Altering Die Cuts Helps You Get More From Your Tools!

In this slimline beach card post I showed you where I changed a die cut to fit your project and today I am going to give you some more details about how altering die cuts can help you get a lot more mileage from your tools.  For this card I used the Slimline Clouds, Slimline Waves, Lighthouse, Palm Trees, Sun and Grass #2.

A handmade greeting card showing a seaside lighthouse and palm tree to illustrate how altering die cuts can make them fit any project

The Card Base

  • Cut A2 card base using white cardstock.
  • Score the card base down the center at 4.25″.
  • Use a blender brush to apply light blue ink to create the sky background.

The Clouds, Waves and Sand Layers

  • Cut a 5.50″ piece of white cardstock and cut it again using the cloud die.
  • Attach the cloud layer to the card base using a strip of mounting tape.
  • Use aqua cardstock to cut two 5.50″ sections of cardstock and cut them again using the waves die.
  • Attach them to the card base using double stick tape.
  • Cut a 5.50″ piece of Kraft cardstock and cut again using one of the wave dies.  
  • Use a blender brush to apply light brown ink to the sand and attach it to the card base using a strip of mounting tape. 
  • Note:  Using the wave die for sand and altering the size of these fun slimline die cuts on an A2 sized card shows how we can think outside the box and increase the ways we can use our dies.

 

And image using altering die cuts in size to make a die cut lighthouse and palm tree fit a differently sized card

The Lighthouse

  • Cut the lighthouse parts using red, white and blue cardstock.
  • Mix and match the pieces to create a colorful lighthouse. and attach them together using glossy accents.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of both lighthouse sections and attach them in behind the sand layer.

The Palm Trees, Sun and Grass

  • Cut the palm tree fronds and trunk using Kraft and green cardstock.
  • Apply brown ink to the trunks using a mini applicator.
  • Gently bend the fronds with your fingers and attach them to the trunks using glossy accents.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the trunks, tuck them in behind the sand and attach them to the card base.
  • Cut the grass sprigs using green cardstock, tuck them around the trees and lighthouse and attach using glossy accents.
  • Cut the sun using bright yellow cardstock, cut the top portion off and tuck it under the cloud and attach using mounting tape. 

A handmade card of a lighthouse and palm tree on a beach demonstrating how altering die cuts can help them fit different sized projects

Here’s the slimline version of this card.

how to alter a die cut is shown in three different examples on this beach scene greeting card handmade from die cuts

Does this post help you see how you might start altering die cuts you have in your stash? Share with me any great light bulb moments you’ve had!

 
5328-03D Slimline Waves Die
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5328-01D Slimline Clouds Die
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5202-05D Light House Die Cut
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5212-06D Palm Trees Die Cut
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Sun Moon Die 5147-07D
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5210-02D Grass #2 Die Cut
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Color Fuse Set #9
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Color Fuse Set #3
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Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
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Life Changing Blender Brush Set,…
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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3mm (1/8″), Be Creative Tape
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5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
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