Dear Lizzy: Die Cutting in Style

Q: I currently own four different die-cutting systems and am not buying any more until someone comes out with an affordable home solution for die-cutting chipboard. I heard Boss Kut was coming out with something. Have you heard any buzz on this? Julianne Meisen, Covina, CA

A: Boss Kut did come out with a machine at CHA called the Gazelle, and it will cut through lightweight chipboard. A few more machines that can also cut through chipboard are the Sizzix, Cricut Expression, QuicKutz Silhouette and Spellbinders Wizard.

I love die-cutting machines' ability to cut through different sorts of material, adding texture and dimension to any project. For the front of this mini album, I used my Sizzix to cut felt and chipboard into a bird, swirl and branch with flowers. (I used the "Bird w/Leaves & Flower" die.) If you are uncertain about what your machine can cut, always check your instruction manual or contact the manufacturer first to avoid mishaps.


Don't forget that die cutting is also great for paper crafts. You can use your die-cutting machine to create party decor, home accents, cards—the possibilities are practically endless! I especially love this new "Cupcake Holder" die from Sizzix.
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