Electronic cutting machines have made card making, scrap-booking, and doing paper crafting a whole lot easier and time efficient. We will delve into the awesome world of electronic die cutting to learn how these sophisticated machines have made life easier for many card makers. These machines are a unique combination of versatility and flexibility to get those creative juices flowing.
What is an Electronic Die Cutting Machine?
In a nutshell, an electronic die cutting machine is an electronic machine designed to allow the user to be creative and create custom designs for business or home decorating ideas. The cutting machine uses a small cutting blade to cut elements such as vinyl, card stock, fabric and other materials. The materials are mounted onto the machine via an adhesive mat, then fed into the machine during the cutting process.
What can I make on an electronic die cutting machine?
The first die cutting machines were cartridge based machines that only allowed the user to cut shapes that were included in the cartridges. The benefit of cartridge-based machines is that they did not require special software or a computer to operate. The shortcoming of these types of die cutting machines is they were very limited in the number of creative choices and not only that, but you had to continue to purchase cartridges to create die-cut projects.
Today we have software-based machines, like the Silhouette Cameo, Klick-N-Kut Zing, and Pazzles Inspiration, offer never-ending creative possibilities. Most electronic cutting machines allow the user to import a range of file types (svg, pdf, gsd, bmp, jpg, and png, files), or to create their own custom shapes. Many electronic die cutting systems come bundled with their own software, and third-party programs, such as Make the Cut and Sure Cuts A Lot, are intended to work with various software-based systems.
In conclusion, software based systems, like the Cricut Explore, offer the best of both worlds, allowing the user to cut elements from cartridges or to import/create their own designs. Electronic cutting machines can cut an unbelievable assortment of elements, from simple shapes to decorative and subtle details that would be very challenging to cut by hand. Die cutters are also an irreplaceable tool for art crafters who need to professionally cut the exact element repeatedly, such as birthday party favors or trimmings for handmade holiday cards.
While electronic cutting machines vary from one to another, most can cut a variety of materials. Card stock is, the most popularly used material, but did you know that many die-cutters can also cut craft vinyl, sticker paper, metallic card stock, magnet paper, vellum, and chipboard?
Additionally, some electronic cutting systems, like the Silhouette Cameo and the aforementioned Cricut Explore, can be transformed to drawing machines, using pens and markers in place of cutting blades to create exciting patterns, sentimentalities, and silhouettes.
The Silhouette Cameo’s print and cut function
Print and cut
A growing number of electronic cutting machines also allow you to connect your machine with your printer to create an unlimited number of print and cut designs. The Silhouette Cameo, for instance, uses an optic system to sense registration marks on a printed page, making a perfect cut around your design.
Print and cut is a great way to make patterns like journaling cards, labels, die lines with a pattern fill, and other intricate detailed projects once was not available via the older machines.
Digital die cutting machines have taken the paper crafts enthusiast by storm. Electronic die cutting machines bring unparalleled flexibility and versatility to home crafters, providing them with unlimited potential to create custom patterns for card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and beyond.