Die Cutting

The Essential Die Cutting Guide

What is a die cut? How do die cut machines work? What tools do I need? There are so many questions but we can help with our Essential Die Cutting Guide! We’ve got everything you need to know about die cutting in this fantastic video tutorial from Carissa Wiley!

Today we are showing the top three die cutting machines in the Ellen Hutson shop and answering all your questions about die cutting.  You can look at this as a guide to die cutting! We are hoping to answer most of your basic questions, and offer you a few suggestions, tips and tricks along the way. 

We’ve also compiled a helpful overview of each machine, including important details and what sets the machines apart from the others.

Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine

Great for on the go die cutting.

This machine offers great performance, in a light-weight and compact machine that’s great to take crafting and die cutting on the go.

Dimensions 12 ½ x 9 ½ x 7 ½ inches

Weight 7 pounds 10 ounces

Cutting surface measures 6 1/8  inch x 8 ¾ inch

Comes with…

  • machine and handle (simple assembly required)
  • instruction book
  • platform
  • 2 standard size cutting plates
  • 1 standard size embossing plate
  • 1 standard size embossing mat

Gemini Junior

Great for intricate die cuts and for crafters lacking hand/grip strength.

This machine offers an electric motor with auto-feed, allowing for hands free pass through.  The Gemini Junior also offers even, consistent pressure and beautiful results when using intricate die cuts.

Dimensions 8 x 10 ¾ x 5 ½ inches

Weight 10 pounds 1 ounce

Cutting surface measures 6 x 9 inches

Comes with…

  • machine
  • power cord
  • instruction book
  • 2 clear cutting plates
  • 1 clear plastic shim
  • 1 magnetic shim
  • 1 rubber embossing mat
  • metal cutting plate

Spellbinders Platinum

Great for large format and large quantity die cutting.

The Spellbinders Platinum is the big mama of the die cutting machines.  With an extra large cutting surface, you can die cut full letter sized sheets and multiple die cuts at once!

Dimensions 15 ½ x 11 ½ x 10 inches

Weight 14 pounds 13 ounces

Cutting surface measures 8 ½ x 12 ½ inches

Comes with…

  • machine and handle (simple assembly required)
  • instruction book
  • platform
  • 2 standard size cutting plates
  • 1 standard size embossing plate
  • 1 standard size embossing mat
  • note – larger plates do not come with the machine, but can be purchased separately

Be sure to check out today’s video, where we will answer the following questions…

  • What is a die cut?
  • How does a die work?
  • How do I prep my die for cutting?
  • Why does the die have holes in it?
  • How do I get great results with intricate dies?

Thanks for stopping by.  If you have other questions, be sure to leave them in the comments below so we can compile your most asked questions for a sequel!


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  • Reply Stefanie August 15, 2019 at 7:20 am

    This was a great review. Thanks so much. I have been die cutting for years but there is always something new to learn.

  • Reply Avra August 15, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Thanks! I also am a long time die cutter, and I have the Gemini Jr, which I love. I always forget to emboss with my dies though, because I know there will be too much pressure. I need to play with my sandwich. I also hesitate to use embossing folders, especially 3D ones in my Gemini, for the same reason. I usually pull out my old Cuttlebug for those.

  • Reply Andre M. August 15, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Great comparison video and information that’s especially useful to those who are new to die cutting.

  • Reply Denise Bryant August 16, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Great die cutting tips! I have the Platinum6 and love it!

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