Die-Cutting Essentials: Hints & tips using your die-cutting machine

The benefits of a die-cutting machine

Die-cutting machines are considered purchases for crafters. However, their dynamic capabilities open up a whole new world of exciting techniques, ensuring maximum value from the investment. Dies and embossing folders from various manufacturers are compatible with different machines. The most common technique is, of course, die-cutting. When using intricate dies you may find that the die does not cut completely through your material on the first run-through. Take a look at our step-by-step guide for help with this.

die-cutting machines cuttlebug big shot spellbindersDon’t limit yourself

Using our top tips you should be able to cut everything from thin parchment through to your favourite papers and mid-weight cardstock. However, don’t feel the need to restrict yourself to cutting cardstock! Many dies on the market are capable of cutting a range of materials, including cork, foam and felt. This introduces a whole new aspect to die-cutting, giving you the ability to create softcraft projects.

Try new materials & embrace embossing

Wafer-thin dies are more limited on the range of materials that they can cut. However, Sizzix Bigz dies have a blade inside them which enables them to cut thicker materials. Always check the manufacturer’s guide before trying a new material with a die and die-cutting machine. In addition to die-cutting, these versatile machines are also able to emboss. Using embossing folders or dies designed to cut and emboss is a simple way of adding texture to a project. It is also possible to emboss dies by creating an embossing sandwich and running a die through it, then the edges of the die will impress into the cardstock. Some manufacturers provide an embossing mat with their die-cutting machines while others require you to purchase one. Put simply, an embossing mat is a rubber mat that will thicken the die-cutting sandwich to give deep embossed impressions.

hints tips guideWant to learn more?

Check out our step-by-step guide using the BigShot die-cutting machine with the FREE Butterfly Wishes die & Stamp set available with Die-Cutting Essentials #20.

Also in Die-Cutting Essentials magazine #20:

  • 132 die-cut tips & tricks to try tonight
  • Use your free dies and stamps to make all-occasion cards
  • Master the stylish double-embossing technique
  • Cards for men made easy with our inspiration
  • Fun sweet-themed makes for kids
  • Learn new techniques – Try telescopic die-cut apertures we show you how
  • Using your free gift – 5 off-the-page makes using your free dies

Pick up your copy today and be inspired!