Thursday, September 25, 2008

Forget the scissors, bring on the die-cuts

Until I became a teacher, I had no idea what die-cuts were. For my fellow Bees who may not know, I will take you through a step-by-step process to show you how "quick and easy" these die-cuts really are.

Step One: Select a design and color.
There are many designs and colors galore to choose from. I have chosen the flowers. With this particular one, I can make 4 flowers at a time. You can use regular color paper found at any office supply store. I don't recommend really thick paper because it may not cut as well. For my fellow Bees, I'll make pink flowers. :)

Step Two: Place die-cut on top of paper.
Place the color paper on the sliding board. Then slide it under the cutting gadget. The only thing to make sure is that the paper is not half-way under the die-cut. That may result in half flowers instead of complete flowers.

Step Three: Pull lever down.
Once the die-cut is underneath the lever, pull the lever all the way across and down. You may want to hold it for a few seconds to make sure it has cut the whole shape.

Step Four: Enjoy.
You are now finished and able to use the die-cuts for what ever you wish. Be(e) creative! You can make cards, signs, or anything your heart desires. I've made a card for a my friend, for whom I am a BM, and am now brainstorming about how I can use it for my escort cards or as part of the decor.

What is your weapon of choice for your DIY projects?

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