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This guide aims to help you get to grips with the basics of die-cutting, looking at its beginnings all the way through to the different types of die-cutting machines available, and how each one functions. After all, being a rookie needn't be so intimidating!
The best thing about die-cutting is that it's applicable across a whole host of craft types and projects – you're not restricted in the slightest. Cardmaking is incredibly popular amongst crafters – after all, it's in our nature to want to express our thoughts and show our appreciation to those we care about. Die-cutting truly widens your design possibilities within this craft. You're no longer limited to standard rectangular cards, but can instead produce more specialist cards. Have you ever wanted to create a panoramic masterpiece or your own spectacular 3D diorama scene? Well now you can.
Not only is this technique useful in cardmaking, but it's also commonly used across scrapbooking, stationery-making and gift-boxing, as well as for creating bunting and even making 3D structures. And with brands continuously releasing more and more specialist dies in their plenty, your design options consequently increase too. Craft die-cutting isn't even limited to only papercraft anymore – now, depending on the machine and the dies used, you can even incorporate die-cuts into cake decorating, sewing and quilting.
Whether you're looking to create that extra-special card, a precisely cut cake topper from icing, perfectly identical patchwork blocks for a quilt, or fabric embellishments for a cushion, it can all be completed using a die-cutting machine. But please make sure you check your machine and die compatibility information before attempting anything too unconventional!