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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Comments (12)

  • Margaret R

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    Great tutorial Jody!

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  • Gabby

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    Helpful ideas! I find that making a cut from clear acetate and using that over the stamped image to place my die cut works the best. I saw that technique quite some time ago on the Heartfelt Stamps blog in re to using their Spellbinders stamps. Many bloggers have since repeated it, also. :)

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  • Gabby

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    I forgot to add that to stamp onto the die cut, I do use my Fiskar’s press. Occasionally I can eyeball it but the press works on all the days I’m seeing straight … heehee. :)

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  • Rosy Newlun

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    Nice reminders – I do a combination of all three of the suggestions. I think my favorite is to stamp first with the stamp press, then ‘eyeball’ it as best as I can, and die cut that image out. :)

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  • Tona

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    Thanks for the great tips.

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  • Kathy

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    Great tutorial.

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  • Joanne

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    Thanks for the tips. Always good for newbies!

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  • Myrna Sweet

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you. That is all I need to say!

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  • Mariana

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    Thank you for this idea! Some images are really hard to match, this is super helpful.

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  • Lynda

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    This is such an obviously simple solution, but at the same time, just ingenious! Thank you!

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  • Katherine

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    Thanks so much for posting this! The last method will help me so much!!! I hate it when my die cut doesn’t match the stamp shape very well.

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  • Karen

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    Cool Thank You!

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