I love die-cutting. (Want proof? I have more die-cutting machines than I have children.) So I’m always on the lookout for new, fun dies. Recently I was sent some original-design dies by SCACD and I was eager to try them out!
These are wafer-thin dies, but are very detailed. Take a look:
Here is some information about Dies by SCACD (Susan’s Custom Art and Card Design) :
Size is approximately 3 “ x 3“. Dies by Susana’s Custom Art and Card Design (SCACD) have a timeless, classic feel. Delicate and beautiful, the diecuts from these high quality made in the USA wafer thin metal dies will be featured on your projects for years to come! Compatible with most major table top machines such as Big Shot, Vagabond, Wizard and Cuttlebug.This is not a toy – sharp edges.
Dies by Susana’s Custom Art and Card Design (SCACD) are all copyrighted die images and all rights reserved. You are welcome to use Dies by SCACD in your personal creations and of course if you hand make an item using a Die by SCACD it may be sold. However resale of just the die cut pieces alone is not permitted.
Of course with dies, there are two questions at hand-
- Will they work with my machine?
- Will they cut the materials I want?
So I went ahead and did a series of cuts, using text weight paper, heavy cardstock, shrink plastic, polymer clay veneer, craft foam, and craft metal. I did this in the three machines I had on hand: a Cuttlebug, a Sizzix Vagabond, and the Fiskars Fuse. Here are my results:
Now, my Cuttlebug sees a lot of action and the rollers may be getting loose- but I did not get good results with the Cuttlebug. It worked fine with the craft metal and text-weight paper, but failed to cut through manilla paper, heavy weight cereal cardboard, or shrink plastic.
I did try shimming with extra cardstock, but with poor results. Here’s a close-up so you can see what I mean.
I’m not sure I’d blame the dies for this- Cuttlebugs are known to be inconsistent with the spacing of the rollers. Especially when you take into consideration the next two machines I used.
Here, I cut them using my Sizzix Vagabond. I used my regular “sandwich” of the base plate, 2 Sizzix plates, and my “B” Cuttlebug plate (which is what I use for my other wafer-thin dies) and the results were great!
It cut through all the materials cleanly and the waste pieces just fell out. I even tried one more test and ran a piece of cardstock through my Xyron machine, and then cut through THAT. Perfect.
Lastly, I opened up the Fiskars Fuse. The dies also performed flawlessly with that. (My sandwich was: Adapter base plate, Shim A, die, material, cutting mat.)
See that teeny-tiny white one? That’s a piece of shrink plastic post-shrinkage. Note that the die cut so well that it maintained it’s integrity and didn’t even tear during shrinking.
Now, I didn’t try them on fabric because these kind of dies just aren’t engineered for that (Especially heavier fabrics.) But the dies are really lovely and I’m super-smitten with these hinges.
I cut them from craft metal and now I’m just itching to make a book page or card with a special window! But in the meanwhile, I did make a mixed-media tag and card with the dress forms.
I really like how they turned out, and I’m going to use them to make a whole series for Mother’s Day for Operation Write Home.
So here’s the skinny- these dies are really reasonably priced and are available only at SCACD online. They are priced between $6.99 and $12.99 USD, so they won’t break the bank, either.
What do you think? How might YOU use these dies? We’d love to hear!