Stampin' Up! trimmer & die cutting and dry embossing line changes are coming

Hi Stampers. By now, you may have heard that Stampin’ Up! has some big changes on the horizon.Don’t worry, they are going to be good changes in the long run. On June 4th, when the new catalog goes live, we will no longer have our trimmer or the Big Shot.  This is because they are working on new and improved models of both.  We do not have a date for when the new versions will be released.  That part is a little frustrating, but I am happy that they are waiting until they are perfected before releasing them.

If you wish to purchase any of the retiring items, I have included a list of supplies on their way out with links to my online store.  When you place your order, don’t forget to use this months Mystery Hostess code – from the bar on the right – for your chance to be this months hostess and earn FREE hostess rewards!

Stampin’ Up! has ordered what would normally be six months of replacement cutting blades inventory (based on recent historical patterns) to help  during this transition away from our current trimmer. But please know that this news could cause faster inventory depletion. As of April 15, the order limit for the blades will increase from three to six (and the limit will remain at six until they’re no longer available). And from now until September, Stampin’ Up! will receive intermittent shipments from the supplier. Throughout these months, we anticipate times when the blades will not be orderable (and not offered as a backorder). During those downtimes, you will have the option to enter an email address to receive notification when the blades are available again.

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Stampin' Up! die cutting and dry embossing line changes are coming
The Big Shot and our current style of dies is retiring. Dies and embossing folders will stay. Since we’re using a new supplier, the dies and folders will be manufactured differently; this means the way you use the new style of dies and folders will be a little different than how you used the old style. Both the new-style and old-style dies and embossing folders can work with any die-cutting & embossing machine (in some cases, adaptations like shims may be required because the gap between rollers on machines may vary slightly between manufacturers; this is explained more in our Q&A PDF below).

Some Highlights On The New-Style Dies & Embossing Folders

Since we’re using a new supplier for our dies and embossing folders, they’ll be manufactured differently, which means the way you use them will be a little different. We’ll highlight a few of the changes between the old-style and new-style products below. In the future, we’ll also provide videos to show how to craft with the new-style dies and embossing folders and better showcase the features described below.

We’re confident the new-style products will continue to uphold our high-quality standards and that you’ll be happy with your crafting results using the new style.

Here are some of the changes you’ll notice with our new-style dies and embossing folders:

  • Our new-style open dies (those that coordinate with stamps) use a high quality metal that’s thinner than before but still as strong and durable.
  • The new-style dies have an added lip to the inside of the blades.
  • On old-style dies, when you place an open die (dies that coordinate with stamps) over a stamped image, a small border of cardstock is visible around the stamped image. With new-style dies, the die hugs the edge of the stamped image. Instead of aligning the die to the space around the stamped image, you will align it to the edges of the stamped image. When the image is cut, there will still be a cardstock border around the image.

Stampin' Up! new style cutting dies verses the old style

  • We’ve improved the adhesive that secures the dies to the insert sheet in the package so that it’s not too sticky. It’s easier to remove dies from the insert sheet, and the adhesive won’t cling to the dies.
  • We’ve standardized the size of the die inserts for easier storage based on our observation of how demonstrators store their dies. There are now only two insert sizes: 5″ x 7″ (12.7 x 17.8 cm), which coordinate in size with our stamp cases, and 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 cm). The standard sizes will allow uniform storage in whatever system you use. The envelopes that the dies come in will be slightly larger.
  • With old-style Dynamic folders, we recommended you spritz cardstock before embossing to soften the fibers so you got a better impression. Now, that extra step will not be necessary because the new-style folders usually create a crisp impression without spritzing. The way the new folders are manufactured also gives us options for more detailed and intricate designs in the future.
  • 3D folders are thinner than our old-style Dynamic folders. Because they are thinner, you will need to use a shim, depending on the die-cutting & embossing machine you use.
Get the Q & A details on the new dies and embossing folders by clicking HERE.

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