Wow it's been a while since we had any tips, but hopefully this one will be well worth the wait! Recently a friend was asking how to get die cuts out without doing any damage to the cut piece. She was using mirri card and as we all know if you start digging around with a pokey tool or tweezers it's all to easy to make marks on the card.
I must admit I've always dug mine out - until now when a sudden flash of inspiration struck! I was trying to cut some Marianne swirls, which can be really tricky to remove without tearing or completely wrecking the finished piece.
This photo shows the die with the paper still in it. As you can see it cuts really fine and as it was quite thin paper I was sure it was going to be tricky to remove without ruining the swirl.
Then a thought came to me that maybe if I stuck my putty rubber (blutack may also work) to the back and then pulled gently it may just release the die. Oh how pleased was I when this worked - one very happy crafter!
This photo shows the die cut half out of the die with the putty rubber still attached.
So far I've only tried this with this particular swirl die, but I'm sure it will work with most dies. An added bonus is that it also removes all those tiny circles that build up in the die itself.
Here's the swirl completely free of the die and undamaged. Yeah success! Hope you've found today's top tip useful. More tips are on the way and we do promise that there won't be such a long gap between this and the next tip.
Have a wonderful Tuesday and don't forget our challenge until Friday is 'Punched Borders' and you can enter your card here.
Ann, Irene and Max xxx