Scrapbooking Cutting & Embossing Machines
Scrapbooking is an old craft form of hand-making scrapbooks that contain personal memorabilia. Scrapbooks are usually blank books with images, decorations and words added. However you can also use the techniques to make fancy greeting cards, diaries, packaging, etc. Scrapbooking once involved hand cutting, drawing, sewing and gluing of image elements. In modern times, scrapbooking has been revolutionised by computers, manufactured dies and electronic machines. You can produce image elements by inserting paper, fabric or leather through a craft cutting machine that presses out the shape from a decorative plate, or die. Many companies sell dies in a huge array of shapes, and there are also many brands of manual or electric die cutting machines. You can also emboss patterns onto your papers using embossing machines.
Scrapbooking requires a diversity of scrapbooking tools, of which the top ten could be: a paper trimmer, hole punchers, paper folder and scorer, glitter tray, circle cutter, sharp straight scissors, die cutting machine, non-stick protective paper and paper glue. To these you could add storage sleeves and binders, stickers, lace, a craft mat and even old typewriters for classic font looks.
Craft Card Making
You can use scrapbooking methods to make personalised greeting cards. Christmas dies for card making are available, as well as for weddings, birthdays, and other events. If you don't have scrapbooking tools, you can nonetheless enjoy making lovely greeting cards with similar materials and a more basic set of tools.
The Tattered Lace company makes art deco style craft dies of all their classic images. Many of the themes are lacy. You can use Tattered Lace dies in various brands of die cutting machine. However be aware of copyright regulations. There are certain types of reproductions that are legal. For example, if you use a standard home die cutting machine for handmade projects, you have no limits to selling the products. Other methods are not legal. This could apply similarly to the dies of other companies, so it pays to check before you go commercial with any purchased dies.