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More print and punch freebies

I have a new sheet of printables for you today. Like the previous sets, these are custom digistamps presized to fit a popular punch. This set goes with the EK Tools Flourish Square Large punch (pictured below). I’d love to see any cards or other projects you make with these!

Click here to download the PDF

Update: Lindsay over at Frugal Crafter shows a great technique for using this punch for borders. If you have this punch you’ll want to check out her video.

May 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm 24 comments

Mothers Day digis to punch

My first set of digis to match the EK Tools “Real Estate Sign” Punch was so popular that I decided to share some more. Most are for Mothers Day but a few different takes for Fathers Day, too. I’d love to link to a card you make with one of these, so let me hear from you if you are able to use these.

Download the PDF note: this is an update. Be sure you have “ekresmday2.pdf”

Confused about how these work and/or want the first set, too? See this previous post.
Want a cut file to shadow this punch shape (not shown)? See this previous post.

April 18, 2012 at 8:11 am 21 comments

Where are the digistamps to match punches?

The big name stamping catalogs have all these great rubber and/or acrylic stamps to match punches and vice versa, but what about all those other punches and nesting dies we already have? Surely some artistic folks have put together digistamps to go with those. I mean, with these old school tools you avoid all the print and cut issues inherent with the newer technologies. Just line ’em up and punch ’em out. It could hardly be easier. So digital images and templates to match popular punches must be plentiful, right? Umm, no. In fact, I couldn’t find any. Instead I found all kinds of complicated instructions about how to measure and make your own MSWord etc. docs for sentiments. This seems woefully inefficient to my engineer brain, so today I am doing something about it and sharing the files I use with one of my favorite punches, the “Real Estate Sign” from EK Tools. If you own this punch, please download and enjoy this file and let me see what you do with it. If you have punch-coordinating files of your own, I hope you’ll post them and let me know so I can link you up here. And if you are a punch or die manufacturer, you can thank me later.

download the PDF here

Update: I did find one other PDF printable to match this punch here.

My tutorial on how to make these is here.

March 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm 64 comments

Royal Wedding Freebie

In honor of the royal wedding, and inspired by the Teresa Collins Black and White Cricut Imagine cartridge, I have created some digital paper to share with you. The lovely crown is from The Graphics Fairy, so a special thanks goes to her.

Click for 12 x 12 high resolution digipaper

or click on image below then right-click to download just the seamless tile.

And click here for some more cool and free Royal wedding printables from Lettering Delights.

April 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm 1 comment

Make printable die cut blanks

I have been experimenting with using transfer tape as a carrier to make pre-cut blanks for printing. It is great for printing on odd-shaped cards, for making Avery-compatible blanks and, I’m sure, for other stuff I haven’t thought of yet.

To do this with 12 x 12 stock, here are the (very) general steps. Put tape on the back of your paper, load it onto the mat tape side down and kiss-cut your design along with an 8.5 x 11 rectangle surrounding it which will be the outer edge of your printer page. Remove the new page (with diecuts and tape intact) and use it to develop or verify a matching print template. When you are satisfied with the print design, load the sheet of die cut blanks into the printer and print. Peel the printed die cut off of the tape backing.

An odd-shaped design from Wild Card:

Page of Doodlecharms bus shapes made to print on with Avery business card templates:

The process is a little more labor intensive up front than other methods of cut and print, but less so for subsequent runs any time in the future. Accuracy is excellent this way because you take advantage of the tight tolerances of your printer and eliminate the sloppy tolerances of the Cricut. You do need commercial transfer tape because contact paper or painters tape can damage your paper. I had success with both clear and paper transfer tape and was able to reuse it several times.

You may be wondering if this will work with a Xyron to make die cut printable stickers. Well, possibly, but the backing on the Xyron sheets is too slippery to stick to the mat so you’d have to tape it down. You would also have to recut the rectangle after you remove it from the mat to trim off the backing that extends beyond the page boundary. Guess you could cut it in 2 passes, with kiss cut settings for the design and again with cut through settings for the page boundary.

March 5, 2010 at 7:40 pm 30 comments

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