Craft Tool Review: Fiskars Fuse Creativity System

There's been a lot of buzz among craft bloggers about the Fiskars Fuse Creativity System, a two-in-one letterpress and die-cut machine. From gift tags to scrapbooking embellishments, the Fuse is the object of many crafters' affection. I was curious to see what the machine was all about, so I reached out to Fiskars to see if I could try it for myself. After some time spent creating a batch of paper projects, the Fuse makes it to the top of my 2013 crafty must-have list!

The tool itself is very straightforward once you take it out of the box. Simply unlock the handle and release the machine's two arms. The Fuse requires no electricity – just turn the hand crank. Moving the dies through the press is easy to do.
There are five crafting options with the presses and die-cut shapes available for the Fuse: die-cut only, letterpress only, ink only, die-cut and ink, or letterpress and ink. The plastic pieces are easy to clean and safe for smaller hands.
Fuse's starter set includes one inkpad, one design set (I had the scalloped circle), a rubber plate and a base plate.

The one drawback to the Fuse is the weight – small children would struggle taking this off the shelf to use. However, such weight is expected with a machine like this.

At about $300, Fuse is definitely a more serious investment for crafty families. If you're a devoted paper crafter, though – or the up-and-coming crafters in your family love working with paper – take a look at the Fuse the next time you're at the store.

Check back for next week's Make It blog to see a few project ideas the Fuse makes possible.

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