ScanNCut Machines

ScanNCut Machines

ScanNCut Machines are the only cutting machines that can take your scanned images, photos, or hand-drawn sketches and turn them into unique cutting designs, without the need or expense of a computer, software, or pricey cartridges.

 

How To Choose The Right Machine

Cutting machines make the work of dedicated scrapbookers and card makers simple. Most models can complete die cutting, regular cutting, and embossing. 

Older cutting machines are manual and require the operator to turn a knob or push a lever to send the knife and die across the materials. Newer models activate with the push of a button.  If you need to add tougher materials to a project, like fabric, rubber, or foam, an industrial-quality cutting machine can be useful.

These can slice through almost any material, and their blades won’t snag or deteriorate during difficult projects. If you create products that are larger than standard printing paper, look for a cutting machine with an extended platform. For more advanced designs or high volume demand, find a computer-connectable model. These offer unlimited design options; one can take any image found online (copyrights considered) and transfer it onto the material.

These machines are usually compatible with printers, meaning that if you print a design out on standard paper, your machine can detect it and accurately cut around it. Because these advanced machines need to be connected to a computer during operation, they don’t offer the portability of manual models. If you require versatility, use a cutting machine that can connect to a computer, but that also allows you to manually insert and move a die across your fabric.

How A Cutting Machine Can Save You Money

For important events, like weddings or anniversary parties, most people want to have invitations that stand out. While making wedding invitations used to be a practice reserved for the extremely wealthy, today, couples of all means are expected to send out elaborate invitations. Ordering them from a stationary company can be costly, especially for designs with embossing or textured patterns, but these can be made at home for pennies. A large-platform cutting machine allows one to create several feet of paper with charming patterns, and to cut those into perfectly symmetrical cards.

Wedding goodie boxes are always a nice touch, but a container store will charge a high price for each box. Fortunately, you can make your own. Download a template with the exact cutting dimensions for a box. With a cutting machine that can slice through thick paper or cardboard, you can produce your own boxes, and just fold them up according to the template instructions.

During the holiday season, it is common practice to attach dozens of gift tags to presents, and the cost can quickly add up. The design options in stores are limited, typically just displaying Santa Claus or snowflakes.

With a cutting machine, it is possible to make hundreds of gift tags for a fraction of the cost of store-bought versions, and have unlimited design options. To personalize the tags, one can include portraits of the gift recipient or images of their favorite hobbies. Everybody appreciates a homemade birthday card, too. Use your machine to create pop-up words and scenery, and make the card into a unique shape like a cupcake.

Courtesy of Melissa Harr