Regarded by many as the first day of the Christmas shopping season, last year, Black Friday fell on Friday, 27th November 2020 with Cyber Monday on the 30th November 2020. But it’s not just the big tech items like die-cutting machines that offered decent discounts, many retailers offered discounts on dies, embossing folders and other smaller die-cutting accessories, too. And there were some great deals to be had, but there’s no shortage of bargains still out there.
So it’s the perfect time to upgrade your machine and acquire more dies for your collection without shelling out for the rrp! It’s definitely worth having a shop around, but it’s also a good idea to keep an eye out on social media for companies offering flash sales. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite deals and retailers, so scroll down for some stash boosting die-cutting bargains!
Were die-cutting supplies on sale for Black Friday in 2020?
YES! It was definitely worth getting in early, as the best deals tended to sell out quickly. A lot of companies in the UK extended their Black Friday sales for the weeks leading up to Black Friday itself, as well as continuing the sales over the weekend and into Cyber Monday. Many popular websites put you in a virtual queue, and if you found yourself in one of these queues, it’s important to not refresh the page as it will send you to the back! Read on for our pick of the best offers available post-Black Friday…
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Best die cutting machine deals
If you’re looking to upgrade your machine, then now is a great time to do it. Die-cutting machines are often a considered purchase, so whether you’re looking to buy your first one or upgrade to a new model it’s always good to save where you can (so you can buy more stash!). Can’t decide which one to buy? Take a look at our round-up of the best die-cutting machines you can buy this year.
Sizzix sidekick by Tim Holtz
If you’re looking for something portable with a small footprint, then check out the Tim Holtz sidekick on Amazon. Weighing just 0.7kg, this machine has a vacuum seal on the bottom, so even though it’s light, it won’t slip around while you’re cutting your dies. The Tim Holtz version even comes with a super useful tag and numbers Framelits die set as well as a six-piece stamp set.
Cricut Explore Air 2 – 2020 release
The latest edition of the Cricut Explore Air is currently on sale in the Black Friday sales on Amazon, where you can save £40. Cut 100 materials – everything from cardstock, vinyl, and iron-on to a range of speciality materials. This is a machine only deal, but it comes with the 12″ x 12″ cutting mat, fine point pen, premium fine-point blade and housing in the box.
Cricut Maker Machine – Champagne
We love our Cricut machines. They are so user friendly, the software is easy to use and they open up a whole world of possibilities. They are definitely a considered purchase, so if you are thinking about getting one, now is the time! The Maker is Cricut’s top-of-the-range machine, and Amazon are currently offering it with a discount of £64.99.
Sizzix Big Shot
If you’re looking for a cheap die-cutting machine, that’s sturdy and does the job time after time, then this is it. For less than half the rrp, this is a great deal on Amazon and one that is unlikely to be around for long.
The Gemini is a firm favourite among crafters. Its no-fuss, no-crank automatic die-cutting mechanism is a great time saver (and muscle saver!) when batch making cards. The original Gemini takes dies up to A4 in size, and because it doesn’t have a platform to guide through the rollers, it means it takes up a lot less space on your craft room table. The machine itself comes with a selection of dies in the box, including a multimedia hexagon die, floral frame die, blossoming borders die and flourishing elements die, as well as an ornate lace 3d folder, so you can get crafting straight out of the box. And, if you buy the Gemini from Amazon, you can save a cool £60 on the normal rrp of £179.99. Nice.
Disney’s Frozen die-cutting machine
- Buy it now from Amazon (£24.95)
This neat little die-cutting machine is ideal if you are looking for something to use with the mini dies that you often get with cardmaking magazines. Cutting dies up to 7.8cm in width, this is a great little compact manual machine. It’s part of an exclusive line-up of Frozen themed products and would make the perfect gift for someone looking to get into the craft. And the price makes it extremely accessible for anyone wanting to try out the craft without spending a fortune.
Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die-Cutting and Embossing machine
This is a crazy deal from Michaels. The Spellbinders Platinum 6 is currently on sale for just $39.97 – that’s a whopping $90.03 off the rrp of $130! This deal will definitely not be around for long as crafters are sure to snap them up, but it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on Michaels for more upcoming Black Friday deals.
Spellbinders Jane Davenport Deep Sea Die-Cutting & Embossing machine
If this looks familiar, it’s because this machine is exactly the same as the Spellbinders Platinum 6 above. This one, however, features Jane Davenport’s exclusive underwater artwork. The hot pink cutting mats are sure to make a statement in your craft room, and the mechanism, although manual, works like a dream. This is the machine that I have, and I couldn’t be happier with it. It looks great, it has a solid construction and the mechanism is super smooth.
Cricut Joy and accessory bundle
Very currently have this fantastic offer as part of their Black Friday sales, and if you’re thinking about buying a Cricut Joy it’s definitely worth checking out. With a saving of £80, this bundle includes the Joy, EasyPress, neon, metallic and holographic iron-on vinyl as well as a selection of premium vinyl. But be quick, this deal won’t be around for long!
Sizzix Big Shot Foldaway
You can save a tidy £45 for a limited time offer on the Big Shot foldaway on the Sizzix website. It comes with some included dies, fabric, paper and felt so you can get crafting straight out of the box. The cutting platforms fold up and the small footprint means it won’t take up too much space in your craft space.
Cricut Maker Bundle
This has to be one of the best craft Black Friday deals. The bundle includes the Cricut Maker in Rose, Transfer Tape, Pastel Tool Set, Classic Shimmer Paper, Sangria Glitter Iron-on mesh, Metallic Everyday iron-on, permanent gloss vinyl, Mosaic Christmas vinyl and Seaside foil matte vinyl. The Maker is Cricut’s top-of-the-range machine, and this is a healthy bundle that gives you a bit of everything. And if you don’t like the rose colour, Hobbycraft are also offering the same deal for the gold colour.
Cricut Explore Air 2 Bundle
Available in mint (pictured), sunflower yellow or peacock blue, you can save £100 off the Cricut Explore Air 2 Bundle at Hobbycraft. Bundle includes Transfer Tape and Basic Pastel Tool Set which includes scissors, tweezers, a scraper, a spatula and a weeder. Along with the machine and tools, you also get 10 sheets of Cricut Classic Shimmer Paper (12 x 12 inches), a selection of high-quality heat transfer vinyl – three sheets of Cricut Sangria Glitter Iron-On Mesh (12 x 12 inches) and six sheets of Cricut Metallic Everyday Iron-On (12 x 12 inches), both in assorted shades. You also get six sheets of Cricut Basic Permanent Gloss Vinyl, six sheets of Cricut Mosaic Christmas Adhesive Vinyl and five sheets of Cricut Seaside Adhesive Foil Matte Vinyl.
Michaels currently have this machine-only deal for US customers, where the Cricut Explore Air 2 is reduced to just £179. Machine colours include Candy Apple Red, Matte Black, Mint, Peacock Blue and Coral. Read more about the Cricut Air 2 in our best die-cutting machines post.
Sizzix Big Shot Plus starter kit
Save 50% off the rrp for the Sizzix Big Shot Plus. With an A4 aperture, this machine enables you to use larger materials and dies to create bigger papercraft projects as well as quilting and appliqué projects. It has a sturdy construction and the Big Shot family are some of the best-loved die-cutting machines in the craft community.
Best deals for papercraft and die-cutting accessories
Mermaid Markers by Jane Davenport
We love Jane Davenport products here at Gathered, and these pens are no exception. These brush pens have dye-based watercolour ink and being water-based, means you can create all sorts of effects. Great for brush lettering too, and the ink is super-vibrant!
Add that signature Mirri shine to your Christmas crafting with £7 off the Marvellous Mirri pads at Hunkydory! Less than half price, the pad features a variety of truly cute snowmen, gingerbread men, soft patterns and wrapping paper styles.
Make box cards the easy way with this nifty die set from Sizzix. Once constructed, the box card folds flat inside an envelope for postage, and if you visit the Sizzix website, you can nab it for half price.
Kathleen’s Tags Signature Stamp and Die Collection
Save £42 on this fantastic stamp and die collection by Kathleen’s Tags! The bundle includes tag die set, doily die, large butterfly die, large dragonfly die, tile die and stamp set, honeycomb pattern and leaf tuck-ins, never-ending lace border die and accessories!
Rare Earth Sweet Succulents Stamp Collection
Save £61.96 on the new Sweet Succulent stamp collection from Rare Earth! The collection includes four high-quality A4 stamp sets (33 stamps, 13 stamps, 28 stamps and 17 stamps).
Hunkydory have launched their Black Friday die-cutting deals with three weeks worth of sales. There’s up to 75% off across papercraft, stamps and cutting dies, and includes top brands such as Creative Expressions, Sue Wilson, Stamps by Chloe and Woodware.
Complete Prism ink pad Shimmer collection
Get the complete collection of all 36 shimmer shades from Prism for less than half price on Hunkydory. These shimmer ink pads are non-toxic, and acid-free dye inks with a water base, which are ideal for blending and adding shimmer to Christmas crafting.
Sizzix Wrapped Journal die
Compatible with Sizzix Big Shot, Sizzix Big Shot Express, Sizzix Big Shot Foldaway with Sizzix Accessory, Cutting Pad Extended (655267) & the Sizzix Big Shot Plus & Sizzix Big Shot Pro with the included cutting pads.
Watercolour brush pens
This deal is a steal! Less than half price for collection of 48 watercolour pens with a brush nib. Ideal for brush lettering, calligraphy or Christmas cards, the set includes two refillable water brushes, too. They’re also Amazon’s number 1 best seller in drawing markers.
Winsor & Newton Promarker collection
Looking for a new set of alcohol markers to colour all those die cuts and stamped images? Or just for art? Amazon has a great deal on a set of 24 Winsor & Newton Promarkers, in a neat carry and storage case. All the pens are dual tipped with a bullet nib (finer point) and a chisel nib for shading in large areas. If you’re starting out on your alcohol marker journey, then you can’t really go wrong with a set of Promarkers.
Everything Mary Rolling Tote in Pink and Purple Floral Check design has a practical rolling 2-wheel suitcase-style pulling system so you can travel with ease, and multiple pockets so you can keep everything safe, secure and organised. Save £45 at Create & Craft! Keep your die-cutting machine safe with plenty of room for spare dies, markers, inks, paper and stamps.
Stephanie’s Signature Peeking Through the Keyhole Papercraft Kit
We had to blink when we saw this deal! You’ll have to be quick to snap this up as you’ll be saving a whopping £111.90 on Stephanie Weightman’s signature Peeking Through the Keyhole Papercraft kit. The kit contains 38 lace stationery book dies, 3 through the keyhole stencils, 6 library of books dies, 1 library lamp die, 2 vintage lace dies, 1 drinks globe die, 3 writing set dies, 21 stamps, 24 sheets of paper and 32 sheets of vellum!
Stamps By Me Acrylic Paste Bundle and Glitter Collection
Create textured images or mixed media backgrounds and save £16 on this acrylic paste and glitter bundle!
We love a goody bag. This one from Tattered Lace contains a mini scoreboard, Wildflower Flourish die, Overlace Flourishes die collection, Fantasy Frames Sugar Plum die set, Grand Old Duke Nursery Rhymes die set, Little Miss Muffet die set and a Delicate Dreamcatcher die.
Save £61.98 on the full collection of Create & Craft’s Design Team Garden Delights! Bundle includes Large Flowers Stamp set (20 stamps), Small Flowers stamp set (105 stamps), A6 Sentiment Stamp set (20 stamps), 8 pearl inks, 48 sheets brushed pearl card, die and stamp set (4 dies, 4 stamps) and a selection of cut-outs.
Another incredible deal from Create & Craft! Save £77.88 on this die collection that includes Sweet Treat die, Duo Dies Pouch, One in a Melon die, You’ve Nailed It die, Compact die set, Hello Gorgeous die set, Refreshing Watermelon die, Romantic Bouquet die, Be Brave Darling die, Folksy Flowers die set, Purse die and You Got This Girl die.
We’ll be updating this page with the latest Black Friday die-cutting deals, so be sure to check back regularly!
Best die-cutting sales
When it comes to crafty discounts, these retailers have pulled out the big guns in the past and they have similarly great deals this year. Many are offering fantastic deals on clearance items which are also worth checking out.
Craft Clearance is a UK based online store, with huge discounts of up to 75% off top brands and crafting essentials. They stock a lot of the biggest names in the crafting industry, including Creative Expressions, Heartfelt Creations, Spellbinders, Ranger, Tim Holtz, Craft Consortium and many more! Everything is shipped by Royal Mail, and they even give you free postage over £25, so it’s a great place to stock up at, frankly, ridiculous prices. We love it.
Powerhouse Create and Craft have a ‘top deals’ section of their website, where you can often snag a good deal. You can expect big names in the papercraft and card making industry, as well as essential items. They also offer flexi-pay, so you can opt to pay for your stash in four instalments. Every little helps! We are keeping our fingers crossed that they will be offering a healthy selection of Black Friday bundles.
More and more independent sellers are offering their own sales, and you can also find a lot of Black Friday deals on Etsy. You can find most Black Friday offers here, or try checking out your favourite independent papercraft retailers pages. If it’s unique, hand made gifts that you’re after – Etsy is a great place to look. And as a bonus, you’ll be supporting independent creatives and artists. Read more on the Etsy Black Friday sales here.
If you’ve ever been to the papercraft clearance shelves instore in Hobbycraft, you’ll know that there are fantastic savings to be had. Lots of stash goes for 50p, so if current restrictions allow and you’re passing a store – it’s definitely worth checking out. But even if you don’t want to head outside, there are plenty of deals to be had in the clearance section of their website, including dies, stickers, paper pads, tools and more. Hobbycraft’s Black Friday deals usually start sometime the week before, until sometime the week after – so there will be plenty of time to decide on what to buy, and if previous years are anything to go by, we are expecting deals up to 50% off.
Not to be beaten, Sizzix is currently offering up to 90% off their products! Yup – 90%. Die sets feature heavily in the Sizzix sales, and you can pick up create-a-card die sets, embellishment sets, lettering and number sets – all for just a few pounds. In 2019, their Black Friday sales saw a huge selection of products being reduced to rock-bottom prices, and they have just launched a new section called Warm-up to Black Friday. Exciting!
Spellbinders has a clearance section of their website, which they describe as “last call” items. Stock is limited, but there are some real bargains to be had, and it’s a great place to check out if you’re a fan of the brand and the high-quality manufacturing we have come to expect from Spellbinders. They even sell jewellery, ideal Christmas pressies for the crafters in your life!
If you’re after bargains, Tonic has a huge selection in their warehouse clearance sale. It’s hard to imagine there would be better deals during the Black Friday sales, although it is likely they will add more selection. You can save up to 80% on lots of different craft products, including glitter, cardstock, mousse, speciality paper, die sets and stamp sets!
We’ll be updating this page with the latest Black Friday die-cutting deals, so be sure to check back regularly!
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