What Is Die Cutting?

What Is Die Cutting?

Hello and welcome to the world of Die Cutting!

Die Cutting is a quick and easy way of cutting out a shape with a Die Cutting Machine and a Die Cutting Set, instead of cutting out a shape by hand! Think of it this way: you’re making biscuits and you want them to be heart shaped. Instead of shaping them by hand you’d go out and buy a heart shaped biscuit cutter. Well, that’s what Dies do!

What Is A Die Cutting Machine?

A Die Cutting Machine works by feeding a cutting die or embossing folder through the machine which then applied even pressure through steel rollers to cut or emboss a shape onto your selected craft material.  

What Is A Cutting Die?

A Cutting Die is a metal frame that comes in different shapes and sizes. The sides of the frame are thin so that when pressure is applied when run through a die cutting machine the shape of the die then cuts into your craft material leaving you with a cut out of the die to be used in all your craft projects.

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Watch our Sizzix How to Videos to see how the Die Cutting Machines, Die Sets and more work when you are creating a project! We have everything you need to get you started!

Frequently Asked Questions

Die Cutting helps you to create precision to your crafts with the twist of a handle! Here are some of the most asked questions from new to Die Cutting customers:


Why would I use Die Cutting?

If you like crafting, Die Cutting can save lots of time. Instead of using scissors to cut out your shapes one at a time, a Die Cutting Machine will allow you to cut out the shape you want multiple times in a matter of seconds.

What shapes can I cut?

We have hundreds of designs for you to choose from. We offer basic shapes such as circles and hearts to alphabets, animals, intricate shapes and more!

What can Die Cutting help me make?

Using our versatile Dies you could create anything from cards, scrapbooks and gift wrap to quilts, embellishments for clothes and accessories and even home décor!



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Pete

My name is Pete Hughes and I have been working with the Sizzix Brand since it was launched in 2001. I love to dabble in all styles, mixed media makes are a favourite of mine but my real passion is clean, simple and contemporary cards, a kind of visual Haiku.

Alexis

Hi all, I’m Alexis! I love all things paper crafting, cardmaking, floral and rainbow. I enjoy spending time researching unique color palettes and techniques for creating realistic textures for flowers. I also love finding inspiration at local flower markets, interior design websites and through nature hikes.

How It Works...

Choose Your Sizzix Machine...

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Big Shot

Our standard manual machine cuts most materials up to 15.24cm wide. The cutting pads included in this machine are 15.56cm x 22.23cm.

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Big Shot Plus

Does the same as the Big Shot but can cut up to A4. Use this machine to cut your plus dies. The cutting pads included in this machine are 22.23cm x 38.10cm.

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Big Shot Foldaway

Like the Big Shot but this machine folds away. This manual machine cuts most materials most materials up to 15.24cm wide. The cutting pads included in this machine are 15.56cm x 22.23cm.

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Big Shot Express

Like this Big Shot this machine cuts most materials up to 15.24cm wide. The cutting pads included in this machine are 15.56cm x 22.23cm.

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Choose Your Sizzix Die or Embossing Folder…

Thinlits Dies

These Dies are wafer thin and come in all shapes and sizes, helping you cut the most intricate designs from your paper or card.

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Bigz Dies

With a steel rule blade, the Bigz Die Sets can cut multiple layers of paper or card, and can even cut fabric making them ideal for quilters.

Framelits Dies

Like Thinlits, these are wafer thin. The basic shapes and various sizes are a must have for any crafter! A great place to start for a beginner.

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Embossing Folders

Want to add some texture to your papercrafts? Our Embossing Folders are perfect for Embossing or debossing with ease!

Explore Machine, Die and Embossing Folder compatibility and the materials that can be used here!
Discover which Machine Accessories are compatible with each machine here!

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