I got the Brother Scan N Cut a few months back and am really pleased with my purchase. It’s an investment but I’m sure I’ve already got my money’s worth.
A few people have asked me for more information about it, so I thought I’d put my thoughts into a blog post for anyone else who might be interested in learning more. I’m not an authority on it, by any means. I know how to do the things I need to do. I’m sure there are other, more knowledgeable people out there.
What model do you have?
I have the Scanncut CM300. It’s basically the cheapest model I could get in the UK. There are upgraded models but this does everything I need it to do.
What do you use it for?
I got mine purely for die cutting but there’s loads more you can do with it. It cuts all sorts of materials, not just paper. All the machines come with built in templates too. Depending on what model you get, it’ll have varying amounts of templates available.
You can stamp multiple of the same image, and the scanncut will cut them out in one pass (rather than using a die and having to run it through a die machine again and again!).
You can run any drawn, stamped, or printed image through the machine and it’ll cut it out. It scans first to detect the images, then you can cut them out.
Does it cut out images with a border?
You can choose to have a border to the images or cut right up to the stamped line. Though I haven’t tried cutting without a border, as I like the white edge.
Do I need to connect it to a computer?
No, it doesn’t need to be plugged in to a computer to work.
Is it expensive?
Well, that depends on your budget. I paid the equivalent of what I’d have to pay for around 10 die sets. As I have many more than 10 stamps sets without dies, and will continue to get new stamp sets, I think it quickly makes it worthwhile having.
The scanncut will cut out images with a complete stamped line, so be careful with any images with unconnected areas, like the cat juggling in the image below. It’ll want to cut those separately. To get around this, I draw a pencil line connecting them and it works fine, just erase the lines afterwards.
If you have any more questions about the scanncut and using it for die cutting stamped images, please comment on this blog post and I’ll answer if I can. I don’t use the machine for other tasks (and it can definitely do more than this!).
I’d also recommend looking on YouTube for videos on how to use the machine. Check out this YouTube channel as it has lots of great videos on how the scanncut works and what you can do with it.