Like you, I love using dies to create all sorts of designs.
But how do you know that the die that you are lusting for is "the one"?
I am no shopping expert, but I do have a limited budget just like any average crafter.
The following are the criteria that I think of when I make a purchase of dies. I had explored this topic before and thought I'd bring it up again, hopefully, it is not boring to you. LOL
(yeah, it's a serious business, I'd say).
1. can it be used only as IS?: all dies are created for different purposes and some can be used in creative ways. I bet if you think REALLY hard, a light bulb might come up in your head....
2. is it seasonal? Some dies are obvious. For example: Merry Christmas die doesn't go far beyond Christmas card-making unless your name is Chris. But if your name happens to be Chris, then it's an extra brownie point! Also, if you see Happy Valentine's Day Die, think "Happy Day"!!
3. can part of the die be used in a creative way? Can it work with different type of materials/medium? Today's card illustrates this point (with pattern paper and partial use of the die).
For example, when I see this die Birthday Wishes Frame Die : I see the word "Birthday","Wishes", "Birthday Wishes". I also see the frame. I also see that it can be used as a square die (by trimming off part of the bottom). Obviously, it is a Polaroid frame, you can utilize it to put any object of affection in that frame. Think photo cards! ...the possibilities are endless.
My 2nd take with Birthday Wishes Frame Die.
I had fun paper-piecing the little Japanese girl. The frame was created with pattern paper (without the birthday wishes sentiment). Now you've got a totally different look from the die!
Here is another look of yesterday's card with the same die.
Hope you are inspired by this post and you would now look at your dies with fresh eyes!
I have at least one more take with this Large Frame Die, please stay tuned.
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