A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Jingle bells, jingle bells, it's time to show off your TREE!  Show off your flocking and garland with us this year.
Total Members: 314,831
Currently Running With Scissors:
163 Guests and 2 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop

Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Best way to cut those foam sheets?  (Read 904 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
« on: October 22, 2013 07:08:51 PM »

First let me say that I do not like them, foam sheets that is, however they are cheap and used often in crafts for young kids.  That being said I was volunteering at a non-profit helping with crafts one evening, making Christmas ornaments and found that they had the volunteers cutting these things out by hand.  What a pain and royal waste of time, I had wasting time when it could be going to doing something worthwhile.

What needs to happen is that the things need to be cut into 4-5 inch shapes, like an ornament, Christmas tree, gingerbread man.....you get the picture.  If anyone has any suggestions and/or opinions on which machine to purchase, I would love to hear them.

Thanks in advance,
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Crafting keeps the madness at bay. Or is it the cause?
Offline Offline

Posts: 9649
Joined: 22-Jul-2006

Willing to personal swap for art of my doggies!

View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2013 12:57:57 AM »

Being a not for profit, what about checking to see if anyone is selling (or giving away, if you are lucky) a used die cutting/embossing machine on freecycle or craigslist?  Or you can get one with the coupon @ the big name craft stores.  You'll need some dies, but if you are in the US, the Sizzix site has many older ones often marked down in price, and to cut something thicker like craft foam, you will probably need steel rule dies like the Bigz, by Sizzix, as opposed to thinner dies like Spellbinders.  Often the dies can be used with different machines, and you can find instructions for how to do it on-line. 

I have both a Cricut Cuttlebug, and a Sizzix BigShot, and love them both for die cutting and embossing different materials, like paper,  felt,  leather, fabric, thin metals, etc.

« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2013 06:44:14 PM »

Thanks for the information, I know that money was a part of it, but that is not really a concern for me as I was just going to buy them one.  I just had no idea what I should be looking for.  But after reading your post, I have a better idea and can at least start looking around.  Ultimately it would be best if they could use the dies in different machines I guess, as this would get more use out of them.  But really thanks for the information, now I do not feel so uneducated about it.
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Jump to:  

only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search

Latest Blog Articles
Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Pipe Cleaner Mouse
December 13, 2017 Featured Projects
Tute Tuesday: Holiday Lantern

Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...

Follow Craftster...

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2017, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.