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Make Your Own Profitable, Die-Cut Photo Magnets
Our in-house photo magnet die-cutting service
The least expensive way of making a magnetic photo is to stick a
pre-cut piece of
self-adhesive (peel and stick) sheet magnet
on the back of a photo.
We've got these pre-cut self-adhesive (peel and stick) sheet magnets in any
size you may need. If you desire the most professional look, die-cutting is the way
it is done. We are equipped to do this for you with any number of photos, any size
photo and any special shape photo with any thickness of sheet magnet. We do not print
photos. You provide us with your photos, printed professionally or by you at home on
your own computer or photo processor. Send us your photos and we will adhere the sheet
magnet backing, die-cut the photos to the finished size and shape and then ship them
to you. Please contact us
Different ways to make photo magnets.
Many photographers like to make their own photo magnets, one at a time or in small
batches for their customers. These are great add-on sales and are very profitable. They can be easily made in many standard photo sizes ranging from wallet-size through
3½" x 5", 4" x 6", 5" x 7" and larger. Many photographers purchase our
precut 3½" x 5" or 4" x 6" self-adhesive sheet magnets
and just stick them to the backs of the same size
photos. Doing it this way can present problems. The photos and the magnets are cut
separately from one another and the sizes may not match up perfectly. The best way to
produce magnetized photos with a high quality professional look is with a die-cutter.
Die-cutters incorporate a specially shaped cutting knife made in the exact outline,
size and shape of the desired finished product. This cutting knife is mounted
in a wooden backing plate. The die-cutting machine has a bottom-cutting surface
made of a material that is hard and smooth, but will allow the knife blade of the
die to cut down into it ever so slightly. The machine also has a movable upper
pressure arm made of smooth strong metal. A photo to be cut is placed on the
bottom-cutting surface. A special shape or size cutting die is placed on top of
the photo and the movable upper pressure arm is swung over the die. The power switch
is triggered and the upper arm comes down by hydraulic pressure, pressing the die down
into and through the photo just enough to trim off the outside-unwanted scrap.
Do it yourself die-cut photo magnets.
Die-cutting machines are large and can be expensive. Small tabletop units are available
that work well but only produce small passport size photos. I have searched everywhere
to find a small inexpensive die-cutter to precisely cut larger shapes than the small
passport pictures. To fill this need, I found the Ellison tabletop die-cutter
Ellison also makes dies for their machine. With these dies and the Ellison die-cutter,
it is easy work to make any number of die cut magnetic photos.
Here is how it is done.
As described above, die-cutters work by cutting away the scrap material from around
the outside of the photo. The interior photo area is the part you want to keep. This
inner portion can be almost the full size of the piece you are cutting from but there
must always be scrap material to cut away. You need a photo and a magnet that are
slightly larger than the finished product you want. For instance, if the finished
magnetic photo is to be 3½"x5", you need to start with a photo just slightly
larger than the 3½"x5" finished product, maybe something like a 4"x6" photo.
You’ll need adhesive sheet magnet the same size as the photo too. Adhere the magnet
to the back of the photo and then place the photo with the magnet side down and the
image facing up on the cutting surface of the die-cutter. Next, place the 3½"x5"
cutting die on top of the photo with the sharp edges of the cutting knife
pointing down toward the photo. Center the cutting die on the photo and in one
motion, you slide the die, photo and the cutting board under the pressure head of the
die-cutter. Pull down on the lever, which amplifies the pressure on the cutting die,
forcing it to cut down through the photo and magnet in one neat and precise cut. Slide
the cutting board back out from under the pressure head and remove the cutting die. You now have a finished magnetic die-cut photo, perfectly cut and perfectly shaped.
Every die-cut magnetic photo you make will be exactly the same size and shape as the
first. Each one will be cut with precisely cut straight edges, perfect square or
rounded corners and be exactly the same size as any others made with that same die.
See the Ellison table top die-cutters and their selection of dies on their website.
Their selection of machines and dies can be seen at this link
At Ellison, they can even make you a special custom size or shaped die. Their machines
are very good quality (costing about $395 or less) and the dies are pretty attractively priced
too (costing about $40 each) and also of very high quality. Custom dies will cost a
I would like to be able to buy these Ellison die-cutting machines and offer them to
my customers through my web site, but Ellison doesn't do business that way. You can
only buy an Ellison machine from Ellison. The same is true of their dies. I have done
business with them myself in the past and highly recommend them to any of my customers.
David B. Lytle