Pazzles Inspiration Creative Cutter®
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Pazzles Inspiration Creative Cutter® is an electronic die cutting machine that connects to your computer and uses a small blade to cut designs that you have created, downloaded or purchased.
- >Create and cut sentiments and shapes for your crafting projects
- >Freedom to cut fonts, downloaded images and your own original designs
- >Everything you need to draw, emboss, engrave, distress and pierce your projects
Pazzles® At Home
Pazzles Inspiration® products are used in the home in a variety of ways from scrapbooking to school projects to home décor. Our products and services are there to enhance the lives of our customers by helping them to realize their creative potential. Do what you want to do, better than ever, and in less time with Pazzles.
Pazzles For Business
Businesses use Pazzles Pro products to create unique products and provide custom services. With specialty products, services and support, Pazzles works to ensure the success of our business customers.
Pazzles In Education
Pazzles brings new and exciting options to educational institutions, like public schools, universities, and day care and after school care facilities. Pazzles products can enhance educational capabilities by:
• Replacing expensive, bulky and restricting die cutting systems in school resource rooms
• Rapidly generating customized educational aids
• Producing large quantities of classroom educational material
• Expanding the creativity and capabilities of students
Ever wish you could make your own designs on your computer and cut them out? With the Inspiration Creative Cutter you can.
The Inspiration Creative Cutter connects to your computer, similar to a printer, but instead of printing, the Inspiration uses a small blade to cut designs that you have created, downloaded, or purchased. Imagine cutting any shape, font, or design in a variety of sizes with the click of a button. The Inspiration is capable of cutting paper, cardstock, stencil plastic, chipboard, fabric and rubber stamp material. The Inspiration offers amazing flexibility and power. Using our added tools, you can even draw, engrave, emboss, distress, and pierce with your Inspiration.
Using the provided Inspiration Studio software, you can design any shape, image, or text that you want to cut out. You can create and cut any words using almost any font on your computer, easily trace around any picture or clipart using our tools, draw your own free hand design or use one of the thousands of purchasable or Pazzles-provided images.
There are so many powerful tools built into our software that are easy to use; the only limit to your design ability is your imagination. As a beginner, you can easily use favorite features such as welding shapes together, creating shadow mats, creating titles, resizing and auto tracing. As you learn and grow, you will find that the software contains every tool you could possibly want to create the most advanced projects. This carefully thought out balance between ease of use and design possibilities is something very unique to the Pazzles Inspiration system and part of what sets it apart from any other cutting system.
There are three ways to use the Pazzles Inspiration with a Mac:
• Using Illustrator CS5 or CS6 and the Inspiration Illustrator Plug-In
• Running Windows on a Mac, using Parallels, Boot Camp, or VMWare.
• Using Sure Cuts a Lot
Learn more about the Pazzles Inspiration Creative Cutter in this video:
Click and Cut!
By Beate Johns
I am an old-fashioned kind of stamper. I still like to use stamps instead of digis, I don't digital scrap and I don't own an electronic cutting machine. So when I heard we were to review one, I was a bit intimidated. When I got the Pazzles and first looked at the instruction manual, I put it all back in the box. The next day, after a few diet cokes, I was ready to tackle this "new adventure." I read through the first chapters as suggested in the manual. It wasn't as scary as first thought. If you are using a photo editing software, you already know quite a few of the commands.
Here is one thing to remember if you are new to the electronic die cutting world like me: When you start working with a new cutting mat, you need to condition it before you start cutting. After my introduction of peeling ripped paper from the mat, I found a great video on how to prepare your cutting mat on the Pazzles Craft Room site. That is a great thing about Pazzles. They have a lot of informative videos on their site that walk you through everything step-by-step. They also provide lots of resources to help, including live chat. Pazzles customer service is definitely amazing!
After taking those first few hurdles, cutting simple shapes was a breeze. The Pazzles Inspiration can do a lot: resize, outline, create outlines for your stamped images (after you scan them in)..... You can even get different tools, so it's not just for cutting (piercing tool, distress tool, pen tool).
I am still an old-fashioned kind of crafter and prefer my dies and stamps over computer tools, but if you are looking for an electronic die cutting machine, the Pazzles Inspiration definitely deserves consideration.
Thoroughly Modern Me
By Lydia Fiedler
You're not going to believe this, but even after stamping for decades, I have not ventured far into the digital world. Since my work is 100% computer based, I've never thought of crafting with it - I've thought of it as something I really need to turn off to craft. So the Pazzles was really my first opportunity to see if digital cutting was something that a completely inexperienced person could enjoy.
The machine is very easy to set up right out of the box. The software installed quickly and easily and there are just a few physical steps to take with the machine - popping in the blade housing and hitting the on button. While I do recommend reading instructions to other people, I don't typically read them myself, so I was very pleased to see there's a one page quick setup sheet, like you get with Apple products. The important thing you need to know that is not on that one page sheet is that you need to condition your mat before using the machine. I missed this step, and had to scrape patterned paper off my mat after my first attempt at a cut. So don't be like me!
The mat has a guide on it that matches what you see when you open the software, so you can easily make cuts out of little paper scraps positioned on your mat the way they are on screen.
If you upgrade to Inspiration Studio Pro version of their software you can use .svg files. I just had the basic version, so my projects were with their image library, which is quite extensive and contains both simple and very detailed shapes. I think the library and their online educational materials are outstanding, and made me feel a lot more comfortable experimenting. The videos are great. You can get short little bits of info on whatever you are trying to accomplish.
One thing I learned about digital cutting is you need to be an experimenter. You need to change your blade settings and tweak things sometimes when your cuts don't come out perfectly the first time. Every cardstock is different, so you just need to learn how your supplies and the Pazzles will work together. I think this is the biggest adjustment for traditional die cutting stampers. I used a few different materials and just tweaked a few times until I found what worked with Stampin' Up! cardstock and paper.
So to begin with, I tried letters. I was tickled pink to see that I could use my own fonts, including my beloved Helvetica. I could cut and crank out a very quick, cute greeting with it. This cut went flawlessly with my cardstock on the first try. Next, I got very adventurous and cut out a rubber stamp with it. They include the supplies and instructions for doing this with the machine - how could I resist that? Again, this went flawlessly. Then I got even more froggy and decided to try the beautiful koi image from their own library. First, I resized the image so that it was much smaller than the original. While it cut the image out of cardstock, the little scales were too hard to poke out, so I tossed that one. I increased the size and did it again and I loved it. I never consulted any help to use tools like resizing and placing images - it's very easy and intuitive. I even welded two images from their library together into a single image to cut with no problem at all. Normally I turn off help tips for most software, but the tip you get upon opening the software for this cutter each time was very helpful and I was glad they were there.
The only thing you can't do with the software is open your images to work with them unless your machine is turned on and connected to your computer, so don't forget that step.
This machine takes 12x12 paper and the mat is a little bigger than that, so you do need to dedicate some real estate next to your computer to accomodate that. My office / craftastrophe is very tiny, so I'd probably opt for using it in a more spacious area with a laptop if you don't have room in your studio.
I think after spending time perfecting the cutting medium settings, I'd definitely get the pro version so that I could use .svg files I've seen shared on my favorite designers' sites. I think that's where a machine like the Pazzles Inspiration really holds appeal for old fashioned girls like me.
Cut. It. Out.
By Bev Rousch
A cutting machine that hooks up to your computer and you can design whatever you want it to cut out? Sounds good to me! The Pazzles Inspiration promises just that, and I was pleased to give it a spin.
The important thing to remember when you are purchasing a new piece of technology is that it's going to take effort from you. You will need to learn new-to-you software to achieve good results. There is a learning curve, but once you navigate it, all sorts of possibilities open up.
I attempted a few different projects to test out its perimeters, though really, I'm a beginner, so I'll need lots more practice to master it. What I've found so far is you can't go at this willy-nilly. You need to sit and really plan out each project in detail so that your cuts are true. Plan out the paper thickness, the exact measurements, and bring patience.
I'll just tell you that it's my opinion that some just "click" with electronic cutting, and others don't. My husband sat down with this software and within a half hour he had it down and was cutting projects. To be honest, I was flabbergasted and a little miffed since I had put in some time and he blew right past me with the technological edge. Yes, go ahead and have a chuckle at my expense! LOL
I'm a "choose as I go" kind of stamper with loose ideas of what I want to make, so this is different for me. Planning! I know a lot of you are planners, and I am too normally. When it comes to stamping though, I like my projects to just flow along happily till I can put them down. I think that this sort of cutting can bring in a "goal oriented" sort of feel to crafting, and that too can be rewarding! Accomplishment can feel good!
If you think that an electronic cutter might be your next crafting purchase, try out the Pazzles Inspiration. (And, don't let your husband near it. Hee! Hee!)
See a gallery of creations made by our review team using products and materials from Pazzles.