Reported by: Martha Bonneau
Okay, so after several months of owning the Slice by Making Memories I am finally getting around to sharing my thoughts on this die cutting system. Disclaimer: I am not a die-hard die-cutter. The only other die-cutting system I own is a Quickutz Squeeze that has been sitting in my scraproom collecting dust for several years. Several things appealed to me about the Slice that made me take the plunge and purchase it: first of all I love the Making Memories fonts and designs. Secondly, the size drew me to it. It is small enough to keep out on my scrapping table at all times without being in the way. Lastly, I loved the idea that it is portable and could be charged up and used cordless which would let me bring it to crops. At less than 2 lbs. it is easy enough to tuck it into my rolling tote.
In the box you get the following:
- Slice cordless design cutter
- Basic Shapes 1 design card and design guide
- 6″ x 6″ glass cutting mat
- 5 blades
- Blade replacement tool
- Blade adjustment wrench
- Power cord
- Repositionable tacky adhesive
- User manual
- Foam applicator brush
Right out of the box, I was using my Slice within minutes…I didn’t even have to refer to the instructions to get started using it. I put in the Noteworthy design card that I had purchased separately, chose a tag design and then chose the size I wanted to cut it in. You can choose to cut each of the fonts and designs 1” to 4” in ½” increments. Unfortunately, I have found that at the smallest sizes of some of the fonts do not cut cleanly.
Before you start cutting you do have to prep the glass mat with an adhesive. The Slice comes with a small tube of the adhesive and a foam brush. You apply a small amount of adhesive to the mat and brush it all over. You do have to wait until the adhesive dries (which is only a few minutes) before you can start cutting. If you put your paper down on the mat with wet adhesive, be prepared to be peeling paper off of your mat as it will be glued in place. Something I haven’t tried yet but have heard works is using a spray adhesive on the mat instead of the Making Memories adhesive. At first I was hesitant about the adhesive thinking I would have to re-apply it each time, but once you apply it, it last for quite a few cuts before you have to wash the glass plate and re-apply it.
As soon as I started cutting my first tag I was startled by the loud, grinding sound coming from my Slice. The tag came out perfect but I still felt compelled to check the blade to see if that was the culprit. At this point I referred to the manual, made a couple of adjustments and went on to cut another tag. Same loud sound. I drove to my local Archiver’s since I knew they had a Slice on display to see if theirs did the same thing…yep, same loud sound.
For my next round of cutting with the Slice, I decided that I would charge it up and try it cordless. I plugged it in and let it charge overnight and got it out the next afternoon to use. I started cutting out multiple scalloped tags and was upset to find that after about 20 cuts, the Slice gave out on me and I had to plug it back in ton continue my project. I plugged it back in that evening for another overnight charging session and the next time I used it I did not run into the same problem and it has held a longer charge ever since. It seems to be a one time glitch with the initial charge.
Speaking of scalloped tags, I made some tags for Christmas that show you the difference in cuts between a scallop punch and the Slice. For these tags the bottom layer is cut with the Slice and the top is punched, the punch has cleaner, deeper scallops and the Slice scallops are more wavy.
I used my Slice throughout the holiday season and at a point noticed that my cuts were not as clean and decided that I needed to change the blade for the first time. The Slice comes with replacement blades and a tool to change them. I opened up my manual, followed the directions and very easily was able to change the blade. I went to make the first cut after changing the blade and nothing happened. I took out the blade, re-inserted it and nothing. I went into the Making Memories site, found a video that showed me how to adjust the blade, and I was good to go.
As far as what you can cut with the Slice, you really can’t cut anything thicker than cardstock. I have cut heavier weights of patterned paper, Bazzill cardstock, manilla folders, and Contact paper. It took me a little while to get over my fear of wasting paper while using my Slice. There was a bit of a learning curve for me as far as where to place my Slice on the paper so I would get the most from my 12×12 sheet. I really like that you can position the Slice anywhere on a sheet of paper to make a cut. That is how I was able to cut the tree on this card.
- Easy to use right out of the box
- Portable, lightweight and cordless
- Great selection of Making Memories fonts and shapes
- Able to cut shapes and fonts in different sizes
- The ability to make a cut anywhere you want on a piece of paper
- Cannot cut paper thicker than cardstock
- Liquid adhesive that must be applied to glass mat
- Do not get the cleanest cuts in some of the smaller sizes
In addition to the Slice and the different shape and alphabet design cards available, Making Memories also offers the following accessories: a 12 x 12 glass mat, a binder to store your cards in, a case for the Slice as well as a docking station and other accessories are available. The Slice retails for $149.99.
Have you tried out a Slice? Or have you been wanting to learn all about it? Leave us your comments and questions.