Die Cutting 101


What is die-cutting?
Die-cutting is like using a cookie cutter. A hand-operated, die-cutting machine uses steel rule die shapes to cut through a wide range of materials quickly and easily.

What materials can I die-cut?
Ellisonand Sizzix brand machines can die-cut, emboss and texturize many materials including:

  • Paper
  • Construction paper
  • Cardstock
  • Fabric
  • Faux fur
  • Felt
  • Foil
  • Heat and shrink plastic
  • Leather
  • Paper wood
  • Poly foam
  • Self-adhesive rubber (for making rubber stamps)
  • Sheet magnet
  • Sponge
  • Static cling vinyl
  • Thin metal

What makes die-cutting better than scissors?
The use of scissors takes time and patience. However, die-cutting transforms the tedious task of cutting numerous letters and shapes into a fast, fun and easy endeavor - replicating the same perfect shape over and over again. 

 How do I get started?
It's simple. Learn how to use Ellison machines or learn about the Sizzix machines.

What projects can I create using die-cuts?
Using Ellison and Sizzix brand products leads to endless forms of creative expression.

  • Curriculum tools
  • Digital scrapbook embellishments
  • Fashion designs and accessories
  • Home décor and party decorations
  • Scrapbooks and personal keepsakes
  • Stationery, greeting cards and invitations
  • Visual classroom environment