For starters, I am not affiliated with Cricut or Provo Craft. I just want to highlight a product that I use often in my paper crafting.
A Cricut is an electronic die-cutting machine. You buy little cartridges that come with preloaded images and fonts, stick it in the machine and hit the "Cut" button. Okay, it is a little more complicated than that, but if you want 100 identical circles or a 12 inch flower, this machine can do it.
The card below was made using the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge. To make the card, I selected the image, set the size at 4 3/4", and hit cut. Next I cut out the black Boo outline, leaves and stem. For added color and dimension, I embossed a piece of purple paper and added it to the back.
|Finished card size is 4 3/4"x4 3/4"|
Cartridges can be pricy, up to $99 a piece. The newest cutting machines will run anywhere between $200-300. eBay is a great place to get cartridges. I rarely pay over $30 for a cartridge. You don't need many to get started. I think I only own six cartridges, but between them all, I have a few nice fonts and hundreds of images to choose from.
Overall, a good investment for a paper crafting hobbyist.