Die Cutting Flowers with Cork, Screen and Jean Material? WHAT?!

Die Cutting Flowers with Cork Contact Paper, Replacement Screen and Jean Material? WHAT?! Have you ever wondered what it would look like if you tried to die cut various materials with your manual die cut machine to make a flower? In this video, we will be die cutting flowers with cork contact paper, replacement screen and jean material to make a flower. You can use this concept with any material but be sure that the material isn’t too thick of a material to where it won’t run through your manual die cut machine.

Whether you like to learn by video or by pictorial we have you covered so let’s get started!

Die cutting flowers supplies:

Manual Die Cut Machine

Die & Platforms

Cork Contact Paper

Screen Replacement Material

Jean Material

Earring (or whatever center you would like for your flower)


You can start with whatever material you prefer to die cut your flowers. Here I have used the screen material as an example but you can repeat these steps with whatever material you are using. You will take your platform first then layer on top your die, then your material (screen as shown above here) and then on top of that the other platform. You are ready to run this through your manual die cut machine! * Note: The screen material can have some sharp edges so please use caution when die cutting flowers with this material and using it with your projects.  screen die cut

Once you have die cut the screen material, take off the top platform, cut pieces and material.

die cut screen

Place your next material on the die and place platform on top. Run your “sandwich” through your manual die cut machine. Remove die cut pieces. Repeat above for any additional material you wish to use.die cut cork

Get your die cut pieces for your flower. You are now ready to layer your material to create your flower.

gather materials

You can use any piece you wish to create your layered flower. This is how I did it.

PicMonkey CollagePicMonkey Collage 2Add your earring for the center and YOU DID IT! Here is your flower!


We hope our tutorial was informative and would love to hear what materials you have chosen to use to create your flower!

Thank you for joining us today and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.


Go Green! Reuse Jeans for an ADORABLE Pocket using a Die Cut!

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Go Green and reuse jeans for an adorable pocket using a die cut? Did you really see that? YES YOU DID! Who doesn’t love to create something cool and with texture? I know I sure do! In this video I will show you how you can use your everyday old pair of jeans through your manual die cut machine! Yes you really can AND you can create this adorable pocket which would work perfect for a gift card,  business card or so many different things! I love how this came out and wanted to show you how cute it was not decorated and just plain all by itself. If you are anything like me, you are looking at this thinking of all of the wonderful things you can make with it!

Now whether you learn better by video or pictorial, we have you covered so let’s get started!

The supplies you will need are:

Jean material (or your material of choice)

Manual die cut machine and platforms

Die (Sizzix Die #659768 Pocket with Scalloped Edge by jillibean soup)

Fabric Glue (I use Fabri-Tac by Beacon)



Take out your jean material and scissors. Cut the material on the inside of the seams so that you have a piece of material that will fit on your chosen die.

Cut on the inside of the seams the size you need for your die

Take your material, die cut machine, die and platforms out. Starting with the bottom going up place items in this order:





What you need

Run the “sandwich through your manual die cut machine.

run die supplies through the machine

Take out your die cut material. Notice the creased lines from the die. This is where you will fold your material. I personally fold it in the opposite way of the fold as I feel it gives a better crease. so for this picture, you would fold your creases to the back.

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Fold the material on the three crease lines.Fold creases with finger

Take out your fabric adhesive (Fabri-Tac) and glue on the two folded in edges.

Apply glue to the  bottom of envelope and side

Fold over the flap and press the edges to make the envelope paying close attention to the corners so that they are folded in.

Fold over flap and line up edges of folded material

glue the last side of the pocket down

Press down on the edges squeezing out excess glue. Remove excess glue.

Squeeze edges you glued to be sure proper adhesion

Place on flat surface reinforcing the edges by pressing firmly down on the folded areas.

press down on all glued edges

Set aside and let the pocket dry.  Now your pocket is complete!!

finished project

finished envelope