Cardmaking, Die Cutting, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen, Hello Monday


What if you don’t have the stamp you “need”? Julie is sharing how a little out-of-the-box thinking can help you adapt what you have, to make it work for you.

Hello, there—it’s Julie!  I love Valentine’s Day, but I don’t actually own any Valentine stamp sets.  Which got me to thinking about how I could use products in my “everyday” collection to achieve something sweet and still distinctively Valentine-ish!


  • The Classic Block Alphabet Die is a great all-around set to have on hand; the clean design is simple, and sized to spell out a wide variety of sentiments.  It works with almost every style and occasion.
  • Whenever you plan to run more than one die through your machine, use washi or removable tape to secure them; sometimes the pressure of the rollers or motor can cause them to shift and slide on top of one another, permanently damaging the die blades.
  • Make a DIY sticky mat by wrapping a piece of chipboard with Press N Seal (facing out); you can temporarily tack down die cuts for ink blending or applying glue to the back, etc.  Clean any ink on the sticky mat by using a damp cloth or baby wipe and allow to air dry.
  • Use thin foam adhesive dots to help reduce the amount of loft but still provide dimension.


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  • Reply Barbara-Jean Kubik January 11, 2021 at 6:21 am

    Great idea and example! Thank you! It’s hard always to not want “more” and it’s hard not to keep buying, good to think of ways to use materials from current stash!

  • Reply Sheri Kempke January 11, 2021 at 11:30 am

    Thanks for the great ideas and tips–I have the same problem with my handwriting, always goes uphill!

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