Hi everyone! Last time I said I would show you some of the dies I got for my Big Shot machine so here we go.
This Papermania Vintage Notes range is new out, and I couldn’t resist the paper, toppers and pretty filigree heart die.
It’s an Xcut die and works well in the Big Shot, though you do have to use a shim (extra bit of card or something on top) to make it cut through thoroughly. In the pic here you can see the cut out shape on the left and the die on the right with bits of paper stuck in it still, but you can easily poke these out with a small pointy thing (there are holes in the back of the die for this purpose) and then you have all the mini hearts you can use too.
Next is the Sizzix Sizzlits Hello Kitty flower die.
It works well in the Big Shot as it’s designed to go with it, but I did find the glitter paper a bit difficult to work with as the layers peeled apart a bit and it didn’t cut through all the way. Again this can be fixed by using a shim to make sure it cuts through properly.
Next I tested out the Marianne frame and swirl dies.
This one makes really pretty frames that you can use as a background for text or embellishments on your cards. I found that most of the shape cut well in the Big Shot but for some reason one end didn’t cut all the way through and I had to use a craft knife to finish it off. I solved this the second time round by using two sheets of card as a shim, and though it made a bit of a cracking noise going through the machine, it cut perfectly. Here are the cards I made with the shapes from these two dies.
I like the cute button on the glitter girl card – my hubby bought me lots of buttons for Christmas ^_^
This next die is a Spellbinders Shapeabilities die called ‘Whimsical Tree’.
I had to play around a bit with shims to get it to cut through perfectly, but I got there in the end! It doesn’t like very thick card though. As you can see, I like my pink glitter paper (only £2 in the Hobbycraft sale – how could I resist?). It got put to good use on another thank you card.
This card also uses paper from the new Vintage Notes range. I made the little apples with my new Kuretake punch (it’s very good and a bargin price from the Kuretake website here).
Next are my Nellie Snellen heart dies. These have been perfect and cut through properly every time, even without a shim.
You get a lot of different heart sizes and patterns for your money (under £10 on ebay) and the cute little swans! The dies even cut felt and fabric (the blue toile hearts are Laura Ashley fabric samples).
Here are the paper hearts on my ‘with love’ card (again using Vintage Notes paper). I went round them with dark brown fluid chalk to make them stand out against the background and look a bit more vintage. The cute cherries in the corner are made with another Kuretake punch!
Finally, here’s the Memory Box Frostyville Border die.
As you can see it’s a very intricate pattern, but it cuts paper well and is perfect for adding a bit of a magical touch to Christmas cards. I tried to cut felt with it (the green one at the bottom), like it says on the packet, but it didn’t really work. The detailed bits came off and mostly turned to fluff! I think the die is too intricate to work properly, or I need some more strongly bonded felt!