Monday, November 10, 2014

Thank You...

Hi Friends!
I'm just popping in here quick to share with you a card I made for a sweet friend!  I know that she received the card, so I can now show you the above card.  I was lucky enough to win the lovely die from her blog giveaway.  She is very talented and gives me lots of inspiration.  You can find Brenda's lovely creations on her blog Benzi Stampz!  Thank you again, Brenda!
I made a fairly simple card for I wanted the die to shine on this thank you card.  The die(Spellbinders Die D-Lites) is very intricate and so pretty, don't you think?  Many of you may already know how to cut these intricate delicate dies.  I certainly have learned the hard way and am still learning!  So, I have a little tutorial for you today...
The key is to use the metal shim plate.  I purchased mine from MFT, but it is sold other places.  Here is a photo of the die placement...

1.  Regular base of your Sizzix platform for Big Shot die cutting machine.
      (I also have the magnetic platform, which I think is too wide since it cuts too
       deeply leaving it very difficult to get the paper removed from the die.  It has also
        cut where it shouldn't.)
2.  Acrylic plate over platform.
3.  Place the metal shim on platform.  Be careful for the edges are sharp. 
4.  Place the die over the metal shim cut side up.
5.  Paper over the die.
5.  Acrylic plate over the paper.

And, to get all those little pieces of paper that were cut from the die I use this handy dandy tool.   So, one lucky winner will receive this wonderful tool...

I will announce the winner on  November 17th.  Ok, friends, that's all for now.  Take care and have a great week!



Paper:  Kraft Outlet, Martha Stewart
Die:  Spellbinders Die D-Lites Garden Gate
Stamp:  PTI
Ink:  SU-Soft Suede
Ribbon:  Jo-Ann Fabric


  1. Maria, your card is beautiful! The die is exquisite and is certainly worthy of the spotlight. :o) The color palette is so pretty and I love the tonal pattern. Such a gorgeous project with your prize. (I'm excited to check out her blog!) And you're giving away one of those handy dandy tools?! :o) What a blessing it will be for the winner! Thank you for the opportunity! I hope the painting is coming along well and that you have a lovely start to the week!

    Hugs and blessings,

  2. Hi Maria, I am so happy to be the recipient of that beautiful card. Thanks for showing us a good way to cut the die. I have that metal shim.

    That Spellbinders Tool'n One is very nice and a wonderful giveaway.

  3. Ah, interesting...I've not seen that metal shim before, nor that fancy pick... :)
    Your card is beautiful! Such a pretty color combo and I love the pretty bow and layered sentiment. That die is pretty amazing, too! SO intricate!

  4. Love this pretty card and that beautiful die! Do you know if it makes a difference to put the cut side of the die up or down? I've seen people use them both ways.

  5. Such a striking design Maria! Love the color combo.

  6. Your card is so elegant, Maria. And I love the use of ribbon - very pretty. Happy Monday!

  7. Gorgeous - great way to set off that beautiful die cut!

  8. Great card and what a great tip for cutting out an intricate die cut. That tool looks like a handy thing to have around for getting all those little pieces out of a diecut.

  9. Hope the painting is going well--marriage intact?!--LOL! Beautiful, elegant card, Maria! Thanks for showing where to put the metal plate. I have one & know I can finally use it!

  10. That die is gorgeous and turned this card into an elegant eye catcher. Love how you added the sentiment. Lovely!
    Have a great day; are you finished painting?

  11. Lovely card and you die cut really stands out! I got a metal shim too but use it under the plate and die down ... I can't remember which blog I saw it on but it works well that way too!

  12. Beautiful card Maria!! And thanks for the info!! Hugs

  13. I need that shim! That tool is handy. I swear I get now where I avoid my more intricate dies for all the time it takes to fish out the pieces.

    Your card is very very pretty! Love it!!