Ok, this has been a long time coming. There has been so much going on but I’m finally getting this post up.
Another of my favorite tools are ‘dies’…they come in many forms and brands. Some are very simple and other are very intricate. For anyone that does not know what a die is (in relation to paper crafting) they are used to cut various different shapes and they come if a few different forms; here are a few.
The wafer thin dies, these are ‘Spellbinder’ brand. These are famous for the ability to emboss some of the design of the more intricate dies by running the die through with an embossing mat after cutting them.
You can also use an electronic machine such as a Cricut/Cricut Explore which I purchased recently, or Silhouette Cameo (which I’ve had for awhile) these both cut shapes on a sticky mat. These machines require that you use their respective online design sites to purchase images as well as design your projects and make the cuts. I don’t have a great handle on the Cricut Explore yet but hope to play more with it. The Explore is really a versatile & powerful and you can upload your own SVG files and cut out print & cut images as well as the Cricut Cartridges you can purchase in craft stores and digital images you can purchase through the Cricut site. Once I get better at using the Cricut Explore I’ll share some projects I’ve done on it.
Here is one of the videos I did to show some of the dies & die tools I use and these are among my favorite.