Ellison 101

Welcome to Ellison 101! If you’re familiar with our products, you probably already know about many of the fantastic educational possibilities our die-cutting systems have to offer. And if you’re new to us, you can get acquainted with us right here!

In addition to this brief overview, our website is full of inspirational projects as well as helpful information about our machines and dies. When you’re done here, feel free to read more about it to continue your Ellison journey… But right now, let’s get started with the essentials!

What is die-cutting?

Die-cutting is like using a cookie cutter. A hand-operated, die-cutting machine uses steel rule die shapes to cut through a wide range of materials quickly and easily.

What makes die-cutting better than scissors?

The use of scissors takes time and patience. However, die-cutting transforms the tedious task of cutting numerous letters and shapes into a fast, fun and easy endeavor-replicating the same perfect shape over and over again.

How do I get started?

It’s simple. Pick Your Machine:


Our SuperStar, SuperStar Excel and Prestige Pro machines cut paper, grungeboard, fabric, felt, craft metal, leather, foam, shrink plastic and most things in between! Explore our manual machines.


The eclips2  is an electronic shape-cutting machine that allows you to electronically manipulate and cut shapes to your customized preferences. It is perfect for detailed shapes and personalized designs. Discover the eclips2.

Select your dies…

SureCut and Bigz dies use a steel-rule blade to cut almost anything, including cardstock, felt, fabric, foam, magnet, leather, craft aluminum and many other materials. Use steel-rule dies to embellish clothing and create large and lovely decorative shapes, bags, cards, envelope, lettering and more!

What materials can I use?

Ellison brand machines can cut many materials including:
  • Cardstock
  • Chipboard & Mat Board
  • Construction Paper
  • Cork
  • Craft Metal
  • Craft Plastic
  • Fabric
  • Felt
  • Flexible Magnet
  • Grungeboard
  • Grungepaper
  • Leather
  • Poly Foam
  • Rubber
  • Shrink Plastic
  • Vellum
  • Vinyl
  • Wood Veneer

Start creating!

Now that you’ve selected your machine and your dies, just pick the material you would like to cut and you’re ready to go! Please consult the instructions that came with your machine or the product pages on our website. Watch our videos now to get started.

What type of projects can I create?

Ellison products lend themselves to endless forms of creative expression. Use your Ellison Machines and, Dies for your curriculum, including:

  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts & Crafts
  • Foreign Language
  • Health
  • Math
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Studies

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