Instructions for Using the Cuttlebug Die Cuts

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Instructions for Using the Cuttlebug Die Cuts
Card stock and scrapbook paper work well for die-cut shapes. (paper image by AGphotographer from

You will find an assortment of shapes and letter dies to make die-cuts with a Provo Craft Cuttlebug machine. Paper die-cuts can be made with craft paper and card stock. The many shapes can be used to embellish handmade greeting cards, wedding invitations, magnets, wooden frames, notice boards and scrapbook pages along with other craft projects. Die-cut shapes can be enhanced and decorated with ink, chalk, brads and scrapbooking supplies.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper adhesive
  • Pens or markers
  • Acid-free chalk
  • Decorative brads

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  1. 1

    Cut out the main die-cut image with the Cuttlebug machine. Use colours that will complement your project.

  2. 2

    Cut out the same image with a secondary colour. For example you can cut out the same flower die-cut in three colours or patterned paper.

  3. 3

    Attach dimensional cutouts to the main die-cut with adhesive. You can add a separate ear colour and eyes to a dog die-cut for a paper-pieced figure or character. A series of flower die-cuts should have a tiny hole punched in the centre for assembly later.

  4. 4

    Outline the die-cut with an archival ink pen or marker to emphasise the shape. Lightly chalk colour shading onto the die-cut edges and centre with scrapbooking chalks. Highlight with a coloured white or coloured ink pen. Set chalked pieces aside to dry for a few hours before securing to a project.

  5. 5

    Attach dimensional pieces such as the flowers together with a decorative brad paper fastener. Insert the brad through the pre-punched holes and secure in place.

  6. 6

    Attach the die-cut to your project with adhesive.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a mixture of patterned and solid papers for die-cut paper pieces to give texture and depth to your project.

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