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An Introduction To Die Cutting


Please note this competition is now closed – thank you to all who entered and congratulations to our winner Julie Taylor!

If you enjoy making your own cards, decorations, invitations, gift tags or scrapbooking, then die cutting will lend a professional finish to your creations as well as being a real time saver.

For those who are new to the term, we have put together a brief guide to the process and equipment required!

What Is Die Cutting?

Die cutting is the process of using a machine to produce a perfect cut out shape with a template called a ‘die’ – no scissors, stencils or craft knives required!

How Do The Machines Work?

Home craft die cutting machines are manually operated and very easy to use! You simply put your required material and die between two cutting pads and run this ‘sandwich’ through the machine using the rotating handle.

What Machines Are Available?

There are many die cutting machines on the market but C&H offer two machines from the ever popular Sizzix brand.

Sizzix ‘Big Shot’

The Big Shot – this machine offers an extended multi purpose platform and will work with most of the Sizzix die range. Find the introductory video here.

Sizzix ‘Big Shot Plus’

The Big Shot Plus – this machine has all the same advantages of the Big Shot but with the ability to use wider materials. At C&H we have the Big Shot Plus available as a starter kit which includes die sets, card stock and more. Find the introductory video here.

What Are Dies?

Dies are essentially metal templates which are designed to cut a shape perfectly out of your chosen material. There are different types of dies available depending on the shape you want and the material you would like to use.

What Dies Do C&H Offer?

We offer three types of die from the Sizzix collection.

‘Thinlits’ (die set and finished design)

Thinlits – these are thin, chemically etched die sets which are designed to cut through a single layer of cardstock, paper, metallic foil or vellum. They are ideal for cutting shapes to add to cards, scrapbook pages, invitations and more.


Framelits – as with the Thinlits, these are thin metal die sets which are perfect for cropping photos or cutting windows in paper craft projects as well as layering to make a 3-D effect.

‘Bigz’ (finished design)

Bigz – these die sets will cut through a wider range of materials including fabric, felt, chipboard, cork, craft metal, foam, leather and more! The Bigz range have larger designs which are perfect decorative additions to any craft project – including quilting and patchwork.

C&H offer a wide range of Sizzix die sets with shapes to suit all occasions – designs include flowers, feathers, letters, labels, stars and animals to name a few!

For more inspiration, visit the Sizzix Youtube channel –  a fantastic place to find tutorials, projects and more!


C&H are offering you the chance to win an amazing Sizzix die cutting bundle worth over £200 which includes a Big Shot Plus machine and starter kit (complete with A4 cutting pads, platform, card stock, die sets and adapters), die brush and foam pad set and a selection of Bigz, Framelits and Thinlits die sets.

To enter, just tell what you would create using the Sizzix Big Shot Plus bundle in the comments section.

The competition closes at midnight on 5th September and the winner will be notified on the 7th September. Please note this giveaway is open to UK entrants only and is running in conjunction with a ‘like and share’ promotion on social media. Only one entry per person and the winner will be picked at random.


4 thoughts on “An Introduction To Die Cutting

  1. Really interesting read. I love my Big Shot, but it’s showing signs of wear and tear, a definite sweet spot developing.

    I love to die cut flowers from old pop cans (possibly why my poor work horse of a machine is aging before its time) and use them on cards, or to create bouquets


  2. Fantastic article, I didn’t really realise what die cutting was until now! I would love to win this bundle as I would find it useful to make my wedding invites.


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