Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Tips & Tricks Tuesday - Imperfect Dragonfly Cut-outs

I have a quick card and a fun little tip for you today My Friends...

When you die-cut an image and something happens and it is "imperfect" ...use it anyhow!!


I cut the string of little dragonflies from several pieces of Very Vanilla cardstock but my pieces were a bit too small and the edges of some of the wings got cut off.  So I put these dragonflies next to the sides or bottom edges of the card and lined them up and trimmed them down so they just blended into the card frame.  

And where the piece of vanilla cardstock I used was just too, too small, I simply cut out just one or 2 dragonflies, then trimmed away the attached pieces of dragonflies with my Paper snips to get exactly what I needed or wanted.

You see -- the string of dragonflies that is generated by this die-cut is "supposed" to have 5 of these cute little guys all connected to each other. 
The string of dragonflies on the right is what the "proper" complete die-cut looks like.

But go ahead and cut them apart to use one, two, three or even four of them, and if the wings aren't all there....line them along the edge of your card and pretend like they are supposed to look that way!!

You may remember that I did the same thing with the black dragonflies that went diagonally across the card I posted yesterday.    The first and last dragonflies have their wings "cut off" at the edges of the card.    That's because the piece I used to cut them out was too small to fit everything so the wings got cut off.  And I found a way to use the die-cut anyhow!

Using "imperfect" die-cuts along the edge of your card is a GREAT way to use up either accidents (die cuts that slip when you are running them through the Big Shot)...or small bits of cardstock that are too small for complete images.  I HATE wasting cardstock and throwing bits out.  So this is a great tip to use up lots of little scraps.  And you can cut them out while watching tv or just having "Family time".  

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Hope this fun little tip helps you use up your scraps (and stops you from discarding any more of what you thought were "die-cutting mistakes" !   Enjoy the rest of your day and God Bless,      Cynthia   <><   

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