Don’t throw it out – use that piece you “almost” cut when die cutting goes wrong!

Isn’t it annoying? I’ve done it lots of times. Being a little too quick to run my die through my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine so when I think it’s cut through completely, it hasn’t. And of course, I’ve already pulled off the metal die.

Let’s see a suggestion of how to rescue that die cut, using the Cheerful Daisies Dies and making this card.

When Die Cutting Goes Wrong

For this card, while I thought it was almost completely cut, it wasn’t. So take a peek at the video to see how to salvage this.

Here’s a suggestion of a great colour combo to try with the Peach Pie. Add some Soft Sea Foam and Basic White for a pretty design.

For this project we used both the dies and then pulled some of the Cheerful Daisies Stamps as well. They pair wonderfully together as they were originally a bundle. You can still get each of them individually by clicking right here.

For another couple ideas made with this set, and especially if you have the Fresh as a Daisy DSP, make sure you see this post on how to cut your card making time in half,

It’s Probably Not YOU!

All die cutters are a little bit different. So it might not be your cutting technique at all. It could be one of these other contributing factors:

  1. Your die cutting machine might need a good cleaning or just might be a bit too old. They do wear out. So if you are finding the dies just not cutting the same, it might be time to invest in a new machine.
  2. The die itself might be faulty. I’ve only had this happen twice with Stampin’ Up! items which are good quality. (I do not suggest you purchase knock-offs from other sites as they are not of the same cutting and metal quality.)
  3. Your die might have little bits of paper left in it from other paper crafting you’ve done.
  4. Some cardstock and papers just don’t cut as well. Glimmer and thick glitter papers are much hard to cut with a detailed die. You may need to run it through and back a couple times. Or you may also need to take out the die being careful to keep it attached to the paper, turn it over so the cutting line is facing up and run it through again.
  5. When you use Adhesive Sheets, they will add thickness to your papers, expecially glimmer and foil papers. Just take card to run it through a couple times as well.

I share some thoughts about these in the video too.

When Die Cutting Goes Wrong

See how to save that piece of card stock from the recycle bin and to make this lovely daisy card!

During this summer period (July-August 2024), you’ll find a recorded video here on my blog.

But if you’d like to get a sneak peek before the video goes live here, you can find us on Facebook every Tuesday morning at 11 am mountain time: Design with Jo.

Time to Play!

Here are the supplies you’ll need to give this one a try.

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Peach Pie cardstock – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at4 1/4″ on the long edge, scrap
  • Soft Sea Foam cardstock – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Basic White cardstock – one piece 5″ x 3 3/4″, one piece 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Linen Thread – about 10″
When Die Cutting Goes Wrong

I’d love to know…which of these cards is your favourite? The one we made in the video or the one with the Soft Sea Foam greeting? Let me know with a comment!

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Remember, it may not be you. If you’re not like me (a little impatient usually because it’s crunch time) it could be your cardstock, paper, the die itself or your die cutting machine. Investigate all those to see if you can reduce the paper waste and frustration!

I’d love to hear any stories you have when die cutting goes wrong – send me your story to jo@designwithjo.ca!