I love papercrafting, mixed media, and jewelry crafting, so I was especially excited to see the Artisan X-Plorer debuted at CHA winter earlier this year. It’s a heavier-duty “press” type of manual die-cutting machine.
According to the website,
Introducing the new Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine, a multi-purpose, high pressure machine! This elegantly designed, compact roller press is perfect for cutting, embossing and pressing with a multitude of materials, including paper, metals, fabrics, plastics and more!
The Artisan X-plorer Machine accommodates Spellbinders Media Mixáge™ products as well as Spellbinders die templates and embossing folders up to 4¼” wide. It features the same idea of our color coded plates to either cut or emboss in a single pass. This will no doubt become your go-to crafting solution for all kinds of projects, from jewelry to home décor, adornments to art journals, cards, layouts, fabric arts and mixed media!
With an integrated handle design, and weighing only five pounds, the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine is portable and convenient to use anywhere! The machine has a stability base to keep it in place during use.
W x H x Depth: 10¾ x 7¾ x 4½”
Handle is 4½” (top to bottom) and 2” in width
Shipping Weight with Mats: 7.0 lbs.
Tan Embossing Pads contains Natural Rubber Latex (NRL)
So let’s take a closer look!
It comes with the Embossing Plate, Embossing Mat, Base Plate and Cutting Mat. While it says that there is an “integrated handle,” that is not exactly true. There is a nice grippy surface on top so that you can hold on to the machine, but there is no carrying handle.
It has a smaller opening than most die-cutting machines- it will only accommodate dies and folders up to 4 1/4 inches. The opening is about 1 inch high, so that means it won’t accept any steel-rule dies.
The Cutting Mats are about 8 inches long.
It uses a suction lever to adhere the machine to the work surface. I found that I had to re-attach it to my table after every pass.
The book is text-only and has only instructions for using it with other Spellbinders products. If you want to use other manufacturer’s dies and folders, you have to look for the instructions here.
First, I’ll show you a few videos I made. The first is an overview of the machine. The second gives you a better feel for what it will and won’t cut.
Now for the stills of my swatches!
Not so impressive. (har, har!)
So here’s the nitty-gritty! This is a very adequate machine for jewelry makers and mixed-media and/or card artists that are just getting into the die-cutting arena. It’s small, sturdy, and great for smaller-scale projects using Spellbinders products. If you already have another die-cutting machine with a collection of other dies, it would not make sense for you to switch over considering that it will only cut small and thin-rule dies. It would be a great gift, too, considering the low price point.
You also might be interested in my other reviews of Spellbinders products:
- Majestic Elements & Imperial Gold Dies
- Spellbinders Grand Calibur
- Nestabilities and Grand Nestabilities Dies
- M-Bossabilities Folders
- Cut Fold and Tuck Dies
- Cutting Fabric with Spellbinders
What do you think? Would this machine suit your needs or not? I’d love to hear from you!
Disclosure: I received the Artisan X-Plorer and cutting mats for review purposes. Opinions are honest and my own. Affilate links below support free content on CTD.