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Stamps and Die-namics Made Simple

Coordinating stamp sets and Die-namics is one way our product line makes your crafting and card making more enjoyable. By eliminating the need to fussy cut your images, you can work faster, safer, and with more potential for versatility.

We offer a variety of lines that feature this handy characteristic. Lisa Johnson Designs, Mona Pendleton Designs, Birdie Brown, and recently, Pure Innocence all include Die-namics that coordinate with each stamp release.

One of the questions we receive fairly often here at MFT concerns the best way to line up stamped images with their coordinating die cuts for the most accurate results. Today, we’re sharing a helpful video to make your stamping and die cutting as enjoyable and fuss-free as possible.

Watch the video HERE to see some techniques we use or simply click play below.

So to sum it up, we have three different approaches we use when we’re crafting with coordinating stamp and Die-namics sets.

  1. Eyeball it. Die cut your shape first and then stamp your image. This works well for more basic shapes that include obvious points for positioning the stamp before impressing your image. Using a sheet of contrasting color under your work space makes it easier to differentiate the die-cut shape from your background.
  2. Fiskars Stamp Press. This tool allows to you press slowly, adjusting the position of the stamp to center it within the border of the die cut. The benefit of this method is that the feet on the press allow for minute adjustments.
  3. Stamp first. In this method, you stamp your image first and then die cut. By using a scrap piece of card stock to die cut your shape, you can position the negative of the die cut over the stamped image framing it perfectly within the space. Once it’s positioned, used removable tape to secure in place and then, simply drop your die into the space. The die will stay in place while you run it through your machine for a perfectly cut image.

Hopefully, we’ve provided some methods that will be helpful to you the next time you sit down to craft – we can’t wait to see what you make next!

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MFTv Shout Hooray

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If only it were so easy to add a splash of fun pattern to real balloons! In this week’s episode, I’m dressing up the Balloon STAX Die-namics to add a special touch to an otherwise quick and easy card design. Little details like a subtly stamped background panel and twine-tied knots make your assembly interesting and your recipient smile. A high-contrast sentiment stamped in Sweet Tooth Premium Dye Ink on a Steel Grey background completes the look.

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Watch the video HERE to see this card assembled start to finish or just play the embedded video.

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MFTv Cupcake Tag

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with this week’s episode of MFTv. Our new Tag Builder Blueprints 1 Die-namics makes quick work of die cutting  a variety of coordinating tag elements. Build and layer to suit your whims or use the included Blueprints sketches for even speedier assembly. Also included in this new episode? An unconventional use of the Celebrate You Die-namics to “bake” a cherry-topped cupcake!

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Watch the video HERE to see this card assembled start to finish or just play the embedded video.

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MFTv Birthday Wishes Chalkboard

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In this week’s episode of MFTv, I’m using the new Blueprints 17 Die-namics to “build” a cool, freestanding chalkboard easel card. Watch the video to learn how I created the floating balloon look with the Balloon STAX Die-namics and to see how just how well the Birthday Chalkboard Greetings coordinate with this fun new Blueprints set.

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Watch the video HERE to see this card assembled start to finish or just play the embedded video.

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Fond Farewells and a Fresh Face

Sadly, we’re saying goodbye to five of our lovely and talented designers today. I know you’ll agree that they’ve contributed so much to our community with their incredible generosity of time and talent. We’ll miss them greatly and wish them all the absolute best in the future. To each of you, thank you.

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In addition to goodbye, we also have a hearty welcome to share. In June, Teri Anderson was our guest designer and she produced some truly stellar work that blew us away in its creativity. We asked her to join our happy team and she said yes. Hooray! Beginning with our July Release Countdown (that’s just two days away if you’re curious,) Teri will be a regular member of our Creative Team. Please join us in welcoming her!

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Teri’s created this beautiful card to introduce herself. I think it’s pretty apparent why we’re so giddy to have her, right?

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Welcome Teri.

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MFTv Shine

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In this week’s episode of MFTv, you’ll find a simple design and assembly process punched up by the addition of an embossed sentiment, puffy sticker-like filament accent, and a specialty card stock accent. Our Blueprints 15 Die-namics makes quick work of creating the base pieces while Die-namics and a stamp set from Laina Lamb Design provide the rest. Quick and easy is the name of the game this week, with undeniably eye-catching appeal – you can’t beat that!

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MFTv Because of You, My World Is Brighter

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The Blueprints 15 Die-namics is such a fun collection of elements. They work together seamlessly to create fast and easy cards but also mix so well with other Die-namics and stamp sets to make creating cards and projects enjoyable and rewarding. This week on MFTv, we’re sharing an eye-catching design that combines the 15th installment in the Blueprints line with the Centerpieces You Mean the World to Me Die-namics.

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Watch the video HERE to see this card assembled start to finish or just play the embedded video.

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MFTv Sea Life

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Our May 2014 release offers up a variety of new stamps, Die-namics, and Hybrid Ink colors that mix and match with the greatest of ease. This week’s episode combines a new stamp and coordinating Die-namics combination from Lisa Johnson, versatile background stamp patterns, and elements from our latest Blueprints and stitched panels additions.

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MFTv Cheer Up!

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Reverse paper piecing imitates the look of intricate, multiple-layered elements without the precision and time required to accomplish the “real” thing. This technique is an excellent way to put those smaller paper scraps to use – especially those specialty paper scraps you can’t bear to part with! Dress up card stock with pretty patterns to customize the look and finish your card off to polished perfection.

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Watch the video HERE to see this card assembled start to finish or just play the embedded video.

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MFTv Bokeh Beauty

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If you’re a fan of the ethereal look that bokeh can lend to your photography, you’ll enjoy seeing how it can do the same for your crafting and card-making. In this week’s episode, watch as I assemble a card featuring the Bokeh Builder set. You’ll see how I enhanced the effect by using second and third generation stamping, as well as by including a layer of vellum to soften the effect.

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Watch the video HERE to see this card assembled start to finish or just play the embedded video.

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