Regarded by many as the first day of the Christmas shopping season, Black Friday falls on Friday, 26th November 2022 with Cyber Monday following on the 29th November 2022. 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!
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Will die-cutting supplies be on sale for Black Friday in 2022?
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 - many are starting their sales today (I'm writing this on Monday 22nd November 2022), 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 this Black Friday...
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.
Cricut Maker 3 - The Everything Bundle
Get the latest Cricut, the Cricut Maker 3, plus a huge variety of Smart Vinyl, Smart Iron-On, tools & more to get started right out of the box. Now smarter and faster than ever, Cricut Maker 3 has the power to cut 300+ materials – everything from the most delicate fabric and paper to heavy chipboard, tooled leather, balsa wood, and more. With speeds up to 2X faster than the previous generation, Cricut Maker 3 is compatible with all-new Smart Materials for super-long, super-precise cuts up to 12 ft (3.6 m) without a mat.
Cricut Maker - 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 whopping discount (more than £150 off the rrp) - down to £228.99! This is a really great deal for this machine, and anyone who uses Cricut knows that they don't skimp on quality.
Cricut Explore Air 2 - 2020 release
The Explore Air 2 edition of the Cricut Explore Air is currently on sale in the Black Friday sales on Amazon, where you can save £45. 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 Joy Ultimate Starter Kit
This is a great deal if you're looking to indulge - the Cricut Joy has an rrp of £179 - but for just £30 more, you get the Cricut Mini EasyPress, six smart iron-on sheets, gel pens, vinyl, tools, transfer tape and inserts! This is a really good deal, and we're confident it won't be around for long!
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. Read our review of the Sizzix Big Shot.
Sizzix Big Shot plus - just the machine
It’s everything makers love about the Big Shot Plus machine, but with the versatility of working with the smallest Thinlits to A4-wide plastic-backed dies and embossing tools. This portable roller machine cuts and embosses a multitude of materials, from cardstock and vellum to leather and mat board, catering for makers of all abilities and a variety of project types. Save £15 off this machine in the Black Friday Amazon sales.
Sizzix Big Shot Plus starter kit
Save £75 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.
Sizzix Big Shot Express
Leave the crank behind with this electric die cutting machine, making this the perfect tool for a range of creative pursuits for everyone from the beginner to expert. Save £15 on this Sizzix Big Shot Express in the Amazon Black Friday sale.
Gemini by Crafter's Companion
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 £55 on the normal rrp of £179.99. Nice.
The Gemini Junior is a space-saving, low-profile design die-cutting machine that cuts and embosses in 10 seconds. Using higher even pressure, the Gemini allows for precision cutting of elaborate designs with edge to edge cutting of up to A5 size materials.
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.
This bundle contains the Sidekick machine (in white), a pair of aqua cutting plates, an embossing pad, 6 framelits dies, 2 thinlits dies, 2 small textured impressions embossing folders and 7 stamps! It's only got a mini aperture for feeding your dies through, but for the price, this is a great deal.
Best deals for papercraft and die-cutting accessories
Winsor & Newton Superbig Promarker set
Get the deal on Amazon:
Was £170.97 NOW £128.99
Okay. Woah. Superbig is the right word for this - this bundle contains an eye-watering 92 x Promarkers! These are high-quality alcohol-based inks that give incredible tonal range and vibrancy with flawless, streak-free coverage, and a favourite among many crafters.
Winsor & Newton Designers' Gouache Paint Set
Designers Gouache is a range of opaque colours that are ideal for creating vibrant illustrations and design work because it dries quite quickly and is also ideal for digital scanning because it is non-reflective! Read our beginner's guide to gouache to whet your appetite!
Glass top art desk
Get inspired at your Glass Top Art Desk, the perfect workstation for any creative work. It's ideal for a huge variety of arts and crafts projects, sketching, drafting and much more. This desk is constructed from carbon steel and 5mm tempered glass. With a glass worktop that can be adjusted to suit the height you require for your work (whether flat or tilted), the large desk will hold your paper, card or any other canvas. And you can save £50 in the Hobbycraft Black Friday sale.
Mini glue gun
A craft essential, this Mini Hot Melt Glue Gun is the perfect way to adhere a huge range of projects with a more robust glue bond. The glue gun operates at high temperatures from a mains electricity supply to ensure you can add strong glue adhesion to everything from papercrafts to home decor designs and handmade accessories. Read our round-up of the best glue guns for craft.
Arteza colouring pencils
72 bright pencil colours to choose from to bring your creations to life. Each pencil is labelled & numbered for easy colour identification. The sturdy, comfortable barrels protect the soft, break-resistant cores. They sharpen easily & work superbly every time.
Arteza brush pens
Use your Arteza Paint Brush Pens with water to create delicate watercolour effects. Or, use without water for dry-brush painting, sketching, colouring, calligraphy & more. This is a really good deal for brush pens, and one of the best that we've seen in these Black Friday sales.
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!
Castle Art sketching set
This ultimate drawing set is in the Amazon Black Friday sale - and with over six thousand 5* reviews, if you're looking for a new supply of good quality pencils - this is a great option. It comes in a robust, good-looking, zipper case that unfolds into organised sections that stand up for simple selection for carry-anywhere functionality.
Okay - so this isn't technically in the Black Friday sales - but it's such a good deal that we just had to share it. Any papercrafter out there will know how expensive dies can be - and nesting dies are at the core of most crafter's stash. But in this deal you get 9 (nine!) sets of dies, seven of which are nesting dies - for twenty quid. It's quite usual to spend around £15 on just one set of nesting dies, so we feel this is a really good bargain.
Sizzix Thinlits Die-Stitched Slots by Tim Holtz
Just a small saving on this one, but if you've got an open Amazon basket - this is a nice treat to add. The die creates this super useful stitched pocket, is ideal for scrapbooking - and from a tried and trusted brand, too.
Sizzix Thinlits Wildflower Stems #1
Create a multitude of projects with this versatile wildflower stems die set designed by Tim Holtz - and save £6 at the same time! This is a useful die set, that can be incorporated into both cardmaking, scrapbooking and other paper crafts.
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 more than half the price. It's discontinued now, so if you want it, buy it before the limited stock runs out.
Hunkydory have launched their Black Friday die-cutting deals with three weeks worth of sales. There's up to 90% off across papercraft, stamps and cutting dies, and includes top brands such as Creative Expressions, Sue Wilson, Stamps by Chloe and Woodware. And yes - you read that right - up to 90 (ninety!) per cent off!
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 for a 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. It's unclear as to whether the rrp has dropped on this product, or whether they are just in the sale - but, either way, it's a great deal on these pens.
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.
Stamps By Me Acrylic Paste Bundle and Glitter Collection
Create textured images or mixed media backgrounds and save big on this acrylic paste and glitter bundle! This is a sensational deal and one that definitely will not be around for long. To be honest, picking these up for £12.99 feels like a real steal...
Where to find Black Friday die-cutting machine deals
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 hope you manage to bag yourself something exciting during the Black Friday 2022 sale. We’ve also gathered the best sewing machine deals and best Etsy Black Friday deals, so you can top up your craft stash at a heavily discounted price.
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