Easy DIY : die cutting without a machine


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In my previous post I’ve been talking about die-cutting paper to make tags and labels. It’s a fun and easy project, but usually it needs a specific die-cutting machine. In today’s post, I am showing you how I die-cut with a cheap and regular pasta machine !

In this post you will find the written explanations, but you can also see what it looks like in my youtube video below. The video is in Arabic (darija : the moroccan dialect), but with the help of the text in this post you’ll be able to see how I manage without an expensive die-cutting machine. Also, feel free to comment or email me if you have any questions.

You will find the links to the dies I bought on Aliexpress down below. And I also wrote an article on my 5 steps to successfully shop on Aliexpress which might be helpful as well.

You will need:

  • pasta machine
  • metallic dies
  • Washi tape
  • Paper : 224 g/m² (or lighter)

Cut a piece of paper the size of your choice of die. Use two pieces of washi tape to lightly “glue” the die onto the paper. If your tape is too sticky, put in on the back of your hand and peel it a couple of times so it’s less sticky. The rough side of the die is in direct contact with the paper. Place them in the middle of a stack of leftover cardstock or old packaging material. This step ensures that the metal parts don’t come in contact with each other, but also allows you to choose the pressure level applied on the die without changing the machine setting.

Set the machine on the largest width and place the paper stack between the two rolls. Adjust the pressure by removing or adding more cardstock. To make sure that the die cuts perfectly on all edges, rotate the paper 90° after each turn. After 4 turns (= 4  sides), you’re done. Please watch the video above so the written explanation make more sense 😉

Here are the links to the dies I am showing on the video :

Birthday cake: https://bit.ly/2Kw4r5E

A set of circles (perfect as tags or cards) : https://bit.ly/2u2eggO

“invitation” die-cut : https://bit.ly/2No0UnW

Lace die cut: https://bit.ly/2NoliFl

Fabergé egg : https://bit.ly/2NjNgSG

The litlle die on the far left of the image above has been gifted to me in one of my orders on Aliexpress.

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