Die cutting has been and remains one of my favorite parts of paper crafting. These are my favorite die cutting products for 2019.
If the product(s) are available online (usually where I purchased it), I will be list and link for you. I do use affiliate links when possible (at no cost to you), but none of the products I’m listed were provided or sponsored by anyone. These are simply my personal favorite products that I use when crafting. Full Disclosure Here.
The Gemini Junior is my all time favorite die cutting machine EVER! I have tried almost every die cutting machine out there both manual and electronic and this one is by far, my favorite. The price point is great at around $147 and it cuts even the most intricate dies like butter. There are many features I love about this machine, one of which being that you can pause it at any time and reverse the direction of the plates. I can’t say enough good things about this product.
*** TIP: If you are unsure what “sandwich” (plates) to use for a specific die or embossing folder, the manufacturer has a guide that you can read here.
These are my die snips and they are the best ones I’ve ever used if I do say so myself. They are side snips and very sharp and they cut RIGHT UP TO THE EDGE of your die so there are no little metal pieces poking out! I can’t tell you how many times I used to get jabbed in the finger by those things! You can get yours here.
Last year I shared Purple Tape with you for taping down your dies so they don’t shift or move when you run them through the machine. This year they came out with the same tape but thinner which is MUCH more convenient to me. Purple tape now comes in 1.5″ width or .5″ width. I use the 1.5″ width tape for taping down my cardstock when water coloring, etc. But when it comes to die cutting, I use the .5″ width. Its perfect!
The Sizzix Die Brush w/Magnetic Pick Up Tool is perfect for intricate dies that have lots of little pieces. I place my die cut on the foam and roll the brush over it. It pokes out all of the bitty pieces quickly and easily and the foam catches them so they don’t go all over the place. I’ve tried other brands of die brushes but this one is thicker and fuller and works better in my opinion.
This nifty little magnetic tray so handy! It holds my dies while I’m die cutting. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve misplaced dies while die cutting or working on a project. But no more! Now I put the dies in the tray until I’m ready to clean up and I never lose them. Inexpensive, inexpensive and handy!
The ScanNCut2 is still on my favorites list this year. If you are not familiar with this machine, it is an electronic scanner and die cutting machine. You simply scan your stamped images into the machine and it will cut them out! it works like a charm. The only thing I don’t like about it are the mats. They are too sticky when you first get them but lose their stickiness very quickly and I have to tape down my stamped images. Other than that, it’s easy to use and pretty straightforward.
I have a couple of getting started tutorials on my blog for new ScanNCut2 owners if you are interested. Here is a link. The biggest reason I have this machine is that I save a TON of money on dies. I still buy shape dies but I no longer have to buy the coordinating dies that go with stamps. This saves me a lot of money that can be used on other fun and crafty products
*Note: One thing to be aware of is that you cannot scan in an image and cut it out f the drawing lines aren’t finished. So if it’s a sketchy image and it’s got an opening in the drawing, it won’t scan correctly unless you take a pen and “close” the gaps.
I always keep an extra mat around for die cutting. It doesn’t have a great “tacky” surface so I use Pixie Spray (repositionable adhesive) to keep my stamped images from sliding around.
If there is a product that you believe belongs on this list, contact me
nd let me know and I’ll try it out myself! Who knows? It could make it on to an updated version of this list later in the year or in next year’s favorites!