Working It With The Wizard Personal Die Cutter

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Recently I was fortunate enough to obtain a Wizard from one of our sponsors, Spellbinders. If you don’t know the Wizard, you should; it’s a great new die cutter. Not only do the dies made by Spellbinders cut, they emboss and stencil as well. This makes them so versatile! I have not previously worked with a die cutter, but found this really easy to do. In no time at all, I was cutting out shapes like a pro.

It goes without saying that the Wizard is a great tool for scrapbooking. It’s definitely not limited to scrapbooking only, though! Here are a few things I made once I took it for a spin.

I used the Big Scalloped Circles dies (Nestabilities) first because I love this flower shape! I cut out several flowers in two different sizes and colors, and then embossed them all for a more dimensional effect. Once I had several flowers cut and embossed, these cards were so simple to make: I tore the blue paper to fit the card, and then randomly placed the red and yellow flower shapes until I got an arrangement I liked. I cut some green strips for stems, added a couple of leaves and black-and-white spotty centers, and added the word “spring” to the top of the card. Done!
These dies aren’t just for cutting paper! I took the same flower dies and used the Wizard to cut felt. I cut two of the larger hot pink flowers, one medium baby pink flower, and a small hot pink flower for the center. I sewed a pin back onto one of the largest flowers, and then sandwiched the two together and stitched them with a blanket stitch. I stitched around the other two shapes, tacked them to the back with a couple of stitches in an “x” pattern, and added some leaves. This pin would be cute as a broach, or pinned to a hat or purse.
The dies also work perfectly for cutting stencils. For this shirt, I placed four of the Scalloped circles on some freezer paper and ran them through the Wizard. I then took the three smaller dies, placed them on the other side of the large flower, and ran them back through the Wizard to repeat the pattern. Click here for a full tutorial on this project. With the many different dies available from Spellbinders, the design possibilities are endless!
Spellbinders makes lots of great border dies as well. To make this tag, I used Classic Scallops Border Petites, from the Borderabilities line. I cut the end of the tag, embossed it, and then used the die to stencil some color on the area. I think this edge really sets off the steampunk collage on the rest of the tag. Won’t this tag look great on my Father’s Day gift this year? I know I will use this border die to jazz up stationary, chunky pages, and all sorts of other paper crafts.

Now that I have a Wizard personal die cutter and see what it can do, I know I will be on the lookout for more of the great dies available from Spellbinders. This tool is a great addition to my studio!

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  1. Amy Rozeboom says:

    Ohhh! New tools are fun!

  2. MareMare says:

    What a cool looking product! I love that it cuts felt, really opens up the possibilities!

  3. I would love to try this…So many cool cutting products out there!

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