The Basics, Part 3: Cutting and Scoring

The basics are really the stamps, paper, and ink, but you will want to turn those basics into cards ad other projects. Stampin’ Up! carries everything from excellent snips, punches, the Big Shot die cutting machine, to punch boards that cut and score envelopes and bags.

Paper Snips

I know you probably have scissors. I thought one pair of scissors is just like another until I tried these. I can cut detailed images much easier with these sharp, pointed snips. Definitely worth the price! Now I have these snips in my Basic Tool Box that I take to craft away from home so I don’t have to settle for cutting with other scissors.

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Stampin’ Trimmer

The Stampin’ Trimmer is one of those essential tools that I think you will want. There are other trimmers on the market. I love that the one from Stampin’ Up! can cut and/or score a full sheet of 12″ x 12″ paper or card stock and yet is small enough to tuck away. The numbers on the trimmer itself are very easy to see and do not wear off like some other brands (and frankly the older Stampin’ Up! trimmer.)

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Cutting and Scoring Card Bases and Layers


Basic Card Bases and layers chart

Simply Scored

I didn’t spot a video just about the Simply Scored tool, but here is one showing a project that can be made with it. And you’ll find lots of projects that I’ve posted that I’ve relied on the Simply Scored tool.

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Punches

This video was published in 2010 when the “new style” punches first came out. Many of the punches shown have been retired, but it shows basic information about how to use this style of punch. There are more current videos about specific punches. Here are links to videos about the Festive Flower punch, the Fox Builder punch, the Bow Builder punch, the Blossom Builder punch, and the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.

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Big Shot

It took me quite a while to decide to invest in this costly product. Stampin’ Up! is making more and more Framelits and Thinlits that coordinate with stamps. Now I have to work at designing projects without it for new customers. I think you are going to want a Big Shot!

Big Shot – The Basics

Framelits can be tricky to match with some stamped images. If you are using a nearly symmetrical image, mark your stamp and the matching position on the Framelit. The Wondrous Wreath stamp and Wonderful Wreath Framelits in the Holiday 2104 catalog come with tabs to help you.

Big Shot Magnetic Platform

The Secret Garden set shown in the video has retired, but check out Flower Patch and the Flower Fair Framelits. There are many coordinating stamps and Framelits now.

Getting More Life from Cutting Plates

Embossing Folders

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Shop for the Big Shot, accessories, embossing folders, and dies.

Envelope Punch Board

Envelope Punch Board Boxes

Envelope Punch Board Boxes

All these boxes were based on the smallest envelope listed on the chart on the Envelope Punch Board. I just added 1/4″ up to 7″ for the height of the box. I was experimenting to see how much I would need to add to get the thickness (or height) I wanted. Envelope Punch Board Box Height Chart The ones made with Melon Mambo can be made with 8 1/2″ X 11″ card stock. For the Basic Gray ones, you’ll need to use 12″ x 12″ card stock.


 

Gift Bag Punch Board

Gift Bag Punch Board

The Gift Bag Punch Board makes bags in three widths, S = 2 1/4″, M = 3″, and the L = 3 5/8″. Front to back is 2″ for all three sizes. The height of the bag can be any where from 2 3/4″ to 10 3/4″. Somehow I found this punch board hard to figure out at first. I finally got it! Here’s a video and I made a little cheat sheet with the Gift Bag Punch Board Directions.

On to the next step

You will probably also want to read my pages about Adhesives, and More. And if you haven’t already, I suggest you go back to read my page about Stamps and Color (ink and paper).
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Domed Pedestal Floral Bouquet & Card SPIt’s my day over at Craft Project Central.  You can’t see much in this “sneak peek” photo, but I was very proud of this project. My sister’s birthday is coming up soon and she is a very special woman.  I think this is a very fitting tribute to her.  It is a flower bouquet is enthroned on a glimmering pedestal and protected under a shiny clear dome. Flowers in Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron, and Blushing Bride are tied around their stems with silky Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding. There is also a coordinating card.  They look difficult, but they really aren’t.

My coordinating card is dedicated to my sister, but could also be a fitting tribute to your lovely mother or other special woman in your life.  If you would like directions to make your own tribute, subscribe to Craft Project Central and get not only the directions for this project, but also the other 10 projects for this month.

Pinwheel Letterpress Winter cardI had such a good time with this card!  It goes together quite quickly.  I used All Is Calm, but it would work great with just about any of our papers.  Our double-sided Designer Series Paper is fabulous for these cards.  Don’t you love the cards that look terrific and when you’re done you ask, “Am I done already?”

 

Download the pdf with the supply list and directions here.

 

 

Flash Card – Secret GardenAnother card using Connie Stewart’s Flash Card template.  I love how it is very thrifty with the card stock!

 

Click here for supply list and printable directions.

Flash Card – Secret Garden 1-12-13

Festive Flurry Ornament

Festive Flurry Ornament 11-2-13

This ornament turned out great.  No, I didn’t design it.  I copied it from the catalog.  Stampin’ Up! even made a video showing how to make it.  How terrific is that?

 

 

 

If you need more than the video, I did print my own directions.

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Festive Flurry Ornament 11-2-13

Morning Cup

Morning Cup 5-4-13

Tea time?  Or do you need a shot of Joe to get you going in the morning?  Personally, I need my coffee!  This stamp set lets you have it your way.  The Early Espresso card stock, ink, and Baker’s Twine fit right in with the theme.  I love the Designer Frames Embossing Folders!

 

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Morning Cup 5-4-13