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December 2004
This Month's Tip:

Simplicity at its Finest

Sometimes, the simplest ideas can be the most elegant. By blending stocks, die cuts, folds and stamping, you can deliver innovative creations that leave a lasting impression. Let's take a look at how basic processes and innovative designs can add dimension and flash.

Complement Stocks and Stamping
This striking party invitation was produced by stamping deep red stock with bright red foil to create an effect simple printing can't match. The mountain-at-night scene did not employ any other processes, and the simple effect of color-on-color stamping delivers an invitation to a party no one wants to miss.

Using a metallic blue stock, this piece was stamped with silver foil in the shape of a snowflake. The stamping was done without embossing or dimension to give the smooth effect of color running into color. The entire snowflake is die cut and perforated at the edges of the top half, allowing it to be easily removed for a festive home decoration.

Create Dimension with Folds and Die Cuts
Folded pieces can be used to create intrigue, but die cutting also allows you to create a layered effect that adds dimension. The three-panel piece below features die cut windows on the outer panels and a building image in the center. Each window has die cut images that, when folded, register to give hints of the piece's message.

The windows create depth when the piece is folded by placing the die cuts at different levels. On the top panel, a decorated evergreen tree is cut into the window in the foreground, slightly obscuring the building printed on the back panel. On the second level, reindeer soar across the sky just ahead of a sleigh that must be carrying Santa Claus - a familiar image during the holiday season. When opened, St. Nick appears in full and the building is completely revealed. With a few simple die cuts, you can create a unique holiday card that's active and lively.

The Diecrafters Advantage
At Diecrafters, our creative team is available to bring your innovative pieces to life with custom finishing and design recommendations. To get the job done, we provide finishing services that range from expert die cutting, foil stamping and embossing to mounting, specialty folding and gluing, kit packaging, and much more. Contact Diecrafters today to get started delivering your next project!


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