Tim Holtz's New Die-Cutting Machine:
A Case for Investigation?

Have you heard about Tim Holtz's new die-cutting machine? The machine itself won't become available until July 2010, but he's already talking about it on his blog, and he demonstrated the prototype at the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) show in Anaheim, California in January. Whilst it does seem to offer a few advantages over existing die-cutting machines, we think that many of Tim's fans will want one for its looks alone.

In a sense what's new and different about this machine is that it's motorised, and designed to cut anything that you can think of, from grungeboard and chipboard to wood, thin acrylic and fabric. However, what really sets this product apart, and will make it so appealing to altered art enthusiasts, is the neat and innovative packaging.

It looks for all the world like a small suitcase.

To date we've seen only the prototype of this as-yet unnamed machine, but understand that the production version will be coloured and textured to resemble distressed leather with metallic accents, and will come complete with a luggage tag and vintage travel labels.

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The power lead is stored in a side compartment, and there are two buttons to be found on the top of the unit. The first opens the side panels that drop down to form the platform, and the second operates the powerful motor.

The machine is designed to be used with Tim's new Alterations range of dies and embossing folders from Sissix, and will be released at the CHA Summer 2010 Show in Rosemont, Illinois.

We bring you up-to-date with the Vagabond, Tim Holtz's die-cutting machine, released in July 2010…

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