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Old 10-04-2012, 06:45 PM   #1
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Default Sizzix die(& others)- why the "dotted" cut lines

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I am rather embarrassed to ask this question but here it is. I recently bought
Christmas Tree die (large) #2 by Sizzix. The cut tree has small cut lines...sort of like garland. Why ? I've noticed this with the Cricut as well. For some reason the purpose of these lines escape me.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:46 PM   #2
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I have a small migraine so if I am confusing let me know. The small cut lines are guides to add layers. For example I have the Sizzlet Parrot die. Here's some cuts from this Ebay seller- Pirate Parrot Parrots Birds Die Cuts(Scrapbook/Cards) | eBay

Disclaimer- Those are not mine. I don't know who she is but I am sure she is very lovely. I was Googling a quick pic.

From her pic you can see each color on a different layer. It fits the cut lines. The same thing for the Cricut. I hope that helps.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:20 AM   #3
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Thanks. I see. I want the tree to be all one color but I thought I could do one of two things. Cut along each cut line and very slightly layer to give dimension. (Basically cut the tree into 5 pieces and layer) Or...put a line of liquid glue and then glitter to look like garland. Any other ideas ?
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:26 AM   #4
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No, I can't think of anything off the top of my head. I like your ideas the best.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:28 PM   #5
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Along the same lines (no pun intended) you could use some kind of fiber or string pearls or something to cover the lines and add a garland effect.
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I actually enjoyed the pun !
I like this tree but wonder if anyone has the Marianne Creatable (?)/Designable (?) tree. It's a die that cuts and says it embosses. It's about 6 inches tall. I like the look of raised (embossed) details more than those little score/cut lines that I feel forced to hide. You don't have to try to hide embossing.
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The dotted lines are guides for you to cut, so you could make a tree where you cut several shades of green or other colours and have one complete base then add layers you cut along the lines to it.
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Thanks for the information. Everyone has been a big help.
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I recently got the bigz stocking die, and noticed the 'dotted lines' on it. I presume the only purchase is to imitate stitching on socks/stockings?
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With the stocking die I would guess that the lines are where you would cut it to have accent colors. So the main stocking is one color and the area where the lines are would be cut from another color.
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The stocking die has the stocking shape and the cuff shape (and the toe and heel shapes). So the line is to show you exactly where the cuff shape (or toe or heel) is layered on top. There is no way I'm paying that much for a die if I have to do manual cutting with scissors as well.

eta: I do not have this die. Where exactly are the dotted lines?
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On the heel and toe shapes, one side on each has the dotted line. I assume it's just for the look of stitching, not that you're actually meant to cut there or doing anything else for that matter.

ETA : on my previous post, read purpose not purchase!!
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Ok thanks. At first I thought the only stitch lines were on the base (the stocking shape) but then when I read about it looking like actual stitching it made me wonder if it's on the other shapes too.
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You don't have to cut it, but if you wanted to add a bit more interest and dimension you could cut it out again in a different card then cut the toe and heel (following the dotted lines) and stick them on top of the first stocking.
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