Die Cuts: amp’s Die Inventory

As most of you know, die cuts are just a fancy print term for “cut outs” or shapes. An encyclopedic definition of die cutting would be: a process used in many different industries to cut a thin, flat material into a specific shape using a steel cutting die.  We mostly die cut paper and stickers at amp. The benefits of die cutting include visual appeal and a good marketing technique. A fun shape will have a lingering impression on the viewer, making you or your company stand out.

To create die cuts, you must first have a “die” or “die line:” a template that ensures proper layout for a printed product. A graphic designer can create the die line on the computer first and transfer the shape to a physical die. Below are 4 images of the process: the first is a digital picture of a soapbox die, designed on the computer. The second and third images are the physical die and a paper piece stamped out on the letterpress.  The last image is the finished product, a beautifully assembled soap box.

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soapbox die cuts stages

soapbox die cut stages

At amp, we use a 1971 Heidelberg Windmill to die cut. We also refer to it as our letterpress. Here is a video if you’re interested in the production process:

Because die cutting is a specialty that requires more set-up and finishing, it is a bit more costly. However, if a print shop already has a die made that you like, your project’s cost and time decreases. For this reason, we have made you an inventory of the dies we house at amp. This is not a complete list, as we have several company-specific dies, but it is a good start if you are looking for basic shapes. We will continually update this blog so that you always have the most up-to-date information.

Die Cuts: Animal Dies

Rabbit die cutting

Rabbit die

Die Cuts: Badge Dies

3"x5.5" square badge die cutting with rounded corners

3″x5.5″ square badge die with rounded corners

3"x4.5" rectangular badge die cutting with rounded corners

3″x4.5″ rectangular badge die with rounded corners

4"x6" rectangular badge die cutting with rounded corners

4″x6″ rectangular badge die with rounded corners

3.5"x4.25" badge die cutting

3.5″x4.25″ badge die

Die Cutting: Brochure Dies

Brochure die cutting

Brochure die

Emma_LitmusCoBranded_Dieline

Accordion-fold brochure

Die Cuts: Business Card Dies

Business card Die Cutting

Business card die

Business card Die Cutting

Business card die

Business card Die Cutting with rounded corners

Business card die with rounded corners

Rounded corner business card Die Cutting 3.5"x1.75"

Rounded corner business card die 3.5″x1.75″

Chop corner business card Die Cutting

Chop corner business card die

Business card Die Cutting

Business card die

business card die

business card die

2 round corner 2 straight corner business card Die Cutting

2 round corner 2 straight corner business card die

Scalloped business card die

Scalloped business card die

Die Cuts: Card Dies

Unique card Die Cutting

Unique card die

Scalloped holiday card Die Cutting

Scalloped holiday card die

card die

card die

Rectangular thank you card Die Cutting with rounded corners

Rectangular thank you card die with rounded corners

Thank you card Die Cutting

Thank you card die

Square card Die Cutting with rounded corners

Square card die with rounded corners

Card Die Cutting

Card die

Folding card Die Cutting

Folding card die

 Die Cuts: Circle Dies

24 1" circles Die Cutting

Twenty-four 1″ circles die

Twelve 1.5" circles Die Cutting

Twelve 1.5″ circles die

Single 1.75" Circle Die Cutting

Single 1.75″ Circle Die

Six 1.75" circles Die Cutting

Six 1.75″ circles die

Twelve 2" circle Die Cutting

Twelve 2″ circle die

Single 2.5" Circle Die Cutting

Single 2.5″ Circle Die

Six 2.25" circles Die Cutting

Six 2.25″ circles die

Six 2.5" circles Die Cutting

Six 2.5″ circles die

Six 2.75" circular Die Cutting

Six 2.75″ circular dies

Single 3" circle Die Cutting with dot

Single 3″ circle die with dot

Six 3" circles Die Cutting

Six 3″ circles die

Single 3.5" circle Die Cutting

Single 3.5″ circle die

Six 3.5" circles Die Cutting

Six 3.5″ circles die

Single 4" circle Die Cutting

Single 4″ circle die

Single 5" circle Die Cutting

Single 5″ circle die

Single 6" circle Die Cutting

Single 6″ circle die

Single 6.5" circle Die Cutting

Single 6.5″ circle die

Single 8" circle Die Cutting with dot

Single 8″ circle die with dot

Pacman: single 8" diameter circle Die Cutting with dot

Pacman: single 8″ diameter circle die with dot

Single 10" circle Die Cutting

Single 10″ circle die

Keg Top Die Cutting

Keg Top Die

Die Cuts: Food and Drink Dies

Pizza slice Die Cutting

Pizza slice die

Beer bottle Die Cutting

Beer bottle die

Recipe card Die Cutting with tab

Recipe card die with tab

Keg Top Die Cutting

Keg Top Die

Die Cuts: Envelope Dies

envelope liner Die Cutting

envelope liner die

Envelope Die Cutting

Envelope die

Envelope liner curved flap Die Cutting

Envelope liner curved flap die

envelope die

envelope die

envelope insert die

envelope insert die

Die Cuts: Fan Dies

Rounded corner rectangular Die Cutting

Rounded corner rectangular die

Rectangular rounded corner fan Die Cutting

Rectangular rounded corner fan die

Die Cuts: Gift Card Dies

gift card Die Cutting

gift card die with 2 slits

gift card holder Die Cutting

gift card holder die with 2 slits

gift card holder Die Cutting with 4 cuts

gift card holder die with 4 slits

Gift card sleeve die

Gift card sleeve die

Die Cuts: Holiday and Seasonal Dies

Christmas ornaments Die Cutting

Christmas ornaments die

four-leaf clover Die Cutting

Four-leaf clover die

Reindeer Die Cutting

Reindeer die

Santa beard Die Cutting

Santa beard die

Skeleton Die Cutting

Skeleton die

tombstone Die Cutting mailer

Tombstone die mailer

Leaf Die Cutting

Leaf die

Die Cuts: Households and Household Items Dies

Pencil Die Cutting

Pencil die

Ribbon Die Cutting with hole

Ribbon die with hole

House Die Cutting

House die

DVD cover Die Cutting

DVD cover die

Tie Die Cutting

Tie Die

Soapbox Die Cutting

Soapbox die

 

Die Cuts: Mailer Dies

Bifold mailer Die Cutting

Bifold mailer die

"Hold your hand" bifold mailer Die Cutting

“Hold your hand” bifold mailer die

Die Cuts: Media/Press Kit Covers Dies

Press kit Die Cutting

Press kit die

Media kit cover die

Media kit cover die

Die Cuts: Miscellaneous Dies

Miscellaneous die

Miscellaneous die

Miscellaneous die

Miscellaneous die

Miscellaneous die

Miscellaneous die

Paper swatch die

Paper swatch die

Miscellaneous shapes die

Miscellaneous shapes die

Miscellaneous die

Miscellaneous die

Percentage die

Percentage die

Sticker die

Sticker die

Miscellaneous die

Miscellaneous die

Shield die

Shield die

Miscellaneous Die Cuts

Miscellaneous die

Hand Die Cuts

Hand die

smile die

smile die

 

Die Cuts: Music-Related Dies

Male playing guitar bifold Die Cuts

Male playing guitar bifold die

Headphones Die Cuts

Headphones die

Guitar pick Die Cuts

Guitar pick die

 
Sticker die

Sticker die

Die Cuts: Oval Dies

Single 3.75x2.25 Oval Die Cuts

Single 3.75×2.25 Oval die

Oval die

Oval die

8 ovals Die Cuts

8 ovals die

Die Cuts: Pocket Folder Dies

Standard 9"x12" pocket folder Die Cuts with 2 pockets

Standard 9″x12″ pocket folder die with 2 pockets: no business card holder

Standard 9"x12" pocket folder Die Cuts with 2 pockets: with business card holder

Standard 9″x12″ pocket folder die with 2 pockets: with business card holder

Standard 9"x12" pocket folder with double pockets and business card holder on the left Die Cuts

Standard 9″x12″ pocket folder with double pockets and business card holder on the left die

pocket folder die with two card holders in one pocket

pocket folder die with two card holders in one pocket

Standard 9"x12" pocket folder die with pocket on the left only: with business card holder

Standard 9″x12″ pocket folder die with pocket on the left only: with business card holder

Back of pocket cover die

Back of landscape pocket cover die

back of portrait pocket folder Die Cuts

back of portrait pocket folder die

pocket folder Die Cuts

pocket folder die with one standard pocket and one vertical pocket

9"x12" pocket folder with 2 vertical pockets Die Cuts

9″x12″ pocket folder with 2 vertical pockets die

Pocket folder Die Cuts with two vertical pockets and one business card holder

Pocket folder die with two vertical pockets and one business card holder

Pocket Folder die with one vertical sleeve

Pocket Folder die with one vertical sleeve

pocket folder die

pocket folder die

 

Die Cuts: Sleeve Dies

Business card holder Die Cuts

Business card holder die

CD sleeve Die Cuts

CD sleeve die

Sleeve Die Cuts

Sleeve die

Sleeve die

Sleeve die

sleeve die

sleeve die

Sleeve die

Sleeve die

Die Cuts: Sports Dies

Football Die Cuts

Football die

Hockey puck Die Cuts

Hockey puck die

Die Cuts: Tab Dies

5-tab die cutting

5-tab die

Die Cuts: Tag and Ticket Dies

Jewelry card die cutting

Square, rounded-corner jewelry card die

2 rectangular necklace cards die cutting 3.25"x5.25"

2 rectangular necklace cards die 3.25″x5.25″

6 square earring cards die

6 square earring cards die

Rectangular earring cards with lower holes die cut die

Rectangular earring cards with upper holes die cut die

Rectangular earring cards with lower holes die cut die

Rectangular earring cards with lower holes die cut die

1"x1" jewelry tags die

1″x1″ jewelry tags die

Earring holder die cutting

Earring holder die

Single 3"x3" tag die cutting with hole

Single 3″x3″ tag die with hole

Rounded-corner Square tags die cutting 3"x3" with hole

3 square, rounded-corner tags die 3″x3″ with hole

Rounded-corner, square jewelry card die cutting

Rounded-corner, square jewelry card die

Scored, rounded-corner, jewelry tags die cutting

Scored, rounded-corner, jewelry tags die

3 trifold square jewelry card tags with rounded corners die cutting

3 trifold square jewelry card tags with rounded corners die

Trifold square jewelry cards with rounded corners die cutting

6 trifold square jewelry cards with rounded corners die

Rectangular tags die

Rectangular tags die

rectangular tag die cutting with octagonal head

rectangular tag die with octagonal head

Tag die cuts

Tag die

tag die

tag die

Rounded-corner rectangular tag with triangular head die cutting

Rounded-corner rectangular tag with triangular head die

6 hang tie tags die cutting

6 hang tie tags die

Single hang tie tag die cutting

Single hang tie tag die

Rectangular tag die cutting with rectangular hole

Rectangular tag die with rectangular hole

Hanging car tag die cutting

Hanging car tag die

3 bottle tags die cutting

3 bottle tags die

Hanger die

Hanger die

10 1"x1.5" rectangular tag die cutting with rounded corners and hole in bottom left corner

10 1″x1.5″ rectangular tag dies with rounded corners and hole in bottom left corner

10 1"x3" rectangular tag die cutting with rounded corners and hole in bottom left corner

10 1″x3″ rectangular tag dies with rounded corners and hole in bottom left corner

4 rectangular tag die cutting with pointed triangular heads and hole in the top

4 rectangular tag dies with pointed triangular heads and hole in the top

Booklet tags die cutting

Booklet tags die

Tag die cutting

Tag die

Ticket die cutting

Ticket die

An example of how this ticket looks with design:
die cutting ticket

die cut ticket

Die Cuts: Triangle Dies

Triangle die cutting

Single 4.2″x3.75″ triangle die

15 triangles die cutting

15 triangles die

 

Don’t see anything here you like? Ask us! We may have that die in-house. Again, this list is not comprehensive. If we don’t have the die, we can always make it!

Happy die cutting!

– Your friends at amp