Framelits 101

Hello there! Today I am going to show you some ways to manipulate your framelit die cuts. The new framelits come in a bunch of sizes and sometimes those sizes are a bit big for what you are needing. Take a look at the pictures to see how to do it. I am sorry about the quality of the pictures, I took these pictures in my craft room and the lighting is not ideal for picture taking.

All framelits need to go on your closed cutting platform, then a cutting pad, paper, framelit (I put my cutting side down) and then another cutting pad.

Let's start with the largest image from the Apothecary Accents framelits, this picture here is the shortened version.

Stamp your image first (or you can use a stamp-a-ma-jig on your finished die cut) and line up the die to one side. Try to get the main image centered. Use painters tape to hold your framelit down. This is the most important tip since you do not want the framelit to move around. Run it through your machine.

Move your framelit over to the other side and center your image up, hold it down with tape and run it through.

Here is what you end up with, a shortened version of the label. Now I think that I will perfect this shortened version and make some sharpie marks on my framelit so I can recreate it fast.

The same can be done with the Labels Collection framelits, stamp first, line up where you want your cut, and run it through.

Line it up again and run it back through your big shot, keep in mind to make sure that both sides look even, and the humps are in pretty much the same place.

Here is the finished die cut, it is on another apothecary accents framelit that was cut down the same way.

So what if you want to make something longer?  That is easy as well.  Here is the small banner from bitty banners framelits, lets see how to make it longer:

Simply slightly fold a piece of card stock and set your framelit on top of it.  Make sure that the fold is not touching a cutting edge (right hand side).  I make sure that the paper is folded evenly on both sides for a straight result.  I make sure to tape it good so it will not move.  You will have a fold in the middle of your finished die cut, but you can use your bone folder to minimize it.

Do you like the layered look?  I cut two additional labels (3 total)  to make a border.  Cut the side pieces off of one a little down from the curve.  Cut the top and bottom one in half longways and then take off the end round pieces like the picture above.

You can use your snail or multi-purpose glue to attach the sides one at a time, here are two ways you can do it.

Here is the thanks framelit, on a scallop oval, on the piece we just did.  An easy way to layer.  The possibilities are endless.

Now, you can use the exact same technique to the bigz die.  Take a look at what I did with the new Oval Accents Bigz Clear die:

Cut a whole die cut first, and reposition however you might like, tape down and run it thorough.

Here are two different ones that I did, I like how the pool party one turned out better than the soft suede one (that one side looks a bit wonky), but I did see that they are different sizes, and could be used to layer.  You get the idea, play around with scrap paper to see what works best, you can always make marks on your dies to line everything up for a perfect cut every time.

I hope you enjoyed the Framelit 101 class, all these supplies and more can be found 24/7 at my ONLINE STORE.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to drop me a line, but make sure your email address is on it so I can respond.  Have a great day!

Supplies:  Big shot & framelits:  label collection, apothecary accents, bitty banners, oval accents bigz clear die


Anonymous said…
So many thanks for the short-cut learning you generously offered today!
irishgalkelly said…
Thank you Sandie! The pictures make it so much easier to understand for us visual learners. This is wonderful information to have.
Katy McGloin said…
Sandie, thanks so much for these tips on manipulating the framelits. You are so creative! My fingers are still crossed for you!!!!
Jen Takacs said…
You're so clever! Thanks for sharing!
Dawn Tidd said…
Great post, Sandie! Thanks for the tutorial!
Traci Davis said…
Great tips, thanks!
Pat Clow said…
Hi Sandy,
Wow, what a great idea. My husband is on a mission as we speak to get me some painters tape. He had to go to Lowe's anyway to get a drill bit the right size for another project he is doing for me.
i could clone him for my customers, he is very inventive and handy to have around. We've been married for 53 years, so he is a keeper!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for your ideas.
I enjoy your daily posts
Pat Clow SU demo Upstate New York
mary fish said…
fantastic resource!
hugs, m
Unknown said…
these are great....I want to see MORE! This could be a weekly/monthly post. You are so clever. I wish my brain could see the things that you see!
Amy Gehman said…
Sandie, you are so clever! Thanks for sharing so many tips and it! Your "secret of life" card is I wish I had that stamp set. :)
Kathy H said…
Oooh! Great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing.
Ruth Petsel said…
Great ideas! Thank you so much for sharing!
I am looking at all my dies with ideas for
adapting them.
Loly Borda said…
Thanks so much for these useful tips!
Loly Borda
Anonymous said…
Wow is this wonderful and I am grateful for your expertise.
Amy Rogers said…
Congratulations on being a fellow Artisan Design Team finalist!
Amy Rogers
Patti Willey said…
Woo Hoo! You're in the Finalists!
Hey-great tips on the Framelits. So glad we finally have these!
OOhh Sandie, Congrats on being an AA winner. Jenn and I have had such fun with it this year and it sounds like next year you guys will have tons of fun and freebies. Good luck, I hope you make it up on stage at Awards night. Stampin' Royalty is so lucky to have you.
Patti MacLeith said…
You are very clever! Thanks for sharing!

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