OMG – I am totally doing the happy dance right now. I thought I would have to struggle to get the words from my Rosette Word files to fit the Tim Holtz die but they work, pretty much as is!!
I first held a pre-cut die up over the print out, to see what sort of adjustment I would need to make. Not sure if you can see this, but the words fit near perfectly as they are.
Can you see how they fall between the score lines?
As Julia-the-lovely gave me a whole stack of pre-cut ones as well as the die, I thought the easiest thing to do was to attach the pre cut dies, first placing them with the window light to guide me.
Now the thickness of the cardstock caused two slight problems – first, the top edge had some ink deposited on it not a lot, but a smudge. I would solve that flipping the file and printing, so the smudge was at the bottom, where the top edge would overlap. For these I just joined them by sticking the clean bottom edge OVER the smudged top edge. I would use some good strong adhesive for that, as it isn’t a good a way to do it as joining as intended, bottom fold tucked under the top edge. Next issue, and if you look at the last couple of the Merry Christmas ones you can see it clearest (and also by the fact that the words NOT printed on the dies are off by a bit) is that the paper shifts every so slightly, again, I suspect due to the thickness. PEACE is nearly perfect in placement, Merry Christmas has a few that are close but not perfect. Now look at them folded:
PEACE is short enough that the companion circle that the die cuts works fine. Merry Christmas is a little long, so a smaller circle works better. I’ve tried to capture the wonky areas so you can see that even so they are not half bad!
Two things – first, it may work better (but it may not) if the card stock is printed first and then die cut – but I think the same problem with slippage may occur. Second, making the words a smaller point size will def. help – mine were pretty much as big as they could be, but I can see the advantage of making them smaller. I’m just not sure that I will like that.
Are you as excited by this as I am? Probably not – but I can’t believe that the most recent file works. Now I am NOT sure the previous ones do, only because I think I tried to adjust further down the list, for the slippage I was getting with hand scoring. But I will make some files for you – or you can use my instructions to make your own with any words you like – when I can.
Just to add the WIP link!