I am beginning to wonder if I should seek help for my obsession with die cutting systems! Perhaps I should form a self-help group: DCA - Die Cutters Anonymous. LOL
This past weekend I made a list of the die cutters I now own and was astonished to see how long it was!
Sizzix Big Shot
Cricut Personal Cutter
Cricut Expression (2)
Pazzles Inspiration (on order - can't wait for it to arrive!)
Since I have thousands of bolts of fabric, it is my intent to use these cutting systems to make fabric appliques (w/ Heat n Bond Lite) that can be used for sewing, scrapbooking, and general crafting items. I plan to list dozens of these die cuts in my ebay store at http://www.woollymoose.com/.
I also plan - as time permits - to put together some tutorials on the various systems. I know there are lots of tutorials on the Internet for cutting fabrics with these types of systems, but I have yet to see anyone with the variety of systems I own. Each has its own distinct advantages and disadvantages. I'm still learning about each of them, but I'd like to share what I learn with you as I go.
Please stay tuned. My business has grown by 2,000% in recent months, so I have been VERY BUSY! It's a good problem to have. :)
As a teaser, I am posting photos of a few items that I just cut yesterday with my new Silhouette SD. I first adhered Heat n Bond Lite to 3 different types of fabrics (100% Cotton, 100% Polyester, & Mesh). Next, I placed the fabric (paper backing to mat and fabric facing up) onto my fresh (sticky) Cricut mat (cut to fit the Silhouette machine) and cut using the following custom settings:
PINK (3 mm) Blade
Double Cut (Except for Mesh)
They all cut BEAUTIFULLY! I didn't try the cotton or polyester prints with a single cut, so a single cut might have been sufficient.
I will post more when I get a chance! :)