In a former life, I was a bulletin board making teacher. Though I was sometimes crazy enough to hand cut my own lettering for that personal touch, I cannot tell a lie; I made use of the die cutting machine in the teacher workroom when time was at a premium. And so began my love affair with the world of die cuts. We’re going to skip right over the fact that for the 1999–2000 school year I misspelled millennium on a board at the front of the classroom and didn’t realize it until MUCH later.
Paper crafters have taken a cue from teachers, and they are embracing the world of possibilities available in the form of die cutting. There’s something about the polished and finished look that one can achieve through this avenue. Let’s take a look at one of my favorite cards in the issue:
I am amazed by this card by Mary Dawn! The sentiment is perfection, and by using the Cameo by Silhouette America, Mary Dawn was able to wrap it around the curve of the fan for an I-would-buy-this-at-Target look. I also love how the fan is placed giving a hint of oscillation. Finally, the color combination is fitting for the cool factor (pun intended) of this card.
As always, we wouldn’t send an issue to the newsstands that wasn’t inspiring, but this issue is that and SO MUCH MORE. We worked very hard to bring you an issue that is a comprehensive look at die cutting from every angle we could think of.
On Tuesday, Kerri shared with you a guide to sandwiching a variety of dies in a variety of manual die cut machines. It’s true. We did test them all to ensure that we were able to give you the most accurate information.
You’ll also find this handy Die Cut Machine Comparison Chart at the back of the issue. If your Christmas wish list includes a sparkly new die cut machine, this nine-machine comparison chart (five manual and four electronic) just might be the resource you’ll need to decide which one fits your die-cutting needs best.
If you already have a machine and it’s been sitting dormant for way too long, you’re going to LOVE this issue. And if you have a machine that’s still nestled in Styrofoam awaiting your presence, this issue is sure to strip away your buyer’s remorse.
I’m quite certain that I don’t even have to ask if you want to win this issue, so let’s just get down to business! Leave a comment on this post telling me which die cut machines you have tried thus far. We’ll give away three copies of the issue. Just make sure to leave a comment by Monday, November 19th at 5 pm MST!
Die cutting rocks!
P.S. Don’t forget to head over to the Moxie Fab World for another look into the issue! And today’s your last day to vote for your World Card Making Day Contest honorable mention winner! Make sure to vote by noon MST today!