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Old 01-02-2017, 08:59 AM   #41
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I used my Spellbinders dies to cut thin sheet metal. I made 3D star ornaments one year and even ran some through with an embossing folder. The larger ones were hand cut in pieces, as I didn't have a big enough die.
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Old 01-02-2017, 11:28 AM   #42
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Obviously, I stand corrected... Love the stars...
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Old 01-02-2017, 12:13 PM   #43
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And have we talked about how $$$ dies are? I know I have been talking about this for a while! When the matching dies cost more money than the stamp set they are meant to coordinate with, then you know it's gotten out of control!

I'm feeling a big shift in my paper crafting coming on for 2017. No dies, no patterned paper, not even any stamps. None of it really gets me excited anymore.


I'm challenging myself to learn print making using linocuts. I love the look, and I can create any images I desire. This is a big leap from being crafty to being creative artistically, but I've wanted to try this for years.


Maybe it will even save me money? That's my goal for 2017!
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Old 01-02-2017, 12:14 PM   #44
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I used my Spellbinders dies to cut thin sheet metal. I made 3D star ornaments one year and even ran some through with an embossing folder. The larger ones were hand cut in pieces, as I didn't have a big enough die.
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So glad to hear that! I had no idea.
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I would add that the quality of the felt makes a BIG difference. The cheap hobby store felt will probably leave lots of fibers and won't cut clean. But I use 100% wool felt from Papertrey Ink, and it cuts like a dream! I usually run felt through my Big Shot twice, just to make certain.
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Those are some super cute cards! I have the die from PTI (Quilted, I think), and I need to use it more often. I do love the versatility of some of my dies. For example, I used Holly dies from PTI to add a felt accent to a cross stitch piece I made recently, and it was just the right accent to the project. If I can get double mileage out of basic shape dies, then I think they are worth it.
I am so inspired by your cross-stitch project. I never thought of using my dies for that. I am a big stitcher. Thank you soooo much for the inspiration.

itzann- Your cards & tags are so beautiful.

I love dies. I love stamps. I love to make things. I am an equal opportunity art girl. I was redoing my room recently. I went through my projects to see what I really use and what I don't and bought as a trend. I made a written list of everything I used on those projects.I did notice I stamp more than die cut. I have gotten more into die cutting lately. That is for paper crafting. Other projects like jewelry, metals, etc... I die cut a lot. I don't like cutting those items with tin snips. It is too dangerous. I value my fingers. I should clarify I am talking about manual die cutting not electronic. Electronic die cutting won over both in terms of my projects.
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Old 01-04-2017, 08:46 PM   #48
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In addition to using my scan-cut for shapes and text, etc... I prefer intricate metal dies or shapes that would be time consuming to fussy cut by hand for my projects. I'm very mindful of which ones I buy, I must be able to use for various project themes...
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I've loved my die cuts since I started scrapbooking years ago. Then I discovered stamping! I have lots of stamps, inks, coloring supplies (my Prismacolor pencils are my favorite). I LOVE coloring, but I also have fairly severe rheumatoid and osteo arthritis and if I could only make cards by stamping and then coloring, I wouldn't be able to do it half as much. My die cuts and embossing folders keep me creating and I am grateful for that.
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