Hi friends! I have been asked a lot (after I did my Konmari cleanup) about my Scan N Cut 2 machine. I have only showed it in action in one video because I use it to perform one simple function (and no, it’s not a paper weight LOL!) I use it to cut out my stamped images. love the professional look of die-cut stamped images BUT I don’t like to buy (or store) really specific and expensive die sets to match my stamps. In my studio tools need to be versatile and earn their keep. A die set to match a set of stamps (and not all stamps have matching dies) often cost $25-$30 and most of the time they are only useful with that one stamp set. That is expensive and when I think about the huge amount of stamps I own it just doesn’t make since when I can use one machine to cut ANY of my stamps. The machine is about $300 (roughly the cost of 10-13 die sets) so it was a no brainer for me. The Scan N Cut2 can be hooked to a computer and you can design with it and there are pre loaded shapes and designs (which I have used and are cute) but for me I want this machine to cut my stamped images like I did with these cute cacti!
If I didn’t still have my old electronic die cutter (A Cricut Expression with SCAL2 software-that software is no longer available for use with Cricut) I would explore the computer design aspect. I keep my old Cricut because it is a workhorse and the blades and mats are about half the price (or less) of the Brother Scan n Cut versions. I am also very fast and efficient designing in SCAL2 and I like to avoid learning any new computer stuff that I don’t have to:) In today’s video I will walk you through the scanning and cutting process, it has been a while since I last used the machine so I am a bit slow but even with my failings you can see it is a very easy machine to use (the screen tells you what to do next if you forget, Yay!) I will also share tips for watercoloring on cardstock and working with acetate.
Tutorial sponsored by Top Flight Stamps Use coupon code thefrugalcrafter10 to save 10% on your order!
Supplies from Top Flight Stamps
- Carabelle Studio Cactus Set
- Carabelle Studio Stamping Mat
- (Also shown) Carabele Studio Heart and Bird
- White cardstock
- Chameleon 2 toned blending Colored Pencils
- Gansai Tambi Watercolors (good on cardstock!)
- Scan N Cut 2 Machine
- 12″x12″ printed acetate pad
- Pattern Paper was from Copper Luxury stack DCWV
- ATG adhesive gun
- Cheap ATG refills
- Novelty aqua yarn
- 1/4″ coral ribbon
- Ranger Archival ink black or any waterproof ink
- Sentiment stamps of your choice
- Scor-Pal scoring board *Scor-Mat shown too
The video goes in-depth on how to make these cards. I love how you get 4 finished cards so quickly and the clear front is something people will get a kick out of! I hope you enjoyed this project and til next time happy crafting!
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