Saturday, 27 July 2013

Extending the Christmas Cracker Die

All the new Christmas Dies should now be available at your local Tonic Stockist, so I thought that today I would show step-by-step how I've extended the die to make a longer cracker.  First here's the finished project, which also uses the Christmas Star Box Die.  I have a PDF to download of these instructions for Extending the Tonic Studios Christmas Cracker Die over on my blog

So how did I extend the die?  Well, it involves letting the part of the die that you don't want to cut hang off the end of the cutting mat.  So first of all, I line up the die at the base of a sheet of A4 cardstock, positioned with low tack tape and then placed onto the cutting mat so that the top third of the die hangs off the edge of the mat.  As a picture paints a thousand words, take a look at the photos I've taken of this stage below.

Once you've run through the die cutter, you then need to position the die again for a second cut.  Move the cut cardstock up and off the edge of the cutting mat and align the die over the centre section.  Tape in place to make sure that the die doesn't move.  

Again, the pictures to the left should make it clearer as to how I did this.

If you want a really long cracker, at this second step, you'd actually move the die right to the bottom card, making sure that you keep the edges lined up.  You would then need to use your craft knife to cut out the middle section.

So here you can see, by doing this, I've created twice the width of the middle section compared to a standard cut.

I then assembled the cracker in the normal way.

If you would like to read more details of how I've decorated this or want to download the PDF of these instructions for Extending the Tonic Studios Christmas Cracker Die over on my blog

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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