WASTE Paper When You’re Die Cutting – Here’s Why!

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Hi friends, and thanks so much for visiting today. I have a quick tip to share and it’s something that just hit me last week. I feel like I’ve been die cutting the wrong way for my entire stamping career. Are you die cutting wrong too? Stick with me, let’s find out.

Today's card making tip - WASTE paper when you're die cutting. Click to find out why!

WASTE Paper When You’re Die Cutting Video

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Waste Paper To Save Paper, Time And Effort!

As a resourceful human, when I’m die cutting I have always tried to place my die as close to the edge of the paper as possible. This minimizes waste and maximizes the size of the paper left after I’m done, which I can save and use for another project. Makes sense, right? Is this what you do too?

Today's card making tip - WASTE paper when you're die cutting. Click to find out why!

Just the other day I realized I was doing it all wrong! I was cutting a label shape, and I realized if I would cut in the center of the paper, I would end up with two usable pieces – the shape I’m cutting and a lovely frame with the shape cut out of the center.

So today’s tip pretty simple. Whether you’re using a piece of paper the size of a card front or a smaller piece, if you center your shape, you’ll end up with two usable pieces. Use them both now, or save the second one to use on a future project. Actually, you don’t even have to center the die. It could be closer to a particular corner or placed at an angle, but regardless just place the die where it  leaves a nice frame around it which can be used on another project.

Today's card making tip - WASTE paper when you're die cutting. Click to find out why!

Now I have two usable pieces with no extra effort AND zero wasted paper. It’s a win!

Today's card making tip - WASTE paper when you're die cutting. Click to find out why!

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I hope today’s tip helps you waste…I mean save paper and effort!

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6 Replies to “WASTE Paper When You’re Die Cutting – Here’s Why!”

  1. Deb

    Brilliant tip Anna!! I will definitely keep this in mind and use it from time to time. I really like the framed looked adds a nice touch to the card!

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  2. Teresa Leggo

    Awesome tip!!!

    I’ve just discovered this too and like you always used to try to get as close to the edges to get more out of a piece of cardstock. It’s great for layers on a card and especially if you are using specialty dsp’s.

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