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13th April 2019

Plate Sandwich Guide for Using Hunkydory Moonstone Die Sets

This handy guide describes the sandwich formations used for running Moonstone Dies through the various die-cutting machines, to help acheive the perfect cut from your dies. Please note the smaller die-cutting machines may not accomodate the Moonstone Frame dies. We'd suggest you make sure to check the sizing of the die and your machine's dimensions before purchasing. 

Crafter’s Companion Gemini

  • Clear Cutting Plate
  • Metal Cutting Plate
  • Cardstock
  • Die (cutting side up)
  • Magnetic Shim
  • Plastic Shim
  • Base Cutting Plate

  Turn die 90 degrees and run through a second time.


 Spellbinders Platinum 

  • Cutting Plate
  • Die (cutting side down)
  • Cardstock
  • Cutting Plate
  • Base Plate

  Turn die 90 degrees and run through a second time.  


Sizzix Big Shot Plus

  • Cutting Plate
  • Die (cutting side down)
  • Cardstock
  • Cutting Plate/Precision Base Plate
  • Multipurpose Platform (all tabs down)

 Turn die 90 degrees and run through a second time. 


Craftwell Cut and Boss/Tattered Lace Big Blue

  • Platform A
  • Platform B
  • Platform A
  • Metal Adapter Plate
  • Cardstock
  • Die (cutting side up)
  • Platform D

 Turn die 90 degrees and run through a second time. 


 X-Cut X-Press

  • Cutting Plate
  • Die (cutting side up)
  • Base Plate

Turn die 90 degrees and run through a second time.

 

 Note: With all machines, you may need to pass through the machine a couple of times depending on cardstock and pressure on different machines.

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13th April 2019

Plate Sandwich Guide for 3D Embossing Folders

This handy guide demonstrates the advised combinations of sandwiches for 3D Embossing folders with popular machines. 

All listed combinations are written in the order to be placed down (bottom to top).

Gemini

  1. Base cutting plate
  2. Magnetic positioning shim
  3. Folder with card
  4. Plastic shim

Cut'N'Boss

  1. Platform D
  2. Shim B
  3. Magnetic shim
  4. Folder with card
  5. Platform A

eBosser

  1. Plaform D
  2. Magnetic Shim
  3. Platform B
  4. Folder with Card
  5. Platform C

Big Shot

  1. Multi purpose platform (all tabs)
  2. Tab 1
  3. 4 x 300gsm Cardstock shims
  4. Folder with card
  5. Cutting plate

Grand Calibur

  1. Rasberry plate (D adapter)
  2. Folder with card
  3. Pink embossing plate B

Cuttlebug

  1. Base plate
  2. 3 x 100gsm Cardstock shims
  3. Folder with card
  4. B plate

X-Cut

  1. Cutting plate
  2. Folder with card
  3. Base plate
  4. (Use setting 8)

Spellbinders Platform

  1. Base plate
  2. Folder with card
  3. Thinner white embossing plate
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17th September 2015

Signature Collection by Sara Davies - Tutorial: Butterfly Aperture Card

In case you didn’t see it, we shared all the news about Crafters Companion's  Sara Davies upcoming Signature collection here on our News feed at the start of the month.  Well now you can check it all out in our very special 'Sneak Peek' section of our coming soon items right here online.   We are REALLY excited about it, and can’t wait to start sharing things with you!

So we thought we'd start with a quick and easy tutorial direct from Sara using just some of these very special Limited Edition designs from her premiere collection launch! – this card is perfect for so many occasions and you can re-create it in no time!

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Here’s what Sara did for this one:

Step 1: Trim Centura Pearl card to 6 1/2″ square. Matt & layer it on to a 7″x7″ white card blank (Sara uses Sheena’s Stamping card – marvellous stuff!). Next, trim the patterned card to 6 2/8″ x 6 2/8″ and affix to card front with Collall All-Purpose glue.

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Step 2: Trim another piece of white card to 6 2/8″ x 6 2/8″. Die-cut the Butterfly Dance die on to the upper left side of card to create an aperture.

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Step 3: Emboss the piece you just created (the aperture card) using the Butterfly Corner embossing folder and mount on to card front using our foam pads. (HOW fantastic does that embossing look? Love the deep texture these new folders create!)

Step 4: Stamp your sentiment onto white card, matt & layer onto Centura Pearl and affix to card front.

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Step 5: Apply Crystals or pearls embellishments to butterfly centre and attach to card front to finish.

It’s that simple, and you’ll have an elegant handmade card in no time!

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2nd March 2015

Special Tips for using Spellbinder Dies

Spellbinders has now started to include a very useful Special Tips slip in with many of it's dies which are more detailed to cut out.  We have already found some of the tips to be a great help with lots of different branded dies which are intricate in their design.  Whether you're new to die cutting in crafts or a seasoned die cutter the below tips from Spellbinders are a useful thing to keep to hand and remind us all of the steps we should take when working with our dies.

Untill next time, Happy Die Cutting....!

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4th February 2015

Helping you Choose the Right Size Envelope and Card Bag for your Project

In store we have many questions each week about how the sizes of cards and envelopes actually work when it comes to the 'A Series' sizes of card stock in the UK and Europe.

It's actually really easy once you know!

To help you out when you are looking at such cards, envelopes or cello bags sized this way, in our store we have added our guide as a download for you on the product pages!  You can also download it below by click the image of the guide.

Just to be clear this short explanation does not cover such card sizes as square 4 x 4 or 8 x 8 nor does it cover the 5 x 7.  These are not actually in the standard 'A series' card format, but it's very easy to know what size envelope or cello bag you need as they will simply all be called the same, either 4 x 4 or 8 x 8 or 5 x 7, at least this is how we do it in our store here as it keeps things much easier for us all!

For example a 4 x 4 inch card does fit inside a 4 x 4 inch envelope and both will then fit inside a 4 x 4 inch cello bag - simple.  The envelope and cello bag although called  4 x 4 inch are actually a little bigger to allow room for the card to fit.

Anyway, back to the 'A series' of card format...

Below is an easy to follow chart which we have produced to help explain it all, as we said it's simple really.  When working with A4 card, of which we stock lots of here at Craftasmic, you can fold it in different ways to make the A5, A6 or even DL size cards.  These cards then fit in the corresponding envelopes which have matching numbers but have 'C' in front for the 'C series' envelope system standard in the UK & Europe.

So just one example from the diagram below - If you take an A4 sheet of card and fold it in half it becomes an A5 card, which then fits inside a C5 envelope.  If you then want to display it for selling or just keep it organised and clean, this card AND envelope will then fit inside one of our C5 Cello Bags, simple!

We hope this helps you start to fold and make your own standardised cards from A4 card stock and also know what you need to post them off in!

Until our next Explanation Guide....  Happy Crafting!

Card & Envelope Size Guide 

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