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Scrapbooking Die-Cut Tools
If you are into scrapbooking, you likely can't get enough embellishments. Do you hoard stickers, ribbon, brads, and die-cut shapes? Don't answer that. I'm sure you do, whether you admit it to yourself or not.
If you find that you do a lot of layouts with die-cuts, either letters or other shapes, you may be spending a lot of money on them. So you might be better off investing in a die-cut tool of your own and cut all your shapes and letters right at home from whatever paper you choose.
Before you keep reading, be aware that these are NOT cheap little tools and will cost you a fair bit of money. And besides the machines themselves, you will have to buy the dies to make the letters or shapes as well. The cost savings can come in over time, as you will no longer have to keep buying those tiny little packets of pre-cut shapes.
QuicKutz has several die-cut machines available, from the digital Silhouette to the hand-held Squeeze. The Silhouette is different as it will cut from ANY font on your computer, requiring no dies or cartridges. This unit will cost you around $370. Read more about the Silhouette machine.
The simple Squeeze units (shown) are around $80 and use typical cutting dies, that run around $150 for a full alphabet or $7 and up for shape sets.
A new-comer to the scrapbooking scene, these simple tools are for the budget-conscious scrapbooker. The tool itself is just a handle that fits onto the removable dies. You press down to punch your shape, kind of like using a rubber stamp on paper. The tool set is only around $30, and the alphabet die sets are about the same price. Only one font is currently available, and there are a few shape sets as well ($7 each set). They are all shaped to hang on a keyring for easy storage. You can use the tool also for basic hole punching and eyelet setting.