Friday 23 May 2014

Tonic Studios Header Fold Dies Step-by-Step Tutorial

Tonic Studios Header Fold Dies Step-by-Step TutorialI have had so many requests for a step-by-step tutorial on how to use the Tonic Header Fold Dies, so, as I am to please - here it is!

This tutorial shows you how to score your card, where the alignment notches are and how to use both the detail and cutting edge dies to create perfect header fold die cuts.

Step 1 Trim and Score Card

Step 1 Tonic Header Fold Dies Tutorial
Trim a piece of A4 card to 14.5cm wide.  Turn the card, and make two small score lines at the A5 score line (14.8cm).  Do not score all the way across, you need to score about 0.7cm in from each side.  For the purposes of this tutorial, I have marked (circled in red on the right)  where you need to score in pencil so that you can see it (but don’t mark it with pencil when you do this).

Step2 - Align the Score Lines to the Outer Cutting Die Notches

If you look closely at the cutting edge die from the Header Fold Dies, you will see that there is a tiny notch on each side just up from the open edge.  You need to align these notches to the score lines you’ve made.  See below, with a really close up shot of where you need to align the notches.  Tape the outer cutting die into place and cut using your die cutting machine.

Tonic Header Fold Dies Alignment Notches

Step3 - Align and Cut the Detail Die

Next remove the cutting edge die and line up the detail die, tape this into place, then cut and emboss the die through your cutting machine.  Again, don't forget the only reason you can see my score lines so clearly is becuase I've marked over them in pencil but you won't have done this.

Step4 - Fold and Trim to size

Fold the card over along the 2 scored lines.  At this stage your card will not be the same size front and back.  Trim your uneven edge by aligning the folded edge to the 14.5cm on your trimmer (note - you are aligning the folded edge, not the top of the card) and trim the uneven edges.  You now have a perfectly cut and trimmed header fold card base.  This can either be a tent-card with the header element at the top as shown or a traditional side opening card.  You are now ready to decorate your card however you wish.

You can download a printable PDF of these instructions here Pin It Now!


  1. Thank you Dips, great tutorial. Good timing too as mine arrived today after taking your advice and contacting Tonic direct. I must admit I was wondering how the measurements would work when they're not a full A5 width size. Any more samples would be greatly appreciated for me to follow. Thank you for the help. (Karriepie)

  2. I shouldn't be saying thanks for this Dips because I think I want them, NO sorry need

  3. Thanks for taking the time to do this Dips. Once they are on general sale I will be buying the die you have shown, so the tutorial will be very useful.

  4. Thanks for the fab tutorial , gorgeous die's i think i need these lol

    have a lovely weekend
    Lorna xx

  5. A great tutorial. I hope that Crafty Devils will stock the days after the exclusivity period and that I can then really benefit from your tips.
    Heike xx

  6. Brilliant tutorial...thinking of the die when i saw for my wish list....Joolsx

  7. Thanks - something else to go on my long list of crafty wants!

  8. thanks for the great tutorial, always good to see new ideas

  9. thank you so much, have been playing with mine but this will make them more accurate, rather than guessed, they are lovely dies, so glad I managed to get them - Gill xxx

  10. These look fabulous thanks for the tutorial
    Linda x

  11. Hi Dips, fabulous tutorial, love the look of these dies. So sorry to hear about your computer problems, I do hope they are all behind you now. I got a new iPad (yay) after dropping mine a couple of weeks ago and even though I was only without it for a few days, I missed it terribly! Have a great weekend. Maddy x

  12. Thanks for the tutorial
    hoppity x

  13. Thanks for the easy to follow instructions - I bought the Christmas ones and wanted to check I was doing it right! I am such a Tonicaholic - they get better each time x


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