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  • Favourite Die Cutting Brand

    I got into die cutting last year and there are so many to choose from that sometimes it is hard to know what to get - especially on a limited budget

    So was wondering which brand folks liked the best

    I have found Marianne Dies my favourite - so far
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  • #2
    I don't have a clear favourite as such - it really depends on what I want them for... Spellbinders for basic nesting shapes, Sizzix framelits for when the cutting area is important (there is no overlap or embossed edge with framelits...what you can see is where it cuts making it perfect for lining up sentiments or for cutting matching images - many framelits come in bundles with stamps) Memory Box for gorgeous borders and corners (Important to note some of the dies cut out tiny individual elements that need to be adhered to the project one piece at a time..very fiddly) Marianne and Cheery Lynn have some lovely dies and I have a fair few of these...and then back to Sizzix for the large dies (Bigz, BigzL and Bigz XL) for 3d projects

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    • #3
      I'm going to be lazy and say ditto as my reply would be pretty similar to the one from Christa. I don't tend to use too many fine detail dies but I do love the dies that match stamps and I really love embosslits.

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      • #4
        Ive not got a big enough cutting machine for really big dies, but that was something I decided before I got a bigshot. The largest card I make is A5, so didnt need really big dies.
        I must be honest I only thought about die cutting once the dies became more detailed, the older dies that are simple dies I dont like
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        • #5
          I think you misunderstand runetracey - big as in Bigz are thick so they cut chipboard. They usually are wider and longer but not always. I have some bigz that cut small shapes but several small designs at once. Some bigz cut three dimensional projects such as handbags, milk cartons, mini crackers etc.

          Other large dies (up to A5 in size) may cut outlines but they aren't so plain if you have the stamp to match to fill in the die or if they all layer on top of each other to make a design such as a flower. I know we all have different tastes so will not all like the same dies but I got the impression you didn't quite understand my post. Having said that, I don't have many fine detail dies as they don't suit the style of cards I make. I do a lot of collage, steam punk, vintage and well as main stream 'ordinary' designs.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by runetracey View Post
            Ive not got a big enough cutting machine for really big dies, but that was something I decided before I got a bigshot. The largest card I make is A5, so didnt need really big dies.
            I must be honest I only thought about die cutting once the dies became more detailed, the older dies that are simple dies I dont like
            I have a big shot too and the BIGZ XL go through just fine...you do need extended plates with those but that is all. The BIGZ dies are very sturdy metal dies and they cut through metal, wood, fabric as well as chipboard, card and paper whereas the thin metal dies and the more intricate patterns are designed to cut paper or light card. A Bigz cutting blades concealed within a foam block to protect the metal blades within from damage and to prevent injury as they roll through the machine the pressure forces them out of the foam and into the material being cut. Hope that helps...

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            • #7
              Sizzix Bigz, Memory Box and Lifestyle dies are my faves. I also like Impression Obsession dies but only have a couple of those. Cheery Lynn are my least favourite, my Bigshot doesn't seem to like them.

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              • #8
                Marianne and Joycrafts are the cheapest and seem to have a bigger range of dies. I don't use sizzix as most won't go through the GC.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mas View Post
                  Sizzix Bigz, Memory Box and Lifestyle dies are my faves. I also like Impression Obsession dies but only have a couple of those. Cheery Lynn are my least favourite, my Bigshot doesn't seem to like them.
                  My Cheery Lynn dies work great in my bigshot
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mas View Post
                    Sizzix Bigz, Memory Box and Lifestyle dies are my faves. I also like Impression Obsession dies but only have a couple of those. Cheery Lynn are my least favourite, my Bigshot doesn't seem to like them.
                    What do you mean when you say "doesn't seem to like them"? Do you mean you can get them to cut and release easily because you haven't go the thickness of the paper and cutting plates correct?

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                    • #11
                      [QUOTE=runetracey;566289]My Cheery Lynn dies work great in my bigshot[/QUOTE

                      Haha - trust me to have a tempremental machine!

                      Craftychez, I do have the correct plates but there are a lot of areas that don't cut cleanly, a problem that I have with the lattice design Tonic die as well, I know that there are remedies (put an extra piece of card over the bit that isn't cutting etc), but I'm to impatient/lazy to faff around. That's why I have named the others as my favourite dies, they have good designs and work well in my machine (I do know that all machines are different).

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                      • #12
                        [QUOTE=mas;566306]
                        Originally posted by runetracey View Post
                        My Cheery Lynn dies work great in my bigshot[/QUOTE

                        Haha - trust me to have a tempremental machine!

                        Craftychez, I do have the correct plates but there are a lot of areas that don't cut cleanly, a problem that I have with the lattice design Tonic die as well, I know that there are remedies (put an extra piece of card over the bit that isn't cutting etc), but I'm to impatient/lazy to faff around. That's why I have named the others as my favourite dies, they have good designs and work well in my machine (I do know that all machines are different).
                        This isn't to do with a particular brand, its do to with the tolerance of the dies and machine, its luck of the draw due to manufacturing tolernaces, I will explain. Think about the tiny difference between making an embossed line and a cut. The difference in pressure required is small. You need to ensure you have the correct thickness of paper/card and platform depth. Sometimes you will need to add a shim (can be a sheet of thick card) to get this right. Mum in law and I both have a bigshot and can pass the same die through both machines, one needs an extra shim, one doesn't. Sometimes just passing them through twice without a shim is all that is needed.

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                        • #13
                          I also find putting them through twice and moving them around the plate helps too
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                          • #14
                            I use a Cuttlebug and my favourite dies have to be Spellbinders - a bit more expensive but well worth it. I've used them in schools with kids of all ages, and teachers, and they've proven to be pretty tough, as have X-cut, which are more affordable. Memory box have some really intricate designs which as mentioned before, can be tricky to use. I really don't like Cheery Lynne or Marianne dies. Hope this is helpful!

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                            • #15
                              I like Spellbinders but they are far too expensive to me

                              I always look out for alternatives
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