Cheery Lynn doily dies – an interesting use

Hello, hello.  Following on from yesterdays post here, first, are the printables.  I’ve done them in black and brown and in four colours that I think will be useful.  If you are a dab hand at PSE you should be able to alter the colours that way to get a shade you like by playing with the Hue&Saturation option.

With that out-of-the-way I can move on to the new obsession – the Cherry Lynn doily dies!  Such fun.  I had a play with them and cutting them on my Grand Calibur.  I was looking for a way to cut them reliably and came up with a bit of an idea that works pretty well.  First off, I will say that the ones I cut at the crop with Julia’s Big Shot cut with less faff.  I did have to rotate the dies once, and I did use a couple of paper shims, but as the cutting plates with the GC have to be removed from the machine and the top one removed to rotate, there is more chance that the die will shift unless you actually tape the paper that will become part of your final die cut.  Not ideal, by any means.

You can see from this sample the die cut just as I would a Nestie.  LOTS of un-cut bits.  But you can also see that for the most part, the edges cut pretty perfectly

So I made myself a custom shim – a series of cut circles, stacked and stuck.  It will really depend on you machine, what kind it is, where the sweet spot is, and how thick a shim you need to make sure it cuts well without forcing the machine gears.  Only trial and error will help with that.  Start thinner (maybe three thicknesses of 160gsm card or 2 of 240gsm) and add layers till you hit the right balance. You can also do one the size of just the middle or one that is bigger, right to the edges.  I have both.  I use both, depending on the thickness of the card I want to cut.

Putting the shim only over the tricky areas, roll it through again.  I roll forward, then crank back.  Usually that does the job.

You can see the middle bits are fairly falling out.  The ones that aren’t drop out if you tap firmly on the back with something like the handle of your pokey tool.  some of them LOOK like they are well attached but they aren’t.

Now let’s cut a lovely lattice flower! Pick your lines – I used a pen so you can see them but you should use a pencil so it doesn’t show on the front.

It looks a little deceptive because the card was double-sided and the design is slightly off-center, but you can just see my pen lines to show the cutting. Cut carefully and you get this.

and see the pretty frame you get by cutting just the border circle edges?

Another option:

with a slightly different border option:

and a third, bigger and fuller.  Maybe my favourite.

and cut:

Last two photos! They look nice stacked with themselves:

but I like them best mingled with other things, like the one behind my printable from yesterday or this one with paper blooms:

Once you get into a rhythm the cutting is easy, but you can’t let you attention wander or you will make a wrong cut!

This is totally my fave technique at the moment.  I’ll do a quick YouTube slideshow, but nothing more than the photos here so if you’ve seen one you don’t need to see both.

Now I wish I had about 10 more doily dies to play with but alas I only have two and only one is appropriate for this technique.  Ah well….

Have fun with it.  I think they will make lovely card toppers and layered will be so pretty on scrapbook pages. I think I may experiment with swiping them with embossing ink and heat embossing too.  Might be really pretty with that or with my brayed glitter glue trick.  I just love it when a product has so many uses, and all so interesting.  The dies were expensive, but worth it for all you can do!