In the art and crafts world, die cutting refers to the act of making the same cut-out shapes on a large scale.
Normally this is done by using a machine that will allow you to cut the same form out of your material of choice such as paper, chipboard, fabric etc.
With one of these machines, you will save a bunch of time and you won’t need any other tools like scissors, craft knives or stencils anymore.
Below is a list of online die cutting courses that will help you learn everything you need to know to get started.
Most classes will focus on using the Cricut or Silhouette models since they are the most popular die cutting machines for home use.
The Cricut Die Cutting Beginner Course
In this course, you will learn the ins and outs of working with a Cricut die cutter and making your own custom designs.
You will start with learning the basics such as making simple designs, choosing the right materials, aligning the cutting mat and choosing your tools.
The next step is getting the hang of the Cricut Design Space software to make your personal designs and logos.
Finally, you will discover how a die cutter can be used not only for cutting paper, but also other materials such as vinyl, heat-transfer materials, wool, fabric, etc.
The final project for the course will be a set of leather earrings with a simple yet elegant design.
The instructor uses a Cricut Explore model for this course. But since most Cricut models work very similar, using another model is fine too.
Course includes: 1.6 h of video
Deep Dive Into Cricut Vinyl Cutting
Amongst all the different materials you use in combination with your Cricut machine, vinyl is maybe the most versatile and popular.
Vinyl can be used to create many different items such as gifts, home decor, clothing, etc.
In this online course, you will learn the necessary techniques to design, cut, weed and apply vinyl.
Some examples of items you could apply your vinyl to are coffee mugs, trays, stools, pillow covers, and picture frames.
Additionally, special vinyl types such as glitter, printable, stencil and heat-transfers will be discussed.
Making heat-transfers and learning how to apply vinyl with a heat press is especially useful if you plan on producing on a large scale.
Course includes: 2 h of video
The Silhouette Beginner Course
If a Silhouette is your die cutting machine brand of choice, then this course is the right one for you.
Through this course, you will discover the ins and outs of working with a Silhouette die cutter and how to use the companion design software.
As soon as you get the hang of it, you will be able to make many different projects such as gift tags, T-shirts, mugs, etc.
Silhouette models can normally handle a lot of different materials, but the most common ones are paper, vinyl, heat-transfer vinyl and sticker paper.
By the time you finish the course, you will know how to use your machine and the Silhouette Studio software, you can work with a variety of different materials, and you can know how to save precious time by using the print & cut and dual carriage options.
Course includes: 1.7 h of video
In-Depth Course Silhouette Studio Software
To make truly unique and personalized design with your die cutting machine, you will have to master the design software that comes with it.
For Silhouette models, this software is called Silhouette Studio.
In this online die cutting course, you will learn everything you need to know to achieve the design that you want.
You will start by learning the basics such as learning the different file types, using the Print and Cut feature, and customizing images with the tracing tool, pattern fills and borders.
The second half of the course will focus on more advanced techniques. You will discover how to simplify files using paths and groupings, how to drawing custom shapes, and how to get the most out of the edit points and the knife tool.
If most of your design involves text rather than images, the lesson on fonts will be particularly useful. And you might also want to check our post on downloading free fonts for your Silhouette.
Course includes: 2.1 h of video