Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine from Altenew (Review and Demo)
I love my manual die0cutting machines- there is something about the immediate gratification of turning a handle a few times and a perfectly cut paper image pops out. No wires, no computers, no fuss! And traditionally manual machines also handle heavier materials more easily with less prep- so there’s that advantage too. For a while now I’ve had a large die cutting machine on my worktable- but it eats up a lot of real estate. So I was excited to try the Mini Blossom from Altenew.
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So let’s take a look!
Here’s what it says on the Altenew website:
Our Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine is the compact and portable must-have tool for your craft room! It is designed to work with Altenew dies (sold separately) and other wafer-thin metal dies. It can be used to quickly and easily die cut a variety of materials, including cardstock and Altenew specialty papers, and will help you add texture and dimension to your projects. The elegant and clean design will look wonderful on your craft desk, secured on its stable base with suction feet.
Machine size: 6″ x 4 1/2″ plus handle
Cutting plate size: 3″ x 6 1/4″
Product weight: 2 lb 3 oz
Like most of my reviews these days, It’s all in this video I made for you!
Now let’s take another look….
I was a tad disappointed with the less-than-stellar performance of the Mini Blossom with those intricate dies…but honestly, I don’t do a TON of those. Generally, I’m cutting images that have been stamped first, or simple sentiments.
I guess the upshot is that I’m happy to have the convenience of the small machine and adding 1 shim of cardstock isn’t a deal-breaker for me. (And other machines have this issue, too.) I’m now thinking I’d like to compare the Tim Holtz Side Kick with the Mini Blossom and see how they do head-to-head. Stay Tuned!
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