I recently brought a ScanNCut cutting machine, which allows you to scan and cut shapes and patterns with great precision and awesomeness.
I have always fancied the idea of being able to cut out my own designs, to create stationery and stickers. I could do this by hand, but I have found my ability to be precise and consistent is not so good . I had seen various machines that could cut paper and do really cool things, but never actually decided to invest in one. That changed last week. I am currently studying a typography class and a lot of work I am doing for a project requires working with paper and cutting letters.
After taking a trip to a craft store to look for various supplies, I discovered the ScanNCut machine and thought it would be perfect!
I decided to make my first project, a very simple card. I used an illustration I had made before and modified it, so that it was just some basic shapes.
I scanned the image into the machine and made sure that the shapes looked as clear as possible. What I did not realise at the time, was that it did have some problem with the spaces in the A and R. I set everything up and began the cutting. It’s quite fun to watch the blade move around and cut the different parts.
Once it had cut the shapes, I peeled them from the cutting mat. Above you can see the shapes that were cut and the outline as well. You could use either for a project, which is also fun.
I managed to get it a little dirty when gluing the letters in place, oops.
Here are some others that I made. These have also had self laminating sheets placed over them. Each colour is a different part (sorry about some glue bubbles).
This cupcake is my favourite so far. It could have been a bit better on the mouth, but this was probably me and not selecting the right cut.
Some glue bubbles, and again the mouth was a bit, noodle.
These shapes came out really well. The black paper that I used was a bit thicker, so that might have helped.
So far I have not really created a lot of crafty projects, but I really look forward to being able to do that. I think I am most excited about the prospect of making my own stickers! I just have to buy some sticker paper.
What I love:
- In built shapes and patterns to easily cut out everyday shapes.
- Ability to scan images so you can cut out your own designs!
- Adjustable blade, so you can cut different materials (paper, fabric, etc).
What needs improvement:
- The screen interface could have some improvements, especially with easy access to zoom in to make sure that lines are accurate.
- The cutting mat looses it’s stickiness pretty quickly (I have only tried the standard).
- I have had issues with a USB not recognising images (may have to fiddle a bit more).
- I have also had issues trying to create or connect to a wifi network (again, more fiddling).
This is not a sponsored post. I have not been paid, or given any items. I just wanted to share the joy of my new toy (and some of my creations so far).
Okay, technically when I say “I brought”, I refer to my cool dad.