How'd we do that?  Here are the tutorials for the projects in                                      our newsletter and some of the projects in our gallery.






                                  



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Newsletter Projects


Every month, we send out our newsletter, "Making the Cut."  That newsletter highlights a particular Accucut die in The Hobby Home's library.  These dies are available for your use during your stay at The Hobby Home.  The projects in this section were either featured in our newsletter or they were provided as an extra sample.  We hope these provide you with some inspiration for any upcoming project!

Punch to a Card Tutorial

You can follow this tutorial to use any punch or die to create a folding card, rather than just a single shape.  You can use this technique with:
  • Any hand-held punch
  • Any Accucut Die
  • Any Sizzix Die
  • Any Big Shot Die
  • Any Wafer or thin metal dies (Like Stampabilities)
  • If it cuts a shape, try this technique!

1.  On your die, locate the cutting blades vs the scoring blades.  For a punch, this is a little more intuitive.  For a die, study the blades and the intended shape.  You'll want to focus on the cutting blades.

2. For our example, we are using a cupcake die - which has only cutting blades around the outside.  

3. Begin with a folded piece of cardstock or paper.  The piece of paper should be twice the size of your shape so that when it's folded, it still covers the shape completely.  In our example, the cupcake is about 3 inches square when cut. So, we started with a piece of paper that was 6 in X 3 inches flat and 3 in X 3 in when folded.

4. Place the die blades up in the tray.  Place the folded paper over the die with the folded edge *not quite* covering all the cutting blades.  

Note: When figuring out where to put your folded edge, consider how you want your card to open.  For some of the tag cards in the samples on this page, we knew we wanted the fold at the top.  So, that's where the folded edge was placed.  For others, we wanted the card to fold open at the bottom to create an easel.  For those, we placed the folded edge along the bottom.  Play around with it.  We used the petal card die to make the tri-fold card in the list of samples by making sure the rounded cutting blade was the only one used.  The other folds remained safely inside the area with just scoring blades.

For a punch, just slide the folded edge *most of the way* into the punch.  Stop just short of that last cutting blade, and that's where your card will fold.

5.  You can tell you did it correctly by looking at your leftover scrap.  Notice, we have a portion of the folded edge that remained uncut.  If your scrap has a perfect hole the shape of your die, you probably just ended up with two of the same shape rather than a folded card.

6. For our cupcake, we added the topper at the same place as the fold.  That helps us cover up the slight flat edge where the fold is.