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Your Beginner's Guide To Papercraft Machines
When you are passionate about papercraft, it is only a matter of time before you encounter papercraft machines. Of course, you may need a little guidance towards choosing the right machine for your papercraft, and a little help making your way through the countless options. Fortunately, this convenient papercraft machine guide from Spotlight helps you on your way.
How Do I Choose The Right Papercraft Machine?
Asking yourself a few simple questions can narrow down the choices tremendously. Firstly, you need to determine which papercraft you do most often. For example, if you are into cardmaking, you will need a different papercraft machine than someone who mainly focusses on embossing.
Then there is also a matter of budget. It is a good idea to be realistic about the number of times you will use your papercraft machine. Are you buying it because you have one specific project in mind? Or are you getting one to automatise some of the more detailed papercraft work? If you only purchase a machine for a single project, you may need something relatively simple. On the other hand, if you will use the machine loads, it is worth investing a little more in a machine with more features.
What Are The Different Papercraft Machines?
In general, you can distinguish between the die cutting machine, embossing machine, hot foiling machine, letterpress machine, and laminate machines. As each of these has a specific purpose, we will look into each one in a little more detail.
Die cutting machine: A die cutting machine can be wonderfully versatile for papercraft. It enables you to use cardstock and cut out different designs with the greatest precision. Of course, the precision will depend on the quality of your machine and the level of detail you actually require.
In the world of die cutting machines, you can find electronic and manual options. The manual options are more affordable but tend to need a bit more effort from the crafter. Electronic options tend to be more streamlined and more convenient, but they are also a little more expensive.
Embossing machine: When you want to add more texture to paper, you need an embossing machine. This kind of machine is king at adding more texture and pattern to any chosen cardstock. As we mentioned earlier, this is the kind of machine you will use for specific designs in cardmaking, so you will not necessarily use it as much as a die cutting machine in this particular craft.
That being said, there are applications for the embossing machine in any kind of papercraft. So, if you have the budget and want to make your cards or other papercraft project a little more special, then an embossing machine cannot be missing from your crafting collection.
Hot foiling machine: Even though they were extremely popular once, they are a bit more of a rare occurrence these days. That being said, they remain popular for cardmaking, as the allow you to apply foil to cardstock or other paper.
Letterpress: The letterpress enables you to get some of the finest writing onto paper, without needing any calligraphy skills. Instead, you use a simple printing plate and the machine does the rest.
There are some advanced letterpress machines for calligraphers as well these days, which enable you to customise the letters yourself before they are printed to paper. It can be a solution for crafters who want their own design, but fear ink and pen might not deliver the most durable result.
Laminate machine: The laminate machine needs little introduction, as this is almost a common household item. If you want to protect something against damage, for example a card, name tag, or label, you simply pull it through this machine to laminate it and keep it safe for years to come. In our opinion, everyone should have a laminate machine in their crafting room.