Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tools on Tuesdays: Epic 6

Ever wondered about this die cutting machine from QuicKutz? Here's a quick overview of what it cuts and how.

QuicKutz Dies (2x2, 2x4, 4x8, 12" and cookie cutter)
-Light Gray Cutting Platform + Clear Cutting Mat

Cuttlebug Dies, Sizzix Sizzlets Dies, Spellbinders Dies
-Dark Gray Embossing & Cutting Platform

Steel Rule Dies (i.e. Sizzix, New Tim Holtz Dies, AccuCut)
-Two Cutting Mats + Die
--To cut: place a cutting mat on the bottom layer, then the steel rule die face up, then cutting medium (paper, felt, thin chipboard, etc.), then another cutting mat.

QuicKutz A2, Cuttlebug, Sizzix Embossing Folders
-Dark Gray Embossing & Cutting Platform
--To emboss: Open embossing folder & place surface to emboss on the inside, close the folder and align embossing pattern as desired, place on the dark gray cutting platform, add cutting mat and roll through.
--Tip: if you want to highlight your embossed surface, apply ink to the die before placing the cutting medium in the die.

Cutting through QuicKutz 4x12 adhesive chipboard
-"shim" die with a piece of paper under it (about the thickness of the packaging insert that shows what the die looks like)
-layer pattern paper on one side of the double-sided adhesive QuicKutz Chipboard
-use light gray cutting platform and clear cutting mat
-will have to crank it through more slowly and it will be a little harder, but don't force it

Cutting through Felt
-Sandwich Cuttlebug or Sizzlets die and felt on Dark Gray Embossing & Cutting Platform with Clear Cutting Mat

Friday, March 12, 2010

A sketch, brought to you by popular demand....

As requested, here's a jpg sketch of the "hoarfrost" layout for your scraplifting enjoyment.

Click to bigify and then right click to save it to your computer. I scaled it down to easily print on a sheet of paper or a 4" x 6" index card.

Note: This full-size JPG is scaled to 25% of original size.