Happy National Craft Month! I’m Jennie and I’m going to share with you how to use one of my favorite tools: dies! This time we are going to use the circle, but you can recreate these ideas with other simple shapes like hearts, squares, or the very trendy hexagons.
- Tombow Xtreme Adhesive
- Dies or punches
- Tombow Foam Tape
- Pattern paper
- Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue
- Die cuts and embellishments
- Tombow MONO Adhesive Removable
- Card bases
Idea #1: Make a window for a shaker card!
Cut the pattern paper that will be the base of the card (in this case the watermelon paper). Place the circle die where you want the window and hold it in place using washi tape while you use a die cutting machine. You can make the shaker pocket with a page protector and seal it with a fuse tool or tape. Apply the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive on the back of the base around the window. Place the shaker pocket on the back of the base. Apply the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive on the mat (blue pattern paper) of the card and put the base with the shaker pocket on top. The Tombow Xtreme Adhesive is perfect for difficult surfaces like the plastic on these shaker pockets!
Use the Tombow Foam Tape to add embellishments to your shaker card. For thin die cuts, like the phrase “Happy Birthday,” you can use the Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue. It dries clear, so you don’t get any extra sticky mess around the die cut.
Idea #2: Create a window for a spinner card!
Use the Tombow MONO Adhesive Removable to hold together the card, the mat and the base. Place your circle die where the window will be and use washi tape to hold it in place. Run it through your manual die cutting machine a few times to make sure it gets through all layers. Remove the base of the card (the one with watermelons). Glue the mat to the card using the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.
Apply the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to one of the die cuts. These have to be the same shape and size when glued back to back. Place a thread in the middle and then put the other die cut on top. Make sure it’s longer than the window.
Add the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive around the window and corners of the mat (blue). Stretch the thread into place vertically in the middle of the window. Place the base on top!
Voilá! Spinning die cut! I used the Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue to add the delicate die cut around the window. Add a few more embellishments and you’re done!
Idea #3: Create a shaped card with your dies!
It’s super easy to create a shaped card using dies. Place a die on your card and hold it with washi tape. Run it through the machine a few times to make sure it cuts through all the layers. I added more layering with other dies and die cuts! Using the Tombow Foam Tape, you can add layers to your card!
When it comes to cardmaking, these adhesives are my favorite! Which one is your favorite? I hope you grab your circle dies and try these soon!