You Mean I Can Cut...   Saturday, April 21, 2012
by Kelly Loubet   Post Type: Uncategorized

Yes. Yes you can... and then some. Check out this video featuring our Education Director, Kim Hupke, as she shows us the variety of different materials that your Spellbinders™ dies will cut! What have you cut with your Spellbinders™ dies outside of the realm of paper? Share with us in the comments below! We'd love to see it!


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Mixed Media, materials, paper, wood, felt, foam, shrink, jewelry, Spellbinders, die template, Grand Calibur, video, tutorial


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  • Nina Saturday, April 21, 2012

    Great video, Kim! I have cut shrink film and textured wall paper samples with my Spellbinder dies.
  • Sylvia Saturday, April 21, 2012

    Great video with lots of great ideas :-)
    I cut paper, cardstock, foil, felt, vellum and transparencies with my Spellbinders dies and everything worked wonderfully :-)
  • Marge R (mer) Saturday, April 21, 2012

    I've cut everything you've covered in your video -- just one of the many things I love being able to do with Spellbinders' dies -- my favs are shrink plastic, felt,  and metal!
  • Michelle Reaves Saturday, April 21, 2012

    Love this video! I've cut Paper, Fabric, Felt, Chipboard, household Aluminum foil, Shrink Plastic and Grungepaper with my Spellbinders Dies. I hadn't even thought to cut the packaging from my Dies..that will be next!
  • Lori Reinholz Saturday, April 21, 2012

    Thank you for this video.  Even though I knew these items could be used, you don't always remember them and this helps a lot.  I am going to put them on an index card and keep it with my dies.  Also, 2 other items I have used with my dies are Balsa would that I have found in cigar boxes that I got at a local tobacco shop (free) and Bark that I have collect each Fall from the trees in my yard.  They both work great, but the Balsa wood is very delicate and will crack if not careful.  I hope this adds to the fun using dies!
  • Susan Saturday, April 21, 2012

    Thanks for these reminders Kim.  I don't think I would have thought about using pop cans!  I love Spellbinders projects and hope that one day I will be able to afford a Grand Calibur and some of the larger dies!
  • Beate Saturday, April 21, 2012

    What a great video, Kim! I love that the dies are not just for paper!
    I have cut cork, felt, fun foam, wood paper, fabric, corrugated cardboard, fabric and of course cardstock and patterned paper!
  • Kim Hupke Saturday, April 21, 2012

    Lori - a tip for cutting balsa wood is to soak it in water first, the wood doesn't tend to split and makes a nice clean cut...let dry, then stamp! 
    One of my very favorite techniques is flower pressing!  Try putting a viola or pansy through the GC with watercolor paper...simply gorgeous!  
  • sofia Saturday, April 21, 2012

    i can't cut well fabric! please tell me a tip! what is balsa wood?
  • sofia Saturday, April 21, 2012

    i can't cut well fabric! please tell me a tip! what is balsa wood?
  • Gayle Saturday, April 21, 2012

    Sorry I can't help with the fabric as I've never cut it but balsa wood is a very thin, light wood used mostly by model makers.  If you're old enough to remember those little airplanes that came packaged with wings, body and a tail that slid together - those were made of balsa wood.
  • Pamela Haskin Saturday, April 21, 2012

    Thanks, Kim, for all the great ideas! I'm going to try some of them for sure.
  • Kim Hupke Saturday, April 21, 2012

    All fabrics are so different, different blends, different thread counts.  I've had great luck with using iron on interfacing with cotton, it gives cotton a little stiffness.  Canvas Corp. canvas cuts beautifully.  My favorite denim is to re-purpose old jeans, not stretchy denim, I've had great luck with it!  
    Have fun!!
  • Astrid Sunday, April 22, 2012

    Great video Kim and lovely projects from the DT team. In addition to all the things people have mentioned already, most of which I've tried too, I've used coffee filters, they are fantastic for flowers like with the rose creations dies. Because they are double, with one set of dies you get two of each cut, great for layering!
  • Marisa Job Sunday, April 22, 2012

    Great video Kim! You have inspired me to try the materials I have not tried yet. Hugs!
  • Kim Hupke Sunday, April 22, 2012

    Astrid - thanks for sharing the coffee filter idea, they are wonderful and if you spritz them with a little coloring you can get some great colors!  
    Ever try cupcake liners??  You can cut lots of layers with them at once, the foil liners are really pretty too!
    *A tip when cutting fabrics, sometimes simply adding a piece of copy paper over the fabric forces the fabric to cut rather than stretch over the die!
    I've enjoyed reading your ideas and comments!  
  • Katherine Lawson Sunday, April 22, 2012

    Please tell those of us with slow internet and no sound what materials you cut, we want to share in the fun too!
  • Katherine Lawson Sunday, April 22, 2012

    Please tell those of us with slow internet and no sound what materials you cut, we want to share in the fun too!
  • Terre Fry Monday, April 23, 2012

    Sofia, I cut a lot of different types of material with Spellbinders Die Templates,  I have made a baby quilt all using Spellbinders Die Templates. Just like Kim said try using the thin copy paper, it really works. My baby quilt used repurposed denim and cotton material, it was so quick and easy. Have fun and good luck.
  • Carrie Monday, April 23, 2012

    This was a fun video to watch! I had already used many of the materials shown, but learned a few more things! Thanks!
  • Kim Hupke Wednesday, April 25, 2012

    Katherine - so sorry you aren't able to hear the video. The materials cut were...foils (silver side), canvas, felt (100% wool felt), burlap, pop (soda) cans, lite weight chipboard, tissue paper, corrugated cardboard, cork paper, lite weight (thin) leather, fun foam, fabric, heavy weight cover stock, colored foil, faux leather, vellum, magnets, Spellbinders packaging.
  • MJER/FGM Thursday, April 26, 2012

    Great post!
    Add to the list of items to cut.......foam take out containers or foam plates.........they cut like butter and look like pearl paper......great for lace look like the Borderabilities dies.
    Love and light,
    Michele (FGM)
  • Katherine Lawson Friday, April 27, 2012

    Thanks for telling me what you cut Kim, so far I have only tried card stock in my Grand Calibur. I use it daily, but need to try more things with it!
  • Susie Bentz Friday, April 27, 2012

    Most recently I cut fun foam for a canvas I just finished:

    I have cut most of the things you mentioned, but you should try metallic silver duct tape on top of cardstock or chipboard- then you can emboss it and it looks great with alcohol ink!
    Very informative video.  I've been meaning to cut some tissue paper (from old sewing patterns) and I wasn't sure how many layers I could cut.  Thanks!
  • Kim Hupke Sunday, April 29, 2012

    A couple more things to try!!  Washi tape and the new decorative packing tape!  Stick it to wax paper, die cut, then peel off!!  FUN!
  • Eva Saturday, October 13, 2012

    I would like to try it on metal sheets, but what is the recommended thickness of the metal. I don't want to break my dies. Thanks. 
  • Andrea Saturday, November 24, 2012

    What is the sandwich for cutting the packaging? I have tried it with A and C and tried shims but it will just indent the spellbinders packaging not cut through.  I have a snowflake project and would love to use it, please help! Thanks!
  • Viv Sunday, March 10, 2013

    I have a die that does not cut please advice
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