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Last updated on May 20th, 2020
Spellbinders die cut machines: should you get one?
There are 3 or 4 manual die cut machines available in the Spellbinder range. We’re taking a look at all of them, sharing the features, types of projects you can make, the pros and cons, and where you can get them for the best price.
The Prizm is the smallest and cheapest die cut and embossing machine by Spellbinders (and probably anywhere else)!
It has a 2.5 inch cutting width, and the overall dimensions of the unit is 5 ¾” x 4 ¼” x 2 ¾”, making it extremely portable, easy to store, and perfect for starting out.
It can be used with S1 and S2 sized Spellbinder dies, and is also compatible with many dies from other brands.
Very small and portable
Locking suction base
Easy to use handle
Includes all you need to start
Lightweight at 1.8 pounds
Too small for some
Not as durable as the Platinum
We think you’ll agree the Prizm is an excellent starter die cut machine – especially as it’s often on sale for less than $20!
It makes for a fantastic gift for teens who might just be gaining an interest in scrapbooking, crafts, and/or creating their own cards and products to sell. You can’t get into manual die cut machines for any less!
The Spellbinders Platinum is a much better machine that the Prizm.
The Platinum has an 8.5 inch width cutting platform, while the Platinum 6 has a 6 inch width cutting area. The larger unit is stronger and more durable than the smaller, and is capable of cutting through greater thicknesses in a single pass.
Both units can cut the same types of materials, which include:
paper and cardstock
wool and cotton
balsa wood and chipboard
craft metal and leather
A powerful, durable machine
Choose from 2 sizes
Solid steel core construction
Cuts and embosses
Pricey for manual machines
Not as many options compared with electronic cutting machines
While the 8.5 inch Platinum is a very good manual die cut machine, we think because of it’s price, there may be better options.
There are small electronic cutting machines like the Cricut Joy that can be picked up for around the same price, or larger machines like the Cricut Explore Air 2 which are only a little more (however, keep in mind these machines don’t emboss, though there is a debossing tool for the higher priced Cricut Maker).
The Spellbinders Hot Foil System is an accessory for use with the Platinum or Platinum 6 machines (or compatible machines) – you need to have one to use it!
Other compatible machines include:
Deep Sea Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
Sizzix BigShot, Big Shot Plus, Big Shot Express
Tim Holtz Vagabond
We R Memory Keepers Evolution
This system allows you to apply beautiful foil elements to your crafts. This unit is electric and must be plugged in and heated prior to use, and it is not for use in die cutting – only foil application. We recommend watching the overview video below to gain a better understanding on how it works.
Compatible with many manual cutters
Includes everything you need (besides machine)
Easy to use
Many foil colors
Auto shut off feature
Slightly more technical to use
Key points in the video:
1:10 – unboxing and what’s included
2:10 – how to set up the Hot Foil System
4:38 – how to apply hot foil to cardstock
6:10 – using glimmer plates as stamps
7:38 – use the hot foil plates as an embossing folder
Sizzix is probably the better known brand, and has a larger community around it. This is the real benefit of Sizzix, as you want as many people as possible to learn and grow from, and to inspire your crafts.
Spellbinders machines have a lot going for them, however. The Premium is a premium machine that is durable, versatile, and strong. After investigating the two brands as much as possible, you’ve just got to go with your gut!
Spellbinders Vs Cricut
Personally, we love Cricut machines more than any other cutting machine – manual or electronic!
We love the versatility of Cricut machines, as the manual machines cannot come close to being able to do the same variety of projects. There’s less work involved with an electric machine, and they are much more robust. We love the range of Cricut bundles on offer, so that you can tailor the package to suit your project tastes.
That being said, if you are only wanting to use a cutter for scrapbooking purposes, a cheaper cutter like a Spellbinder may be just what you need. If you are looking at also creating heat transfers, go for a Cricut!