Friday, September 18, 2015

To Buy, or Not to Buy....

To buy, or not to buy.... the stamp/die set combo, that is the question.
I am popping in to share a Stamp and Die Cut combo set. This is a follow-up post from Wednesday's Simon Says Stamp Challenge (Die Crazy Challenge).
Not sure if you noticed...but I am a very cheap thrifty card-maker!
When it comes to buying stamp and die cut sets, I often hesitate and think REALLY hard...before I make my purchase. Because the added price can be staggering. Often times, with the extra cost of dies, it will more than likely double the price of the stamp set! 

However, something tells me that this set might be worth the price!
You see, the leaves and petals are hard to fussy cut. The dies actually is not too bad of a price (at $7.99 over SSS).
This got me thinking--->what do you consider when you buy the stamp set/die combo?

~are you able to fussy cut the stamp images easily? Are they too intricate or too small?
~is it even important to have the images as cut out? Or are you just into the stamps?
~when you do fussy cut the images, do the uniform look (with the white edges) matter?
~are the dies worth it? Sometimes the stamp images are easy to cut out, especially those with a defined straight lines. If that's the case, I often take a pass. Buy the stamp and run....
~are the dies making the design unique? A stand-out?
~if you can use the dies independently (without stamps), then it's a double bonus!!
~....is your spouse gonna complain? Would the purchase cause some hardship?
~ would this prompt you to cancel that spa treatment that you so deserve!?

Usually I think of these things before I decide if the dies/stamp combo set is for me.
 Today's card might make you look at the stamp and die cut set differently. Your bank account might even thank me! LOL
#1
For this WPLUS9 set, I fell in love with the stamps at my first sight. However, what about those matching dies? I decided that this set is worth the price.
thank you
I hope this post gives you some food for thoughts when purchasing a stamp/die combo set.
Dr. John's travel post is coming up next!
Thanks for stopping by!


23 comments:

Petti said...

I hate fussy cutting so if I do really like the stamp, I will purchase the coordinating die.

lostinpaper said...

For me, it's most of the above that you mentioned. I quite enjoy some fussy cutting, and if it's an easy one unless I can use it for other techniques, it won't seem worth the price especially with the Aussie dollar being so low (the conversion is a crafty killer lol). Also I consider how many times I think I might use the stamp, if it's an image probably not as often as I would die cut flowers / leaves / word dies / shapes or nesties etc.

Ksenija Rizova said...

This is a very complete list of issues to think about before purchasing coordinating dies, thank you! Often I prefer one-layer cards, but then even if I'm not planning to die cut an image itself I consider die cutting a mask for it.

Dawn Turley said...

Great question Virginia. Like you I will look carefully if the die is required. I agree with you though, this stamp set benefits from the matching die. It's very pretty and makes an awesome card.

Karen D. said...

Hello mf....yes, this is my dilemma also although with the Canadian dollar being so low right now and add in the cost of shipping...uugghh...
You should just see my wish list at SSS!!!! Unreal.
I don't mind fussy cutting but some images are worth buying the dies for especially if they are really fussy.
Have a great wknd.
hugs,
K

Bonnie said...

LOL! These are all things that go through my mind! Another question I ask myself. " Am I going to cut that white edge off after it's die cut?" And sometimes the die moves on my BS and comes off crooked. Maybe it's time to get new cutting plates! But I can't cut around curves well and sometimes the dies make the stamp set shine. I've got to say that buying the dies probably wins more than loses. (Or waiting to get the stamps and die as birthday or Christmas presents.

Susi Kelly said...

I am the first to admit that I have an obsession over dies. I have accumulated quite the collection of wonderful stamp & die combinations, as well as stand-alone dies. But I agree with you about the cost. It seems that nowadays every stamp set will come with its die companion, so that's a great checklist to consider when purchasing them, Virginia. Us up here in Canada also now have to consider the (terrible) Cdn $/US $ exchange rate, and of course, shipping costs, which can add quite a bit to one's purchase.
You have made a wise decision with that WPlus9 set - you have created a lovely card!

Lin said...

Just love this one, too, V! Beautiful composition! Thanks so much for your thoughts on this subject!

Harriet said...

Excellent question, Virginia, and excellent comments from your loyal fans. I, too, really think about stamps and dies. Often the combo is a good value; however, often it's way out of my price comfort zone. I'm okay with fussy cutting....must be all the paper dolls from my childhood....but sometimes it's way too much. I have to believe that I will use the die often in order to purchase. Some, though lovely, just don't fit into my $$ thinking.

pcm said...

beautiful. i struggle with that question too!

conil said...

I do think of all those things, including the spa treatment and if my mate with throw a fit when I buy dies. My problem is that I'm such a slow card maker with very little imagination, by the time I get around to fussy cutting (which I'm horrible at), I've already spent a considerable amount of time on the card. Usually, I's so eager to see the outcome, the die expedites the completion, which, hopefully, makes me happy.

KayM said...

Virginia, I had to pop over to your blog to read the comments and find out how everyone else feels about this subject. I find I am way in the minority here, because I LOVE dies and very rarely will even purchase a stamps set if it doesn't have the matching dies to go with them. I can't do one layer cards, I need everything cut out so I can move it around until I get it right. Anyway, thanks for such an interesting post! And your cards you have made with this set are STUNNING! It's in my card now... with the matching dies! heheh!

Karen said...

Hi Virginia, I very rarely by the dies because most sets can be fussy cut. The exception is very small stamps or very detailed stamps, then I might consider the dies.
Since matching dies have come out, it can sometimes triple the price of the stamps alone. In the beginning I was smitten like everyone else but if I can buy 2 stamp sets or 1 set with dies, I will go to the stamp sets every time. Just makes sense.

Melissa Friedrich said...

Thanks for your post about stamp and die set combos. I'm frustrated by fussy cutting, it's not relaxing for me and I usually grow impatient before I'm done. I usually don't buy a stamp set unless there are dies, whether or not I buy them at the same time I buy the stamp set. There are so many wonderful choices of stamps so I don't want to limit myself to ones without dies so I have the option of having the dies. I usually do buy the dies as I make more than one of the same/similar card while I have the supplies out anyway. Plus when I have die cuts I can change the card layout just by moving things around.

Nora N. said...

Thank you for posting about this because I wonder this too. However, since I HATE fussy cutting, I most often buy the dies. When I don't, I regret it and then will go back and wind up ordering them because I won't use the stamp. I am starting to narrow down what I buy, though and try to figure out what I will use a stamp for before I buy it. If I won't make a ton of cards, I don't buy the set. Your card is so stunning, by the way. I love the colors you used and the misting?? on the front. Wonderful design as usual!!

Happy Dance said...

For me, if the stamps are too difficult to fussy cut, then definitely I buy the dies. Or, if I only want to use them as stamps and not dies, then no, I don't buy. It all depends on the stamp design. This card of yours, the dies were well worth the price of purchase. This is gorgeous! Love the blue base; all those flowers just pop against it. Sweet card. Have a great weekend. Bev

"glow" said...

hi virginia.. there are alot of dies i can fussycut but there are so many ways to look at your stash and use it elsewheres.. so often i buy the stamps first n then decide from there.. thanks for a gr8 card you made us today... have a gr8 weekend..

Betty Keefe said...

bought this stamp set but not the dies - now i may - often i have bought the matching dies and hardly ever used them - waste of $$ - thanks for all the considerations

Kara Lynne said...

Beautiful card, Virginia! I think very much the way you do about the die cuts. I usually don't buy them to replace fussy cutting. I mostly buy them if I can figure out a technique to enhance the stamp set, but usually I pass. I'd rather spend my money on more stamps or dies that stand alone.

GeeCee said...

Love your card Virginia! You never disappoint...I love your style! As a fellow Canuck...our Canadian dollar is not in a good place. With the conversion to U.S. dollars and S&H, it makes it much harder to decide. I do not enjoy fussy cutting. I always want the dies. Thank you for talking and posting about this topic.

Susanne Vargas said...

I am very much like you, Virginia, I think very hard and long about the things I buy. Very often I choose to fussy cut things. But with this set I can see that dies come in handy! Your card is so beautiful and that bouquet of flowers in the background is absolutely gorgeous!

Taunya Butler said...

Thank you for the food for thought!! I appreciate your perspective and you have given me some good guidelines for choosing matching die sets!! I tend to like basic dies that I can get a lot of use out of for many different ideas instead of matching ones - but that is just me!!! Thank you for this awesome post - your card is super lovely!!! Happy day to you!!

Shona Chambers said...

So glad to know that I'm not the only one who 'ums and ahs' over whether to buy matching dies. I totally agree that if I can fussy it myself, I will do without. The dies do a fantastic job but they do cost an awful lot of money. Just wish I was better with my scissors!!