To start off, let’s talk about the difference in types of dies that Sizzix has available. Â I previously showed you how to cut fabric with the newÂ Framelits diesÂ from Sizzix. Â Those are the open, thin dies like many other similar-looking thin, chemically-etched dies on the market. Â Then there are the Sizzlits dies and the steel-rule dies. Â Steel-rule dies are about 1/3″ thick, have black foam on them, and the blades are embedded in the foam. Â These dies are very sturdy and can cut just about anything you throw at them – cardboard, grunge board, thin metal, thick foam,multiple sheets of paper/cardstock, etc. Â Sizzlits dies, however, are thin dies. Â They have a thin layer of foam material around them, are maybe 1/8″ thick, and are made to cut a single sheet of paper, metallic foil, vellum or cardstock – but nothing thicker. Â Sizzix sent us a pack of Sizzlits to play with, so I thought I’d test them out and see just what we can do with them!
I did a few swatches with the Sizzlits dies sent to me (theÂ Crown, Medallion & Scrolls set).
You can see that the Sizzlits dies cut cleanly through the papers and cardstocks, and even through the thin craft foam. Â However, they were not able to cut through the Sticky-Back Canvas, or through the felt (though it did come close to cutting through the felt).
Here, I cut all three of the pieces in the set from “gilded” Kraft Glassine – inked with alcohol inks. Â You can see that on the Crown die, there are some perforated line areas. Â These are to be used as guides for embellishing – so that you can cut a second crown from another color and cut it apart at the lines and use for embellishing your original crown.
- There are small Sizzlit dies, medium dies (which these ones are), and even 12″ long “Decorative Strip” Sizzlit dies. Â Tim Holtz has designed several of the long ones, including this “Tattered Banners” die which cuts 4 or 5 assorted sized banners in one pass. Â The infamous “rosette” dies are also Sizzlits dies.
In this sweet card, which could be a valentine or just an everyday love note, I used the Sizzix Lace embossing folders, the Sizzix Tattered Banners Sizzlit die, and the Sizzix Tattered Pinecone steel-rule Bigz die (to make the dried rose).
- The 3-die set shown above retails for $19.99, as do the long Decorative Strip dies. Â While at times, it does feel like I’m spending quite a bit for one die, I remind myself of all the things these dies can cut that other systems may not be able to, and how long these will last. Â Additionally, Sizzix often runs sales on their website, and if you sign up for their email list you will be the first to know about them! Â All in all, Sizzix is one brand I foresee myself being a loyal fan of for years to come.