Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sizzix Die Hack

I have a Sizzix Die Cutter and a few dies. In trying to get the most out of it for as little money possible, I've come up with a few different ways to get great shapes and I thought I'd start sharing them here.

Valentine's Day is coming up and I'd like to make some hearts. You can use the tear drop leaf shape to make hearts! Below is the die and the big leaf shape and the heart I made from it.

Below is how I placed a folded piece of paper on the die to get the heart. (Sorry, I didn't get a shot before I cut it.) There are 4 different sizes of leaves on this die, so 4 sizes of heart can be made. You will have to iron your shape to remove the crease, not a problem if you are using fabric with fusible on it!

Be creative! What shapes can you make from dies already on hand? Yes, it's a bit fiddly, but one you get the hang of it, it goes quickly. If you are just making a few shapes, it may be faster (and certainly uses less fabric) to cut them out by hand, but no matter how carefully I cut with scissors, I have trouble to get as smooth a cut as with a die. You can also go to the Sizzix Outlet and look at their older dies for a good deal. But don't just look for cheap, look for versatile. I'll tell you more about that in a few days.


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