- Die Cutting Photo Magnets
Die Cutting Photo Magnets
If you need a large number of magnetic die cut photos, just contact us for a price. We can make those inexpensively for you.
If you are a photographer and deliver your custom printed photos to your clients, you might like to think about adding a new service to your line. Everyone loves magnetic photos these days. Stick one in with a letter or card and send a magnetic photo to grandma, all ready for her to stick on her kitchen fridge. Nothing could be easier to make with the right equipment. Watch the following video or read more information below.
The Ellison Prestige Pro table top die cutter from MPM School Supplies is the only machine you will need. (*This content will open in a new window on a site outside of www.lyt.com.) It costs about $350. You will also need a die for the size of photo you want to produce. You start with a photo a little larger than the end product you want to make. Let's say you want a 3½"x5" magnetic photo. You have to start with a photo a little larger than the finished product. In this case, a 4"x6" photo would be perfect. Simply stick an adhesive magnetic sheet the same size as the photo to the back of the picture. Then place the photo on the plastic cutting surface of the die-cutter with the magnet side down and the photo facing up. This allows you to position the 1 inch thick, clear backed die, (info below), on the photo with the sharp knife blade facing down toward the photo. Since the die back is made of clear Plexiglas, you can see the photo through the die back and can carefully move the die around on the photo to get it placed just right. Depending on how you place it, the die will trim off about ¼" of scrap from the photo on all four sides. Next, you slide the die with the magnetic photo and the plastic cutting plate under the center of the metal cutting head of the machine and pull down the handle one time. As the head comes down, you will hear a snapping sound as the knife blade of the die cuts through the paper photo and the magnet sheet under it. Raise the cutting handle back up again and slide the plastic cutting plate back out from under the cutting head. Remove the cutting die and there is your finished 3½"x5" magnetic photo. Its cut edges are perfect and clean and the size and shape of the magnetic photo is perfect, every time. Every magnetic photo you make with this die will be exactly the same size and shape.
Another simple method of making inexpensive and easy to produce magnetic photos is by sticking a full page size adhesive sheet magnet to a full page of photos. Simply trim them apart as you would have done before the magnet had been attached. You're done. All the photos from the sheet will be backed neatly with sheet magnet and have perfectly cut edges. If you want to make one or two single photo magnets, just start with a photo and a similarly sized sheet of adhesive sheet magnet. Stick the magnet to the back of the photo and then using a paper trimmer or a straight edge and a sharp blade, trim off any excess from all four edges. The resulting magnetic photo will have a magnetic back the same exact size as the photo.
David B. Lytle
Clear backed cutting dies, 1 inch thick:
Mastercraft Die Makers
10621 Briggs Rd
Cleveland OH, 44111
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