The most common question I get when explaining my new business has been “What’s a die cut?”. So I thought it would be appropriate to define die cut for the less than die-hard crafter. J
die [′dī] noun, plural
1) A specialized tool used in manufacturing industries to cut or shape material using a press. Like molds, dies are generally customized to the item they are used to create. (~Wikipedia)
die cutting [′dī ‚kəd•iŋ] verb (used with object)
1) A manufacturing process used to generate large numbers of the same shape from various materials. The die cut shapes are sometimes called “blanks,” because they are usually finished and decorated before being sold. The process is widely used on an assortment of materials all over the world, and many manufactured products contain several die cut components, often assembled together in a series of steps to create a finished product. (~wiseGeek)
Die Cutting in PaperCuts terms:
Traditional dies have been replaced with digital design allowing for unparalleled custom cuts of any shape using any number of materials such as paper, chipboard, fabric and vinyl sheets.