Hi there! Grace here.
I hope this finds you well!
I’ve been given the daunting task of opening up my Gemini machine and having my first go at Fresh Cut Dies. I’ve been putting this off for about a week now, and I’m not entirely sure why. Maybe the same reason some people are scared of using Twitter?! The ‘unknown’, I suppose.
So… let’s make the unknown KNOWN. I found this brilliant video of our Paul Church (isn’t he wonderful?) demonstrating Fresh Cut Dies, and using some of our best sellers! All of which are available on our USA amazon store and also our general website.
So… from my stash of Clarity goodies, I grabbed the 8 gorgeous Dies that Paul mentioned.
And picked the Chinese Lanterns Aperture Die and had a play.
If you’ve done this before, you’ll know. I googled the ‘sandwich’ (the order in which your plates go together) and copied exactly what the internet told me. You can imagine my horror when an almighty cracking sound came from my machine on the first try and the lovely aperture was permanently engraved onto one of my clear plastic cutting plates. Oops! Must have done something wrong.
Panic! So I called Paul Church. He assured me that this is normal, and after a few tries it’ll all blend together and it won’t be so clearly etched. And he mentioned the cracking sound. PHEW! I thought I’d broken it. Trial and error. That’s the key, isn’t it?
He told me a funny story about how he went on live television with my Mum when they first launched Fresh Cut Dies. See, Paul has been using dies for years, and my Mum was rather new to them. She introduced him as the ‘Fresh Cut Die Pro’ and he, on live television, promptly put his plates in the wrong order and cut his aperture into the magnetic shim… essentially making himself a fridge magnet instead of a card. Very funny!
It certainly made me feel better mid-experiment with these dies, without any prior experience or knowledge.
He also told me to add a poly bag in my sandwich, and lose the metal cutting plate (top tips).
I had a try with copy paper first…
And then I thought I’d have a go on some thicker white card stock…
Simple really. But you don’t know that until you try it!
So there you have it! Something I was sure I wouldn’t be able to do, I figured out (with the help of Paul) quite quickly!
Now, I got a tad overly confident and launched myself towards ’embossing’. Let’s just say… We must learn to walk before we can run!
I’ll give my Mum a ring for top tips on embossing. Because the online sandwich recipe did not give me the results I’ve seen her achieve! I’m sure you can relate to that! 🙂
If you’ve always fancied trying this, I absolutely recommend it. What an easy way to achieve something effective and impressive. Christmas cards sorted!
Watch this space. I’m just getting started! Any top tips or ideas that you have are more than welcome! We are all learning together.
Lotsa Love, Grace xoxo
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