Die Cutting for Paper Crafters: Tested and Approved!

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Kerri Miller

Ask any Joe Schmo what a sandwich recipe is and he’ll most likely answer peanut butter + jam + bread = a yummy sandwich.  Ask a paper crafter what a sandwich recipe is and she’ll answer a base plate + shim + die + paper + cutting plate = a die cut.

Once you have the lingo down, die cutting is a fun and simple way to create. So fun in fact, that we dedicated an entire issue to all things die cutting.

8161660292 7ba4da0e55 Die Cutting for Paper Crafters: Tested and Approved!Putting together this issue went beyond our usual planning and finding content. To make this the die-cutting resource book we had envisioned we knew we were going to have to get our hands dirty. So one Friday afternoon, Kelly, Ahtanya, Holly, and I got down to business testing out a bunch of different types of dies with several different manual machines with the goal to build a one-stop-shop sandwich recipe chart.

Question: How many editors does it take to use a manual die cut machine? Apparently two!

8164633859 22ed02bc26 Die Cutting for Paper Crafters: Tested and Approved!We tested a variety of dies including low-profile metal dies, Sizzix Bigz, Lifestyle Craft dies, nesting dies, Papertrey Ink dies, Provo Craft dies, low-profile Sizzix dies and Spellbinders dies.

8164668204 cb92f0d9d7 Die Cutting for Paper Crafters: Tested and Approved!We played with several popular die cut machines including:

  • Fiskars Fuse Creativity System
  • Provo Craft Cuttlebug
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Sizzix Vagabond
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur

8164668004 ddcb1f1f9f Die Cutting for Paper Crafters: Tested and Approved!After methodical testing on all machines, we had our data. The final sandwich recipe chart can be found on page 86 of the magazine and is also available for download here.

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PinExt Die Cutting for Paper Crafters: Tested and Approved!Hopefully you find this chart as useful as we do. Now, instead of having to look up the recipe every time you use your die-cutting machine, you have an easily accessible chart with all the information you’ll need. All tried and tested by the Paper Crafts editors.

And since I seemed to have ruined the manual for the Cuttlebug machine when I used it as a cutting shim (I did mention I was new to die cutting, didn’t I?), I’m definitely going to need the recipe chart for all future die-cutting projects.

My Epic Die-cutting Fail

8164634065 ab9aed9370 Die Cutting for Paper Crafters: Tested and Approved!I had a grand time playing with all of the machines in getting ready for this issue. I definitely learned a lot. Overall, I believe my favorite part of using a die cut machine is the complex designs you can make. Kimberly Crawford’s Intricate Cork Frame card found on p. 29 is just the type of die cutting I love to see: detailed cutting using cork. Very fun!

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PinExt Die Cutting for Paper Crafters: Tested and Approved!I hope you are inspired to dust off the old die-cutting machine and get crankin’ with some new card ideas!

Leave me a comment, and I’ll pick one winner to receive a copy of Die Cutting for Paper Crafters, on sale today! All comments must be received by Thursday, November 15th at 5 pm MST for a chance to win.

Now head on over to the Moxie Fab World Blog!

From your die-cutting newb!

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199 Responses to Die Cutting for Paper Crafters: Tested and Approved!

  1. I love my die cutting machine! I couldn’t craft the same without it. Thanks for the sandwich chart!

  2. Freke says:

    Owww i’m so excited! I just decided to buy a diecutting machine, so i could really use this magazine…

  3. Beatrice Lawson says:

    I love Memory Box dies… and I wish you would have included them in your recipe chart. I think I have them figured out but my Cuttlebug B plate is curling more with each use…. so obviously something is not quite right:-) Also, can you please make a similar chart for embossing folders?? I find I am baffled by all the options:-) would love to win this issue, I obviously need all the help I can get!

  4. Nikki C says:

    I’m newer to die cutting and just starting out on a collection thanks for this :)

  5. Jessica Canham says:

    I have a Big Shot and a Silhouette machine and find uses for both. The BS is great for cutting different materials, while I like to make shaped cards with the Silhouette. Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Frann says:

    Thank you for putting together the chart with all of the different “sandwiches”. It will be most useful. I’m eager to see the special issue on die-cutting. There is such an abundance of wonderful dies available that the possibility of going broke is quickly becoming a reality. Cheery Lynn, Marianne and Spellbinders are my favorites.

  7. I have a Cuttlebug and love it!

  8. Carolyn G. says:

    I don’t think I could make a card without my Spellbinders Grand Calibur . I LOVE my die cuts! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  10. Ruby C says:

    I have a Big Shot and love it but I would still like to be able to play with all the different types of die cut machines. Kimberly’s cork frame card is beautiful. Thanks for the wonderful chart, wonderful inspiration and a chance to win this great issue.

  11. Maryann says:

    This is just an absolutely must have magazine, but I have been looking around and I can´t find any place here in Europe, where we can get it, so could you please tell me where it can be found or if you´re shipping here?
    Thanks so much for the great chart too, that is a really great help.

  12. Fiorella says:

    I love my Big Shot, it’s my best friend!

  13. Lin M. says:

    I am really inspired – Thanks for a chance to win!!!

  14. indy says:

    I love my manual die cutting machine, and I am excited about this issue!

  15. Jennifer Hansen says:

    Sounds like a great mag!

  16. JodyM says:

    I love my die cutting machine!!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  17. Peggy B says:

    Thanks for the Sandwich Recipes! And I enjoyed your pictures and comments. It looks like you had a grand time…

  18. Carla B says:

    I am new to die cutting and have a Big Shot. This was very helpful for dies, but I would also agree with Beatrice L…it would be nice to see it for embossing. I’m excited to get rolling on Christmas Cards with different die cuts!

  19. Emily D says:

    Haha, this gave me a good chuckle with your cutting through the manual! I would love to see a comparison of the different machines you tried.

  20. Chris E says:

    I LOVE my cuttlebug and use it all the time. This issue is exactly what I have been looking for – I’m always looking for more ideas, and constantly amazed at the beautiful and fun creations from die cuts! Thank you!!! :)

  21. Carmen says:

    Thank you so much for the chart! I had tried creating my own since I have a variety of dies, but I like yours so much better!

  22. Patti Tucker says:

    Thanks for sharing! As a newbie paper crafter who just bought her one and only die cutting machine, I need all the help and ideas I can get. Your website and magazines have been very helpful and inspiring.

  23. Alyssa S says:

    What a great chart! I’m so jealous too…I would love to try out all the diff machines and dies!

  24. Gabriele says:

    after trying all the different types of machines, which one is your favorite? Just wondering…. thanks for the chart, so useful.

  25. Karen R. says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to make a Sandwich Recipe chart–it helps me to know what kind of dies I can purchase now and what adapters I need for them! Thank you!

  26. Cindy says:

    Wow-I learned so much ALREADY, just from this post. I could really use the Die Cutting For Paper Crafters. Very inspirational-many ideas in my head now for Christmas Cards:))))) Thank you, again.

  27. Marie Holmes says:

    Thank you, thank you for the die cutting sandwhich chart! YAY! I am going to stick to the inside of my cupboard. I too have failed die cutting upside down or through things that I never intended to cut! You do learn….eventually.

  28. Mary Mac says:

    The sandwich recipe chart is fantastic. I usually play with my diecuts before cutting my final piece if I am working with something other then scrapbook paper.

  29. What a great issue – can’t wait to get a copy and thanks for the chance to win!

  30. Helen LeBrett says:

    oops about the Cuttlebug owners manual!! :-D We all love to see the human-ness of others (since we’ve all done that kind of thing before!! ) I’d love to have a copy of that magazine!! Thanks! :-)

  31. Nicole says:

    What an absolutely beautiful card. I’d love to hear what your favorite machine was! Thank you for the chart.

  32. veronica says:

    i am always having trouble getting some dies to cut all the way thru the first time. thanks for all your help!
    I also need help getting good impressions with impression plates, is there going to be a special addition for that too? i hope so!!

  33. Carol Mc says:

    Looks like a must have magazine.

  34. I think for all the things you explained us in this post this issue is fabulous, with the tips, that chart and the ideas. I will love to have one issue.

  35. sharon gullikson says:

    I don’t have a die cutting machine yet, so this was great!

  36. Natasha Poteraj says:

    This magazine would come in awfully handy. I need ideas.

  37. Sav O'G says:

    LOOOOVE the chart–thanks for sharing!
    THANKS for the chance to win:) sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

  38. Karen M says:

    That die cutting sandwich chart is very handy! I need to use mine more! Nice magazine – love the ideas I can get…

  39. Mary Bee says:

    Thanks for the really great ideas, Kerri, and for a chance to win. I have been seriously considering purchasing a die cut machine and would love to have the publication to get me started.

  40. Sheri E. says:

    This chart is very helpful. You gals must have had fun. I love my Big Shot and Silhouette.

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  42. Diane says:

    I love my Cuttlebug, just started using it to make my Christmas cards. I can’t wait to see this isssue.

  43. Patricia Shafer says:

    I recently bought a Cuttlebug with a lot of folders (from HSN). I’ve wanted one a long time after seeing all the designs in the craft stores. Unfortunately I am “afraid” to try it, just as I hesitated to start using the Cricut my sister bought me. I have to stop letting fear immobilize me! Just reading your blog encourages me somewhat. Maybe this weekend……!!

  44. Julie A. Shearer says:

    Awesome projects all week . Thanks for a chance to win .

  45. Kathy Mc says:

    Thanks for the Sandwich chart!

  46. Kathy says:

    Thanks for the die cutting chart it will really come in handy with the Big Shot and Cuttlebug.

  47. samantha davies says:

    I have a cuttlebug and just getting used to it. I have used 2 dies in it at the mo which I got free from previous magazines the book would be a great help to me with only being a new user of a very good dies/embossing machine I am not a stanger to embossing as I have a sizzix machine that only does embossing so I am using my cuttlebug just for dies only and maybe the bigger embossing folders that my sizzix machine cant take.

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