Die-Cutting 101

Die-Cutting 101

Welcome to Ellison 101!

Are you ready to bring a new level of creativity into your classroom? Ellison die-cutting systems provide endless possibilities for educators of all kinds. Whether you’re familiar with Ellison or you’re brand new to our products, you can learn everything you need to get started right here!

You can also find helpful information about our machines and dies throughout our website, along with inspiring projects and lesson plans for all grade levels. But right now, let’s begin with the essentials.

 

What is die-cutting?

Die-cutting is a fast and easy way to cut the perfect shape every time from a variety of materials—including multiples. When paired with one of our hand-operated machines, a steel-rule die works just like a cookie cutter and can quickly cut a curriculum-based shape for countless learning opportunities.

 

What makes die-cutting better than scissors?

Cutting out individual letters and shapes with scissors can take a lot of time, effort and even a few aching hands along the way. Die-cutting eliminates this tedious task, making it fast, fun and easy to make the same perfect shape over and over again.

 

What materials can I use?

Ellison brand machines can cut and emboss many materials*, including:

*For more information, please view each product’s complete material compatibility.

 

What types of projects can I create?

Ellison products can be used for a wide range of school projects and activities. Use your Ellison machines, dies and punches for the following:

 

How do I get started?

 

Choose Your Machine

Prestige Pro

Built for high-volume shape-cutting, the Prestige Pro is ideal for libraries, teachers’ lounges and media centers. With superior components and industrial-strength durability, it’s a powerful, dependable machine the whole school can rely on. The Prestige Pro works with all Ellison SureCut and ClearCut dies, and with the addition of the Prestige Adaptor Pad it can also accommodate AllStar dies and Sizzix Bigz dies for unlimited classroom creativity.

SuperStar Excel

With its extra-wide roller and ergonomic handle, the pro-strength SuperStar Excel is ready for every classroom need. It easily accommodates our largest dies, and can even cut multiple dies at once with the included Extended Sliding Tray. The SuperStar Excel is compatible with Ellison SureCut and ClearCut dies, and (with the included Sliding Adaptor Pad) works with Ellison AllStar dies and Sizzix Bigz dies, too, making it an incredibly versatile tool for your school.

SuperStar

The Ellison SuperStar is portable and powerful, affordable and versatile. Compact enough to go anywhere, it cuts everything from construction paper to poly foam, and almost everything in between. Compatible with the complete line of AllStar Dies (including L and XL dies), as well as Sizzix Bigz dies, it brings an added learning resource to the classroom, right where you need it the most.

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Select Your Dies

SureCut

Manufactured for enhanced durability with genuine birch cutting blocks and steel-rule blades, SureCut dies offer numerous curriculum-based options for the classroom. Compatible with the SuperStar Excel and Prestige Pro machines, these steel-rules dies can cut through a wide variety of materials for all your educational needs.

AllStar

AllStar steel-rule dies are a lightweight and economical choice that doesn’t sacrifice productivity. These plastic-backed steel-rule dies can cut through anything that a pair of scissors can. AllStar dies (Standard and Long) are compatible with Ellison SuperStar and SuperStar Excel machines, as well as the Prestige Pro Machine (with a required Adapter Pad).

Sizzix Bigz

The Classroom Series of Bigz dies from our sister craft brand Sizzix features bold designs and a multitude of engaging shapes that are sure to inspire classroom creativity. Lightweight, portable and economical, these dies can cut through almost anything. Bigz dies (Standard, L and XL) are compatible with Ellison SuperStar and SuperStar Excel machines, as well as the Prestige Pro Machine (with a required Adapter Pad).

The Ellison Sandwich

Once you’ve selected your machine, dies and the material you would like to cut, it’s time to assemble your Ellison “sandwich.” Our manual machines use a combination of pads and platforms to sandwich the die and material together to create a perfect cut every time. To assemble the right Ellison sandwich for your machine, please view our Machine Instructions.

 

Be Inspired and Get Creative!

 

Now that you’ve selected your machine and your dies, just pick the material you would like to cut or emboss and you’re ready to go! To assemble the perfect Ellison sandwich to roll through your machine, please consult the instructions that came with your machine or the product pages on our website. Watch our videos now to get started.

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Don’t Know Where to Begin?
Starter Kits Are a Great Place to Start.

Ellison Starter Kits are a wise choice. Not only do you get all the essential products you need to begin creating, but you also get the combined value of several products at one super-nice price!

Ellison SuperStar Starter Set w/AllStar Alphabet 3 1/2" Capital Letters

Ellison SuperStar Starter Set w/Block Alphabet 3 1/2" Capital Letters

Ellison SuperStar Starter Set w/AllStar Alphabet 1 1/2" Capital Letters & Numbers

Ellison SuperStar Starter Set w/AllStar Alphabet 1 1/2" Capital Letters & Numbers

Ellison SuperStar Starter Set w/AllStar Alphabet 3 1/2" Lowercase Letters

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Questions?

We’re ready to help! Visit our support page to find answers to some of our customers’ most common questions. If you can’t find the answer you need, our helpful Customer Service Team is always an email or phone call away.

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