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5 Die Cutting Trends For 2021

With so many amazing new tools & products arriving this year, we've declared 2021 the year of die cutting! Here are the most popular die cutting product trends for 2021 that you're sure to be obsessed with - we sure are!

The Magic Mat Cutting Pad

The Magic Mat is the innovative, game-changing product that crafters everywhere can't stop talking about. All you need to do is swap out one of your plastic cutting pads for our soft yet sturdy self-healing pad, and you'll be amazed by the magic that comes out of the die cutting machine.

Magic Mat Cutting PadYou'll have clean cuts every time and go through half the amount of plastic cutting pads for your machine. With the Magic Mat, you also don't have to worry about deep plastic cutting pad impressions getting transferred to your new project. Try the affordable, long-lasting Magic Mat in your die cutting machine today - it's only available at Scrapbook.com!

Slimline Die Cutting

Have you tried your hand at the new, trendy size of cardmaking? Slimline cards are all the rage right now with crafters. The long, skinny space allows for big, beautiful designs and fabulous scenes. And they fit in a standard #10 envelope without the need for extra postage like some sizes of cards.

Slimline DiesAll your favorite brands (including Scrapbook.com, wink wink) are coming out with slimline-sized dies, including nested frames, florals, coverplate patterns, borders, and more.

You simply won't believe the creative possibilities that are available to you when you combine the size of a slimline card with the design of slimline dies. You can create a window scene, an exciting landscape adventure, gorgeous flowing florals, tall & skinny shaker cards, and so much more.

Alphabet Dies

We could spell this one out, but die cutters clearly want to spell it out for themselves! Alphanumeric dies are becoming increasingly popular in die cutting creations due to their versatility and gorgeous aesthetic. They come in all shapes, sizes, and fonts and allow you to get super creative on a variety of projects.

Alpha Dies   Alpha Dies 2You're never held back by the thought of "do I have a die that says this?" when you have every letter of the alphabet to make it yourself (and in a variety of languages too)!

One of the best, versatile features of alpha dies is that you really have two completely different ways to use them. Either cut them out to place on your project or cut them out of your project so that the negative space creates the words. They really let your imagination and creativity take flight.

Layered Die Cutting

Here's a trend with multiple layers to love! Many of your favorite brands have developed specialty die sets that cut out images in different layers so you can use varying colors for achieving unmatched depth and dimension. The Tim Holtz Colorize line for Sizzix is a fantastic example of this unique new trend.

Layering Flowers   Tim Holtz ColorizeYour cards, layouts, journal spreads, decor & DIY gifts will have so many eye-catching details and layers when you use these die sets. Choose from amazing animals, landscape scenes, seasonal characters, and more. Just make sure you're also stocked up on a rainbow of cardstock colors to make these creations really pop. 

Electric Die Cutting Machines

Crafters do so much work to make a project perfect, and it just makes sense to let a die cutting machine do some of the work for them! That's where electric-powered die cutting machines come in handy. Say goodbye to manual hand-cranking your dies and materials through the machine when you can watch the magic happen at the push of a button.

Long-time favorites for crafters include the rugged & whimsical suitcase-style Vagabond 2 from Sizzix & Tim Holtz*. It's powerful, easy to use, and portable for crafters on the go! A definite 5-star rated machine for lots of die cutting without arm strain.

*This product has been discontinued. 

Vagabond MachineThe line of Gemini machines from Crafter's Companion are really popular as well. There are the long-time favorites Gemini & Gemini Jr., as well as the new mini mobile go-to, the Gemini Go.

Electronic machines are the way to go for anyone with limited mobility or strength in their arms or hands. There's no cranking motion or gripping required - make the magic happen at the push of a button.

If you can't get enough die cutting, be sure to check out these articles on the Scrapbook.com blog:

The Magic Mat For Die Cutting

Top Die Cutting Questions & Answers

The Ultimate Guide to Die Cutting

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