(Closed) Mrs. Strawberry’s Bird Die Cuts

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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11 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2007

Unfortunately, yes, you will need a die cut machine.  It is actually more like a press.  The dies are sharp metal pieces (in the shape you want), set into a plastic or wood block with a rubber bottom.  When they are pressed in the machine, the metal  is pushed through the rubber and cuts through the paper beneath it, cutting out the shape.  Sort of like industrial strength cookie cutters.

The die cut machines are not cheap, but you can try to find one to use for free.  Do you have any friends or family who are teachers?  Every school has at least one die cut machine, and Ellison is the most popular brand (think back to school – they are what cut out all those bulletien board letters!).  The only thing you have to know is what kind of machine they have, because some of the newer ones use a special type of die. 

The other option is to look for a scrapbook or craft store near you.  Sometimes they have die cut machines that patrons can use.  The only problem there is that they might be using one of the new scrapbooking-intended brands, which make much smaller diecuts.  There are also a few places where you can purchase pre-cut diecuts, but the options tend to be limited and more pricey than doing it yourself. Hope that helps!  Good luck!

Post # 4
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536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

Maybe you could email Mrs. Strawberry and ask about her experience with it?  Or maybe she’s looking to sell/rent out her bird die   You can email any bee at [email protected]…. so she’d be [email protected] .  Good luck!  These are super adorable!

Post # 5
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1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

If you buy the die cut itself, alot of scrap shops have the machines and will allow you to use there’s as long as you are cutting from teir paper. I used to work in a scrap booking shop and this was our policy. I knwo Archivers does it as well, but I’m not sure where all the Archivers are located.

Maybe try calling some in your area to see if they have a machine and they may even have a bird…..

Good luck. 

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