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Issue #642 October 24th 2018
Frosted Trees  
Guest tutorial author France Martin will show you how to transform a stamped scene into a frosty wonderland.
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Stamps
  • Ink
  • Shimmer or pearl paint
  • Stamp positioner
    Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
    Q: Julane asks: "I have a lot of the thin craft dies and I make large (50-100) batches of cards. I know it will vary, but what is the average expected life span of a die?"
    A: I've never ruined or broken one with normal use, so I would expect them to last a lifetime with just regular crafty wear. According to a manufacturer, the lifespan of a die can vary depending on the usage, "what type of material is being cut, the pressure being used, and how many times it is used to cut." Some of the more narrow outlined shape dies may start to curve slightly with repeated use, but since I switched to cutting with the dies blade up I haven't noticed that happening. I have bent a few dies by accidentally leaving them on the platform and laying another die over top... I don't recommend that, but they do still cut! I did find out that steel rule dies can make up to 250,000 cuts on paper! Amazing tools.
    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    Donna has a tip for the Frosted Nestabilities™ tutorial: "I have done parchment craft before, but never thought to use the technique on these. Great idea. To get another look, try using a gold pen on some of the white that you 'pressed in'."

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