A die cutting machine is a big investment for any cardmaker and you may be quivering in deciding whether to get one or not. All of the Craftsite design team have die cutting machines and not one of us would be without one.
In the early days die cutting may have been about just cutting out basic shapes but not any more – the selection of dies available are becoming more intricate all the time and even those who are most adept with scissors would struggle to even begin cutting the shapes that a die can cut.
This card uses the full set of the Nellie’s Multiframe Hearts. Nellie’s dies are simple cutting dies but there’s nothing simple about the detail edge on the 2 gold cards. Not even punches can get this level of intricate design and, what’s more, the full set of hearts including the little swans is only £7.99 – less than one would pay for a 3 inch punch.
Die cut shapes can create an interesting background to a card.
This card is made from matt gold card cut and creased to 144mm x 144mm and uses Spellbinders Labels Ten to cut the black card for the backgrounds. The largest of this 6 die set is used for the background to the decoupage and the smallest for the greeting.
Many dies these days don’t just cut but emboss as well.
This card was made using the Marianne Creatables dies Anja’s Edge and Petra’s Oval. Not only is the cut pattern incredibly intricate but there is loads of embossed detail as well on both dies.
If you want to die cut your own greetings, there are dies available now for sentiments such as Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday, Best Wishes, and With Sympathy.
These can be cut out of left over scraps of card which means, once you’ve bought the die, you can run your own sentiments through the die cutting at virtually no cost time and time again in colours that will perfectly match your project.
Die cutting machines don’t just cut – they emboss as well and will take a wide range of embossing folders. The maximum size of embossing folder that you can use will depend on the die cutting machine you choose. All die cutting machines take the standard and 5 x 7 inch embossing folders and A4 machines will take not only the A4 embossing folders but the 8 x 8 inch embossing folders as well.
Embossing folders create an textured background.
The textured background on this card is created using the M-Bossabilities Holiday Magic folder. The mounts for both the stamped image and the mount for the greeting are created using various Spellbinder cut and emboss dies.
Sometimes the embossing folder becomes the centrepiece of the card as with this Snow Bird embossing folder.
Now you know why none of the design team would part with their die cutting machines – once you start using one your card making goes to a whole new level.