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A cutting machine is a big purchase and can really enhance your ability to do crafts.  As it is such a big purchase, a lot of thought and research should go into it.  You should consider what materials you are looking to cut, how much room you can give the machine, if you intend to create your own artwork to cut, how capable you are at learning software, how much money you are willing to spend not only on the machine but the files for it, and of course if it does need to hook up to a computer, whether or not it is compatible with a PC or Mac.  There are many other considerations that we have not even begun to think about, so we encourage everyone to do the research themselves.  There are many talented crafters that share their ideas and knowledge on the web.  Check it out carefully.  

We've compiled a list of cutting machines and several variables that you may want to consider and emphasize that we create cutting files and do not have a suggestion of what machine is best for you.  We welcome any additional data that should be added to this table.  Please email us at support@inspiregraphics.com  if you see anything incorrect or that needs updating.


Once upon a time LetteringDelights use a program called "The Creative Companion" and the file format we used with it was sold as .exe files.

Now we package our files in .zip files, as is the standard for most downloadable product on the web.   A .zip file is a commonly used file format that compresses files to make them easier to download. There are many programs available online that allow you to unzip/extract these files, some are trial based or require a purchase and others are free. Most every device comes with a free way to access your files that are "zipped". In Windows, right mouse click over the .zip file and you should have options to "extract" the file. On a Mac, doubleclick over the .zip file.Take care where you are extracting the file. As you "unzip" a file, you will be given an option of where you want to store it.  We suggest you keep all your LD product in one location on your computer.  If you save your .zip files to that location, when you unzip the files, the products will organize themselves by product name.

You can weld any two shapes in MTC but the most common use for welding is to weld words.  No one wants to cut out and place every letter of a word and learning how to weld the individual letters makes it easy to avoid that.

Under the Cherry Tree has an excellent tutorial explaining how to weld and join:

The difference between fonts and alphabets can be explained by describing the difference in the type of each file. Fonts (.ttf or .otf) are the same type of font file that already exists on your computer such as Times New Roman, Arial, etc. These fonts will be available for use within any system program that supports them, such as Microsoft Word, desktop publishing programs, and others.

An alphabet is in full-color and is made up of individual image files (.png). These image files can be imported, viewed, printed, and changed in a graphics editing software such as PhotoShop. You can download the .zip files of the alphabets which when unzipped will give you a folder with all of the individual graphics.

The online alphabet tool has replaced the "Try Me Now" tool from the old LetteringDelights site.  It allows you to easily type with full-colored alphabets and save the image as one word or phrase to insert into a document or project. To access the online alphabet tool do the following:

LetteringDelights.com Terms of Service (“TOS”) Single User Standard License The following is a legal agreement between you ("you" or "Customer") and Inspire Graphics, Inc., DBA Lettering Deliights (“LD”), a Utah corporation. Please read these TOS carefully before purchasing, downloading and using any LD fonts, alphabets, graphic designs, cut-its or any other digital content (“Product”). By downloading any product, you agree to be bound by the terms of these TOS, as well as any other terms published on the Lettering Delights website. You also agree that the products are the proper..

All of our product uses abbreviations.  We have been working towards unified abbreviations for quite some time in our product.  This abbreviation is used in your individual downloaded files and images too.  The following is a list of our abbreviations:

  • al - alphabet
  • bd - bundle
Joanna from I Love 2 Cut Paper shows us how to make easy shaped cards from LD SVGS.  Follow her tutorial here...
Teacher, teacher I declare, look at what I have to share!We've got ideas!  Here are our top ten!1. Make a darling A-Z blog post, booklet, scrapbook, whatever! 2. A-Z wall decor...or chalkboard.  Use the printables or make your own with the graphics, cut set, or alphabet!3. Alphabet Wall4. If you are a teacher or a parent who is helping teaching at home, use the "extras" to make a Blends poster.  What are blends?  Blends are two letters who work together but still keep their own sounds like "bl".  We've got them covered in the "extras" file.  So as a hint they..
The Gobble it Up BOGO Promotion has begun and will run from November 25th - December 30th midnight MST.  This special BOGO promotion allows you to not only to BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE with coupon code: GobbleItUp ...it will also allow you to apply the promotion to our already incredibly marked down Holiday product!  BOGO pricing details:Products must be of similar product types. Buy one alphabet, get one alphabet FREE or buy one bundle, get one bundle priced the same or lower FREE.The lower priced item will be the FREE item.  If you buy one alphabet that is 75% off and one alphabet..
Earn the Floral Shop Bundle on qualifying orders of $7 or more. Offer valid from April 15th - May 27th Floral Shop Bundle: Floral Shop - CS $4 Floral Shop - GS $4 Floral Shop - CP $5 Floral Shop - AL $4 Floral Shop - PP $2 Floral Shop Talk - GS $5 Floral Shop Cards - PR $9 Total $33 How to redeem: Add Floral Shop Bundle to Cart Add another $7 or..
Earn the Just Smile - Promotional Bundle on qualifying orders of $10 or more. Offer valid from February 17th - March 24th Just Smile - Promotional Bundle: Just Smile - GS$5Just Smile - CS$6Just Smile - Expressions - GS$4Just Smile - Expressions - CS$5Just Smile - Faces - CS$5Just Smile - Face Cards - PR$4Just Smile - PP$3Just Smile - AL$4Total:$36 How to redeem: Add Just Smile - Promotional Bundle to Cart Add another $10 or more in product to your cart. At check out, add coupon code: smile The entire value of the bundle (not t..
Earn the Z Best - Promotional Bundle on qualifying orders of $10 or more. Offer valid from July 12th - August 6th Z Best - Promotional Bundle: Z Best Day - Pinwheel - GS$2Z Best Day - GS$4Z Best Day - CS$5Z Best Day - AL$4Z Best Day - PP$3Z Best Party - GS$4Z Best Party - CS$5Z Best Party - PR$5Z Best Party - Pennants - PR$5Z Best Day - Pinwheel - CS$1Veggie Heads - GS$4Total:$42 How to redeem: Add Z Best - Promotional Bundle to Cart Add another $10 or more in product to your cart. At check out, add coupon code: zbest The entire value o..
Earn the Under Construction - Promotional Bundle on qualifying orders of $8 or more. Offer valid from Oct 4th - Nov 6th Under Construction - Promotional Bundle: Under Construction - Boxes and Bags - CP$5Under Construction - Face Box - CP$1Under Construction - Build Me - CS$5Under Construction - Family - CS$5Under Construction - Build Me - GS$4Under Construction - Family - GS$4Under Construction - Build Me - AL$4Under Construction - Flat - AL$4Under Construction - Logo - AL$4Under Construction - Face Box - PR$1Under Construction - Build Me - PP$2Total:$39 How to redeem: ..
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