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Old 06-23-2011, 09:28 AM   #1
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What is the best way to to use the PTI die cut and matching stamp so flower is centered> Hope this makes sense.
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What is the best way to to use the PTI die cut and matching stamp so flower is centered> Hope this makes sense.
I find it easiest to stamp after die cutting when using PTI's stamps and matching dies. The best hint I've found is to put a contrasting color of paper under your die cut when stamping so that you can see the edges of the die cut clearly. My biggest problems come when trying to stamp on a white die cut piece which is lying on my white stamping paper. A little contrast makes it totally simple!
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Another little tip. After you die cut your cardstock, BEFORE you ink up the stamp, give it a trial run and put it over your cardstock, to see how it actally lines up, how much border there is, etc. It seems to vary from stamp to stamp and die to die.
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Ive done it before by stamping then using scotch tape to keep the die in place while running it through the machine
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:20 PM   #5
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I put the die cut on an old Cricut cutting mat to hold it in place when I stamp on it.
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:58 AM   #6
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Bugga's hint about checking the alignment of the edges is a good one. ...

Are there registration marks on the stamp or die that you could use to help line up the stamp and die? If not, maybe you could add them --just a couple of Sharpie dots on the stamp that you could copy in pencil onto the die cut would help. Also, you could use removable tape to anchor the cut-out to another surface while you stamped, so the paper wouldn't fly up into the stamp.

We're all spoiled with the empty-center Spellbinders products, but I'm sure it's worth finding a way to make the solid dies work.
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Here's a tip I've been using to line up my dies/images perfectly. You can even stamp first, then cut using this method.

-Get a scrap of cardstock and use your die to cut out the shape desired. Use the actual die cut for something else, it's the reverse mask you want.

-Position the mask over your stamped image, or whatever you want to cut out and tape it down with low tack painter's tape.

-You should be able to fit the die into the opening of the mask and run it through the machine, alignment perfect. I find that thicker cardstock works better as a mask, because the die can 'nestle' into the opening more easily.

Hope this helps, it really opens up the possibilities for using the solid back dies!
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What an awesome tip! Thanks for sharing!!!!
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Here's a tip I've been using to line up my dies/images perfectly. You can even stamp first, then cut using this method.

-Get a scrap of cardstock and use your die to cut out the shape desired. Use the actual die cut for something else, it's the reverse mask you want.

-Position the mask over your stamped image, or whatever you want to cut out and tape it down with low tack painter's tape.

-You should be able to fit the die into the opening of the mask and run it through the machine, alignment perfect. I find that thicker cardstock works better as a mask, because the die can 'nestle' into the opening more easily.

Hope this helps, it really opens up the possibilities for using the solid back dies!

This is exactly what they tell you to do at heartfelt creations. They have a video on this as well. In fact when I made the masks, I left my die attached to it with green painters tape so it is ready to go whenever I need them.
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