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.
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!
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.
We played with several popular die cut machines including:
- Fiskars Fuse Creativity System
- Provo Craft Cuttlebug
- Sizzix Big Shot
- Sizzix Vagabond
- Spellbinders Grand Calibur
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.
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
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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From your die-cutting newb!