Glossary of terms

Glossary of crafting terms

What all the terms we always hear mention mean!

I hope you find the information useful - it is meant to be as up to date as possible but may contain items that might be out of stock at the time of writing. It is also not totally comprehensive so if you think I could add items to it, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Toppers are usually the main focal point of a project - it can be predesigned using one from the many companies that sell them - Hunkydory, Creative Crafting World, Craftwork Cards, Crafter's Companion and Kanban are just a few to mentiion.

You can also design your own using digital artwork - various companies such as My Craft Studio provide artwork that can be manipulated by changing colour or size. 

Another great way of making your own toppers is to create them electronically by designing them in various software apps - such as Canvas Workspace for the Brother Scan n Cut. There are other options for Silhouette or Cricut users.


Die-cuts are usually thin sheets of metal that have a cutting area (which aren't sharp) that are passed through a machine that uses pressure to cut them out.

You can also use these machines to emboss cardstock or paper using a mat to allow it to create enough pressure to leave an indent but not strong enough to cut through it. You can then use it on the embossed or debossed sice. 

There are so many companies now making more and more elaborate shapes from flowers to landscapes. Quite a few of these companies allow you to cut them out and sell them in packs. I will be creating a list of these shortly.


Die-cuts are the pieces of card, paper, felt, fabric, metal and much more that are cut out using the dies


There are so many die-cutting machines available nowadays that you really need to decide what you want to use it for. You can get mini (but still powerful) ones for under £50 (but are limited to those dies between 2.5" to 3") - such as the Baby Blue from Tattered Lace, Sapphire from Spellbinders through Create & Craft to the latest one from Crafter's Companion the Diamond.  All the above are very portable and can be used without needing much space or power. 

There are of course many other machines available - from Sizzix, Cheery Lynn and so on....

Medium Hand cranking machines such as the Cricut's "Cuttlebug", Big Shot (from Sizzix) and Spellbinders "Grand Calibur" are still portable but can cut a lot more options. You still need a combination of plates but they are larger - the Cuttlebug and Big Shot cuts up to 6" and the Grand Calibur A4.

There have also been an influx of machines that still use hand cranking but use stronger internal mechanisms so you can cut a variety of materials such as card, felt, fabric, metal and much more.. These include the Xcut Xpress (from DoCrafts), Big Shot Plus from Sizzix, Platinum machine from Spellbinders through Crafter's Companion,  Big Blue (from Tattered Lace through Create & Craft) and the Crossover machine  both currently out of stock (again from Tattered Lace).

Then you can move up to electronic machines such as the Cut n Boss (from Craftwell through Create & Craft)  which allows you to cut a variety of materials on an A4 sized plate through it to the more complicated (but great to use) digital/electronic machines such as the Brother Scan n Cut Series (through Create & Craft), the Silhouette Cameo and Portrait series from Graphtec and finally the Cricut Explore machine through Create & Craft again)

Finally there is the TODO machine which can be bought from Create & Craft - this machine is a mixture of a variety of processes as it can die-cut, emboss, hot foil, letterpress a host of different media.


There are so many ink pads available now that it does get very confusing as to what can be used for what type of stamping/drawing and this might help you to decide which to use!


  • Pigment ink pads
  • Pigment ink pads for fine detail
  • Pigment ink pads for mixed media projects
  • Distress ink pads
  • Dye based ink pads
  • Solvent ink pads

STAMPS -  Rubber, Acrylic and more...

There are so many companies out there selling a variety of stamps - from the older wooden stamp blocks to the more recent acrylic stamps.