I have an inability to pass a bargain. This can be a good thing, although now and again it proves a great weakness of mine. I was out shopping the other day when I came across a giant, alien blue plastic mass with a handle claiming to serve all my crafting needs. I had to have it, despite not having a clue what in hell it was. So thats the short story as to how I became the (proud?) owner of a Die Cut XL. Turns out it’s actually quite fun. And could prove very handy as I try to complete no. 1 on my crafting wish list.

I’m trying to boycott buying any of the embossing or cutting plates that go with it and make my own, which is actually very simple and gives me a far greater variety of what I can do. Taking some free fonts which I already have on my computer and using Illustrator I was about setting up some basic cards, then printed them out on A5 card paper. I also printed an extra copy of each banner type, pasted it onto some medium weight card and cut around them leaving a generous border.

I then sandwiched my black rubber mat between the card and fixed my cut out banner over the printed card one, and passed it a few times through the die cutter. And viola! My first cards. I love them and thought I’d share them with you. I think you could still do these without a die cut. You would need the black rubber/foam piece though and a little patience as you weighted the cards down with books. But otherwise, easy peasy.

Here are some of the sample cards I made, available as PDF’s. Just download and print at A5 size:

Lime ‘Thank-You’ Banner; Navy ‘Congratulations’ BannerRed ‘Best Wishes’ bannerScarlet ‘Happy Birthday’ Banner;


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