hope you enjoyed this video. If you do,
please click like and if you want to see more, click Subscribe! Have a great day
see you again soon!

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10 thoughts on “Die Cutting Hack ~ Make a Frame Smaller with NO SEAMS!

  1. They do make a cutting plate that is 13” x 2.5” and a 5” x 2.5” but not 3” wide(that I have found). I have also cut plexiglass to thicken sizzix plates to use in my Gemini jr but they are not as strong(because thin) and I’m not sure how long they will last, for use when I need to cut long dies.
    Also there is an app that’s been out for 3-4 years but I have never heard anyone tell about it (even though I keep telling yt’ers about it) it is called EG for envelope generator and you can do same as program you mentioned. It is by wrmk and you enter size envelope you want and it generates paper size and punch.
    Thank you for great tips. I really appreciate them and also your tea and honey packs/cards were amazing! amazing
    Btw I have done that also with a piece of paper on plate and making a dent. To fix- I fold printer paper and put diecut inside, so it doesn’t get any scars from scratches/cuts on plates and use one of the many postcard pieces of junk mail I get(and keep for shims) back through the machine and it flattens it out.

  2. Great ideas and tips. I have the narrow cutting plates from Sizzix – thanks to you I can make better use of them. Love the way the cards came out. Pretty and the envelope as well. TFS

  3. I wish I'd had that hack a while back. One of the reasons I got my Big Shot Plus is because I make 5×7 cards & sometimes need to cut the card on the long edge. (I also switched from a brand I wasn't happy with that only could handle 6 inch widths.) I can cut anything up to 8 1/2 inches wide in the Big Shot Plus & I have always been happy with it. For anyone thinking about getting a new machine, my advice is to get a different size machine from your current one. If you have a standard machine that cuts 6 inches wide, then consider either a larger machine or a smaller machine such as the Sidekick. I now have a 6 inch wide machine (That I rarely use because the brand/quality just isn't good), an 8 1/2 inch machine, and a 2 inch (either 2 or 2 1/2?) machine so I have flexibility. However, I do most of my cutting on the big machine. Another advantage of the big machine is that I don't have to cut down an 8 1/2 inch page before I run it through. Even if I'm cutting something tiny, I just use the big machine & an entire 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper ('cause I'm too lazy to do the extra step of cutting off a small piece of paper first.) The Sidekick is great for small stuff & the quality is better than my 6 inch machine, but I still use the Big Shot Plus most often.

  4. Hello! Nice to meet you, I'm Tree : ) Hopping over from Olga's channel. Super pretty projects! Good fix. Just wanted to let you know that Sizzex does make cutting plates that are long and skinny for some of their Thinlet border dies.
    Crafter's Key, Wow! What a great tool! Blessings. Tree

  5. My jaw literally just dropped open, genius!! Cutting the cutting plate, omg, I'm truly impressed by people who think outside the box. Thanks for this idea!!
    That last example, with the raised teal shapes, did you paper piece that?!?!? WOW.

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