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Class #6: Die Cutting

by Justine Hovey

Welcome! Die cutting is a pretty standard technique in cardmaking whether you own an electric machine, a digital device like a Cricut, Brother Scan n Cut or a Silhouette, you will be able to participate in this specific class. I am focussing on traditional die cutting with my Gemini Jr and Spellbinders Platinum 6 machines. I started collecting dies in 2014 after I purchased a Cuttlebug and I just love the different things that I can cut out. 

Featured Techniques:

  1. Die Cutting
  2. Stamp & Cut
  3. Layering Dies
  4. Faux Layering 
  5. Partial Die Cutting
  6. Embossing Dies
  7. Stacked Dies
  8. Inlaid Die Cutting

The password is Diecuts

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Concord & 9th is giving away 2 $50 gift certificates to class members! The winners are Andrea Lash and Tiffany Born.

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My Favourite Concord & 9th Things!

Die Cutting Machines​

It may be difficult to choose a die cutting machine or to decide when to upgrade your machine. I have owned all three of these machines so I feel comfortable talking about each one of these. Firstly, I have to say that all three of these die cutting machines are great. You can’t go wrong. They do pretty much everything you need them to do when working with thin metal dies. If you are working with the older thick dies with foam, then you will have to consult with the manufacturers. The Big Shot definitely works with them. I’ve never owned those types of dies.

​Gemini Jr​ (my favourite)

PROS – no cranking, perfect for those with hand/strength issues, cuts intricate dies like butter, includes metal shim and embossing rubber mat

CONS – cost, the sandwich recommends die cut up so you can’t see the die in the sandwich of plates, difficult to do partial die cutting

​Platinum 6 (my favorite manual machine)

PROS – compatible with many types of dies,​ very tight squeeze, cuts intricate dies well, includes embossing rubber mat, folds up and is good for taking to crops, has great machine and die bundles!

CONS – no metal shim included

​Sizzix Big Shot

​PROS – compatible with many types of dies, cuts intricate dies well with metal shim, Amazing Bundles (Machine + 4 Nesting Dies for $130)

CONS – no metal shim, no embossing mat, doesn’t fold up so it’s not great to take to crops

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