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« on: March 29, 2012 08:12:00 PM »

Greetings from a complete noob Smiley

My goal is to cheaply and efficiently cut letters from chipboard and also possibly very thin metal. Using scissors definitely isn't cutting it (if you'll pardon the pun).

I don't want to sink a lot of money into a an expensive machine (though they do look super cool!) unless that's the only viable option.

Are there any options for me? I know next to nothing about this craft, and would value your input.

Thanks in advance for your guidance,
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2012 02:06:42 AM »

I bit my lip and just bought one of the machines.  Costco carries the Cuttlebug for a decent price, thought it does not have one of the shims.  Michaels has the coupons frequently, which you can't use on Cricut products, but you can use on the Sizzix.  Also, the Sizzix site has a clearance area, where dies can be bought at quite nice prices (and they do not ship to Canada - waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!!)

Other than that, if you have a template, there is always tracing it out with an exacto knife, but that would be a heck of a lot more work!  If you want the clean cuts and to do it consistently without the tedium, you may also have to bite down and get one!
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2012 06:31:24 AM »

Thanks!

I just bit the bullet, too. I had a 50% off coupon to Michael's, and used it to purchase a "big kick" sizzix machine.

And I love it!

Ever since I was tiny, I have utterly stunk at cutting with scissors. It's always jagged. Not so with this little beauty! Well worth the $ investment.

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