And it’s not limited to those dies, but includes the now-retired oval punches and Ovals Collection Framelits. You may not share this challenge (if you’re not as anal as I am), but I just cannot line up a straight image with an oval die. I simply can’t see the alignment, and the more I fuss, the worse it gets.
Here I can see that the oval tilts a bit down and to the left. But I can’t manage to get it aligned on the Big Shot before running it through.
So I decided to mark the compass points (north, south, etc.) on the die. But how could I find those points? I’m sure the engineers in my family could tell me that, but they don’t work here.
I die cut an oval, then folded it in quarters. It’s surprisingly easy to do this; if you’re not folding it perfectly in half, the edges will not be aligned.
Mark the compass points (I didn’t do it until after I took this picture). Now nestle the die cut into the die. It only fits one way and easier to do if it’s pretty flat. Mark the die at the same points as on the folded paper (which moved as I was setting up this shot).
That’s it! Look how much easier it is to see the invisible line along the sentiment image.
One you have one oval marked, you can nest the others and use this one to extend the marks.
I think this works pretty well — at least, I feel more confident using ovals and it seems to me that things line up pretty well.
Now, before another day goes by (at least before the end of tomorrow, September 21), don’t miss the opportunity to buy the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies at a savings of 25%!