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Issue #546 December 7th 2016
Stitched Star Ornament  
Guest tutorial author Amy Kunkle uses nesting dies to create a dimensional ornament for holiday display.
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Nesting shape dies
  • Washi tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Twine
  • Die cutting machine
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    Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
    Q: Jessica wants to know: "I just tried the tutorial method for Ribbon Dyeing and the reinker is not dissolving in the water, leaving my project blotchy. Any suggestions?"
    A: I would guess that the reinker you're using is not a dye ink - dye inks are water-based and should dissolve readily in water. Check the label to see if you might have been using a pigment, chalk, or solvent ink instead.
     
    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    Lydia has a tip for preserving die cutting plates: "To get the best results die cutting, do the following: Brand new, never used plate directly on the platform. Die, with blade side UP - tape if you need to. Paper, then grungy plate with the curved side looking like a mountain not a valley. This works because the die is on a flat surface and doesn't have to flex. If you sandwich a die between two grungy plates, it will flex and make imperfect contact with all surfaces, resulting in a poorer cut."

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