MFT Academy: Die-namics Not Just for Paper

Welcome back to the MFT Academy!  Melody is your Guest Professor today and she’ll be sharing some fun tips and tricks using our Die-namics dies with an assortment of cutting materials. 

I love My Favorite Things Die-namics, in fact, it’s hard to remember how I ever made projects without them. Today, I’ll show you a number of different things you can cut with your Die-namics other than card stock.

I use a Big Shot to do all my die-cutting, using the standard recommended stack.  You can find recommended cutting stacks for assorted die-cutting machines at the bottom of THIS page.

When using alternate cutting materials, you can modify your sandwich stack to help increase the pressure placed on the die.  This will ensure the very cleanest cuts.  Add a sheet of paper or the Metal Adaptor Plate to your sandwich stack as a shim.  Running the sandwich stack through the machine twice is also advisable.  The pressure will vary from machine to machine, so you will need to experiment to see what works the best for you and your die-cutter.

Create Your Own Chipboard Embellishments:  You can easily make your own embellishments using My Favorite Things Die-namics and cardboard or light weight chipboard.
You may be able to find 12 x 12 sheets of thin chipboard at your local scrapbook store. You’ll also find thin chipboard all around your house.  Recycle cereal and cracker boxes, the back of paper pads, etc to create your own custom embellishments. Use corrugated paper to add texture and rustic detail.Chipboard embellishments add great dimension to a card or scrapbook page.  Follow these steps to create this glittered, chip board camera:
Cut all three pieces of the Behind the Camera Die-namics from chip board. Run twice through the die-cutting machine or add the Metal Adaptor Plate for the cleanest possible cut.
  • Paint the camera with black paint and allow to dry.
  • Add a second coat of paint using black glitter paint.
  • Cut the middle circle once more from card stock, stamp the sentiment and adhere the card stock to the chipboard.
  • Paint the smallest circle with black paint, allow to dry. Add a coat of black glossy accents.
  • Adhere the three circles together using dimensional adhesive.
  • Embellish with rhinestones.
Create durable chipboard elements with this technique.  For the next sample, the Keys and Locks Die-namics were cut once from black card stock and once from light chipboard. Liquid glue and black embossing powder has been added for an eye catching effect.
Die-namics will also cut a wide range of materials beyond card stock and chipboard.  Let’s take a look at some other products you can play with!

MFT Die-namics will even work with fabric, and will instantly add handmade charm to your project.
Iron-on patches are the simplest way to add fabric to your projects. The patches already have a backing which will stop fraying. Iron-on patches are readily available at your local fabric store.  Running the material through the die-cutting machine twice will ensure the cleanest cut.

Use scraps of fabric you may already have in your stash, or purchase small amounts at the fabric store. Most fabric stores have fabric quarters in the quilting section, which will include an assortment of patterns to work with. 
Add an iron-adhevise to the back of fabric before die-cutting. This adhesive backing will make the fabric easier to cut, and also helps reduce fraying. The package instructions clearly explain how to apply the iron-adhevise. Heat ‘n Bond Lite can be purchased at most craft and fabric stores.

Leave the paper backing on until after die-cutting. Since fabric is generally thinner than card stock, you will want to add an extra sheet of card stock or a piece of light weight chipboard to increase the pressure between your Die-namics and your cutting material.

Use fabric in place of patterned paper in your card-making. The red gingham fabric was cut with the largest Rectangle STAX.  The Heat n Bond adhesive backing can also be used to affix your fabric layers.  In this example, using an iron on low heat, the red gingham fabric was adhered to a layer of white card stock. This ensures that the fabric is smoothly adhered to the card stock.

Experiment with different fabrics to create flower embellishments. You can create this fluffy flower using chiffon and tulle with the Circle STAX and a Pink Lemonade Button. Since tulle is so very thin, fold it into a numbers of layers and also add an extra piece of lightweight card stock to your stack for a clean cut.
This sweet custom embellishment pairs perfectly with the Baby Onesie Die-namics.  As outlined above, Heat ‘n Bond Lite was applied to the back of the fabric to ensure a smooth cut.


Next I wanted to show you how quickly and easily you can make fabric yo-yo’s using the Circle STAX Die-namics.
Cut a circle using one of the dies in the Circle STAX Die-namics 1 or 2. I am using the largest circle in Circle STAX Die-namics 1. In this case, you can cut the circle with or without the adhesive backing, since we are not concerned about fraying.
Use a needle and thread to run a long basting stitch around the edge of the circle. I am using red thread so that you can see the stitches in my sample, but normally you would match the thread to the fabric. You can also use the basting stitch on your sewing machine.
At each end leave threads that are long enough for you to pull the two threads together in the middle. Knot your thread in the middle and cut off the excess thread.
Sew a button to the middle of the yo-yo.

Burlap adds rustic charm, along with lots of texture and dimension.  The iron-on adhesive is highly recommended when working with burlap, as it really helps reduce fraying.

Felted Die-namics:

Felt is a very popular cutting material for Die-namics.  Use it to create luscious flowers, or add soft fuzzy details to your cards and pages.  Whenever cutting felt, run it through your machine twice. Consider adding the Metal Adaptor Plate to the sandwich stack for the most crisp edges.
My Favorite Things Felt is a wool blend felt which comes in a wide variety of colors.  This felt works perfectly with Die-namics.  Use a low temperature glue gun or glue dots to hold the felted elements together.

Layer assorted cutting materials to fill your projects with depth and texture.   The base of this tag was cut from Kraft card stock, and then covered with burlap.  The Mini Hybrid Heirloom Rose has been cut from felt.

I hope you are now filled with lots of new ideas for ways to use your Die-namics.  The next time you are ready to throw out that cardboard box or packaging, give it a second look! During your next visit to the craft store, look outside the scrapbooking section to see what else you can add to your paper crafting projects.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and that you will be inspired to use your Die-namics to incorporate new materials into your cards and pages. Use the keyword MFTED6 in your gallery upload on Splitcoaststampers so we can admire your creations!
If you have any questions, please email, and we’ll be happy to help you!

36 Responses to MFT Academy: Die-namics Not Just for Paper

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    JoAnn B. says:

    I love using my die-namics to cut different materials. Thanks for this tutorial, it gave me a few more ideas.

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    Nancy L. says:

    Thanks so much for the is fun post!

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    Great ideas, Melody!! Makes me want to dig into my fabric stash again!! Thanks for the inspiration:)

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    Wow! These are ALL amazing! So much inspiration! Great tutorial and ideas, Melody! :)

  5. 5

    Wowza Melody! What a fabulous tutorial and GORGEOUS samples! Thanks for all the beautiful inspiration!

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    These are all super ideas! I love the tote bag! Those fabric flowers are amazing!!! I also love the denim pocket!

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    Inge says:

    Fabulous tutorial Melody! I love to see all the possibilities with fabric…amazing!!!

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    Lisa Henke says:

    soooo great, Melody. LOVE the yo-you flowers and the lock and keys!! great projects! thanks for sharing.

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    zehra says:

    wow, love this tutorial, so many ideas, thank you, great projects and card, i need a iron on backing paper and i will be set to experiment, cute yo yo

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    Dawn Easton says:

    Love all of your ideas!!! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Lori says:


    Your tutorial AND projects are AMAZING! Congrats on doing such a GREAT job!!!!

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    Wanda says:

    Fantastic directions! I love bullet points. I get lost in long winded paragraphs that I can’t go back and find the NEXT step.

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    Tanya says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas, Melody! Love the burlap tag! I didn’t realize the Die-namics would cut through thin chipboard – time to dig some out of my stash :-D

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    Karen says:

    Wow Melody! So many great ideas- and uses with the Dienamics… I too didn’t realize you could cut with lt wt chipboard! Easy to follow tutorial, and loved all your finished projects! Thamls for sharing.

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    Jacquie says:

    Fabulous tutorial – love the seeing what you cut & how you used it – can’t decide if the denim pocket on gingham or the tulle flower & fabric onsie is my favorite!

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    Gina H. says:

    What great ideas! I have used dienamics with felt, but you’ve given me so many more ideas!! Thanks for a great inspirational post!!

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    Kelley_R says:

    Great, now I’ll be keeping all my small fabric scraps because I might need them in a card! I thought I had one hobby where I didn’t need to keep everything. I guess not. Now I need a bigger craft room. Thank you for all the great ideas.

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    Greta H says:

    Thanks so much for all the info. I love making flowers with MFT felt & I’ve used burlap & other fabrics a little, but now you’ve inspired me to make a lot more! Think I’ll get the iron on backing to make it easier–thanks for the tip!

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    Leslie says:

    Fantastic tutorial Melody and what a lot of work you put into it! Thanks so much – will be trying some of those!!

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    Queen Mary says:

    Wow! What incredibly excellent ideas!

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    Sherrie says:

    Yay! This is what I love about Die-namics…..vs. an electronic cutter…..all the possibilities! Great post Melody!

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    Linda K says:

    Just come on to see if I could find anything on what materials my Die-namics dies would cut – well look what I found. Perfect timing! Thanks Melody, great ideas. We have a bank holiday here in the UK this coming weekend so I know what I’ll be doing – yes that’s right – experimenting!!! I’m making bookmarks for wedding favours and want them to last as a keepsake longer than if made of card alone. A big thanks to all of you at MFT.

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    Petra Swart says:

    Thanks Melody for a great tutorial!
    I have never cut anything else but paper, but this opens such a lot of new possibilities for cardmaking. Can’t wait to start experimenting!!

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    Debby Sears says:

    You all are so creative!! I love the blog and the emails. Thanks for the inspirations you share with us.

    Have a great rest of your day!!

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    Paula S. says:

    Thanks for a terrific post chock full of so many fun possibilities! Though I’ve known it to be possible I’ve never ventured beyond cutting paper with my Die-Namics but these are such great ideas it’s impossible not to be inspired. :)

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    Deby says:

    This was such a good post. I learned a lot. Your work was beautiful.

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    Lori A says:

    Thank you for this awesome post!!! I love all of these ideas :)

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    laura strickland says:

    love all these projects, so cute!!! u do great work :)

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    Marlys says:

    I love the use of the dies I would of never thought to use them on fabrics

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    Linda Morgan says:

    Just about the time I say I am not going to buy anything else, you tempt me with so many wonderful things. Can you have too many card-making tools? I love it all.

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    Lorraine Ortiz says:

    I love all your dies, but am so happy to see the chicken wire die! Can’t wait for the release!

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    Lisa Kind says:

    Great post! Love all your ideas! Thanks for sharing them!

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