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6.17.2013

Crafter's Workshop Metal Dies










{Reported by Noel Culbertson}




When I received the Crafter's Workshop metal dies in the mail a few days ago, I pulled out my die cut machine and searched my house for supplies to put these little guys to the test. On the back of each package there is an impressive list of die-cutting machines with which The Crafter's Workshop dies are compatible. Listed are: Big Shot, Cuttlebug, Wizard, Epic, Revolution, Big Kick and other die-cutting machines. I only have a Big Shot on hand, so I'll be commenting on how it worked with my machine.

The package also lists some of the materials which the steel die can be used to cut including fabric, paper, transparencies, shrink plastic, thin chipboard 1/4" cork, felt and more. I rummaged through my supplies to find as many of these as possible (plus a few others) to test. The results were overall very good. I tested chipboard, cardstock, foil, parchment paper and transparencies with great success. Some of the materials needed an extra sheet of cardstock to go through the machine to provide the extra pressure needed for a clean cut. The only material I had trouble getting a clean cut on was the fabric. I used standard cotton quilting fabric. The die cut the fabric through most areas, however I needed a pair of detail scissors to snip several remaining threads to release the shape.

What I Liked:
  • The dies are made from steel, and are not at all flimsy but quite sturdy. 
  • The dies are made in America. I'm a big fan of supporting local business!
  • The dies provided clean cut lines even on intricate designs. 

What I Disliked:
  • As mentioned before, the die did not cut entirely through the fabric. This could have been a result of the type of fabric I tried. 
  • Some materials needed a little more pressure to cut. Some fiddling may be required to get the correct pressure if you're working with other-than-standard materials. 
  • Great dies are always an investment, so I have to love the design to spend the money.

What I Made:

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"Love You More" Supplies: The Crafter's Workshop Love Bunting Horizontal and Butterfly Dies; card stock: Stampin' Up; patterned paper: American Crafts; flower: Basic Grey; sequins: Cartwrights; other fabric, doily, tulle, sewing machine

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"Toward Your Dreams" Supplies: The Crafter's Workshop Circles die; card stock: Stampin Up; patterned paper: Studio Calico, Basic Grey; dimensional sticker: Maude Asbury; sequins: Cartwrights; other: washi tape, foil


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"Love With You" Supplies: The Crafter's Workshop Chicken Wire die; card stock: Stampin Up; patterned paper Amy Tangerine (American Crafts), Studio Calico; rub-ons: Amy Tangerine; tag: Studio Calico; plastic star: Studio Calico; punch: Martha Stewart Crafts; other: doily, parchment paper for baking


Where and How Much:
Product: The Crafters Workshop metal dies
Manufacturer: The Crafter's Workshop
MSRP: $6.99 - 29.95
Available Online: aCherryonTop.com*; Scrapbook.com;  PaperWishes.com

What Do You Think?
What are your favorite uses for die-cuts? Tell us about some of the most creative materials you've sent through your die cut machine.  Leave a comment by midnight EST on Tuesday to be entered to win a prize from The Crafter's Workshop!  WOO HOO!!  US Residents only.  Please leave a way to be contacted if you win.

31 comments:

Kelly Massman said...

They seem like they would be a lot of fun to use! I love your projects! TFS and for a chance to win! kmassman gmail

Julie Steed said...

Great projects. I'm a big fan of steel cut dies. Really like the chicken wire and circle dies you used.

lynda said...

I don't have much experience with die cutting yet because I only own 1 set of dies. Just like you, the price makes me choose them very critically! In answer to your question, I've only tried cardstock.

Erica Hettwer said...

I've die cut doilies before and loved the look!

Juliana Michaels said...

Fabulous projects and love the dies! I have cut corrugated paper with mine and love the look!

Patchi said...

I love the hexagons fad and that chicken wire die is the best variation on the theme I've seen all year!

Melissa said...

I love their stencils and didn't know they made dies! Pretty projects!

melissahuie at gmail dot com

mgpm said...

LOVE these dies, esp. the chicken wire one!

Beautiful projects!

mgpm@comcast.net

PamSpradlin said...

I have the Revolution and I lug it everywhere for my scrapbooking. I like to make my own embellishments and dies help me do that. Thanks for all your inspiration today.

jengd said...

Great projects, fantastic looking dies. I haven't gone wildly creative- felt flowers for girls' hairbands and some metal cans for metal flowers are about as strange as I've gotten.

Miriam Prantner said...

Great projects! I love TCW stencils, so I was excited to see this review of their dies. They look great! Most interesting thing I've put through a die cutter....well, I guess I am kind of boring. I've done cardboard and also a clear material and that was a mistake because I managed to break my machine, so I've been a little less inventive lately. mprantner at gmail dot com

thejonesgang6 said...

I have never used them, but this is a good motivation to start!
thejonesgang6@verizon.net

Jean said...

Love the designs! I have not done anything interesting with a cutter! Would love to try these!

Amy E said...

What totally cute dies!! I've used super thin metal sheets...they came out awesome!

amyis300@hotmail.com
scrapthissavethat.blogspot.com

Karenladd said...

Love how you used those dies, especially like the hexagon background. I use dies on cards and on scrapbook layouts and really love unique and intricate ones. Thanks for the review!

SHartl said...

I am just now starting to build up my die collection and I love dies that are versatile and not to theme-y. Especially love geometric dies and frames because I use them for card making.

sharon g said...

I just bought a die cutting machine recently, so I've only used paper and fabric so far. But I would love to learn about other materials. The chickenwire die is my favorite, and I REALLY NEED it. I didn't know that they were making dies....

Natasha G.P. said...

I have cut fabric before, but a small part didn't cut through. I have cut paper, and have had a lot of trouble. I need to figure out the sandwich required with each brand of dies. I have so much trouble. Once I figure out the sandwiches, it will be great, I'll bet.

creationsbyyaritza said...

Great set of dies. Thanks for the chance.

StampNK said...

Lovely dies and wonderful cards! I love the hexagon die so much! Haven't ever tried to cut fabric but thanks for the tips! I love to use dies on cards.

StampNK said...

Oh, and my email is stampnk@aol.com

Joy pearcy said...

Super cute. Great article and projects Noel!!

wahoolady said...

Gosh love the chicken wire die also. Haven't cut much other than paper with the thin dies - have used the thicker dies to cut fun foam, stiff felt. Guess I need to get a little more creative!

Cynthia B. said...

I didn't know that Crafter's Workshop makes dies - I have some of their templates. I have to say I'm not that adventurous with materials going through my diecut machine. I think the thickest things I've tried are either craft foam or felt.
Thanks for the chance to win - looks like a nice selection for everyday projects, and I do love that chicken wire - fun!

Nancy James said...

I've never seen these dies before. I love the chicken wire and circle dies you used. I really like all wafer thin dies and love using them on scrapbook pages and cards. Thanks for chance to win. Nancy James skysnaina5@gmail.com

scrapper al said...

Count me in on the "I didn't know TCW made dies" chorus. I need that hello die!

Houses Built of Cards said...

I definitely LOVE my dies! I think the most creative I have gotten is using either felt or cork - but I always love to try something new!

housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

April said...

These look awesome!! I love using diecuts on my scrapbook pages. :) So far I've only used paper and felt to cut with...

Thanks for the chance to win!!
- April W (april121499ATyahooDOTcom)

sharon g said...

I forgot to leave my email:
sharon dot gullikson at gmail dot com.

Maureen Hayes said...

I am a huge fan of their stencils, but hav not had a chance to try their dies. Thanks for the hi est review. I would love to win and try this for myself.

Joni Parker said...

I sooo love your cards!!! I have a Grand Calibur, so not sure if these will work. I've been doing lots w/ embossing and not so much w/dies and I think I need to change that cuz I think I need that chicken wire die, so I better do some research and find out!!
(Great and helpul review too. I have CW template/masks, but didn't realize they ventured into die's) -- joni parker at cox dot net